Friday, April 30, 2010

Just When It Couldn't Get Any Better...

Omnibus have changed their minds. Now they want to contract me for three books, not just one.

While I know I should be doing happy-silly dances around the office, my main emotion is one of shock. I'm sure when I come out of this stunned state I'll do many dances, but in the meantime I think I'll just sit here quietly and blink at my computer screen now and again.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tribal Writer

This is one of the best writing blogs I've seen so far.

(Thanks to Deb for providing the link.)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fantasy Book Covers

A choice find on

Worst Fantasy Covers of All Time

I'm vaguely disturbed that Tamora Pierce has two covers here. I'm also surprised how many of the books have 5 star reviews on Amazon. I guess there's truth in the old saying after all.

My absolute favourite (although I think it's the title rather than the cover that got me in)....

UPDATE. There's more!! Found two more links here and here.

And here's my favourite. Just imagine the author's face when the publisher pulled this beauty out of the briefcase....

Monday, April 19, 2010

Recent Reads

Wow, I've managed to squeeze some time into blogging!

I've been wanting to post about some of the books I've been reading recently. Here's the good oil...

Wounded Guardian - Duncan Lay. I'm not really a fan of "heroic" fantasy, but this was certainly a good read. Most of all I loved the battle scenes - they were gritty and realistic, and it was obvious the author had done a lot of research into medieval type weaponry. I'm hoping to read the sequel in the next little while.

Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld. Brilliant! My second foray into steampunk, and I'm liking this genre more and more all the time. This was one of those books that I didn't want to end, but thankfully the next one is coming out this year. I'll be getting it the day it's released.

Two Pearls of Wisdom - Alison Goodman (released in the US as Eon). Another brilliant read. I was really keen to get hold of this one because the author does what I've tried to do in GPL - create a fantasy Asian world based (loosely) upon Ancient China. If I've done it just half as well as she has I'll be happy. This is one of those books that I think I'll read again and again - the world is so intricate and there are so many layers to it, and it hooked me from the first. Again, I'll be waiting for the sequel later in the year.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Hot Off the Press.

I can't believe it's been so long since I had a chance to blog here, but I'm glad to be able to break the drought with some wonderful news.

Six months ago this week, I headed off to the post-office with a parcel tucked under my arm containing the manuscript for The Ghost of Ping-Ling. Its destination was Omnibus Books, an imprint of Scholastic Australia, which I expected to be the first of a long line of publishers/agents it would travel to.

Then followed a long wait. I counted the days off in the calendar section of my red engineering diary. One day, two days, one week, four weeks, thirteen weeks, all struck off in black ink. Finally, in early January, I got a call from Dyan Blacklock, the publisher at Omnibus. To my joyful astonishment, she told me that she loved the manuscript, but wanted me to make a few (minor) changes before she sent it further along the acquisition process. It took me just under two months to make the changes, and I ended up resending just days before James was born in early March.

Then I waited some more. This time, I found the wait even more difficult. I'd had a taste of success and, despite my valiant attempts against it, I allowed my hopes to rise. To counter this, I tried hard to plan what I would do if word came back in the negative. I even subscribed to Writer's Marketplace and started yet another list of agents and publishers for the next round of submissions.

But the list proved unnecessary. On Tuesday, Dyan emailed me with the news that all the divisions of Scholastic had given the green light. The Ghost of Ping-Ling will be published most likely towards the end of 2011.

It's quite difficult to express the range of emotions I feel as I type this. To have spent so long striving for something, working so hard while trying to keep realistic about chances of success so small they may as well be zero - then to have it actually happen, actually for real happen, just completely takes your breath away. In many ways I still can't believe it, and I'm thankful that I have it in writing so I know it's for real.

So that's the scoop! Absolutely wonderful, unbelievably good news. I'm really looking forward to blogging about the whole process as it goes along, from cover design to editing to launching and beyond.

An exciting ride awaits.