Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Release Day

That's what today is. The Sacred Band slides into stores today. It's exists. It's alive! (At least, I hope it is.)

So what's that mean in the life of David Anthony Durham? What grand things do I have planned for today? Well, I'll tell you what I've done so far...

I've made omelets for the kids' breakfast.

I've walked the dog.

I've tried (and failed) to replace the fan belt on the car we're borrowing.

I've eaten leftover curry for lunch.

I've answered emails and mucked about with some interviews and essays.

It's now about time to walk the dog again...

Not very impressive, really. But what do I have in mind for later?

More of the same. That's how we roll around here. I'm in Scotland, an ocean away from where the book is pubbing. That's fine, though. My triplets are all grown up. They have to make their own way in the world.

That said, I hope that you include The Sacred Band in your plans for the day. If you're at all considering buying it... ah, please do. Go for it! What's the harm? What's the worst that could happen? And don't delay! Sales made this first week count a lot in terms of how/if my publisher invests in promoting the books in the weeks to come. So, if you're going to get the book eventually, considering making that eventually today!

I will be forever grateful if you do.

Oh, and I should mention that Suvudu.com has my Release Day Interview up HERE.

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Blogger Nathan Washor said...

Hi David,

I just got my Sacred Band in the mail today! I loved books 1 and 2 and can't wait to get started on the conclusion. I just wanted to know if you are planning on doing any kind of book tour signing thing and if so if you are coming to New England (Rhode Island would be awesome, but Boston is good too). Thanks.


12:07 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


That's great. Thank you very much. I'm not going to be doing any touring for this one. If I was in NE (I normally live in MA) I probably would have done some stuff in the region, but I'm in Scotland. Tours are harder to come by then they used to be - especially when the publisher needs to fly me from overseas. I honestly don't mind, though. Not doing a tour means I can keep my head on and keep working - which is pretty important after all.

Do you ever go to Boskone? I won't make it this winter, but I think it's a pretty good con right in Boston. And Readercon is great too. A lot of my face to face interaction with readers - and other writers - happens at sff conferences these days.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on release day. I had already preordered 'The Sacred Band', so I'm hoping it will arrive soon, really looking forward to it!


4:16 PM  
Blogger Ronald L. Smith said...

Ah...the glamorous life of a writer, right?


I have to admit, Acacia is on my shelf and I have been wanting to read it for years. Believe me when I say it is next on my list after Dance with Dragons!

5:13 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

It's alright being second to George. No worries.

5:31 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Thank you. I hope you like how things conclude...

5:33 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Amazon says my copy is on the way. I shall have some reading to do this weekend!

10:16 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

I hope it's enjoyable reading!

4:54 AM  
Blogger Mary Robinette Kowal said...

Happy release day! Belatedly!

4:19 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thank you, Mary! By the way, we've received your missive. Lovely. Will respond in kind.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Gene Quagmire said...

Now I feel vaguely guilty about getting it from the library, but the budget margins are razor thin around here.

Amratseer: related to Amritsar, the holiest site of my faith, or just a coincidence? Just curhious.

2:52 AM  
Blogger Gene Quagmire said...

Curhiouser and curhiouser!

2:54 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

If you want to assuage that vague guilt you could always write me a review on Amazon or some such. (This mostly applies IF you actually like the book. If you got it from the library AND don't like it AND write reviews to that effect... Well, we won't be friends!)

Those names are coincidental. At least, I wasn't intentionally thinking of Amritsar when I came up with Amratseer. But, geez, those are pretty close...

2:58 AM  
Blogger Nathan Washor said...

No, I haven't gone to Boksone - I will check it out though! I am sort of an aspiring writer myself (I say aspiring as I mostly have ideas that form into outlines, but nothing much more as of yet) with a huge passion for world building. It isn't easy with a family, a job, home projects (I am a DIYer), and I'm even writing an iPhone app with my co-worker. Meeting authors, hearing their words of wisdom, and seeing their human nature is my way of keeping my dreams alive and moving toward the goal of being published someday. I love your writing style and your Acacia stories; I can see elements of your characters making their way into my own. Thank you for the inspiration and I can't wait for your next fantasy series!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

huh, I had no idea first-week sales were so important. I was planning to re-read the first two back to back before picking up the final installment, but for you I will buy it today. Keep up the good work, David. I'm looking forward to your Spartacus novel next, too!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Gene Quagmire said...

I shall embark upon a review when I have finished the book. Definitely liking it so far, at any rate.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finished 'The Sacred Band' today, it was wonderful. A fitting conclusion to a series I've really enjoyed. Congratulations. Many things to mull over, ask about and discuss, will the forum come back for that?


2:58 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


You just wrote me an Amazon review, didn't you? Thank you for that. Wonderfully written review, if you don't mind me saying so!

As to the forum... Well, that all depends on how many people want it to happen. You're not the first to ask since TSB came out. Thing is, the forum seemed to have such ups and downs before. When the first book came out it was really busy, and then it got quiet... And then the second book came out and things picked up, and then it got very quiet... I began to feel like I was spending more time deleting spam there than I was facilitating real conversations. That's why I closed it down.

If I get the feeling that opening it again would get people talking I'm happy to do so.

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks David,

Yes I did write that amazon review. One other quick question, was there a reason why there is no glossary included? During my reading I was frequently craving one...


8:24 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Ah... Well, I suppose my publisher would've done that if I'd wanted to. And then you'd of been happier. And that would be a good thing.

Me, though, I don't care for glossaries that much in fiction. I guess I feel like the books themselves are the glossary. The answers to any questions are there in the pages.

That's a quirk of mine, though. I also don't create elaborate lineages or extensive notes. Mostly, if I forget something I look for the answer in the novels themselves.

That's not to say that I shouldn't have a glossary. I probably should. That would be a cool thing to have on the website.

If only somebody would put it together for me...

12:32 PM  

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