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The Last Good Man:
Read the opening chapter!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Or should I say, “Read the opening chapter and preorder!”

Yes, yes, I’m pushing this book AND I’m pushing preorders. I’ll be blunt and say that I’ve come to see this as a do-or-die novel for me. (See my “On Promotion” post.) Either New York publishing was right in deciding that my work cannot earn a reasonable return on the investment, or they made a big mistake when they gave me the opportunity to publish The Last Good Man on my own. All of you, the readers (the potential readers), get to decide which it is.

Do you want to talk numbers? We can. So far — five days after preorder links went up — I’ve pre-sold thirty-one ebook copies. Thank you, THANK YOU, to everyone who has preordered.

Can I persuade more of you to do so?

Visit this page to see what early readers have said about the story and then scroll down to read the opening chapter.

Does The Last Good Man strike you as a story that would appeal to you? If so, please consider a preorder. And please mention The Last Good Man to your reading friends.

Thank you.

Reminders: Storybundle and Goodreads

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Just a couple of reminders…

Only 9 hours left before the SFWA Storybundle is gone! Includes my novel TECH-HEAVEN along with work by Nancy Jane Moore, Paul Levinson, Robert J. Sawyer, and more.

Goodreads Giveaway:
This one is still ongoing. If you haven’t already, enter to win a signed copy of my forthcoming novel The Last Good Man!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man

by Linda Nagata

Giveaway ends June 04, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

More soon!

Goodreads Giveaway

Monday, May 1st, 2017

A Goodreads Giveaway begins today. Enter to win a print edition of The Last Good Man. Open to readers in the US, CA, GB, and AU.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man

by Linda Nagata

Giveaway ends June 04, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

On Promotion…with an apology

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

It’s starting to feel like all I’ve done this year is promotion.

You’ve seen a lot of promotion here on the blog. There’s been more behind the scenes. Partly this is because I’ve got a new novel coming out in June, and if I don’t promote it, no one will. But it’s also because I feel like I’ve reached a do-or-die point in my career.

I returned to writing at the end of 2010/early 2011. My plan was to reissue my backlist and start producing new work. I gave myself two years to make something happen. After two years I thought I detected signs of progress and I extended my deadline to five years. Then six. Now I’m on year seven, but sales on most of my books are still bumping along the bottom of the graph. I’m not exaggerating this. It’s a good month for Limit of Vision if I sell five copies.

I’ve tried to follow the standard advice — “The best promotion you can do is to write the next book” — and yes, I’ve had brief spurts of success, but never sustained success. I think it’s partly because I don’t write fast enough — successful indie writers are able to write and publish several novels a year — and also because I don’t write in the popular subgenres. A look at Amazon shows that classic sci-fi space adventure and sci-fi romance are both HUGELY popular, but my interests are elsewhere.

I do think there are more readers out there who would enjoy my work if they knew about it — so I’m trying to connect with them.

I know all the promotion has to be annoying to my long-time readers and for that I apologize. But I’d like to make this work. I’d like to keep writing. And realistically, I need more readers for that. I need to see decent sales on my forthcoming novel — or what is the point?

So I hope you’ll put up with me through these promotional ventures.

If you’d like to help out, consider posting reviews of the books you’ve enjoyed at Amazon or Goodreads or both. Or suggest them to friends. Many of you already do this. Thank you! Word-of-mouth really does matter.

These days, a lot of writers are trying out Patreon and some are having success with it. I’d really prefer that you just buy my books if you haven’t done so already. That’s the heart of it. And thank you for sticking with me.

Last Day to Enter…

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

…the Sci-Fi Bridge Round 3 Book Giveaway.

Signup to receive four free ebooks, plus:

Sci-Fi Bridge, Round 3:

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ve heard me talk before about Sci-Fi Bridge.

To review, Sci-Fi Bridge is a writer-run organization dedicated to getting the word out on new releases and great book deals in the science fiction world. Getting the word out is a HUGE challenge in this crowded field, so I’m really happy to be part of this effort. Round 3 is MY round. It’s my chance to connect with new newsletter subscribers and it’s your chance to connect with new-to-you writers.

So I encourage you to visit the Bridge and enter to win a massive book giveaway. Just by entering, you get access to four free ebooks. One is an anthology of stories by writers participating in Sci-Fi Bridge including my own “Codename: Delphi.” And you’ll be able to opt-in to the Sci-Fi Bridge newsletter, and to author newsletters if you choose. You’ll also have a chance to win 30+ ebooks, or the Grand Prize of 30+ signed books. I’m contributing ebooks and a signed book (Tech-Heaven) during this round.

