THE END! Plus Going Grey and Trailer Talk

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Jul 222019
A tweet from Jim Butcher/longshotauthor that reads: THE END. I love typing that.

Peace Talks is complete! The final chapter is now in the betas’ sinister clutches, and soon it’ll be off to his editor and on to publication. We should have a release date for you very soon!


In the meantime, Jim has a new short story in LJ Hachmeister and RR Virdi’s multi-author anthology, “Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within.” It’s set in the Dresden universe, but it has a very unconventional protagonist: shapeshifter-for-hire Goodman Grey! This anthology is slated for release in electronic edition October 8th, but you can preorder your copy here. There will also be a physical edition at some point, but the details are still being hammered out. We’ll keep you informed!


Loving the rush of trailers coming out of Comic Con this weekend?  So are we.  In fact, we love trailers so much that we’re currently in pre-production on a book trailer for Peace Talks!  It’ll be a live action, cinematic-style production that promotes the book like it could be the next big Marvel movie, albeit with a tiny fraction of their budget. πŸ˜€ 

We know there’s a crazy amount of talent in the fandom, so we’re looking to hire fans of the series that are qualified pros in the filmmaking world to join our scrappy little band. We’re filming in Los Angeles, so all candidates must be LA local (unless willing to cover their own housing and transportation) and eligible to work in the United States.

Crew: Please send your resume, portfolio/reel, and references to

  • Camera Team: DP, 1st and 2nd ACs, Grips, Gaffer, DIT.
  • Production Designer and Assistant
  • Costume Designer
  • Hair and Make Up Artists: Beauty MUA, FX MUA, and Hair Stylist.
  • Sound Recordist/Boom Operator
  • Editor
  • Sound Editor and Mixer
  • Composer
  • VFX Artists and Compositors (don’t need to be local)

Performers: Both SAG and Non-Union actors are invited to apply. Look for “The Dresden Files: Peace Talks” on Actors Access/Breakdown Express for list of characters and descriptions. We’re holding the next set of auditions this weekend, July 27th and 28th, so please submit your headshot, resume, and reel via Actors Access by noon Pacific this Thursday, July 24th. EDIT: We’re holding a second set of auditions August 10th and 11th! Please submit by noon Thursday, August 8th.

Locations: Also, if you’re in a position of influence to help us gain access to the following spaces in or around Los Angeles, please let us know at!

  • Castle-y or Gothic interior
  • Beach or Pool
  • Old World pub (or a room with a lot of wood that could be strategically shot to look like one)
  • Soundstage

We’re so exited to get to work! And now, back to squeeing over that tweet.

Surprise Appearance at ConnectiCon!

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Jul 112019


Jim will be making a surprise appearance at ConnectiCon this weekend, July 12-14! Here’s his schedule:

Saturday, 4-5pm — Cityside 3 (MR 24-25)

Signings at Bard’s Tower:
Friday, 2-3pm
Saturday, 2-3pm and 5-6pm
Sunday: 12-1pm

Hope to see you there!


Also, we have video of two of Jim’s panels from WesterCon last weekend. They include some tantalizing tidbits of new information (including a very mischievous question from his wife Kitty in part 2 of the Villains panel), so enjoy!

Taxonomy of Villains: Part 1Part 2
Spotlight Q&A: Part 1Part 2

WesterCon/SpikeCon Schedule

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Jul 052019

Quick Note: Tor listed the wrong dates for their Brief Cases giveaway. It runs/ran from July 2nd to TODAY, July 5th! Enter by midnight Eastern Time tonight if you’d like to be entered in the drawing.

And bit belatedly, we have Jim’s schedule for WesterCon/SpikeCon this weekend in Layton, Utah! Jim’s wife Kitty Krell is also being celebrated as Cosplay Guest of Honor, so if you have any interest in costuming and corsetry, be sure to check out her panels.

Friday, July 5th :

Combat in SF & Fantasy
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Stratus 9
What makes for a great combat scene? What should you know about weapons? fighting styles? the visceral experience of being in combat? Let’s discuss what works and how some authors have created amazing scenes.
Other panelists: David Weber, Jonathan Brazee, Julie Frost

Writing Excuses Interview
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Autograph 1

Taxonomy of Villains
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Zephyr
Not all villains are created equally, nor should they be. Lucifer, Sauron, Loki, the Joker, Smaug, and Grendel each have different power levels, wants, and needs. How do you make a villain equal to the needs of your story?
Other panelists: Daniel Craig Friend, Julie Frost, Valerie Estelle Frankel

Match Game: Friday Edition
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)
Get ready to match the stars! In this SF/F-themed version of the classic 1970s game show, contestants vie to guess how our panel will answer fill-in-the-blank questions like “Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!” Contestants will be selected from the audience, and all contestants selected will win a prize, even if it’s only a Lovely Parting Gift.
Moderator: Kevin Standlee
Other panelists: Andrew Trembley, Eric Flint, Kevin Roche, Kuma Bear, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold

Saturday, July 6th:

Author Spotlight
10:15 am – 11:15 am, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)
Westercon 72 Author Guest of Honor Jim Butcher, discusses the multiple worlds of his books and answers questions. Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires.

Badali Jewelry Signing
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm, Meridian A & B
Signing requires a free ticket. Pick one up at the Badali booth any time beforehand. They sometimes sell out, so the sooner the better!

Sunday, July 7th , 2019

Closing Ceremonies
4 pm – 5 pm, Meridian Ballroom (CDGH)

DragonCon and Brief Cases Giveaway

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Jul 022019

We know it’s not the update you’re waiting for, but hopefully you’ll think it’s still cheerworthy!

First, we’re pleased to announce that Jim and Kitty will be returning to DragonCon this year. We don’t yet have their schedule for panels and signings, but we’ll update the site as soon as we have those details. In the meantime, if you’re a fan of cosplay, we suggest you consider attending the annual Dresden Files DragonCon Cosplay Shoot. It’s a lot of fun! Hope to see you there.

Next, Tor is holding a giveaway for the new paperback edition of Brief Cases! If you haven’t picked up this collection of Dresdenverse short stories, you’ll definitely want to. It contains twelve new stories from a variety of perspectives, including Harry, Marcone, Molly, Butters, Luccio, and even Maggie and Mouse! Will you be one of the lucky five to snag a copy?

Their sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on their post beginning at 2:00PM ET on July 2nd. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM ET on July 5th. Void outside the United States and Canada. Limit one entry per person or household.

If you don’t feel like trying your luck or if you want to read it faster, you can buy a copy from our store.

Home Stretch!

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Jun 172019
Jim's Twitter: Finished the finale of Peace Talks this morning.

Just the wrap-up chapter to go. :)

News regarding pub dates as I get it.

Peace Talks is close to complete! Jim tweeted this morning that he’d finished the finale, and has only the wrap-up chapter to go. Look for the long-awaited “THE END” tweet soon, with hopefully a release date announcement soon to follow!