Rival debut author Ed McDonald has some excellent advice for the unpublished looking to become traditionally published. Source: You Are Not George RR Martin: how to get published in the grimdark era of fantasy
So on 15 June my bloody child, Godblind, was born (published). I haven't actually had chance to talk about it since then, as I've been working towards submitting book 2 (which I did with hours to go of my 1 July deadline). The lovely Natasha is now reading it, and I'm in author crisis mode … Continue reading 15 June, 2017 – book baby cometh
So, the signed and numbered, limited first editions - with sultry black sprayed edges - are making their way out into the world. The afternoon I spent in Goldsboro Books signing them (30 May) was a complete joy - not only is it a fabulous bookshop with that amazing book smell permeating its walls and … Continue reading Limited editions and audio files, oh my!
And it's a doozy... I am incredibly lucky to have received a stonkingly good review from genre cult classic Starburst Magazine, who, well, seemed to like it a bit. Read Starburst's review here. And don't forget, the Waterstones launch party is fast approaching - Thursday 15 June, and I'd love to see you all there. … Continue reading Starburst Magazine reviews Godblind
Last night I wrote the last words of the first draft of Godblind 2: Godblinder (not really). While this is a triumph of extreme proportions and weighs in at 130,000 magical words, it's not as triumphant as I'd wanted - my self-imposed deadline was the end of April, not 8 May. Persnickety? Maybe. But that … Continue reading Godblind 2, Draft 1, DONE
Here is a review by Peter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1964918519 A great and honest 4 star review for Godblind. Thanks so much to Pete McLean for reading and taking the time to review so thoughtfully. Thrilled.
The lovely Mike Everest did a series of interviews on five fantasy authors being traditionally published this year. Here's mine: The production of a fantasy debut: Interview with Anna Stephens Let me - and Mike - know what you think!
Completely thrilled to point you in the direction of the brilliance that is the Fantasy-Faction website, which is hosting the brilliance that is Godblind's cover art, complete with an associated waffle from me and insightful comments from Marc Aplin, FF founder and all-round awesome human being. Godblind cover reveal interview And for those who can't … Continue reading Godblind’s cover art revealed
So, I can confirm that final edits - structural, copy, line - have now all been completed and Godblind in all its glory is back with my publishers. Aside from a final proofread before it goes to print, the book is done! Written! Finished! Collapses in a heap. The next step on this crazy and … Continue reading It’s the ARCs, Mr Frodo! The ARCs are coming!
So, where have I been for the last month? Well, after handing back edits to the delicious Natasha Bardon at Harper Voyager, I plunged headlong into drafting book two. Then Jen Williams of The Copper Cat trilogy fame convinced me to do NaNo (national novel writing month for those who don't know) while I was … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – I blame Jen Williams