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May
22

A third Angry Robot book for Ramez Naam

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Ramez Naam Following the stella success of Ramez Naam‘s Nexus, we are delighted to announce the acquisition of the third book in the series for the man touted as Michael Crichton’s successor.

The as-yet unnamed book is the follow-up to 2013’s Nexus and Crux, and will be published in late 2014.

The deal, which is for worldwide English and translation rights, was agreed between Angry Robot Senior Editor Lee Harris and Lucienne Diver of the Knight Agency.

Mez had this to say: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Angry Robot again for the third Nexus book. I couldn’t ask for better partners in bringing this story to life and getting it out to fans. Especially after I injected Nexus nanoparticles into their brains and used those to control the team’s every thought.”

Lee Harris said, “Absolute poppycock, of course. We bought the series because it is one of the smartest near-future technothrillers we’ve seen in ages, and not because Ramez (who, incidentally, is superhumanly handsome, gifted and generous, and an amazing dancer) is controlling our thoughts and actions.”

And if you’ve not yet caught up with the phenomenon that is Nexus, pick up a copy at your favourite indie or chain book store, or grab one right now:

UK Print & Ebook
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

US Print & Ebook
Amazon.com | BarnesandNoble.com | IndieBound.org

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Caroline LambeWe’ve had a small reshuffle up here in our terrifyingly gun-bedecked orbital headquarters.

Please welcome our new Publicity Manager, CAROLINE LAMBE. She’s based full-time in the Nottingham office, and will greatly enhance our book promotion and marketing capabilities, from wrangling metadata and TIs for our new sales partners Faber, to arranging reviews and bookstore events. She joins us from Liberties Press in Dublin, and we’re sure you’ll make her welcome around these parts.

In other news, DARREN TURPIN has now completed his move from a full-time to a freelance role as our website manager. He’s still lurking in the background of everything that happens on this site, just… well, over there rather than right here in our midst. ROLAND BRISCOE, UK sales maven, has moved on to pastures new, and we wish him all the very best as he rejoins the world of humans. Right, back to engineering this whole total global domination malarkey…

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Faber!Hey gang! This might be more book industry-focussed than our usual robot-obsessed blog posts, but no less important…

In the UK, we’re delighted to announce that our books – AR, Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A alike – are going to be represented by that most beloved of publishers Faber, as part of their Faber Factory Plus sales team.

This will mean we have better coverage across the whole of the UK, as well as Ireland and into Europe too. We’ll have more reps on the ground telling your favourite local bookshop about our great novels, and increased coverage for libraries as well. As you may well have seen, to support this properly, we have also been expanding our publicity capabilities, recruiting a new, full-time Fiction Publicity Manager. They will work with authors and stores to promote the books across the country. We’ll have more news on that appointment shortly.

All round, this is a big deal for Angry Robot, Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A, and we should see its effects almost immediately. In the UK, authors will find there are more invitations to events and signings than before, and you’ll meet some of the reps at upcoming conventions like Eastercon too, as they are enthusiasts like us.

Ian West, head of the FF+ team, said: “We are particularly delighted to be working with Angry Robot and the Osprey group, who have consistently been ahead of the game and breaking new ground in the ways they bring writers and readers together.”

So there you go – we’re increasing our reach across the UK and Ireland, making it easier to buy our books in your local shop, month in, month out. Can’t be bad. Now for cake.

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Mar
06

Now Hiring: Fiction Publicity Manager

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Angry RobotAngry Robot’s swathe of cool genre imprints is in need of a lively PUBLICITY MANAGER. The aim of this job is to work with our divine authors, our favourite bookshops, our lovely bloggers and the Robot Army, and our fab distributors who link this all together, to promote the hell out of our books.

Duties include arranging signings and store promotions, placing reviews and articles online and in print, blogging and attending events. You’ll also be making sure all the metadata that feeds all this activity is both correct and snappier than an alligator at lunchtime.

Don’t delay – the closing date is noon GMT on 25th March 2013. More details, including how to apply, after the jump:

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Urban fantasy fans everywhere, prepare to be delighted as you digest our latest book deal announcement: we’ve signed up Tim Waggoner, author of the hugely popular Nekropolis saga, for the first two volumes of a brand new series.

The Author, Tim WaggonerIt’s Men In Black meets The Sandman as Tim invites you to meet the fine men and women of the NightWatch: a supernatural agency dedicated to hunting down rogue nightmares that escape from other realms when people dream about them, while ensuring that other dream-folk are allowed to live among the regular, human population… as long as they play by the rules.

