There is so much of interest going on at the moment, so I wanted to keep tabs on some of the news items by listing them here.
First of all, congratulations in advance to my lovely friend Nicole Murphy, whose third HarperCollins title, ‘Rogue Gadda’, is coming out shortly, at the start of July. May it be a roaring success, Nicole! A noisy crowd of us will be joining her for a blog party to celebrate, starting on the 3rd of July. I’ll post again about that. But in the meantime, you can read what she and the other Harper ‘BookBabes’ are saying about urban fantasy fiction, on her blog.
Secondly, Helen Lowe continues her video readings with a sneak preview from her second book, ‘The Gathering of the Lost.’ Check it out!
Thirdly, don’t forget to support Christchurch and buy your copy of Tales for Canterbury. I’m about halfway through it now, and feel honoured to be there alongside such excellent masters of the short story genre (I’m a novice at that game myself, but had great fun writing ‘The Daughter of the Khan,’ and hope you will enjoy reading it, too.) There are so many good tales in the lot – you get a great deal of bang for your buck, or perhaps e-bang for your e-buck. The anthology is available in both digital and hard copy.
Fourthly, but not leastly (yay, I can say that, this isn’t a manuscript) I’ve finished proofing the first pages of ‘Oracle’s Fire’! For those of you unfamiliar with publishing jargon, ‘first pages’ means formatted for the first time as a book would be, with pretty fonts and single spacing. I expect there will be a final proof copy to go through at some point before October, but basically this was the last time any significant changes can be introduced. So there it is – more or less a finished book, with red scrawled all over it, ready to send back to my long-suffering editor at Harper Voyager.
I feel teary. My third baby is about to leave the nest.
Nah, actually, I feel great. It’s time to look about me, sniff the wind, and set off on an exciting journey into the unknown. Because the rest of this year is going to be about entirely new projects…