Just three weeks until “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” comes out and I’m pretty excited, as this is my first novella-book.
So I thought I’d pull together a few facts about “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” coming from on May 3, from Tor.Com Publishing. (I’m doing this before the coffee kicks in, so you may be getting more than I bargained for…)
- I started writing “The Jewel And Her Lapidary” in 2012. It became a hidden history in 2014.
- The original title was “The Cabochon Bezel and The Water of Kings.”
- My editor once called Jewel “An epic in miniature,” which I quite like.
- “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” rode a single submission pile for more than half a year (Take heart, friends.).
- There are bits of repeated text interlaid in the narrative that sometimes bind the story and sometimes change intent over time, the way some of my favorite poems do.
- As words and phrases changed from the ARC to the final novella, [as they are sometimes known to do in novels (as well as in online proofs, but somehow the printing feels closer to a novel… a very fast one!)], Tor.com’s editorial care with this process was a great experience.
- No gems were harmed in the making of this book. (Ok, that’s a fib. A couple gems were harmed. Ok… more than a couple.)
- Me, when I saw Tommy Arnold’s art for this story: “That’s the determination in their faces exactly. Genius!” (ok, actually, my first words were “OOOOOOoooooo,” then the other thing.
- Working with everyone at Tor.com Publishing was absolutely wonderful, from first to last. Thank you Mordecai, Lauren, Lee, Irene, and Patrick, especially! (There are more people to thank, saved for the acknowledgements…)
Want some more (possibly less-random) details?
The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde, is another story about power. Although this one’s about loss, friendship, and responsibility. Two young women, one magically bound to protect and obey the other, are the last survivors of the ruling class of a kingdom defended up to now by magic. Captives of an invader, they alone must keep the magic of the gems out of enemy hands. It’s a novella about love and duty, at its heart: elegant and affecting.
Publishers’ Weekly made me smile with
Wilde (Updraft) manages to describe many layers of a broad culture and a great loss in a short space, with a satisfying portrayal of how honor and love might survive in a new world born from the destruction of the old.
Geek Ireland gave “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” five stars and said,
All in all the story is very well developed from beginning to end. There is no lull in the story. It flows organically. A pleasure to read, in fact I have read it multiple times. Jewel and Her Lapidary is the first book in a series. There are two more novellas to come along but in the mean time there are some short stories that could help you gain deeper understanding of the gems history.
This novella is set to be released on May 6th 2016 and I cannot wait to recommend it to even more people, it is available for pre-order from iBooks, Kindle and Nook.. If you enjoyed this wonderful novel by Fran Wilde then I would recommend some of her earlier works like Updraft which was released in Sep of 2015.
Geek Ireland also interviewed me about the novella– that’ll be coming out soon!
I’ll be talking about novellas soon on Skiffy & Fanty and r/Fantasy, and appearing on blogs near you soon. Plus Main Point Books and I are cooking up something special (Save the Date for May 4 if you’re nearby!). And Tor.com has some video surprises up its sleeve.
And – breaking news – this Wednesday, the magnificent Book Smugglers will have an excerpt from “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” for you to read.
Edited: It’s up! Here’s the excerpt link.
Meantime, (and totally burying the lede): there’s a giveaway over on Goodreads, starting today! Go forth and enter!
To sum up: I’m looking forward to seeing this one out in the world for sure, and looking forward to hearing from you about it, too.