The first book in the series – Night Terrors – will be published in the summer of 2014, with a follow-up volume scheduled for early 2015.

Tim Waggoner was kind enough to say: “One of the many wonderful things about Angry Robot is that they don’t publish cookie-cutter fiction. They seek out the different, the unusual, and – in my case – the downright weird. It’s a joy to be working with these mad geniuses again.”

And our very own Senior Editor Lee Harris said: “Tim’s Nekropolis was one of the first books we published when we launched Angry Robot, and it has been popular with our readers ever since. I’m hugely looking forward to our working with him again more than 100 books later!”

You can find out lots more about Tim Waggoner at his website: www.timwaggoner.com and be sure to follow him and bombard him with the usual messages of congratulation etc. on Twitter @TimWaggoner.

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Robo LeeIt was a dark day in the Angry Robot Fortress of Doom. The greatest robo-minds in the global organisation had gathered, with but one purpose:

“We need to talk about Lee.”

Silence. Grim, quite possibly foreboding silence.

“Er, why?”

“Well… he knows things. Lots of things. Things that, if brought into the harsh light of public scrutiny, could have massive and far-reaching consequences for our mission. We need to decide what to do about him.”

More silence. This time of a more ruminative, speculative kind.

“We could…”

“Yes?”

“…promote him?”

Silence again. But of the lightbulb-going-on variety.

“Hadn’t thought about that. Not a bad idea. Right then, stand-down the grinders, issue a public pronouncement on all channels. The Lee Harris Unit is hereby promoted to…”

“Senior Editor?”

“Yep, that sounds about right. Senior editor. Good idea. Make it so.”

“Please, no Trek clichés.”

“Sorry. Just get on with it, then. And put the kettle on, someone. I’m gasping for a brew.”

Silence once more, as the greatest robo-minds in the global organisation vacated the Chamber of Contemplation, to return to their own dreams and schemes of imminent and inevitable global domination.

True story.

 
{ There’s a slightly more news-y press release here, if you prefer a just-the-facts version for your blog or website. And you can hurl congratulations, envious abuse, or jokes about “senior moments” @LeeAHarris, as you see fit. }

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We’re pleased-as-punch to announce that, via our parent company Osprey Group, we’ve concluded a deal with to create audiobook editions of all our forthcoming Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A books.

Here’s the press release that we’ve just sent out to our chums in the bookish media – please feel free to copy & paste for your own blog or website if you’re an audiobook fan:

AudioGO

Leading audiobook producers AudioGO have signed up to create audio versions of titles from two of Osprey Group’s fiction division imprints: YA specialist Strange Chemistry and next year’s upcoming crime imprint, Exhibit A. The audiobooks will be produced in AudioGO’s specialist UK studios and will have worldwide digital distribution.

The first titles will be the debuts from the Strange Chemistry line: Blackwood by Gwenda Bond and Shift by Kim Curran, which will launch in the first week of September. Further titles will appear simultaneously with the release of physical editions from Strange Chemistry and, starting May 2013, Exhibit A.

Quotable Quotes

Jan Paterson, Publishing Director of AudioGO, said: “We are really excited by this new collaboration with Osprey Group. The digital revolution continues to deliver more and more sales of audiobooks each year, so this is a great opportunity for two independent publishing companies to collaborate to reach new markets.”

Marc Gascoigne, Managing Director of Osprey’s Angry Robot fiction division said: “Quite simply, AudioGO are damn good at what they do. We’re absolutely delighted to have them on board making audiobook editions of the books from our new imprints. Our mission has always been to have books available to our readers in all formats, worldwide, simultaneously – and AudioGO can help us deliver just that.”

Further Information

AudioGO (the home of BBC Audiobooks) publish an extensive range of drama, comedy and factual programmes from BBC Radio, in addition to abridged and unabridged recordings by best-selling authors read by the finest narrators. Most titles are available in both CD and download format.

Browse through the complete collection at www.audiogo.com.

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On Monday morning we’ll be welcoming a brand new addition to the Angry Robot team, in the form of our brand new North American Sales and Marketing Manager, Mike Underwood.

Mike will be working closely with John Tintera, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for our parent company, Osprey Group. Mike’s remit will include the ongoing development of Angry Robot’s North American retailer partnerships with all the major store and online booksellers, plus a vast array of indie bookstores. He will, in short, be the go-to guy for all things Angry and Robotic in the North American market.

Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...Mike is ideally suited to the task of getting Angry Robot books into the hand of the genre-fiction-loving masses of North America. has a background in bookselling and publisher sales and has previously worked for the Wybel Marketing Group, representing publishers such as Dark Horse Comics, Night Shade Books, Felony & Mayhem Press, and more to trade and wholesale accounts across the Midwest. Before that, Mike was a bookseller and has worked in the specialty game market. Furthermore, he holds a M.A. in Folklore Studies and when he isn’t selling books or writing his own, he studies Renaissance Martial Arts and dances Argentine tango.

But that’s not all: Mike is also, as of this month, a published genre author. His debut novel, Geekomancy is published by Pocket Star/S&S. Check it out, folks.

You can find Mike online at www.michaelrunderwood.com and do the 140-character thing in his general direction on Twitter @MikeRUnderwood.

Shiny New Angry Robot Mike Underwood said this about his imminent round of excruciatingly painful cyborgisation surgeries and interface control enhancement implantations: “I’m tremendously excited to be joining the Angry Robot team. Speculative fiction has always been my greatest passion as a bookseller and field rep, so I’m overjoyed at the chance to focus my energy and skills onto the world of genre fiction. Wait… there are surgeries?”

Angry Robot’s Managing Director Marc Gascoigne, once he’d finished cackling like a loon and shrieking “Yesss! Yesss! We have him now, our Precioussssss!”, added: “Mike impressed us with his depth of experience and knowledge of the North American bookselling market. His frankly rabid enthusiasm for the genres in which we publish, and a solid understanding of the Angry Robot mission, made him the ideal candidate. We look forward to assimilating him into our nefarious plans.”

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We’re very, very pleased indeed to be able to make the following announcement:

Following the critical and sales success of Chris F. Holm‘s debut novel Dead Harvest, and with the noise already building for The Wrong Goodbye‘s upcoming release in October this year, we’ve snapped up Chris’s third book in the Collector series.

Called The Big Reap, it threatens to reveal a whole lot more of the machinations of some of Hell’s most powerful characters, as soul collector Sam Thornton gets himself in a whole universe of trouble.

Dead Harvest, by Chris F. HolmThe Wrong Goodbye, by Chris F. Holm

Angry Robot Publisher guy Marc Gascoigne said of the new deal: “Sam Thornton is a wonderful character and his adventures damnably great fun, so we are delighted to welcome him back for more. The talented Chris Holm makes it all seem so easy.”

Author guy Chris F. Holm added: “Look, there ain’t much hardboiled about the word ‘delighted’. Nor ‘chuffed’. ‘Thrilled’ is better, I suppose; puts one in mind of white-knuckled reading. I mean, no one stops in an airport bookstore to pick up a delighter for their trip. Wait, what were we talking about again?

“Oh, right! I am thrilled, and delighted, and possibly even chuffed (being American, it’s hard to tell) to be continuing my Collector series with Angry Robot. The Big Reap is going to be both epic and unexpected, and if I do say so myself, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna rock. But more importantly, it’ll provide Angry Robot – who are, monomaniacal obsession with world domination aside, the finest folks a writer could hope to work with – an excuse to create another kickass vintage pulp cover.

“That’s right, I admit it: I’m in it for the killer covers. If I have to keep writing crazy-ass demonic adventure-noir to keep ‘em coming, then so be it.”

Sounds like we’re going to have another killer cover to reveal at some point in the future. Any bloggers out there particularly keen on hosting that one? Shout out in the comments if so…

Update: Chris is running a giveaway contest on his website. Prize packs are up for grabs, which Chris says will contain “a signed copy of Dead Harvest, as well as bookmarks, fridge magnets, custom Dead Harvest M&Ms, and whatever other crazy-ass Dead Harvest swag I happen to have lying around my house.” All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment on the site saying what it would take to get you to bargain away your immortal soul…

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We have news of another exciting debut author signing for you today folks: a two-book deal for science fiction author Wesley Chu.

Said deal – the fine-print of which was sorted out between our man Lee Harris and Wesley’s agent Russell Galen of the Scovil, Galen and Ghosh Literary Agency – is for the first two books in a brand new, high-octane, sci-fi action adventure series that mashes up Jason Bourne, Chuck, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and a whole lot more.

People of The Earth, we proudly present: The Lives of Tao.

What’s The Lives of Tao All About, Then?

The Lives of Tao follows an out-of-shape loser and IT technician called Roen, who finds his world turned inside out and upside down when a friendly alien hitches a ride inside his mind. Because this is no ordinary friendly alien: the entity in question is a secret agent, fighting an aeons-old war against the Genjix, a rival alien organisation hell-bent on destroying the Earth in their quest to return to their rightful place in the galaxy.

