What Came in the Mail??

Posted: June 30th, 2023 under ARC, Collections, Life beyond writing, Marketing, Story, the writing life.
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The proof copy of Deeds of Youth, that’s what!

Because I’m a writer with a fat glob of Ego, I took a picture of it lying on its padded yellow envelope for posterity or at least later gleeful gloating over just as I’m sitting here now with the book beside me, periodically opening it and reading more.  Yes, I could call up the stories on the screen and read them off the file, but…it’s a real, physical BOOK, with pages, and I can look at it and touch it  and feel the smoothness of the pages and (on and on and on.  Did I remember to admit the large glob of Ego?  Yes?  OK.

I really, really needed to see another new book with my name on it.  Yes, some of the stories were published before but…in this format, it’s new.

I can’t remember if I’ve listed the contents before, so I’ll do that now.   I know I have said before that the protagonists in the stories (each different) are older in each successive story.

“Bad Day at Duke’s East”

“The Dun Mare’s Grandchild”

“Dream’s Quarry”


“First Blood”

“Mercenary’s Honor”


Realizing now I should’ve taken a picture of the inside somewhere too.  DUH.  Tomorrow, maybe.  You can see by the shadow it’s not just a cover flat kind of thing, it’s got thickness.  But I’ve typoed almost every word in this sentence…BED NOW!


  • Comment by Nadine Bowlus — July 1, 2023 @ 12:13 pm



  • Comment by Jim DeWItt — July 1, 2023 @ 10:03 pm


    Trying to be patient until July 18. Will there be a print edition? Amazon has only digital.

  • Comment by elizabeth — July 1, 2023 @ 10:53 pm


    Yes, there’s going to be POD. My review copy is one. I’ll be calling Lisa with the corrections on Monday. There’s a slight weirdness in the cover and I made an awful error that I may need to address with an errata notice if we can’t fix it.

    I’m going to try to order some POD copies to take to ArmadilloCon.

  • Comment by Kathleen — July 2, 2023 @ 6:26 am


    Oh good. I’ll want a print copy too!

  • Comment by Brenda — July 7, 2023 @ 8:51 pm


    I can not wait for another PaksWorld book. And I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for you to tell us that Horngard I will come out for real!!
    Hope your 4th was great and thank you for your service.

  • Comment by elizabeth — July 7, 2023 @ 9:21 pm


    Hi, Brenda. I’m also on pins and needles about Horngard the novel, and have not heard anything back from my agent about that or some other things. Right now I’ve got to focus on getting the new short fiction collection out. I’ve been working on Paksworld short fiction, but today I cannot get the story I’m working on to save in the right place. I think I’m just tired, or maybe I ate too many Chips Ahoy cookies because I’m having a tough time with Word. It doesn’t want to add words to the dictionary (necessary with fantasy!!!) and doesn’t want to put “Unintended” into the Paksworld Stories folder (won’t even with a drag-and-drop…says it’s doing it but doesn’t.) It’s getting late for me (after 10 pm, unless I’m writing well, my brain doesn’t do problem-solving. Practical problems like “Move this into that” are beyond me.)

    Anyway…only days away from July 18, when DEEDS OF YOUTH drops.

  • Comment by Jim DeWItt — July 10, 2023 @ 6:41 pm


    Elizabeth, are you and yours doing all right in this heat? Seems pretty fearsome to this former Alaskan.

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