Missed my last AMA? Never fear, because we’ve got a new one on the books for Friday, May 5 at 12 pm ET on the r/books thread. (You can find me under the username M-L-Rio.) Mark your calendars and bring your questions!
5th Anniversary Edition Release
Well, it’s here.
A lot of people have been working together to make this special edition a reality, since way back in December of 2021. Our marvelous illustrator, Angie Hoffmeister, really captured the atmosphere of the story, and the good people at Titan Books gave it a dust jacket worthy to contain the artwork inside. As for me, I’ve spent hours at my desk, or my coffee table, and even hotel bars or elsewhere on the road, signing 25,000 tip-ins. It’s humbling to think that that many people might want to have a piece of paper I scribbled and creased and spilled coffee on; it’s surreal to see all our efforts come together in a physical object you can have and hold.
Of course, since I’m still in the States, many readers will get their hands on it before I do. But that’s okay–this book really belongs to you. Without the readers who rallied behind it, there would have been no reason to do this thing in the first place. So thanks, from me and everybody on the UK Villains team.
Time for the inevitable plug: if you haven’t ordered yours yet, you can do that here. Because they’re signed and my arms can only withstand so much, quantities are limited.
Goodreads Giveaway 8/16/22-8/26/22
We’re giving away 100 ebooks in the next ten days, so make sure to submit an entry if you need a digital copy of Villains in your life. Link to enter here.
Good news for anybody loading up their ereader for summer travel: If We Were Villains is on sale for $2.99 across platforms today through July 3. Grab it from your favorite digital retailer!
If you need some fresh reading this week, I’ve collaborated with Bookshop.org to build you a list of novels I find, in one way or another, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s deeply human drama.
Don’t forget, Villains is 10% off on Bookshop for a few more days, which is a great way to support your favorite indies.
Folger Shakespeare Library April Book Club Events
We have a very busy April on the books (it is, after all, the month of Shakespeare’s birth and death) and I’m excited to share that If We Were Villains is the Folger Shakespeare Library’s book club pick. I’ll be participating in a virtual discussion with the book club on Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can register to attend here. I’ll also be joining director Michael Witmore for a conversation as part of the Virtually Everything series, available only to library members, at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 13. You can become a member and find event details here.
Hope to see you soon.
Ides of March Goodreads Giveaway
Great news: in honor of the Ides of March, we’ve partnered with Goodreads to host a giveaway of 100 US ebooks of If We Were Villains. You can enter here through March 25th.
May the Bard be with you.
Updated Events Page
Please forgive me for the long delay in posting! I have no better excuse than being overwhelmed with work and life in general. Today’s Reddit AMA reminded me that it’s been far too long since I updated the events page of this website, which I have now done! More to come, but in the meantime you can find a link to this afternoon’s AMA, as well as upcoming appearances.
Hope to see you soon.
Special Signed Hardback Available for Pre-Order
I’m back after a long hiatus with some very exciting news: this October, Titan Books will be releasing a special, signed hardback edition of If We Were Villains featuring fresh new cover art and an introduction by me. You can pre-order the book here or from your favorite retailer.
I’m so excited for you to have this beauty in your hands. More soon!
UK Book Bundle Giveaway
Good news if you’re in the UK or Ireland: Titan Books is giving away a great bundle of books (including IWWV) for International Women’s Day. You have until 5 p.m. GMT, March 9, to retweet this post. Good luck!