- Author Bio
With a murderer on the loose, it’s up to an enlightened bodysnatcher and a rebellious princess to save the city, in this wonderfully inventive Victorian-tinged fantasy noir.
“Man of Science” Roger Weathersby scrapes out a risky living digging up corpses for medical schools. When he’s framed for the murder of one of his cadavers, he’s forced to trust in the superstitions he’s always rejected: his former friend, princess Sibylla, offers to commute Roger’s execution in a blood magic ritual which will bind him to her forever. With little choice, he finds himself indentured to Sibylla and propelled into an investigation. There’s a murderer loose in the city of Caligo, and the duo must navigate science and sorcery, palace intrigue and dank boneyards to catch the butcher before the killings tear their whole country apart.
File Under: Fantasy [ Straybound | Royal Magic | A Good Hanging | Secret Sister ]
Story Locale: Fantasy city of Caligo
A dark and characterful fantasy, blending gritty murder mystery and class struggles in a luxurious Dickensian setting.
A fascinating, fun page-turner with rich world-building and a unique spin on romance.
Secondary world Victorian setting makes it a perfect fit for fans of Under the Pendulum Sun, The Sisters Mederos and The Ingenious
Marketing: Use of NetGalley and Edelweiss as standard, to get digital proofs out ahead of time to store buyers & SF specialists, bloggers and reviewers
Physical bound proofs for selected influencers and reviewers, national and genre press, bookstores (focusing on SFF specialty stores like Borderlands, Mysterious Galaxy)
Review copies and adverts for friendly print/web media: Locus, Publishers Weekly, BookRiot, Shelf Awareness, and UK genre magazines SFX, SciFi Now.
Chapter excerpt placements pre-launch to drive interest and pre-orders - notably through B&N’s massive blog
Possibility for signed copies for B&N, at their request
Paid Facebook ads to drive sales and awareness
Paid Amazon promo, and Amazon-Plus coverage for US and UK
GoodReads competitions and paid promo
Instagram campaign using imagery from the book
Dedicated newsletter blast to the AR Robot Legion
Publicity: Perfect launch venue will be Worldcon 19 in Dublin, Ireland: a very large AR contingent will be present, authors and AR team
Other possible conventions around this time with likely AR presence include ECCC, Convergence June/July, GenCon July
Possible UK trip for MCM Comicon events, Nine Worlds, Fantasy in the Court, etc.
Bookstore launch(es) and further possibility of multi-author events, depending upon location
Online book tour taking in all of the largest genre sites and potentially some nationals where suitable
Reddit AMA/Twitter takeover with the support of other AR authors
Authors grew up with military familiies - likely military angle for extra promo through PRH dedicated Px sales team
Feature Website: bit.ly/ResurrectionistCaligo
Author Social Media: twitter.com/Bookish_Wendy twitter.com/alicia_zaloga
“This is first and foremost a thoroughly entertaining novel… The convincing setting, engaging characters and an artfully devised plot all combine to give these particular fantasy themes a vivid freshness.”
– Juliet E. McKenna for Interzone Magazine
“I loved the characters, the world-building, the tight plot and the emotional payoff. One of my favorites of the summer!”
– Patrice Sarath, author of The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season
“A striking portrayal of the society from the gutters to the royal palace, as gaudy and vivid as a Hogarth print in its writing about the underbelly of society and living there. The characters were utterly human, trying to do their best in a world which was far from perfect, and the conclusion left me wanting more. ”
– Genevieve Cogman, author of The Invisible Library
“The Resurrectionist of Caligo is gothic fantasy in the extreme. Its pages are packed with fog shrouded streets, eerie blood magic, grave-robbing, court intrigue, bitter rivalries, shattered hearts, faded dreams, elegant clothing, and perhaps the strangest literary mushrooms since Alice in Wonderland.”
– Dan Stout, author of Titanshade
“Sells itself on a single sentence.”
– B&N Sci Fi and Fantasy Blog
“The world of Resurrectionist is tantalisingly real, the prose is breathlessly witty, and the characters are impossible to avoid loving (or loathing, in a few noteworthy cases). If you’ve ever called yourself a goth, played 7th Sea, or wished that Pride & Prejudice had magical ink-bees in it, you need this book.”
– Tyler Hayes, author of The Imaginary Corpse