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February 4, 2013


Announcing Launch of New Kindle Serial


Gooseberry Bluff is not a school for the chosen ones. It's a school for those who have run out of choices. An unlikely place for an international conspiracy. But after suspicious paranormal signatures are reported and a professor of magical history goes missing, the possibility of demon trafficking seems more and more likely.

St. Paul, MN – February 4, 2013 – With his new Kindle Serial GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC: THE THIRTEENTH RIB, Nebula Award-nominated author David J. Schwartz is joining a pioneering group of writers that are forging into new frontiers -- with their feet planted firmly in the past.

Combining the uniquely modern phenomenon of e-books with the distinctly retro appeal of serial novels, Amazon Publishing's new Kindle Serials program offers full books bought up-front for as little as $1.99, then delivered episodically to readers' Kindles on a set cadence. GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC: THE THIRTEENTH RIB is the first Serials to be released in 2013 by 47North, Amazon Publishing’s imprint for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. As the series unfolds, readers have the opportunity to provide feedback and discuss the Serial with each other in community forums.

"Before TV and before comics, writers like Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas were working in the serial form," said Schwartz. "I'm looking forward to the fun and challenge of making that three weeks between episodes into an escalating agony of suspense," he joked.

GOOSEBERRY BLUFF COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF MAGIC: THE THIRTEENTH RIB, the first season set in Schwartz’s fantastic contemporary world, begins the tale of Joy Wilkins, an undercover agent with the Federal Bureau of Magical Affairs, as she starts her first semester of teaching and investigating the alarming activity at this school of magic on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The deeper she goes, the closer she gets to dangerous secrets that could threaten her entire world.

David J. Schwartz is the author of the Nebula Award-nominated novel Superpowers as well as the novella The Sun Inside. He has written more than twenty-five short stories, which have appeared in such publications as Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror collections, Paper Cities, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and the World Fantasy Award-nominated anthology Twenty Epics. Visit his Amazon.com author page at http://tinyurl.com/b3j5kxh, or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/snurri.

For more information about GOOSEBERRY BLUFF, contact David J. Schwartz at snurri [at] gmail [dot] com. For more information about 47North, visit http://www.amazon.com/47North. To pre-order GOOSEBERRY BLUFF, visit http://tinyurl.com/b9bhyag.




( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 4th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yay and congrats!!
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Livia! This has been a long time in the works, so it's a relief to finally be able to talk about it :-)
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Feb. 4th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Genevieve! It's going to be hella fun and challenging.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, congrats! I usually hate serials, but I'm willing to give yours a try, on the theory that if I don't like the serial aspect, I can just wait until the bits have all piled up and read them then.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly. And once the serial aspect has run its course, there will also be a physical book and an audio book!
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
For many years, I have thought, "Yeah, but when Schwartz does his magic school, Look out!"

This is because, if memory serves, somewhere, maybe privately, you wrote, "If I ever do my magic school, Look out!"

I am now looking out, as every should.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Geoffrey! You know, I have some dim nagging feeling that you're right and that conversation actually happened. (You seem to have a better memory than I do!)
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I don't remember with blistering clarity, but I think the vague or implied context was how Rowling had messed around with it and that it was something that you wanted to try--but this was years ago, so I can't remember either, and it might have even been in person in a dark bar, or in a comment thread, or in my dreams.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
I've been carrying some version of this idea around for at least ten years, so it's definitely possible. I like Rowling's stuff (that sounds so weirdly diminutive), but this is definitely a riff on the class and social stuff that she sidestepped or ignored, among other things.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
I've hoped that you'd write this since whenever you said something about it. (And, if memory serves, yes, addressing what Rowling left out was part of the context back then.) I'm so excited for this that I might go jump around outside!
Feb. 4th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Ok, this has me EVEN MORE EXCITED.
Feb. 4th, 2013 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, that sounds fantastic! Congratulations - and I can't wait to read it!
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Steph! I'm super excited.
Feb. 4th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
This is so excellent and exciting and I totally pre-ordered. :D
Feb. 5th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Oh hooray! Something to look forward to :)
Feb. 8th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Congrats!! One of the buffistas posted about this the other day. Yay!
David Lomax
Feb. 22nd, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Available in Canada?
Hi David,

I followed a link here from my pal Alan DeNiro's blog, and went off to pre-order. No luck. Can't find a link that works. Do you know if Gooseberry Bluff is available in Canada? Is Amazon playing around with the dreaded geographic restrictions here? I'm ready to click "buy" if I can find a way.

All the best,

David Lomax
Feb. 22nd, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Available in Canada?
Hey David! I'm told that the serial will roll out in Canada, the UK, and Australia at some point later in the year -- sadly I don't have more detail than that at the moment. But I will be sure to announce it when it happens!!
David Lomax
Feb. 23rd, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Available in Canada?
Thanks David! You've got a reader whenever they get around to letting me buy.
Jul. 18th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Hi! I've heard that your serial is almost finished, and I have *also* heard that it's awesome. I've wanted to read it for ages, but unfortunately I'm in Europe, and for reasons beyond my ken, Amazon won't let me subscribe. So here's hoping that once it's completed, European would-be readers will get a shot, too!

Soory for crashing your blog; just wanted to say that I have heard many excellent things about your work, and hope to be able to read it myself one of these days. :-)
Jul. 18th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Hi Rhea:


The book will be available in other countries once it's completed; so far it's been just the U.S. There will be an e-book and a physical book. If you're in the UK you *should* be able to get it right away when the last episode releases, on July 30th--that's how I understand it, at least. If you run into troubles, feel free to comment back here and I can ask my editor what's happening!

- Dave
Jul. 19th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
Hi again,

thank you for the welcome and the good news! :-) I'm in Germany, not in the UK, but I do have a friend who will be able to buy your book for me on Amazon.co.uk. It's good to hear that I won't have to wait much longer.

(Though Rhea works too! ;-) )
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David J. Schwartz
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"The Sun Inside," part of the Electrum Novella Series from Rabit Transit Press

Short Stories:

"Escape to Bird Island" at The King's English, Winter 2008-9 Issue

"Bear In Contradicting Landscape" in Polyphony 7, Coming Soon

"MonstroCities" in Tumbarumba: A Frolic of Intrusions

"Mike's Place" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet #22

"Proof of Zero" in Spicy Slipstream Stories, Out Now!!

"The Somnambulist" in Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Out Now!!

"Oma Dortchen and the Pillar of Story" in Farrago's Wainscot, Summer 2007

"The Ichthyomancer Writes His Friend with an Account of the Yeti's Birthday Party" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet Number 13, Fall 2003 (Honorable Mention, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collecion); Reprinted in The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet


""Stardust" at Strange Horizons


"On Making Noise: Confessions of a Quiet Kid" in Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales edited by Kate Bernheimer



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