It’s here! The League of Seven prequel short story “Join, or Die” is back from the printer, and it looks terrific! Wendi and I spent all last night punching holes and stitching in the binding by hand. The binding we’re using is waxed linen thread. I wanted to stitch them rather than staple them to give the chapbook an old-fashioned feel. The hero of the story is printer Ben Franklin, after all!

On Friday they go back to the printer for the final trim, where they’ll take about an inch off the outside edge, evening everything up. Then I’ll deliver them to Malaprop’s Bookstore, where I’ll sign and number them and package them up with signed and personalized copies of The League of Seven to ship out on Monday!


The League of Seven goes on sale everywhere on August 19, 2014–which means you have less than one week left to get the free, specially-printed short story “Join, or Die” when you pre-order The League of Seven from Malaprop’s Bookstore! The chapbook is a Malaprop’s pre-order exclusive, and once they’re gone, they’re gone! I hope you’ll order one for yourself or a young reader in your life if you haven’t already.

Click here to order the book from Malaprop’s Bookstore. And whether you call or order online, be sure to say how you’d like me to personalize your book!