Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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The Traitor Queen at No 1!

So apparently it has debut at no 1 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List. There were some very excited tweets, emails and calls last week, and some sparkling wine to celebrate.

I’m wondering if I should buy a subscription to a newspaper I’m not otherwise going to read (since I don’t live in the UK and don’t read newspapers) just to see it for myself. Unless someone could send me a photograph or a screen capture jpg?

Signing at Dymocks Knox

I’m doing a signing! In my home town of Melbourne! Which is actually pretty rare. I don’t often do signings often in Melbourne, because I live here and everyone assumes that means they can get books signed any old time. But the truth is the opposite because everyone makes that assumption.

When: 1:30 pm, Saturday 18th August 2012
Where: Dymocks Knox City

I’ll be doing a short reading and Q&A before settling in to sign books. I have quote bookmarks to give away, too.

I’ve asked if it’s okay for people to bring along my previous books and the answer was ‘yes’, so empty your bookcase of Trudi Canavan books and bring them along (and maybe a porter to carry them). If you don’t buy a book in the shop please have a look around while you’re there. You don’t have to buy anything, of course, but you might see something you want or to come back for later. Remember that if shops didn’t exist I would never get to do signings at all.

For more on book signing etiquette, see this post I wrote last year.

Hope to see you there!

Conclusion to the Pinterest Competition Experiment

Thanks to everyone who entered my bookmark competition. It’s been fun and interesting. The winners are at the end of the competition post. If you are one of these winners, please contact me via the email address under the ‘Contact’ menu above.

I’ve confirmed a few things and learned a few more. While I love Pinterest and see lots of potential there for interacting with readers, a few aspects of the interactivity will need to be developed before it can do what I’d like it to do.

First, what I learned. When I pinned the quotes I didn’t include in the label that they were part of a competition. So anyone who followed me on Pinterest but not on Twitter or this site wouldn’t have known they could repin them and win something. I’ll definitely have to remember to do that next time (if there’s a next time).

Second, I had problems seeing who had entered. Each of the pins showed a limited number of people who had repinned it. After ten it indicated that there were ‘+12 more pins’, but you can’t click on that or go anywhere to see those extra twelve people. I had to work out who they were from the notification emails Pinterest sent me. That would be more straight forward if those emails didn’t list more than one activity. Some emails show several pinners, doing a mix of repins, follows and comments.

At first I thought I could get around this in future by asking people to like as well as repin a pin. But it also limits the number of likes it show – up to 24 people. You wouldn’t want them to only like a pin, as it won’t make that pin appear on their followers’ feed.

Thirdly, I can’t contact the winners through Pinterest. There’s no way to email anyone of course. But there’s no DM (direct message) option as there is in Twitter, either. I tried to comment on their repins, but it wouldn’t let me. So I’m having to rely on the winners coming back to this website to see that they won, or see their names on Twitter.

Would I do it again? Well, it’s the difficulty with compiling a list of entries that puts me off running another competition through Pinterest. Searching through emails to find the repinners not listed under the pin is too time-consuming. Hopefully that will change in future, and I will be able to hold competitions for books. I hope so, because Pinterest does have a lot of potential for this sort of thing.

August Calendar – Ashaki Achati

It’s taken me a while to find usable reference photos for Achati. I’d always imagined Sachakans to be a broad and stocky people, a little like polynesians in appearance. Achati, however, is smaller and more refined than the average Sachakan. Scouring the internet, I eventually found one actor and a tourist shot to refer to for a general face shape. But for the clothing and body pose I searched for Mexican and Spanish costumes so I’d have a short jacket shape as a base (but, of course, removed the sombrero and decorations on the pants).

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Click on the image to get to a full size version. As before, if you don’t know how to download and set images to be your computer screen wallpaper, seek the help of your usual source of computer advice.

Win a Set of Bookmarks

As I said in my last post, I recently had a small initial run of bookmarks printed to give away at signings. Now, since I’m not going on tour this year, I thought I’d give readers a chance to own a set by holding a little competition. And as a little experiment and to reward my followers in Pinterest, I’m going to be running the competition over there.

I have three sets of bookmarks up for grabs. So, if you’d like a set of bookmarks and have signed up to Pinterest, choose which of the quotes you like best, click on it and it will take you to the pin of it. Repin the pin. Pinterest will send me an email notifying me of your repin. I’ll put those emails aside and next Tuesday, 10:00 am Melbourne time, I’ll pick a winner.

I have no idea if this will work, as I’ve not seen anyone running competitions on Pinterest before. I couldn’t see anything that said it was against the rules. So no promises that it won’t all fall in a heap. If that happens… well, let’s play it by ear. If it works, well, I might do the same sort of thing in the future but with books as prizes. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

(UPDATE: And the winners are… Kate Hackett, Paola Rq and Paul John. Please email me with your address!)