Sunday, December 30, 2012

Where Did That One Go?

Another year draws to a close. It's been a busy one, and an eventful one. The highlights for me (from a writing point of view) were the publication of Ghost of Ping-Ling in Feb, Mapmaker's Apprentice in May, chairing a CBCA panel in May, and signing at Castle Plaza Bookshop twice in the year. All good fun, and all completely surreal.

Other than that, the year has mainly been plugging away at book 3 and trying to meet the deadline. It's been a hard slog, but the book is now at the (delightful) stage where I'm just fine-tuning, although I'm sure I'll be nervous when I send it off to the publisher. Fingers crossed all will be well.

I don't think I ever wrote about the update to Bologna Book Fair, where the books were taken earlier in the year to see if any overseas publishers were interested in the rights. From what I gleaned, none were. But the good news is that Scholastic are trying again, and all 3 books will be be taken there next year. I really hope someone takes them up, but I know there are a lot of factors influencing the decision, not least of which the current economic climate. Fingers crossed again.

And I also have some initial planning underway for my next book. It's completely different to Tales of the Blue Jade, and I'm hoping to get started on it the moment Book 3 is sent off and hopefully finish it by the end of next year. It's one of those ideas that started small and has grown the more I ponder it, so I'm pretty excited about the possibilities. I'll certainly be posting updates about it here.

And as for here, I know I haven't posted much on the blog, and I know all the good advice about regular posting and so on. It would be nice to think I'll have more time to do exactly that next year. Am I allowed a third 'fingers crossed'? I think so. Fingers crossed again.

In the meantime, happy and safe New Year to all, wherever you are and whatever you're doing. See you in 2013.