And poor old Roen really has his work cut out for him. He needs to develop a stiff jab, make the grade as a covert operative and find a way to save the planet, all while being hunted by the deadly agents of the Genjix.

And Who’s This Wesley Chu Guy We’re Hearing So Much About Lately?

Wesley ChuWesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast (no, seriously, check out the photo…)

Wesley is an avid gamer and a contributing writer for the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. A former stunt man and a member of the SAG, he can also be seen in film and television playing roles such as “Banzai Chef” in Fred Claus (honestly, we are not making this stuff up, he’s got his own IMDB entry and everything) and putting out Oscar worthy performances as a bank teller in Chicago Blackhawks commercials.

Besides working as an Associate Vice President at a bank, he spends his time writing and hanging out with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale Terrier, Eva.

You can catch up with Wesley online at his blog: www.chuforthought.com, or on Twitter: @wes_chu. Feel free to send him lots of “congrats!” messages and all that jazz.

For Crying Out Loud, The Quotes! Where Are the Quotes?

We asked Wesley to say nice things about us for the press release and he came back to us with the sort of megalomaniac ramblings which means he’ll definitely fit in just fine around these parts: “I am thrilled to announce my strategic alliance with Angry Robot Books. Since 2009, I and my shadowy organisation, the Genjix, have watched with interest as they’ve increased their influence over the world with an impressive stable of creative authors.

“Between their mind-bending list of books and dreadnought starships, and my kung-fu grip and millennia of world conquering experience, Earth has very little chance of surviving our onslaught. I look forward to growing this relationship with these ill-tempered automatons as we carve up the world. Dibs on New Zealand.”

Our Lee added: “I’m always delighted when I find a new science fiction series with real heart, especially one written by a debut author of such obvious and genuine talent. I can’t wait to share Wesley’s books with the world.”

Both books – exact titles still to be confirmed, so watch this space for further news on that front – are scheduled to be published in 2013.

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Chuck Wendig, stern face! (Maybe he wants his Donkey back?)We’re absolutely delighted to announce that we’ve grabbed ourselves a fresh hunk of rising urban fantasy star Chuck Wendig, in the shape of a deal for two brand new novels:

The Blue Blazes – the first in a new urban fantasy series in which lovable thug Mookie Pearl must contend with the criminal underworld, the supernatural underworld, a new drug that makes the invisible visible, and a rebellious teen daughter who opposes him at every turn.

Cormorant – a new tale of Miriam Black! Yes, folks, we’re going to be publishing the third book in the series that begins with Blackbirds (out now!) and continues with Mockingbird (September 2012).

Of course, the first Miriam Black novel, Blackbirds only hit the bookstore shelves a few short weeks back, but the response to it has been incredible (thank you, thank you all!) and we knew we just had to get in there and make Chuck another offer.

By signing up with us for these two new books, Chuck becomes the latest Angry Robot author to join the Angry Robot Four Book Club (your laminated pass is in the mail, Chuck), joining Dan Abnett, Adam Christopher and Mike Shevdon in the club-house (suggestions as to just what the four of them get up to in the club-house, on a postcard to the usual address…)

We made Chuck say nice things about us for the press release and those nice things were: “I am lucky to once more be invited back into the clanking embrace of my favourite robot, who I have found far more lovable than angry (though that is perhaps because I have not made the metal creature mad just yet).

“Together we have already turned Blackbirds into an international bestseller, selling twice as many copies as 50 Shades Of The Girl Who Kicked Over The Hunger Games – I didn’t just hallucinate that, right? Whatever. Point is, I’m happy to be back in the author stable here at Angry Robot and look forward to another two books!”

Our Lee added: “Chuck is one of the hardest working – and most talented – writers working in urban fantasy. His books are lean, fast-paced and gritty, and we’re lucky to have him. Now, can you take that gun away from my head please, Chuck? Thank you.”

It’s been a pretty big week for Chuck, this week has, what with his other announcement on Monday; namely the selling of a significant slice of his whisky-sodden soul to Amazon Children’s Publishing in the form of a three-book YA series. So it looks like the future’s bright and distinctly Wendig-shaped all round.

Keep your eyes peeled for Cormorant and The Blue Blazes artwork, cover blurbs and all the rest in the weeks and months to come.

