Jim’s Obi-Wan Has a New Book • Early 2016 Appearances • And More!

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Jan 072016


First things first! Many of you reply to each post we make asking when the next book is coming out. For once, we’re getting ahead of you on this one: we’ve launched a new page on the site that gives you the status on all upcoming works that we know about. Check it out here: http://www.jim-butcher.com/faq/upcoming-works


Jim will be attending CoSine in Colorado Springs this January 22nd – 24th (http://www.firstfridayfandom.org/cosine/), and the Superstars Writing Academy February 4th – 6th (http://superstarswriting.com/).


Dresden Files RPG (and, eventually, card game) publisher Evil Hat Productions has given a preview of their upcoming Fate More Kickstarter campaign this week. It launches next week. If you’re a fan of theirs and their games, it’s well worth checking out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/496379176?token=4fce3954


The Fantasy Fiction FormulaYou may not have heard of Deborah Chester before, but you should. As his novel-writing program professor when he was at the University of Oklahoma, she was the Jedi Master to Jim’s Padawan, teaching him nearly all of the underpinning techniques that make up his writing craft. Our Jim is strong with the Write Side of the Force, of course, but he credits Prof. Chester with much of his success.

Which leads us to The Fantasy Fiction Formula, a new book for authors and aspiring writers in genre fiction, from Manchester University Press. Here’s the description:

There’s more to writing a successful fantasy story than building a unique world or inventing a new type of magic. From the writing of strong, action-packed scenes to the creation of dynamic, multi-dimensional characters, fantasy author Deborah Chester guides novices and intermediate writers through a step-by-step process of story construction. Whether offering tips on how to test a plot premise or survive what she calls the dark dismal middle, Chester shares the techniques she uses in writing her own novels. Examples drawn from both traditional and urban fantasy illustrate her nuts-and-bolts approach to elemental story design.

With a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher, who studied writing in Chester’s classes at the University of Oklahoma, The fantasy fiction formula delivers a practical, proven approach to writing fantasy like a pro.

And Jim had this to say: “Listen carefully to what Debbie has to say about telling stories, aspiring writer. She knows exactly what she’s talking about.”

If you’re looking to learn at the feet of Jim’s master — check out The Fantasy Fiction Formula when it’s released Feb 1st! You can learn more about it at the Manchester University Press site.


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Dec 012015


Today, for Giving Tuesday, Heifer International is matching all donations and putting them toward their work in Haiti!  Because Pat Rothfuss is pretty freaking awesome, he and his team have set up a system where if you donate to Worldbuilders today, Pat will match your donation, then take ALL that money to Heifer and they’ll match BOTH of them. So if you chip in today, your donation will be quadrupled!  As we’ve covered in previous blog posts, Worldbuilders offers some pretty spectacular prizes for fans of Jim and sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming in general.  Read more about the extraordinary work Worldbuilders is doing around the globe and the sweet incentives to give generously at Pat’s blog.  This offer ends tonight at midnight Central time (GMT -06:00)!


Also, today is the LAST DAY to submit preorders for Priscilla Spencer’s Cinder Spires map virtual signing!  The cutoff is 7am Pacific (GMT -08:00) tomorrow morning.  If you want to give a loved one (or yourself) a signed, personalized poster of the interior artwork for the Aeronaut’s Windlass in stunning copper foil this holiday season, don’t delay!  And what the hell.  I’ll donate 25% of each map sale today (by 11pm Central tonight) to Worldbuilders as well.


In other news, Fred Hicks of Evil Hat will be demoing the upcoming Dresden Files Card Game at Games & Stuff in Glen Burnie, MD, on December 10th!  Get all the details on the store’s blog or at the event page on Facebook.


Holiday Gift Guide, Worldbuilders, and Final Round of Goodreads!

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Nov 202015


The Aeronaut’s Windlass has made it into the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards!  Jim has the honor of competing with luminaries of the genre like N.K. Jemisin, Brandon Sanderson, and Neil Gaiman.  There are dozens of amazing nominees in twenty categories, so be sure to check it out!  You have until November 23rd to make your voice heard.


This holiday season, there’s all kinds of Butchery goodness for that special reader in your life!

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BOOKS: If you’re not up to speed on all of Jim’s writings (or if you need extra copies for your conversion efforts), you can score all the Dresden novels, short stories, and graphic novels in our store!  You can also brush up on the Codex Alera, the new Cinder Spires series, and even Jim’s Spider-Man novel!

RPG: There’s no better way to ring in the new year than with a kickass new gaming campaign.  Check out Evil Hat’s Dresden Files RPG and the thrilling new expansion The Paranet Papers!  And there’s no better stocking stuffer for your favorite tabletop geek than Dresden-themed Fate Dice.

