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Ozark Bookcon Today!

The Ozark Book Con is this Saturday, November 9th, all day at the Holiday Inn on 1500 S. 48th Street in Springdale, AR.  It’s a one-day-only event, but it is jampacked with gaming, a dealers room, and panels on all kinds of writing-related topics.  Below is my schedule.

Admission is $20, but children 12 and under get in free, so bring the whole family!  If you’d like to grab a ticket early, you can register here.

Where to find me at the event:

10:00am, Join me in the Reading Room. Book giveaway to follow!

11:00am, Writing a Series, Panel Room 2
“Writing one book is hard enough. Writing three or four or more? Even harder. Learn from published authors the difficulties and triumphs in writing an overarching story that spans multiple books.”

12:00pm, Story Planning, Panel Room 2
“Whether you write by the seat of your pants, are a meticulous outliner, or something in between, come listen to our authors discuss story planning methods, tips and tricks, and more!”

2:00pm, Creating New Worlds, Panel Room 2
“From secret schools to star systems, fiction explores countless landscapes, cultures, worlds, and beliefs. Listen to published authors discuss how they create fictional (or not so fictional) worlds and how you might create yours.”

4:00pm, Perfecting Your Pitch, Panel Room 2
“How do you summarize a 100,000 word book into one sentence? Having a killer pitch can put you ahead of the game. Listen to our panel of authors discuss what works, what doesn’t, and how to make your pitch better than ever.”

5:00pm, Writing Short Fiction, Panel Room 2
“Can you write a story in 10,000 words or less? Join our panel of authors as we discuss short stories!”

If you’d like to see the full program with panel participants listed, click here.

Hope to see you soon!

-Marina

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Reddit AMA

Hello, all! Just wanted to let you know I’ll be on Reddit May 16th, at 12:00pm Easter Standard Time, ready to answer any burning questions you have about the Noumenon series, the upcoming fantasy series, writing, hobbies, life, and sci-fi and fantasy in general.  Username: MarinaJLostetter

I’ll be posting a direct link to the AMA the day of, so watch this blog and keep an eye on Twitter.

 

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And as always, happy reading.

~Marina

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Arkansas Literary Festival, April 25th-28th

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Hello all!  At the end of this month I’ll be attending the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arkady Martin, author of A Memory Called Empire, and I will be on a joint panel at 2:30pm on April 27th, at the UA Little Rock Downtown location, next to the Main Library (333 President Clinton Avenue).  We’ll do some reading, and some chatting about all things sci-fi.

The event will last about an hour, after which we’ll be signing books.  Come hang out with us!  Hope to see you there!

For more information, click here.

~Marina

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Noumenon now in German!

Deutsch: Sprichst du Deutsch? Ich spreche kein Deutsch, aber die wunderbare Irene Holicki hat Noumenon für Heyne ins Deutsche übersetzt. Und es gab eine Titeländerung! “Die Reise”. Dies ist das erste Mal, dass meine Arbeit offiziell in eine andere Sprache übersetzt wurde, und ich bin so aufgeregt! Der Roman ist heute heraus! Fröhliches Lesen!

https://www.randomhouse.de/Taschenbuch/Die-Reise/Marina-Lostetter/Heyne/e509768.rhd

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English: Do you speak German? I don’t speak German, but the wonderful Irene Holicki has translated Noumenon into German for Heyne. And it’s had a title change! “Die Reise,” ie, The Journey. This is the first time my work has been officially translated into another language, and I’m so excited! The novel is out today!

Happy reading!

~Marina

 

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Noumenon Infinity Honored by the ALA

Noumenon Infinity was honored by the American Library Association and The Reading List Council at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.  It made the short list for their 2019 Reading List in the Science fiction category.  The winner and other short listed sci-fi novels are as follows:

Winner
“The Calculating Stars” by Mary Robinette Kowal. A Tor Book, published by Tom Doherty Associates.

In a world emerging from World War II, Earth is struck by a massive meteorite. Faced with the likelihood of total extinction, the scientific community dedicates themselves to developing space technology.  The efforts of aspiring astronaut Dr. Elma York and her fellow women scientists are hampered by racism and sexism.

Short List
“Noumenon Infinity” by Marina J. Lostetter. Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
“An Ocean of Minutes: A Novel” by Thea Lim. Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
“Stars Uncharted” by S.K. Dunstall. Ace, published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
“The Wrong Stars” by Tim Pratt. Angry Robot, an imprint of Watkins Media Ltd.

I’m honored and excited that Infinity has been so well received!  Congrats to Mary Robinette Kowal and all the winners!

If you’d like to see the full list of categories, winners, and short listed works, click here to view the announcement from the ALA.

Happy reading!

~Marina

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Places to Catch Me this Fall

Hello, all!  Just wanted to update you on my upcoming events schedule.

Saturday, October 20th, I’ll be at Fayetteville Barnes & Noble (Northwest Village Shopping Center, 4144 N College Ave, Fayetteville AR) for an all-day Bookfair event to help promote the True Lit festival!  (http://www.truelitfest.com/)  True Lit takes place this year from October 28th through November 4th, and encourages reading, writing, and storytelling across Fayetteville.  I’ll also have a signing from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

Keep an eye on my website for more True Lit related appearances.

