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New Signings: Dune, Elliott, Lee, Weeks

Hi Everyone,

Hope this finds you well and reading something wonderful!

I’m sharing news about signed books, of course — some that are in stock, others that are forthcoming! First, I met up with Brian Herbert last week and he signed copies of Sands of Dune as well as Dune: Heir of Caladan by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. These are in stock and shipping now.

On the pre-order front, I’m excited to share that Kate Elliott, Fonda Lee, and Brent Weeks will be signing their respective new books. Kate Elliott is first with The Keeper’s Six, which published this week. I’ll be sending her copies next week and it will take about ten days to get them back after she signs. This one will take a little while but will be worth it, as Kate’s novella/short novel work is exquisite. And if you are going to order this one, please do it this week so I can know how many copies to mail Kate.

Next up is Fonda Lee, who has quickly become one of my favorite writers. Thankfully she lives in the Pacific Northwest like me, which means we can get together for this signing. Untethered Sky is her new novella and if you love high fantasy, I think this will be up your alley. Manticores and rocs and a young woman flying the skies? I mean, yes!

Then there’s that handsome bloke Brent Weeks. He’s returned to his break-out debut universe with Night Angel Nemesis. It is a Goliath of a book at 848 pages, but that just means you are getting a lot of assassinations for the price! Brent also lives in the Pacific Northwest and we are planning some fun things for the signing. If you haven’t read the Night Angel trilogy, do it. It’s great. But I have a feeling Night Angel Nemesis is a good jumping on point too.

There you have it. The first pre-orders of 2023! I have more planned. Stay tuned! And as usual, if you have any questions, feel free to ask. I’m always around.

Back to work for me!


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Schedule: Rose City Comic Con 2022

The Signed Page is the official bookstore for 2022’s Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon!

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, a Bucket List item I will soon check off. I love Portland. I love comic cons. And I love the authors we’ve invited. The convention begins Friday, September 9th at the Oregon Convention Center and runs through Sunday, September 11th. The Signed Page bookstore booth will be in Hall A, near the celebrity area, I do believe.

We will only be carrying books for those writers attending. I tried to be aggressive in my ordering because I can always sell any remaining signed books online after the con is over.

Here is the schedule. There may be some late additions to this:

Challenge Extended: Writing Comics vs Writing Novels

Panel Details: What are some of the biggest differences when it comes to planning, writing, and editing a comic vs a novel? What key differences in word choice, details, verbosity, and word count present themselves? These questions and more will be addressed by both authors and comic writers as we tackle the topic of writing comic books vs writing books. 

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: David F. Walker, Chelsea Cain, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Douglas Wolk
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Creative Worldbuilding in Fiction

Panel Details: Building a fully fleshed out world is the first step in making your creation real to the reader. Unless you can fully understand the world in which your characters live, you won’t be able to effectively write about their experiences. Another incredible part of worldbuilding in fiction is taking your readers into a completely fantasical and magical place. Let’s explore how a fictitious world can seem completely real while overwhelmingly magical through excellent writing.

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Amber Benson, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Panel Details: Terry Brooks is one of the foundational fantasy authors of the SF&F world. Without him, the genre might look very, very different. This Spotlight panel is dedicated to his decades-long career and it’s your opportunity to ask him any questions you may have.

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Location: Main Stage – Portland Ballroom
Panelists: Terry Brooks, moderated by Shawn Speakman
Signing: Main Stage, 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM


Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A
Note: Kel will only be signing copies of his new book, Prank Day. No other merchandise allowed.

SFF Authors and Real World Ideas

Panel Details: How do real world religious beliefs, political doctrines, and views on society impact science fiction/fantasy writers, and the direction they take in their novels? This panel will explore how personal beliefs and reality can become subtly infused into science fiction/fantasy works. Explore how the lines between SFF and reality become blurred in this can’t miss conversation among well-known authors.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Wesley Chu, Josh Malerman, Mat Johnson, Robin Hobb, Brent Weeks, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A

Ask an Author

Panel Details: Interested in becoming an author? Curious what it takes to go the distance as a writer? Your burning and bookish questions will be answered during this Q&A session with a variety of established authors across various genres including fiction, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, YA, and more.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Wesley Chu, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Learning to Write Books

Panel Details: Interested in the approach that well-known authors took when they were learning to write? What resources did they use to get from where they began to now? This conversation will help you in your quest to write, whether you’re just starting out, an experienced writer, or a published author.

Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Chelsea Cain, Josh Malerman, moderated Terry Brooks
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Size does matter: Short Fiction vs Novels

Panel Details: How do you decide whether to turn your book idea into a short story, a long novel, or even an entire series? Are the complexities of your subject matter able to be tackled in a truncated word count or is a verbose approach necessary? Dive into the topic of story length with well known authors as we answer the age-old question: does size matter?

Panelists: Robin Hobb, Chelsea Cain, Wesley Chu, Josh Malerman, Mat Johnson, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: D137-140
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

For those of you attending the convention, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

With Magic,

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All Orders Shipped! Feist News! And Reading Copies!

The silly season is upon us!

You know what that means? Gifting people signed books or receiving signed books!

I will try to keep this blog update brief since I know how limited time is during the holiday season. Let me say THANK YOU for your patience this year. It has been a difficult year in the Speakman household. New baby Kael Marshall Speakman arrived in June. Lots of growth for The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press. And lots of issues with books arriving damaged, books not arriving at all, books arriving misprinted, authors getting hurt before their tour, etc. It’s been a crazy one.

With that said, I’ve finally managed to ship out the Extra Page Edition copies of The Burning White signed by Brent Weeks (got some extra copies available for purchase too now, they are on the site). Woot! That means I’m completely caught up with shipping all books, giclees, and comic books that need to be shipped. The only orders left in The Signed Page database are for Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, which publishes March 2020 (if you haven’t pre-ordered that one, do so because it’s great). So yay, done, done, done! Where’s my hot buttered rum at?!

In the first week of January, I will be putting up two pre-order pages for 2020 books. These will include The Last Druid by Terry Brooks (June 2, 2020) and The Illustrated Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (June 16, 2020). If there are other books you’d like to see on The Signed Page, post in the comments below! I’ll see what I can do!

In other news, I am making available those signed / unsigned copies The Signed Page received this year that weren’t up to snuff quality-wise. These make excellent reading copies. $10 for a hardcover, $20 for The Painted Man? Can’t beat that! Take a look what’s available here!

And finally, Grim Oak Press just received in the double-signed limited edition copies of Magician by Raymond E. Feist and artist Don Maitz! If you love that book as much as I do, head over and buy a copy! It will arrive before the holidays are finished too!

Okay, off to enjoy a book! Can’t tell you which one because I’m sworn to secrecy for a while longer. I hope all of you are having a great December, are staying warm, and reading something great!

Best Holiday Wishes,
Shawn Speakman