I’m back from the Mini Tour, holiday and World Fantasy Con. We’re still getting over the jet lag, have a billion photos to sort, lots of email to tackle, bills to pay, lawn to mow, and don’t even mention the ‘C’ word. But hopefully I’ll get a blog post or two up in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned…
In preparation for my European Tour of ’11 I wrote a blog post on book signing etiquette that was very popular and hopefully useful, too. I’ve just updated it based on my experiences last time.
In particular, I learned that there’s a lot of hauling bags on and off trains during these tours and my back just isn’t up to that. I’ll be travelling with a carry-on sized bag and mailing home anything that doesn’t fit.
As I’ve been tweeting, I’m going to be at World Fantasy Con in Brighton at the end of next month. It’ll be my first WFC and I’m looking forward to discovering what they are like.
I couldn’t come all that way for a holiday and not take the opportunity to also meet a few fans, so I added ten more days to my trip to offer to publishers for publicity events. I’m calling these ten days my Mini Tour of 2013.
However, I know I need to emphasise that this is an add-on to my holidays, not a fully publisher-financed trip. I don’t have a new book coming out in time for the trip so it’s best to save publicity budgets and my time away from writing for when we’ll get the most benefit from it. And since it’s only a short Mini Tour, publishers have chosen central locations for events.
Poland: Author event at 6pm, Oct 11th at Empik Bondarka, ul. Kamienskiego 11, Krakow.
Germany: Event schedule here.
United Kingdom: Forbidden Planet signing information here.
Paris: Visit the Bragelonne Blog for information.
World Fantasy Con: website.
Thanks to everyone who submitted questions in the reader interview over on Facebook, and to everyone who voted. They were all great questions, and I had fun answering them. You can find a link to the interview over on my Facebook page, or follow this one.
We have more events planned for the Facebook page, so keep visiting!
Paul and I have been hard at work making these:
Back in 2011 I gave away badges, designed by me and printed by my publisher, at Supanova Melbourne and in the UK. They were so popular I decided I’d have to look into having an ongoing supply of them.
Turns out the cheapest way for me to do this was to borrow a button-making machine from a friend (thanks Margaret!), order blanks from the US and make them myself. Being a crafty hands-on sort of person with a background in graphic design this was doubly fun, though it was pretty time-consuming.
Last time I had three quotes. This time I have four – the same ones I use on my bookmarks. I also couldn’t resist making a sets of theses:
Which I might offer up as prizes in the future. One set, of course, is for me.