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Worldshaper copies arrive!

I have actual physical copies of Worldshaper, my ninth novel from DAW Books, looking sharp in trade paperback, as you can see (it will come out in trade paperback and ebook to start with, then mass-market paperback probably just before Book 2 in the series, a year from now. Not officially on sale until September 18, but I have permission to sell it early at SaskExpo, September 15 and 16, so if you make it to that convention in Saskatoon, find my booth in Artists' Alley, and you could be one of the first in the world to own an autographed copy!

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:45, September 6th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Publishers Weekly calls Worldshaper a “rollicking” contemporary fantasy in STARRED review

Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books. Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, has given my upcoming novel Worldshaper, Book 1 in my new Worldshapers series for DAW Books, its highest accolade, a STARRED review. Highlights: "This rollicking secondary-world contemporary fantasy opens with a bang...(the characters) grapple with the ethics of changing the world, the question of what makes people 'real' when the worldshapers can change everything about them with nothing more than a thought, and the need to save the universe. Willett...meticulously includes small details that make the constantly changing scenery feel solid and real...This novel sets up a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:16, August 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first two chapters of Worldshaper!

It's just six weeks until the release of Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books, on September 18 in trade paperback and ebook. What with When Words Collide coming up this weekend, and the World Science Fiction Convention after that, and DragonCon after that, and then SaskExpo after that, all of which I'll be at to talk up the book before the release, it's time to post the first two chapters! You can read them here. And here's the general information one more time: Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House From an Aurora Award-winning ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:18, August 5th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Praise from Saskatchewan Book Awards jurors for The Cityborn

Last night the 25th annual Saskatchewan Book Awards were presented at the Conexus Arts Centre. My science fiction novel The Cityborn was shortlisted for the City of Regina Book Award, for "the best book by a Regina author, judged on the quality of the writing." This is, I believe, the eighth time I've been shortlisted, and I won the City of Regina Book Award in 2002 for Spirit Singer; in fact, on the display board at the door last night they had photos of some past winners, myself among them (look closely at the photo I'm indicating in the photo accompanying this post!). My competition this year include Anne Campbell's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:18, April 29th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover Art Reveal: Worldshaper

Here's the fabulous cover art for Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books, coming out September 18 in hardcover and ebook. It's the start of a new series called Worldshapers. The artwork is by Juliana Kolesova, who happens to also be from Canada--she works out of Toronto. Here's the description: From an Aurora Award-winning author comes the first book in a new portal fantasy series in which one woman’s powers open the way to a labyrinth of new dimensions. For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:57, March 28th, 2018 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

First description of Worldshaper, my next novel for DAW Books

The release of Worldshaper, Book 1 in the Worldshapers series, is still 10 months away (it's set for September 2018), but that's not very long in publishing terms. My editor at DAW Books, Sheila Gilbert, and I are already talking about cover art. And I've also been asked to write "sell copy" describing the book. Here it is, the first public description of what to expect: Worldshaper By Edward Willett Book 1 in the Worldshapers series For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends.  ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:39, November 9th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Cityborn is out! Reviews, interviews, and more…

The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books (though only the fourth under my own name) officially released on July 4. All of the United States celebrated with fireworks, which was nice. This is an ongoing post that I'll update as new things appear online. It's been getting some nice attention! It made Inverse Entertainment's list of "7 Essential Science Fiction Books for July 2017" and Barnes & Noble's list of "The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of July 2017." I wrote a "Big Idea" for John Scalzi's popular blog WhateverYou can read it here. John has generously provided these guest spots for many years for authors to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:05, July 8th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read a sample of my new science-fiction novel, THE CITYBORN

Just two months until the July 4 release of The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books. Review copies have been sent out, and I'm on pins and needles wondering what the reaction will be. On the plus side, both the copy editors and my publicist told me the book was a lot of fun to read, so...from their mouths to readers' ears! And speaking of readers (nice segue, eh?), if you would like to one of them, you can get a head start: I've just posted the prologue and first two chapters online. It's a good solid 10,000-word sample, and hopefully will whet your appetite for the additional 120,000 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:55, May 2nd, 2017 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal! My eighth DAW novel, The Cityborn

A drumroll, please: I'm pleased to reveal the cover art, by Stephan Martiniere, for The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books, releasing July 4. It's a stand-alone science fiction novel, and I'm very pleased that it's under my real name. Here's the cover blurb to go with the art:   The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed Heartland, standing astride the deep chasm of the Canyon like a malevolent giant, ruled with an iron fist by the First Officer and his Provosts in the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:08, March 21st, 2017 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

CanCon and SaskExpo after-action reports

Just since the beginning of September I've been to two conventions, one in Ottawa and one in Saskatoon, and both very different. The Ottawa convention was CanCon 2016, a.k.a. The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. I was Guest of Honour last year (this year the Guest of Honour was Tanya Huff), and returned this year as a special guest. It was held at the Novotel downtown, and once again proved to be one of the best small conventions around, with great panelists and great panel topics. CanCon has two tracks, a literature track and a science track. Here are the panels I was on, just to give you taste: The First Great Terraforming Project: Alyx Delamonica, in her address at ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:49, September 24th, 2016 under Blog | Comment now »