JEWELRY:  Just in time for the holidays, Badali Jewelry has unveiled some fabulous new Dresden Files pieces, including the long-requested Ruby Pentacle and Harry’s force ring!  They have fabulous collections from all your favorite series, so they’re bound to have something covet-worthy for the fantasy geek on your list!  Also, if you use the code WBLD15, Badali will give you $10 off shipping AND donate 10% of the purchase price to Worldbuilders!

ARTWORK: Deck the halls with Jim-themed artwork!  It’s not too late to snag a limited-edition print of Tyler Walpole’s stunning Harry Dresden poster, signed by himself and Jim Butcher.  Also, fans of the Cinder Spires series can snag my (Priscilla Spencer’s) copper foil posters of the interior art from The Aeronaut’s Windlass: Habble Morning, Habble Landing, and the Predator schematic!  I also have Alera map posters for sale.  Note: There are TEN DAYS LEFT to participate in my “virtual signing” that allows fans to preorder personalized posters, signed by myself and Jim.  Orders must be placed by December 1st to arrive in time for the holidays!

GARB: Support Worldbuilders with their “Polka Will Never Die” shirt, let dinosaurs roam the earth once more with Gilly Hathaway’s “Dead Beat” mashup, or get your exclamation points on with SPLATTERCON!!!  All are linked from the Fan Shwag section of our store.

All of the items linked above are sold with Jim’s permission, so you can rest assured that you’re scoring fabulous goodies while respecting the author’s rights.  Booyeah!


Pat Rothfuss and the Worldbuilders team have unveiled a massive suite of auctions and lottery prizes that are bound to be of interest to Jim’s fans!  His “The Kindness of Authors” post includes goodies from urban fantasy greats like Kevin Hearne, Richard Kadrey, and Welcome to Night Vale; fantastic fantasy authors like Shawn Speakman, Peter V. Brett, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Myke Cole, and Harry Connolly (Harry’s donation is three copies of the exclusive Kickstarter edition of The Great Way, which features my artwork on the cover!); and sci-fi rock stars like Anne Leckie!

Publishers Del Rey and Grim Oak Press have also contributed LOADS of fabulous books, including an ARC of Shawn Speakman’s anthology, which contains Jim’s new Harry Dresden short story “Jury Duty.”

Then there’s also the Cards Against Humanity Fantasy pack, which contains contributions from many of our favorite writers: Pat Rothfuss, Kevin Hearne, Myke Cole, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, Sam Sykes, Wesley Chu, Martha Wells, Sherwood Smith, Elizabeth Bear, Laura Anne Gilman, and Delilah Dawson!

If you’re a writer yourself, you may want to check out their auctions for professional critiques of your manuscript, including copyediting by Jim’s friend Richard Shealy, whom many of you may know as Shecky.

Be sure to keep an eye on Pat’s blog for further announcements!


Worldbuilders and Round 2 of Goodreads

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Nov 102015


Patrick Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders fundraiser is ramping up!  This annual charity drive raises funds for Heifer International, which helps people raise themselves up out of poverty and starvation. It promotes education, sustainable agriculture, and local industry all over the world.  You can read about how it works here.

Among their current auctions are several covetable pieces from Badali Jewelry: Harry’s ruby pentacle amulet, Force Ring, and Winter Court earrings!  Badali Jewelry are also generously offering online purchasers $10 off shipping and donating 10% of sales to Worldbuilders with the code WBLD15.

Subterranean Press have donated twenty copies of their signed, numbered, illustrated, limited edition copies of Jim’s Working for Bigfoot to the Worldbuilders lottery.  Every $10 you donate gives you another chance to win this hilarious collection of three short stories in which Bigfoot is Harry’s client.  They’re also auctioning off a complete set of everything they published in 2015!  This includes Working for Bigfoot and their special edition printing of Dead Beat.

There’s LOADS of Jim-related awesomeness yet to be announced, so keep an eye on this newsletter and Pat’s blog!



The Aeronaut’s Windlass has made it into the Semifinal Round of the Goodreads Choice Awards!  Thanks to all who voted in the Opening Round.  Check out all the awesome nominees and cast your votes for round two!  This round runs until Sunday, November 15th.


Goodreads Choice Awards

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Nov 062015

Congratulations, Jim!  The Aeronaut’s Windlass was short-listed for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards in the “Best Fantasy” category.  It joins a flurry of fantastic nominees, including N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self, and V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic.  Check out all the phenomenal works in all 20 categories!

This opening round ends in two days, so be sure you don’t miss your chance to be heard!  The semifinal round runs from November 10th through 15th and the final round goes from November 17th to the 23rd.


In other news, Evil Hat co-founder Fred Hicks is running playtests of the Dresden Files cooperative card game at Metatopia this weekend.  If you’re around, come check it out and give him your feedback!  His schedule is at the above link.