Release Day!

September 25th, 2012 Comments off

Today’s the Day!  Bad Glass is out in the world.  I’ve seen it on store shelves, it’s “In Stock” at Amazon, and I even downloaded a copy to my Kindle (dual purpose there: I got to check out the awesome e-reader formatting, while at the same time nudging up my sales rank).

Buy it here:  Amazon | | Powell’s

As release week progresses, there’ll be interviews popping up all over the web.  Here are the first two, and my favorite pull quotes:

Suvudu Interview

“Probably the biggest lesson I learned from working retail, driving a forklift, and being an accountant is the fact that I don’t want to work retail, drive a forklift, or be an accountant.”

RT Book Reviews Interview

“So, yes, hiding behind a camera can help you cope with the horrible things in your life, but it works in the same way that denial works — it’s an effective psychological defense that really isn’t all that healthy in the long run. Your problems are still there, you’re just not facing them. And eventually, all of those bad things are going to come crashing in.”


(Also, as a bonus, here’s a neat little review from SFcrowsnest in the UK.)

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September 18th, 2012 Comments off

As its release date nears (just one week away!) Bad Glass is getting more exposure. Here’s a brief roundup:

  • posted the first fifty pages. Just enough to get you hooked.
  • They also posted a “Dear Readers” letter, talking about how I came to write the book.
  • Library Journal picked Bad Glass as its “SF/F Debut of the Month” and gave it a starred review. (This might be my favorite review so far.)
  • RT Book Reviews gave it a glowing 4 ½ star review. (It’s not online yet, but they call it “a disturbing yet immensely entertaining story.”)
  • And it looks like Del Rey is giving away 30 copies of the book through Goodreads. You can enter through 9/20.

Release week will see a lot of interviews popping up in various places. I’ll probably do another roundup soon, but if you want to see what’s happening as it happens, you can always check my twitter feed (@rgropp).

Pretty exciting stuff for a debut author! I’m trying to remember to breathe.

(And if you like the book, give it a review! Amazon, BN, Goodreads, wherever. Word of mouth helps!)

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Finished Copies

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

Finished Copies of Bad Glass arrived today, courtesy Mike, my editor at Del Rey.  When I first saw the initial cover design (many months back) I had my doubts — I was afraid it was too heavy on the horror, too light on the fantasy — but, after many tweaks and lots of polish, it’s really grown on me.

Bad Glass, Finished Copies

(And, yes, there’s an annoying typo on the back cover.  You’ll have to hunt down a copy, but 10 points to the first person who finds it.)

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Wilde Stories 2012

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Wilde Stories 2012: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction (Lethe Press) is out now!  It collects my short story, “Filling Up the Void,” and is my first appearance in an actual, honest-to-god paper and ink book.

Random Thing I Learned Today

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

If you start hard-boiling eggs, then get caught up writing, the water will eventually boil away and the eggs will pop like popcorn kernels.  And you’ll probably ruin a pan.  And writers shouldn’t try to multitask.

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July 17th, 2012 Comments off

Welcome to my home away from home, housed on a web server in my utility room.

I’m a new writer, counting down the days to the publication of my first novel, Bad Glass (Del Rey, 9/25/12).  It won a contest in 2011, beating out 700 other novels, and Del Rey liked it enough to sign me on as one of their authors.  Bad Glass is a three-year labor of love, a postmodern-ish science fiction/fantasy/horror story.  And if you like any of those things you should probably give it a read.

I’ve also sold a couple of short stories.  You can check those out via my Bibliography page.

At the moment this site is pretty empty.  Just this welcome note, a bibliography, a brief bio, and a deleted scene from my novel.  I’m hoping it grows as I figure out self-promotion and hype-creation.  I’ll try not to post too many inanities — mostly just upcoming publications, giveaways, and interviews.  And, come September, I’m sure there’ll be a lot of those.

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