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How do you pronounce Paolo Bacigalupi? has a recording of me saying my name:

Requests that involve my time…
Unfortunately, if you have a request that takes me away from my writing, it probably means that I will respectfully decline.

Are you available as a public speaker?
I very seldom accept public speaking engagements. To protect my time, my current speaking fee is now very high. I am severely limiting engagements in 2019 and 2020.

Are you available to write a short story or article anthology/magazine/__?
It’s unlikely. I write short stories for my own enjoyment. If you want to hire me to write one, it will, unfortunately, have to be under my ideal terms. Non-novel projects must satisfy all of the following criteria: 1) very high paying 2) ridiculously fun for me personally 3) focused on topics or themes of specific interest to me 4) with authors/editors who I already know, like, and respect, and 5) have the potential to reach large new audiences who haven’t read my work before.

Would you read my novel? Would you consider writing a blurb for it?
No, I do not blurb. I do not read unpublished novels.

– Please do not contact me directly about your book (ie on Facebook), as I will automatically decline.

– Please do not send books to me that I haven’t requested; they will be disposed of without being read.

Would you send me a signed photo?

Will you sign books or bookplates if I send them to you and pay the return postage?
No, I longer sign books or book plates via mail. It resulted in problems that I didn’t anticipate, so I no longer do it.

Is there an educator guide or study questions available for Ship Breaker?
Little Brown has created an official Ship Breaker_Educator_Guide. There are also several other study guides that independent teachers and librarians have created around the web. Googling should turn them up.

Are signed books available?
I do not sell signed books directly. However, Townie Books of Crested Butte often has signed books. They’re a fantastic indy bookstore, and owners Arvin and Danica may be able to help you out.

Contact them to see what signed books they have in stock.

If order something from them, they likely will be able to get it signed for you.

You can find Townie Books at You can contact Arvin and Danica via their contact page regarding my signed books at: