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Phoenix Comic-Con report

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At the start of the month, Senior Editor Lee Harris and Exhibit A editor Bryon Quertermous and I all climbed into our Angry Robotic jets and hurtled through the sky to Phoenix, Arizona, where we promptly melted.

End of story.

Not quite. The heat was intense, and it put our cooling systems into over-drive, but we managed to make our way to the convention center for Phoenix Comic-Con.

We had a booth in author’s alley, proud neighbors to many of the members of the illustrious Taco Chuch. We were excited to be supporting three Angry Robot authors (Wesley Chu, Jay Posey, Chuck Wendig) and one Strange Chemistry author (Danielle Jensen) at the convention, and to spread the good word of SF/F/WTF? to new readers.

Our authors had panels here and there all weekend, taking breaks by hanging out at the booth and selling books by their sheer radiant presence.

Lee Harris and I lead an Angry Robot preview panel, which has been summarized in great style here. (Highlights – interpretive dance, competitive comps, and manstresses).

Phoenix Comic-Con had a very well-designed and well-run literary track, and the staff overall did a great job, especially considering how rapidly the convention has been growing (It had 55,000 attendees last year, and 77,000 this year). Despite the brutal heat, all robot units returned home operational and ready to continue operation.

Next stop, CONvergence!

total-film-magazine-4367-a-1389784791-470-75January’s issue of Total Film not only features on-set exclusives for Spider-Man 2, interviews with Colin Farrell, and reviews of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug but excitedly, there is a FREE eBook of Ramez Naam‘s Nexus for every reader!

In 2013, the screen rights to Nexus, Ramez’s nanotech mind-control novel, were acquired by Paramount Pictures, with the project to be produced by Mary Parent and Cale Boyter through their Disruption label and Darren Aronofsky and Scott Franklin through their Protozoa banner. Rights acquisitions don’t always mean the movie will come to fruition, but with such fantastic names involved, it’s worth celebrating again!

Lucky Total Film readers can also download copies of Exhibit A‘s Scare Me by Richard Parker which was bought by Relativity Media with Wentworth Miller adapting the novel for the big screen, AND Strange Chemistry‘s Blackwood by Gwenda Bond which MTV has put in development, from Lionsgate Television and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods.

Have you read these books? Did you know about their TV/movie potentials? Pick up a copy of this month’s Total Film – either online on Apple or here’s where you can order your print copy – and find out how to download your free copy of these books!



Team Robot Blogger Award: The Winners!

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The Winners



Well done to all our short-listed blogs, and those nominated by the authors. But we can only have one winner for each award, and here they are: Read More→


Team Robot Blogger Award

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As most of you are probably aware, we here at Robot HQ adore our blogs, bloggers, readers of blogs, and all things related. We really appreciate everything they do to help us promote our books, authors, and indeed Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry, and Exhibit A. With today being Thanksgiving, we thought it was the perfect time to announce our Team Robot Blogger Award. We want to give back to those bloggers who work tirelessly, for no financial gain, and in their own free time, to read more books than we can even publish, and spread the word to the reading – and buying – public. Read More→

Got the best Dad and live in a land where it’s Father’s Day next weekend? Gift him a “balls to the walls” story, “laugh-out-loud funny” characters, and secret war-torn London with our Angry Robot Father’s Day Present Suggestions! For your paternal figures who prefer their book pages to contain crime-filled mystery, we’ve also some choice offerings from Exhibit A!

With eBooks available for all our titles on the Robot Trading Company why not stock up his Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader of choice, with some smashing Angry Robot titles, or indeed from our friends at Angry Robot. If you’d rather give the paternal figure in your life the choice of book, why not gift him a subscription to the Robot Trading Company? If he prefers the feel and smell of fresh-cut pages, stop by your local indie bookshop and pick him up a book!

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig, Art by Joey Hi-Fi“Balls-to-the-wall, take-no-prisoners storytelling at its best.”: It can only be Chuck Wendig that County Line author, Bill Cameron, is speaking about!

The Blue Blazes sees Mookie Pearl deal not only with the Criminal & Supernatural Underworlds, but also his daughter who has decided to take up arms & oppose him…

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith
US Print & Ebook | |
DRM-Free Epub Ebook The Robot Trading Company


The Lives of Tao by Wesley ChuAlmost everyone at some stage thinks their Dad’s a superhero, and inevitably we find out they are only human. Boo. But what if he had an alien in his head? Maybe he’s always had one and his ordinary life is actually incredibly extraordinary? Only one book for him, so: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu!

Buying Info

UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith
US Print & Ebook | |
DRM-Free Epub Ebook Robot Trading Company


The Eighth Court by Mike Shevdon, cover art by John CoulthartBest not mention the phrases “petty rivalries” and “old disputes” in Mike Shevdon’s The Eighth Court to your Dad, or he’ll think he’s sitting around the familial Sunday table, but do tell him how much he’ll love this secret London that within which The Courts of the Feyre series is set!

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith
US Print & Ebook | |
DRM-Free Epub Ebook The Robot Trading Company


To try and help some more, here’s a few key titles that you/he might be interested in from ourselves and some criminally-good Angry Robot titles:

Scare Me by Richard Parker, May 2013Scare Me is a tale of modern urban terror, for anyone who’s ever worried that someone might one day use the internet to track them down and cause them and their family harm…

“Tightly written, fast paced. Keeps you turning the pages.”
Simon Kernick

Buying Info: 
UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith
US Print & Ebook | |
DRM-Free Epub Ebook: On-sale 30th April from the Robot Trading Company

Penance by Dan O'Shea, May 2013

Penance is part detective novel and part thriller – like Michael Connelly crossed with Robert Ludlum (think Harry Bosch with extra fire power and added international intrigue). Penance is also aided by being a novel of ideas with strong themes – past sins returning; the importance of redemption – which prevent it from turning into a shoot-em-up.” — Killing Time.

Buying Info:
UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith
US Print & Ebook | |
DRM-Free Epub Ebook On-sale 30th April 2013 from the Robot Trading Company


Wounded Prey by Sean Lynch, June 2013A visceral and heart-wrenching cross between No Country For Old Men and Silence of the Lambs, this is an exhilarating debut from a thrillingly authentic author.

Wounded Prey is a non-stop thrill ride of a book. Unrelenting, brutal, scary, and at times skin-crawling in its depiction of atrocious crimes. And yet it is also funny, warming and believable.” Tony Healey

Buying Info: 
UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith
US Print & Ebook | |
DRM-Free Epub Ebook The Robot Trading Company

Now that’s as easy as I can make it for you…it’s always been a reminder to myself that I haven’t been bought a card for my Dad yet! Happy Shopping!



NetGalley Info

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***20/05/2013 UPDATE***

Hi again!

First off, thanks to everyone who has commented, tweeted, shared and participated in this conversation; it’s been very encouraging to see how much we all want to make NetGalley even better! I just saw this NG Tumbler post and think it’s worthwhile sharing as well: They’re running a Wellness Pledge programme to help users improve their profiles and usability of the site, with the aim being to get a badge posted to your profile showing publishers that you’re committed to being “NetGalley Healthy”! Here’s the page for the pledge:

I hope that further helps!


***17/05/2013 POST***

So first off, I want to say how much I utterly love NetGalley; it’s an amazing tool for everyone involved and strikes up conversations about books prior to publication in a, largely, hassle-free manner.

But after working with it for the last month, I thought I’d put together a few, hopefully, handy tips and some advice. The aim is that this will help reviewers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and everyone else who uses NG, understand what we, as publishers, would love to see in requests. If this helps us approve more requests, and gives you an insight into what we’re looking for, then I’ll be very happy! Thusly:


When I was first applying for my publishing internship way back when I was still in college, my cover letter was all about how much I loved books, and thus this naturally meant I was made for the world of publishing. That is, until it was pointed out to me by my lovely publishing mentor that it’s a given to all involved with books that we’re voracious readers who absolutely love everything bookish. It doesn’t mean it’s not important that you love reading, but to us, what’s more important is what you’re going to do after you read our books. Ideally I’d love to see the following in your profile:

  • • Links to your blog/website/online forums where you talk books
  • • Your bio as a reviewer/bookseller/librarian (from here on, NG user as I don’t want to leave anyone out!) is really important:
  1. • how long have you been active whether reviewing, book club recommending, or as a bookseller, librarian etc;
  2. • where have you reviewed in the past
  3. • where do you think you’ll be sending this review
  4. • who will you be talking to about the book ie fellow students/bloggers/librarians/booksellers/customers
  • • If possible, include direct links to some sample reviews or blogs/school library sites
  • • If you’re a librarian, and registered with the American Library Association, please try and register your membership number with the NG site so you have the official ALA logo beside your name. That makes a big difference! I’m not sure how you do this, and am happy to be guided, and can include a how-to here if needed.
  • • For bloggers/reviewers, we absolute love to see your stats: the most useful and helpful basic site statistics are:
  1. • dated eg as of 17 May 2013 I have xyz followers…
  2. • if you have a newsletter subscription, tell us how many subscribers you have
  3. • Page views per day (average)
  4. • Unique visitors per month
  • • But don’t just tell us about your site, especially if you don’t have one! If you use Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads etc and will be talking about the requested book on these sites, you can still tell us how many followers, friends, interactions you have.


  • • Whenever we put a title on NG, we send out the respective group email: to the Robot Army, the Chemistry Set or the Witness Protection Programme. We always urge NG users to get requests in early, and I can’t stress that enough: there are often hundreds of requests and we cannot match that amount for each book so do get your request in as soon as possible
  • • With that, please make sure you do have time to read the books you’re requesting, and that more importantly you download them as soon as possible: our books are generally only available for 4 weeks on NetGalley so if you’ve been approved, please do download the title

Posting Reviews

When you’re sending in your review, there are a few things that would really make my job easier… and also make me love you even more!

