Giveaway – The Lies of Locke Lamora (again) (28/1/2013)

Yesterday I signed a contract to write some SF with Gollancz. With spaceship and everything. More shortly…

Anyhow, this week I’m going to mention the old news of the freebie novella up on the Gollancz blog – a prelude to The Thief-Taker’s Apprentice. PDF here later this week. Or maybe next. But the reason for going a bit retro is that I’m giving away a book I’ve already given – away once before – a copy of The Lies of Locke Lamora, the first volume in the Gentlemen Bastard septet, the second of which is also out, the third of which still  appears to have vanished into a time loop. It remains, however, a damn fine read. Several attempts to contact the previous winner have failed and so it’s back. If you are the previous winner, and you’re just wondering why all those replies to all those mails I sent to that never got picked up, er… that’s a mystery to me too. But comment here and I’ll see if I can get a second copy and have two winners.

Usual deal – comment on this post before November 17th and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim for a free copy of the book. There’s no challenge again this week, although I’m quite curious to know what sort of things people would actually pay extra money (in a Kickster-esque tiered rewards sort of structure) for in a book – named characters, obviously, but what else…?

If you come up with something good, I’ll send an exciting bonus goody your way[1]. Although, though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. Well, so far.

[1] Exciting bonus goody not guaranteed to be exciting, but I do have an Angry Dragons mug to give away.


15 Responses to “Giveaway – The Lies of Locke Lamora (again) (28/1/2013)”

  1. Godless Dave says:

    My co-writer Fran Terminiello tells me this is a jolly good read so I’d quite like the opportunity to find out for myself.

  2. Robin says:

    A splendid death is worth good money.
    Topical : getting a loved one In a book for valentines
    Cool to have your kid added.., dad bonus points
    To invent a magic style or ability for a book

  3. Leanne says:

    Put me down for this one please :) Love the sound of it! (And the cover is rather tantalizing)

  4. romeo kennedy says:

    The cover looks ever so inviting, I’ve heard lots of good stuff about this book, iam very intrigued. For the kickster esque question, I think in exchange for extra money It would be nice to name places after the individuals in question. For example Deas cove etc or creatures.

  5. Sam Baskin says:

    character named after person, a personal critique, free book, signed book, a personal short story or something to that degree, possibly a meet and greet at the highest level (possibly at a convention or whatnot), mostly other options of special books, if you can get other authors to support then it could really go a long way too.

  6. Kris says:

    Please please, always wanted to read this! Thanks!

  7. Josh Turner says:

    Heard great things about this, put meld down!
    As for things people might pay for in kickstarter. Artists might pay to design a cover with a caveat of it not being crap? People might pay for names of characters but also places, maybe pay to have a world-building gods/legend story in the world it’s set in that they get to decide on the idea for?

  8. Dan says:

    Don’t put me down for the book win as i already have it (and a fantastic read it is too, though waiting for the next one is one of those bad/good things (you want it to come out, but would rather the author got it right rather than rush it simply to satisfy impatient souls such as myself)) And wouldn’t be fair for me to have a second copy when someone who doesn’t own it misses out on the chance to be introduced. With regards to what people would pay for, i think the main thing would be a name – whether a character, a place, a sword, a ship, a fighting move…people like seeing their own name in print. We’re all a bit egotistical like that. Something else might be things like a specific scene. Eg. Can pay for a certain character to die in a way. If worried about handing over quite so much of the creative process only for someone to choose a piano falling out of a building and not fitting at all with the rest of the book, could offer potential choices and let someone choose which one you write. Or have two characters, both about to die/live and you can choose which one gets to survive and which one unfortunately falls to their death… On the understanding that the other character who survives will be able to cover what else was needed of him/her. Or maybe even choose which one dies first and which one second (im a bit obsessed with a death scene, sorry.) Maybe a specific quote/line/joke somewhere in the text – even if again you only give them a choice between a few. Everyone loves a bit of power (whether real or imaginary) and to see a choice that you have made in a book gives you a little bit of pleasure. Alternatively, could offer the option to receive an ARC once the book was complete instead of the standard version. I know they can be somewhat of a rare jewel to tempt the hardened fan. That would save on the potential for possibly compromising the story for the sake of selling input into it, excluding the sale of names where it is easier to work in (some version of a name, anyway).

  9. chelcie shell says:

    great writer

  10. Robin says:

    Another great give away

  11. emma a says:

    Would love to read this.

  12. thync says:

    I’m from South Africa – can I enter?

  13. Daria says:

    Is there an age limit? I’d love to enter!

  14. Kirhan says:

    If it’s still open I want to join. ^^” I’m not the luckiest person but it’s a sin not to try! ^^

  15. Stephen says:

    Yes, thync, you can and the gods of random have decided you can win too!

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