We're excited to announce that our Redbubble shop is open - and it is full of lovely designs that come on a variety of products from stickers to shirts to mugs to mouse pads, tote bags, and more!
We officially launched the store on September 1st, which Harry Potter fans will know is the day that Hogwarts students go back to school. Our favorite design so far is Never Interrupt a Reading Dragon (shown above on the far left; find it here) - which would be Thinklings' version* of Hogwarts' motto!
We just released another epic fantasy, The Merry Band, so we thought we'd give some advice on writing epic characters. This post originally appeared in Deborah's blog:
Recently, I read a novel about a woman who suddenly became queen after growing up in near-isolation, and her struggles to keep her throne and her life. Most of the book was from her point of view, but maybe two-thirds of the way through, we switched to a pair of minor characters’ POV for a page-long exchange that went about like this:
This post first appeared in Katherine Vick's blog.
There is something I feel the need to address.
I have been chastised. Gently, it is true. But chastised I was, by two different persons on the same matter upon their reading my beloved opus, The Disposable. And I felt I had to take heed given they had both offered up the same complaint – why, oh why in creating my masterpiece had I not provided them with any decent places to stop reading? Because, as you may have noticed, The Disposable is on a roll. It has no chapters.
For every book we release, we'll feature an interview with one of its major characters. This week we sat down to chat with Princess Pleasance from The Merry Band. (Well, she was supposed to have been with the Merry Band. . . .) Read below to see what the poor kidnapped Royal had to say.
For every book we release, we'll be sure to post a review of it during the week before the book comes out. Our next book, The Merry Band by Katherine Vick, is the sequel to The Disposable and comes out on August 2nd. This review comes from Terrence Saville.
Every time we release a book, we’ll post an interview with its author during the month before the book is published. Our next novel, The Merry Band, comes out on August 2nd. The Merry Band is the sequel to The Disposable, which has been hailed as "a fun read for all...totally immersive and engaging from the first page" (Darcia Helle). Today we are sequel-interviewing Katherine Vick, the mastermind behind the exuberantly funny, anarchic adventures of Fodder and friends.
This post was first published in our CEO, Deborah's, blog.
I mentioned in an earlier post that I was watching the anime Bleach. This post is not about the show; it's just that it made me think about the idea of treating characters with dignity—or not treating them with dignity. Anime makes this concept easy to see (if your character makes a crazy silly cartoon face because they’re upset, you’re not treating them with dignity), but the concept holds true throughout all stories.
Ahoy, mateys! It's summer and we arrrr so excited to announce the loot we've got fer ye! (No need to pirate our books when ye can get 'em so cheaply! ;)
Keep readin' below to see what treasures ye can plunder from us in the coming weeks. . . .
This blog post was originally published in our CEO, Deborah Natelson's, blog.
The old cliché of a question from fans and reporters to authors is, “Where do you get your ideas?” Most authors find this a very difficult question to answer, simply because there isn’t one specific place they get their ideas. “Ideas just come to me,” they say, or “out of my head” or “from anywhere.”
From time to time, we'll feature book recommendation lists here in our blog. Many thanks to Catherine Butzen for providing this awesome list! Take it away, Catherine. . . .
The Thinklings brain trust asked me to weigh in on the topic of book recommendations. This was a problem. Like most writers, I’m a voracious reader who will talk you to death if you give me half a chance!
However, if I talk my publishers to death, Shades of Immortality will never get its next installment. So once I’d calmed down, I managed to get a list together of a few favorites.