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Please N.B. – We first posted this job advert back in March, but weren’t quite able to find the perfect person to hire, so we’re re-advertising now…

Angry Robot are expanding again, and as a result we are announcing a new and exciting vacancy. As part of our ongoing growth in the US and Canada, and the imminent arrival of our YA imprint Strange Chemistry and our Crime imprint Exhibit A, we are looking for a North American Sales & Marketing Manager.

This person will be a brand champion, liaising with the passionate souls that are the Angry Robot editors to ensure that the expert sales team at our distributors, the mighty Random House, have all they need to sell our books. Based in the US, they will use their experience of book sales and marketing channels to ensure that the delights of AR’s range are promoted to our distributors, wholesalers, stores and readers. They will in turn feed back on-the-spot information about the local market and as a key member of the Angry Robot gang help decide which books go into our ranges, with the express intention of making our books and their sales better than ever.

The role will be based on the East Coast – probably in the offices of our parent company, the Osprey Group, in Long Island City – but we may be able to be flexible for the right candidate.

If you are interested, please apply with your CV/resumé and salary expectations to Marc Gascoigne, care of incoming [at] angryrobotbooks.com or via our Contact page. No snailmail applications, please. Don’t delay – the closing date is noon GMT on 28th May 2012.

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Apr
17

Introducing The Robot Trading Company

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Behold! The Robot Trading Company

If you’ve been down to the Angry Robot Webstore since yesterday afternoon, you’ll have noticed that we’ve made a few changes.

Specifically, the Angry Robot Webstore is now The Robot Trading Company. Boasting some extremely smart new livery, an improved browsing interface, larger cover images, that sort of thing, this virtual lick-of-paint is phase one of an ongoing re-vamp and expansion plan that will involve… but no, that would be telling. As Marc tweeted yesterday: “Thus it begins” and further announcements will be made in due course.

For the time being, our Robot Legions and satisfied ebook customers can rest assured that we’re continuing to offer the full range of Angry Robot titles in ePub format (for easy conversion to Kindle Mobi if required), with no DRM, at a price that won’t break the bank. Plus, of course, our 6 month and 12 month subscription packages for those who like to buy in bulk and make big savings. In other words: business very much as usual (for now…)

So do check out www/robottradingcompany.com, follow us @RobotTradingCo for updates, special offers and more, or – if you’re that way inclinded, you can Like us on Facebook for more of the same.

And then watch, as they say, this space 

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Can We Fix It..? Yes We Can!A quick FYI / heads-up for our regular ebook customers: we’re running some essential maintenance on our ebook shop at angryrobotstore.com this week, which could carry on into the weekend.

Update Friday 13th – Thank You, yes, we’re aware that due to an unbelievably weird set of circumstances and coincidences (which, let’s face it, could only happen on this particular weekday/date combo) if you go to www.angryrobotstore.com at the moment, there’s a good chance you’ll find someone trying to sell you sports equipment. We’re assuming that once various global DNS servers have been refreshed and have caught up with themselves (24 hours or so, we’ve been told), everything will work as planned. In the meantime, please go straight to http://angryrobotstore.com (N.B. the lack of ‘www’ there) and you should see the Angry Robot webstore in all its glory.

Update Saturday 14th – Aaaand, it looks like those DNS issues have been resolved and everything is back to normal. This is a Good Thing.

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We’ve got some fantastic news for all you fans of Adam Christopher‘s Empire State (and we know there are lots of you out there): we’ve signed him up for another two titles, including the sequel to Empire State.

Adam Christopher - 4 Books and CountingAdam will be revisiting the world of the Empire State in The Age Atomic – which we’ll be publishing in May 2013 – with Hang Wire – a tale of ancient gods and serial killers – to follow within a year.

The deal was negotiated by Angry Robot editor Lee Harris and Adam’s agent, Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Agency.

Adam said (in a press release quote stylee): “I’m delighted to be back for another visit to the Empire State! Rad Bradley is a character close to my heart, and as soon as he reappeared on the page and started throwing punches, I felt like an old friend had returned… albeit one I’m obliged to put through the wringer again! Angry Robot continue to impress with a kick-ass roster of authors and titles, and I’m thrilled that The Age Atomic and Hang Wire will be part of it.”

Our Lee added: “I couldn’t be happier to have more of Adam’s books on our list. Adam joins a very exclusive club – he is now one of only three authors to have placed four books with Angry Robot. His membership card is already being laminated.”

Don’t forget, you’ve still got Adam’s second novel Seven Wonders – to look forward to in September 2012 as well.

And check out a new interview with Adam over at Erik Lundqvist’s I Will Read Books blog for lots more inside info on both The Age Atomic and Hang Wire.

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