Follow this link for the official info.

The contest runs April 20 – 27. See you on the Bridge!

Signup to receive four free ebooks

Signup to receive four free ebooks

Enter to win 30+ ebooks!

Going, going….

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

* * REMINDER * *

Just thirty hours left to get the
Artificial Intelligence Storybundle!

This bundle of ebooks includes two of my novels, along with novels by Walter Jon Williams, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Laura Mixon, Lisa Mason, and Ryan Schneider. It also includes two short story anthologies with work by both classic and up-and-coming writers.

Find details, excerpts, and other persuasive material at

Early Reviewer Volunteers

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

An email has gone out to those early-reviewer volunteers who sent me their email address.

If you volunteered as an early reviewer of my forthcoming novel The Last Good Man but you haven’t heard from me, check your spam folder!

Otherwise, shoot me your email address again or let me know in the comments.

OMG Another Storybundle!

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Books, books, books!

Due to a strange — shall we say unique? — concatenation of circumstances I am involved in a second STORYBUNDLE that overlaps with the first.

A quick review: Storybundles are themed collections of ebooks, sold together at discount, and available only for a very short period of time.

Time is almost up for the Artificial Intelligence Storybundle. Get it by APRIL 20th, because after that it will be gone. The AI Storybundle includes two of my novels, along with novels by Kathleen Ann Goonan, Lisa Mason, Walter Jon Williams, and Ryan Schneider. Plus! Two short fiction anthologies.

Follow this link for details on the Artificial Intelligence Storybundle, and to read excerpts from each work.

So what’s the new Storybundle?

More science fiction, of course! Here are the book covers:

SFWA Science Fiction Bundle

Cat Rambo is the president of SFWA — the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America — and in that capacity she has assembled the SFWA Science Fiction Bundle to showcase members’ work. This bundle is all science fiction and includes my novel Tech-Heaven.

So what’s it cost?

StoryBundle lets you name your own price, with a $5 minimum. For the SFWA Science Fiction Bundle, a minimum purchase of $5 gets you the basic set of six books:
Saiensu Fikushon 2016 by TOBI Hirotaka, Toh Enjoe and Taiyo Fujii
Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson
The Weave by Nancy Jane Moore
Truck Stop Earth by Michael A. Armstrong
Children of Arkadia by M. Darusha Wehm
Beyond the Gates by Catherine Wells

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all six of the regular titles, plus SIX more!
Unidentified Funny Objects by Alex Shvartsman
Factoring Humanity by Robert J. Sawyer
Strangers Among Us by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law
Tech-Heaven by Linda Nagatathat’s my contribution!
The Burning Eye by John F. Carr
The Leaves of October by Don Sakers

Like all bundles, this one is available only for a limited time, so get it while you can!

Follow this link for details on the SFWA Science Fiction Bundle, and to read excerpts from each work.

Storybundle: AI in Science Fiction

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017


Storybundles are themed collections of ebooks, sold together at discount, and available only for a very short period of time. Lisa Mason — author of the Philip K. Dick Award nominee Summer of Love — has put together the latest science fiction Storybundle, launching today. It’s assembled around the theme of artificial intelligence and includes two of my novels: The Bohr Maker and Limit of Vision.

I know that many of you who are regular visitors to this blog have already read The Bohr Maker, but I suspect that fewer have read Limit of Vision. So now’s your chance! And of course, the bundle also includes several other ebooks, many by well-known writers, and at a really great price. In fact, StoryBundle lets you name your own price, with a $5 minimum.

So…a purchase of $5 gets you the basic set of five books:

Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams
The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata
Arachne by Lisa Mason
Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology, edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly, with stories by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Pat Cadigan, Jonathan Lethem, and twelve others
Queen City Jazz by Kathleen Ann Goonan

To complete your bundle, beat the bonus price of $15 and you’ll receive another five amazing books:
Eye Candy by Ryan Schneider
Glass Houses by Laura J. Mixon
Cyberweb by Lisa Mason
Limit of Vision by Linda Nagata
The A.I. Chronicles Anthology edited by Samuel Peralta including stories by David Simpson, Julie Czerneda, and eleven others

This Storybundle is available only through April 20. Visit the Storybundle website for more detailed information — and if you’re so inclined, please help spread the word!