I Have a Bone to Pick with the Inauguration Committee

Usually when I write my posts for the SFNovelists blog, I try to focus on issues relating to the creative process or the mechanics of writing.  I see this blog as a chance for us to discuss craft with other published authors and also with writers who are still trying to make that first sale. But with today being my day to post for the month, and with the release of my newest book only a week away, I feel that a bit of Shameless Self-Promotion is in order.  To wit:


There, that felt good.  The book is called The Horsemen’s Gambit.  It’s the second book in my Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and if you’d like to learn more about it, or would care to read the first few chapters, please visit my website here.

I’d love to play this real cool, and tell of you that this being my tenth published book I’m kind of blase about the whole thing now.  But it’s just not true.  I still get excited and nervous about a new release.  Perhaps not the way I did with my first novel, but we’re talking just a small difference of degree.  I’d venture a guess that most of my friends here on SFNovelists are much the same way.  This is what we work for, the culmination of a process that can literally take years.  There’d be something wrong with us if we weren’t excited.

The problem most of us have — certainly the problem I’m having — is getting the rest of the world as excited as we are.  You see, my release date is January 20, 2009.  Yes, THAT January 20, 2009.  Barack Obama’s January 20, 2009.  I want to say that aside from my wife and kids, no one in the world is even aware that my book comes out that day, but the truth is I’m not sure that my wife and kids know.  I mean, I put it on the calendar hanging in our kitchen, but there’s an Obama/Biden sticker covering that day and I had to use little arrows to indicate it and . . . well . . . let’s just say that it’s not exactly on the family radar quite yet.

I understand.  Really, I do.  No one is more excited about Obama’s inauguration than I am.  Well, all right, that’s not really true either.  I’m sure his kids are pretty excited.  And his wife.  I’m thinking that maybe if I’d promised my kids a puppy when the new book came out, they’d be a bit more excited about it.  I also have to admit that there are probably a lot of people whose excitement about the inauguration isn’t tinged with this whole jealousy/resentment thing that I’ve got going.  So maybe I should have said that few people are more excited by the idea of Obama’s inauguration than I am.  Because that’s true.  I really am excited.  I just wish they could have chosen a different day.  Yeah, I know what you’re thinking:  Why couldn’t Tor have chosen a different day for my book release?  But they chose this date way before Obama won….

Oh, well.  Water under the bridge, right?  But if you happen to be at an inauguration party, and there’s a lull in the action — Biden must have some stuff to do that day; you could do this during his part — if you could just mention my book to the people around you, I’d be really grateful.  Obama won’t mind.  He’s getting lots of air time.  He’d be willing to share.  I’m sure of it.  He seems like a nice guy.  So if you can just mention it to some people.  The Horsemen’s Gambit, book II of Blood of the Southlands, by David B. Coe.

I’d appreciate it.

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  1. 1. Diana Pharaoh Francis

    The Black Ship was released election day. But of course, it had the magical ability to stop all campaign commercials. And it did! No more political ads came after that day. So what mighty power does the Horseman’s Gambit have . . . ?

  2. 2. David B. Coe

    It can drive George W. Bush from office!

  3. 3. NewGuyDave

    I’m sure some people are wishing you released your book four years ago.

  4. 4. Diana Pharaoh Francis

    Don’t forget Cheney’s going to. And many many many more.

  5. 5. David B. Coe

    Yeah, four years ago I released Bonds of Vengeance, which clearly wasn’t as powerful a book…..

  6. 6. Jagi Lamplighter

    Oh, this whole thing made me laugh. Far from heading toward D.C. that day, I think we’ll be heading away to visit friends a bit south, but as they are Conservatives and not particularly psyched, maybe the news of your book release with comfort them. I’ll tell ‘em about it. ;-)

  7. 7. S. M. Payne

    Well, as a Republican and someone thoroughly impressed with some of the important things Bush DID manage to do (such as his fight on HIV/AIDS), I seriously don’t mind getting into your book happily on black 20th!

  8. 8. David B. Coe

    Thanks! Hope you enjoy the book.

  9. 9. David B. Coe

    I appreciate the plug, Jagi. As excited as I am, and as eager as I would be to witness the spectacle, I can certainly understand the impulse to flee the crowds and the fanfare. Hope you have a good visit.

  10. 10. Saje Williams

    Egads, that must be awful! Oh, and congrats, given that today’s the 20th.

    If I remember right one of my books was released on a day with some special significance otherwise and it bugged me too. In some cases I think a little envy is unavoidable. Hope the book goes gangbusters for you.

  11. 11. David B. Coe

    Thanks, Saje. Actually I can’t think of anything I’d rather have preempt my book release. I appreciate the good wishes.

Author Information

David B. Coe

David B. Coe (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) is the Crawford award-winning author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, the Winds of the Forelands quintet, the Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and a number of short stories. Writing as D.B. Jackson (http://www.dbjackson-author.com), he is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, a blend of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. David is also part of the Magical Words group blog (http://magicalwords.net), and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. In 2010 he wrote the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, Robin Hood. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Visit site.



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