Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Published Or Not Interview

From left to right: Chris, me, Michael and Jan.

I had a lovely time at 3CR today. Chris Ritter interviewed me first, and we could easily have filled the whole half hour. But then I’d have missed out on hearing Jan talking with Michael Wagner about his new book for teens – which sounds like a great, funny book.

To listen to a podcast of the show, follow the link to the station’s website and click on the Podcasts link on the left. Then look for the show ‘Published or Not’. If the episode isn’t up yet, it should be soon.

Radio Interview on 3CR

A quick post, because I have vertigo today and typing isn’t helping…

Tomorrow I’ll be on the radio! Jan Goldsmith will be interviewing me on her show ‘Published Or Not’, on Melbourne’s 3CR at 11:30 am.

Another Giveaway – Czech editions

Once again, I’m giving away foreign editions in order to make room on my bookshelves. This time they’re Czech editions:

I have three sets of The Black Magician Trilogy with bonus copy of Priestess of the White (first book of the Age of the Five trilogy) to give away.

All you have to do is be one of the first three people to leave a comment saying you’d like a set. I’ll email you to get your address. Based on the last batch I sent off, it will take around three months for the books to get to you. (I’m sending them sea mail, because air mail costs about the same as the books do!)

Please, don’t comment if you don’t speak/read Czech! I want these books to go to people who will have the enjoyment of reading them.

(Also, if you leave a comment just saying you like my books, I’ll assume you meant to leave it in the guestbook. This does happen quite a bit.)

German Edition of The Ambassador’s Mission

Look what turned up yesterday: a shiny new copy of The Ambassador’s Mission – in German. I love the cover!

Thanks to everyone who requested a set of Polish editions, and sorry to those who missed out. I have the books all wrapped up and sitting by the front door, waiting to be taken to the post office.

It’s always lovely to give books to people, and I have a lot of excess copies of foreign editions of my books (I always keep one), so I might be doing a few more giveaways in the next few weeks, depending on how hectic thing get as the deadline for The Rogue approaches. Only next time I’ll get someone else to do all the packaging up. (Hi Paul!)

Polish Editions Giveaway

Recently a little box of books arrived for me containing a copy each of the Polish editions of the Age of the Five, as well as the audio edition of The Magicians’ Guild.

Now, getting these to fit on the bookcase isn’t easy, as I have a lot of author copies taking up space. So I figured the best way to make room was to have a giveaway. This is whats up for grabs:

Giveaway One:

Giveaway Two and Three:

So, that’s three sets of four books. One containing the Black Magician Trilogy and The Magicians’ Apprentice. Two containing the Black Magician Trilogy and Priestess of the White.

What do you have to do to have one of these sets of books? Nothing except to leave your name in the comments. If you would prefer one set over another, let me know, but otherwise the sets go to the first people to comment. I’ll get in contact with you to get your address, then I’ll sign all the books and send them to you.

It’s that easy!

The books have all been claimed. Thank you to everyone who commented!

Victoria Gardens A&R Signing

A big thank you to the staff at Victoria Gardens Angus & Robertson, especially to Terry who organised the event (and for posing with me for the photo!). They were very friendly and were all prepared with a table, huge display and even a mike to announce the signing.

Thanks, too, to all the people who stopped to say hello, buy a book and have their books signed. I enjoyed a lovely chat with all of you. And thanks to Janet for coming back to keep me company toward the end and while I was signing the rest of the stock.

I signed plenty, too! So if you’re after a freshly signed copy of one of my books, Victoria Gardens Angus & Robertson (Victoria, Australia) is the place to go. (There weren’t many of The Magician’s Apprentice, though, so if that’s the one you’re after it would be a good idea to ring and reserve a copy.)

Signing at Angus & Robertson

Mad deadline chasing season is upon me. I have three months to finish The Rogue, which means I’ll be focused mainly on writing (although I’ll be taking breaks to allow my back to recover) for that time. I’ve made only a couple of exceptions to the ‘nothing but writing’ rule…

This coming Saturday (the 5th) I’ll be signing books at the Victoria Gardens Angus & Robertson store from 12 noon to 1:30 pm. Here’s the address:

RICHMOND – VICTORIA GARDENS
Shop F11 Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre
Cnr Burnley & Victoria Streets
Richmond, 3121
Victoria, Australia
Phone: 03 9421 8817

And yes, it’s the shopping centre with IKEA. I might have to try the swedish meatballs everyone raves so much about.

Italian Edition of The Magician’s Apprentice

Around the world there are wonderful people working away at bringing my books to readers of many languages. While I know there’s a lot going on, generally all I get to see of this process is this:

a) an email comes through from my agent running the details by me
b) a contract arrives, which I sign and send back to my agent
c) eventually, though not always, a box of books arrives

Usually I don’t get any news on when the book is going to be published. In fact, most of the time I don’t know if the book has ever been published unless a copy arrives here! For years I thought the Russian edition of the BMT had never made it to print, when it turned out it had. (I’d received the advances, but it was a single print run contract.)

I’ve learned to just accept these quirks of the industry. Foreign language edition publishers are often small companies who may not be able to afford to send books to authors – who probably live in another country so the postage will be costly. When they do, I always put a picture up on this site, so that readers of that language know there is one published (or was – some are once-off print runs and that have sold out).

I’d also like to post the cover on this blog when a new foreign edition arrives, for the same reason. This morning a box of Italian editions of The Magician’s Apprentice arrived. I don’t know when it’ll be released, but I imagine it will be soon.

Legends of Australian Fantasy

Last week I was very excited to receive my author copy of Legends of Australian Fantasy, an anthology of fantasy novellas. What a beautiful cover! The anthology was put together by two big names of the Australian SF scene: Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan – both lovely people who I adore. Below the title there’s a list of contributors, but you probably can’t read it so I’ll copy it out here:

“Sean Williams, Kim Wilkins, Cecelia Dart-Thornton, Isobelle Carmody, Trudi Canavan, Garth Nix, John Birmingham, D M Cornish, Jennifer Fallon, Ian Irvine, Juliet Marillier”

It gives me a little thrill to see my name among such well known, respected local authors – most who I’ve met and many whose work I’ve read and loved. I’m itching to read their novellas.

My novella is called “The Mad Apprentice” and is the story of how black magic came to be banned by the Guild.

How do you get a hold of the anthology? It will be available in Australia in June. As for other parts of the world… I’ve been told that contracts are being negotiated. If you’re really keen to get hold of one now, you could try mail-ordering from an Australian bookshop. (Just do a search for “Australian SF bookstores”.)

The Ambassador’s Mission

The official release date is tomorrow!

Here’s Neha’s copy, about to be wrapped up and posted.

I am hiding behind it because I accidentally sat on my glasses the other night, and they’re a bit crooked now.