  • • Please include the date the review was published especially if it’s a forthcoming review
  • • If you run your own blog, or contribute to one, send us the link which the review will appear on, but also don’t forget to include the link for your Goodreads account, your Amazon reviews, twitter or basically anywhere else the review will appear. This not only makes it easier for me to remember how amazing you are, but also to help promote you and your work: if we’re not already connected on Twitter, I’ll tweet your review and link to you. We want you to get as much out of your work as we can.

Possible Reasons for Declining

First off, none of us like declining people… it makes us sad, really. We love our books, and so look forward to people reading them and sending back informed reviews, whatever way they may go. It’s the nature of the game that not all books are going to satisfy all readers, and we’re never going to decline you because you didn’t like our last book or anything silly. But it is a business, and we do need to make sure we don’t potentially undermine any book’s worth by sending out copies to everyone without seeing a value in it. So, to avoid you and I both feeling terrible, please bear in mind:

  • • If your profile has no link to a blog, or any discernible outlet, but you maintain you’re a reviewer, it definitely lowers your approval chances
  • • A profile with little info at all will also lower approval rates
  • • If you provide a link to a website but there haven’t been any recent posts, or it doesn’t have any book reviews, that will look odd. If there’s a reason for this (you’ve been caught up in something else and are looking to get back to bloggging, for example, let us know that – add it to your bio)
  • • No bio at all: unless you’re an extremely high-profile person or known to us personally, this is always worrying

I think that covers everything; if you think of anything you’d like clarification on or want to run past me/us, please comment below. I’d really love to hear from NG users as well, especially on what we could be doing to help you: this is a site that we’ll all get as much out of as we put in, so let’s start talking about how we could all do better and help each other out!

Happy Friday, everyone!


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Welcome to Exhibit A

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Regular robot followers will know that we’re intent on world domination. A little under four years ago we launched Angry Robot in the UK, followed by the US and Canada a year or so later.

Last September we launched our new YA imprint, Strange Chemistry, to critical acclaim, and today sees the launch of our new Crime/Thriller imprint, Exhibit A, with the incomparable Emlyn Rees at the helm – himself a bestselling novelist.

Exhibit A’s launch titles are Scare Me by Richard Parker and Penance by Dan O’Shea, available in paperback today in the US and Canada, and in ebook worldwide. UK crime fans only have to wait until Thursday for their fix!

Head over to Exhibit A to find out more!

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The Exhibit A Website is Live

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Last month we announced the appointment of our new crime editor, Emlyn Rees, who’s heading up the development of our brand new crime fiction imprint, Exhibit A, for launch next Spring.

The Exhibit A website is now live at where you can check our Emlyn’s first couple of blog posts, on the subjects of eating chillies and spotting psychopaths. There’ll be lots more to come from Emlyn, Exhibit A’s authors (more on that side of things before too long…) and maybe the occasional Angry Robot editorial interloper, who knows?

You can also hurl abuse fire comments and questions at Emlyn on Twitter: @exhibitAbooks.

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Your very own Angry Robot is pleased to announce its newest venture – a sister imprint, Exhibit A, which will publish crime genre fiction.

The imprint will launch in late Spring 2013, with two titles appearing in each of the first two months, before settling down to one book each month. Exhibit A will follow AR’s strategy of co-publishing its books simultaneously in both the UK and US, in both paperback and eBook formats, backed up by strong online marketing and community activity.

Exhibit A’s ambition is to become an addictive new home for addictive crime fiction. It will be looking for authors with original, gripping voices. Exhibit A books – whether they’re procedurals, mysteries, thrillers, or something entirely new – will aim to divert readers from their everyday lives into an exhilarating world of drama, fear and suspense.

Joining our merry band to run the imprint is Emlyn Rees. He published his first crime novel aged twenty-five, his second a year later, and then co-wrote seven comedies with Josie Lloyd, including the Sunday Times bestseller Come Together. In his time, Emlyn has also worked for the Curtis Brown literary agency and has run a manuscript editing service. He’s great.

Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot’s MD and publisher, said: “Passion, a flair for innovation and a keen sense of what readers want – that’s what has driven Angry Robot’s success so far, and it’s what Emlyn Rees will bring to our new imprint too. We’re overjoyed to have him on board. With our YA imprint Strange Chemistry launching this September, and now Exhibit A due next spring, our growth plans are shaping up very nicely indeed.”

Emlyn added (and we didn’t even need to use the Scary Hot Things), “Angry Robot is an exciting and innovative new publisher, with a terrific track record for breaking out fresh talent and bringing great authors and readers closer together. I’m delighted to be joining the team and can’t wait to set about building a list of talented crime writers we can be proud of and passionate about. I want Exhibit A to become an eye-catching new focal point for compelling crime fiction and the crime fiction community.”

The launch of Exhibit A is just the latest in a wave of expansion by parent company, Osprey Group, following investment by Alcuin Capital Partners in 2011. Osprey recently won the IPG Award for Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year 2012.

For more on all this lovely news, follow us on @ExhibitAbooks. Yoiu can also contact us via the usual means, or just hang around here looking inconspicuous.

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