As lovely as it would be to simply curl up by the fire with a glass of red wine and some home-made cookies, winter is not, apparently, time for an author to hibernate.
There seems to be so much going on right now that I sometimes forget that I’m not supposed to feel guilty when I sit down and lose myself in some fresh writing. So many things are calling for my attention! So here’s a very quick run-down of some of the things I’ve been up to:
May included a stay-at-home-and-edit Easter break, which was very productive. Also, Melbourne Supanova, at which I had quite a few people pick up Songlines and say ‘Oh, I’ve seen this book somewhere, or heard about it’. Very gratifying to hear for a small-press book. Thank you to all my readers who have helped spread the word – whatever you are doing is certainly working!
I also attended Clunes Booktown, which was like Nalong without the grain silos. I sold lots of books and met an incredible array of people. My sort of people. People who relish the written word and the richness of experiences that go with it. Can’t wait for next year!
June has seen me finish another edit of book 3, and it is now in the capable hands of the lovely Sarah from Edit-or-Die, who will tear it to shreds and put it back together. Yes, she turns Picasso into Rembrandt, which, for a book, is a really good thing.
I have also just attended my second Continuum – National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Sadly, operating our dealer’s table meant that I couldn’t attend any of the discussion panels. I think I did a pretty good job of hiding my churning jealousy from the people bouncing out of such panels as ‘1001 Ways to Die in Space’ with Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Then there were panels like the ‘Dr Who Debrief’, ‘Fae in the City’, and ‘Creativity and Mental Health’. No one noticed my internal whimpering, I don’t think. Next year I intend to be on some of those panels. The organisers are always looking for panel topic suggestions, so if you have any ideas, please leave a comment.
Next week is Sydney Supanova, where I again get to cosplay (if I’m organised enough), get some books signed by the incredible Brandon Sanderson (I’m shaking already), keep an eye out for Chris Hemsworth (he’ll totally just drop by the Odyssey table and ask me to sign a copy of Songlines for him, right?), get my portrait done ‘Simpson style’ by the brilliant Dean Rankine (who is arguably the nicest guy you could ever meet at a convention) and meet a whole bunch of Supanovian guests who seem to think they’re introverts, until you immerse them in a vibrant atmosphere of like-minded fans. Then they become super-heroes, each and every one. If you’ve never been to a comic and gaming convention, put it on your bucket list right now. Better still, grab yourself some tickets to Supanova Sydney, bring your friends and family, and stop by and say ‘Hi’ on your way to getting your photo taken with Christopher Lloyd. So once again my social media feeds will be filled with pictures of brilliant cosplayers holding copies of my books. I’d love to see your own photos (you know, just to balance things out). Had any photos taken with people at conventions? Famous or otherwise, I want to see!
Yep, busy few weeks. Add in to the mix a couple more news updates: Songlines and Sanguine have been included in the standing orders for the Book Curator (making it easier for school libraries to order them in), and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine has selected my short story ‘Fourteen Seconds’ (published in Issue #63) for their 2016’s Best Stories Anthology. Look out for it later this year.
So, speaking of ways that you can help spread the word that there is this awesome, must-read paranormal fantasy series called Sentinels of Eden (yes, we were speaking of this. Pay attention. Third paragraph. Nothing wrong with a ‘Picasso’ blog post), I currently have a special offer running that I would love for you to share. The ebook version of Songlines is currently available FREE, along with over 150 other sci-fi and fantasy titles (for a limited time only). Just click on this link http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/ and check out the amazing titles. Fill your e-reader so you can curl up by the fire with a glass of red wine and some home-made cookies, and read your way through winter!