Wednesday, October 24th, join me at Left Bank Books ( 399 North Euclid Ave. St. Louis, MO), 7:00pm, as part of the bookstore’s SF STL author-event series (https://www.left-bank.com/sfstl)!  I’ll be discussing Noumenon and Noumenon Infinity, and will have an open chat about speculative fiction with fellow author Thomas K. Carpenter (http://thomaskcarpenter.com/).

NOTE: The event is free, but Left Bank Books does require you to buy a copy of one of my books from their store to get in the signing line.  You can preorder directly from the bookstore here: https://www.left-bank.com/ (If you already have Noumenon + Infinity, perhaps purchase one as a gift, bring a friend who hasn’t bought the book yet, or request a copy of Aliens: Bug Hunt)

Saturday, November 3rd, Fayetteville Public Library (401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR), 2:00-3:00pm.  I’ll be teaching a one-hour workshop on how to query a novel.  This is a condensed version of my typical two-hour workshop. Attendees will learn the basics of querying, including: what a query is, who it is for, how to write one, and how to send it.  Participants should have either a completed novel manuscript, or a partially completed (but thoroughly outlined) manuscript in order to fully participate in the class.  No need to bring the manuscript to the workshop (unless you’d like it for your own reference), just your intimate knowledge of the plot and characters.  Please contact the Fayetteville Public Library if you are interested in participating. https://www.faylib.org/

Happy reading, hope to see you soon!

~Marina

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International Readers, Are You Ready for a Giveaway???

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I have brand-new UK paperback copies of Noumenon burning a hole in my bookshelf, and brand-new bookplates, and brand-new stickers, and of course bookmarks!

Would you perhaps like a few of these things?

I have two sets of these to give away, and I will mail them anywhere outside of the United States. All you have to do to enter is ONE of the following between July 4th and July 12th (If you’d like to do more, that’s awesome! But each person will only be entered one time.):

*Sign up as a new recipient for my newsletter and let me know you’ve done so in the comments on this post.

*Tweet about Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity (perhaps why you’re looking forward to a copy, or a favorite quote) and make sure you .@ me (.@MarinaLostetter).

*Retweet this tweet with a comment.

*Post about Noumenon or Noumenon Infinity on Instagram and @ me (@MarinaJLostetter).

*If you’ve read Noumenon or any of my work, leave a new review on said work at Goodreads, or Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or your preferred book-purchasing online venue and link me the review in the comments on this post.

On July 13th I will draw two random winners in the same manner I drew winners for my previous giveaway. Then I will contact the winners with a way to privately send me your address.

Good luck, and happy reading!

~Marina

P.S. US readers, though you aren’t eligible for this giveaway, signal boosts are always appreciated.

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Noumenon Infinity

Hello, all!  I hope 2018 is treating you well so far (even though it sure looks like it’s set to be another whopper of a year).

For those of you who’ve been asking about the sequel to Noumenon, I have some fantastic news!  Noumenon Infinity is now available for preorder!  It’s scheduled for release August 14th, and I hope you’re as excited to see what’s next for Convoy Seven as I am to share their continuing journey with you!

You can order it now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or wherever books are sold!

(Spoilers below for the first book!)

 

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Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx.

Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes—or something far more sinister?

Meanwhile, Planet United’s littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web’s greater purpose.

Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web’s puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure’s true nature before it’s too late.

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Happy reading!

~Marina

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Two Weeks ’til Party Time

Dear everyone, this is not a drill!

NOUMENON’s US release is just two weeks away! The UK release is even closer!

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*cue the screaming*

There is still time to preorder, and I will love you forever if you do! The above images are linked to Amazon US and Amazon UK respectively, and here is your Barnes and Noble linkage.  Or, you can preorder it direct from your local book store, if you want to support your local businesses.

Also, if you live in the Northwest Arkansas area, I want you to come join me for the launch party! There will be cupcakes, door prizes, my face, story time…lots of cool stuff and even cooler people if you’re there!

The party is walk in, 5-7pm, at Nightbird Books on Dickson St. in Fayetteville.

You see this?

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It is your official invitation! There are hard copies of these flyers scattered around Fayetteville (in your favorite game stores, Nightbird Books, and at the Retro Arcade). If you happen to find one you will notice that there’s a door prize ticket attached. You’ll get another at the party, but don’t forget to bring your flier with the attached ticket to double your chances!

Everyone is welcome at the party, so bring friends, bring family, bring that coworker you’ve been trying to get to know better.

But most importantly, bring book lovers!

See you there!

Happy reading.

~Marina

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Bye Bye 2016

Like sand through the hour glass, so are the days of 2016.  But this year, I’d say it doesn’t serve us to simply turn the glass over and start again.  We need new ingredients.  New sands.  New Magics.  More science.

Here’s wishing everyone a wondrous 2017.  Keep fighting, keep growing, keep achieving, keep dreaming, and keep reading.  We can all be better people tomorrow than we were yesterday.

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So long, 2016.

And if you’re looking for one more hit of feels out of this year, consider reading my story You are Not a Metaphor, published in Flash Fiction Online this year.  (That’s my subtle way of saying it’s award-eligible.)

~Marina

 

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