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Race for the Iron Throne: The Patreon!

I need a new headshot…

After several delays and a good deal of consideration, I’ve finally taken the plunge and started a Patreon campaign. Initially, I wanted to wait until the bulk of Kickstarter rewards were fulfilled, because I don’t like double-dipping on people. And then life got in the way…

Anyway, the goal for the Patreon is to help me shift from writing about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture (including but not limited to ASOIAF) mostly for a hobby towards writing about it for a living.

So if you can chip in a little bit per month to help me achieve that goal (or can help spread the word on social media about the campaign), it would be greatly appreciated. I want to promise off the bat that the heart of this blog – regular essays about ASOIAF and comics and the like – will not be pay-gated. There’s some great Patreon reward levels, but they all involve getting to read stuff early and getting access to bonus stuff and the like. My intention is that Race for the Iron Throne and my other endeavors continue to be fun and accessible for supporters and casual readers alike.

Either way, I’ve had a great time writing and chatting with you all for these past several years, and hope to keep the conversation going for many years to come.

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Book Announcement!

Hey, folks! Just wanted to let you know that the last of the Kickstarter books, Kings, Hands, and City-States, is now available in paperback.

People who ordered a copy during the Kickstarter will be getting theirs mailed out soon, but if you didn’t have a chance to back then, you can now order your own copy!

And as always, if you enjoy the book, please do leave a review.

Check it out!

Non-ASOIAF Content: Book Announcement

As you all know, in my day job I’m a historian of public policy. And I’m very pleased to announce that my first academic book, People Must Live By Work: Direct Job Creation in America, from FDR to Reagan, is now available from University of Pennsylvania Press. (You can buy a copy here and here, hint hint.)

I know that 20th Century U.S social and economic policy is a far cry from Medieval Europe, but if you’re curious to know what’s been keeping me from devoting every waking hour to writing about A Song of Ice and Fire, here’s your chance! And if the topic interests you, I’m hosting a book club over at Lawyers, Guns, and Money.

RFTIT Kickstarter Fulfillment News

Hey folks, just wanted to post a quick update about the progress of Kickstarter fulfillment. My editor Marc has been sending out physical copies of the books in batches, and I’ve seen the emails showing that people have started to get them in the mail, which is great. On my end, all but one of the signed sets of books have been mailed out and that last one should be going out this week.

With that done, Kickstarter fulfillment is starting to come to an end. It’s not completely done; I still have some bonus essays to write and a presentation to record, and at some point I need to find a time and place in NYC for people to watch “Blackwater” (if there’s still interest in that). And of course, when the Kickstarter is complete, I have big plans for the future…

However, I do want to thank everyone for their patience and their support once more.

 

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup (Part II)

Quotes have been put into the outline for Sansa III, which is going to be a rather difficult essay to write, because it requires a very delicate touch. The mountain of signature books has been successfully moved from front door to living room, so I plan to start signing them tomorrow.

In the mean-time, lots more Tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

RFTIT Tumblr Weeklyish Roundup

Hey folks, I want to let people know that, now that Volumes I and II of Race for the Iron Throne are in print, my editor and I are working on Kickstarter fulfillment: first, we’re working on putting in orders for all the people who ordered print copies, which we’ll ship directly to their addresses; second, we’re also putting in orders for people who ordered signed copies, which will be shipped to me so I can sign them and then ship them out.

In the mean time, we’ve got some tumblrs:

ASOIAF:

Non-ASOIAF:

Race for the Iron Throne Volume I Now In Print!

I am very happy to announce that Race for the Iron Throne, Volume I is now in print! And unlike Volume II, this one didn’t have to be chopped into two books to stay under binding limits.

As before, I have an ask for all of you: if you’ve not had a chance to get your copy through the Kickstarter, please buy my book. And then, regardless of whether you’ve bought your book through the Kickstarter or through Amazon, please rate and review the book on Amazon and help spread the word about the book.

And for those of you who ordered a copy through the Kickstarter, you don’t need to buy a copy seperately (although if you want to get more copies for friends and family, I won’t say no), my editor and I will be gearing up to ship those out to you very soon.

So check it out!

My (Academic) Book is Done!

Page proofs and index are done, which means the book is now officially out of my hands and off on its way to the publisher and eventually to print. Which for you all means that I’ll have a lot more free time for ASOIAF writing very shortly.

More Book News!

Hey folks, just wanted to let you know that the second paperback is now available on Amazon.com! With Volume II done and dusted, we’re optimistic that Volume I should be heading to print soon, so that you’ll be able to have the whole series on the shelf right next to your well-worn copies of A Song of Ice and Fire.

As before, I have an ask for all of you: if you’ve not had a chance to get your copy through the Kickstarter, please buy my book. And then, regardless of whether you’ve bought your book through the Kickstarter or through Amazon, please rate and review the book on Amazon and help spread the word about the book.

And for those of you who ordered a copy through the Kickstarter, you don’t need to buy a copy seperately (although if you want to get more copies for friends and family, I won’t say no), my editor and I will be gearing up to ship those out to you very soon.

So check it out!

Race for the Iron Throne Is In Print!

After meticulously editing for months on end, I am very happy to announce that the paperback edition of Race for the Iron Throne Volume II is now available on Amazon! Technically speaking, this is Part 1 of Volume II, because the physical manuscript turned out to be so long – turns out when you write long essays about each chapter in a doorstop fantasy novel, it adds up – that it would have been prohibitively expensive to publish the whole thing in one go. However, now that we’ve gotten over the initial hurdle of editing, proofing, and submitting, Part 2 and Volume I will be coming out much more quickly.

So here’s my ask to you all: if you’ve not had a chance to get your copy through the Kickstarter, please buy my book. And then, regardless of whether you’ve bought your book through the Kickstarter or through Amazon, please rate and review the book on Amazon and help spread the word about the book.

And for those of you who ordered a copy through the Kickstarter, you don’t need to buy a copy seperately (although if you want to get more copies for friends and family, I won’t say no), my editor and I will be gearing up to ship those out to you very soon.

So please check it out!

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