Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Word Counts, Stats & Report a Typo!

My books range from 120,000 words to 200,000 (rounded down to the nearest 5K). In fact, here’s the break down:

TMG 120K
TN 150K
THL 155K
PotW 180K
LotW 170K
VotG 170K
TMA 200K
TAM 130K
TR 135K
TTQ 140K
TOTAL: 1,550,000 words
(That’s published words. When I think about how much rewriting is involved in writing a book, that number boggles my mind.)

Which makes the average size 155,000 words.

So far there are 65 typos reported for all books on my I have a Report a Typo! page on this website. That an average of 6.5 typos per book.

Which is one error per 23,846 words. I think that’s pretty good, really.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t want to know about errors. If you tell us about them we can have them corrected in reprints. So if you find any, go to the Report a Typo! page (under the Contact menu). Check that it hasn’t already been reported, and fill out the form. Please, PLEASE remember to say which page it’s on, and in the case of ebooks the chapter number helps me locate the same typo in the print edition.

And it’s a page for reporting typos, not printing or ebook conversion errors. If your book has a printing error return it to the shop. If your ebook has an error contact the retailer.

(Oh, and I think the funniest error so far is in The Traitor Queen – in which Gol mysteriously turns into God.)

Thank you, and Wow!

The shiny new Dymocks Knox store

When I got the email from the fabulous Patrick at Dymocks Knox saying there were 40 confirmed attendees for the signing, I knew it was going to be a big one. Sure enough, on Saturday there was a small crowd there when I arrived and it grew as I did my reading and answered questions.

Patrick, the sf expert and signing organiser (and no I wasn't telling him off, it's just unfortunate photo timing)

Two and a half hours later I left, with 40+ names I’d signed books to. Which means that a lot more than 40 turned up because many came as couples, with friends and family.

The audience at the beginning

Afterwards I signed a pile of The Traitor Queens, so if you couldn’t make it then head town to Knox to grab a signed copy.

So thank you to everyone who came along, the Dymocks staff who did a wonderful job organising and wrangling the first signing in the new shop, and everyone who passed on information about the signing – especially whoever put it up on Goodreads.

New Bookplates

Last year, while at Imaginales in France, I met an amazing artist, Laurence Peguy. Since then I’ve wanted to commission some art from her, and when I ran out of bookplates recently I knew it was the perfect opportunity.

For my new bookplate, I wanted an illustration that conveyed the sort of stories and characters I write but not any specific ones, so that the plates could be used in all books. I suggested a magician-y figure, and Laurence agreed.

What she drew is all kinds of wonderful:

I’ll be taking bookplates along to the signing at Dymocks Knox on Saturday, as well as my new quote bookmarks. All I have to do is choose which bit of The Traitor Queen to read, and I’m all set.


Bookplates, for those who have never heard of them, are stickers that I sign and give to people to stick in their books who: a) stumble upon a signing but don’t have a book, b) couldn’t bring all of their books to a signing, c) have an ebook but still want me to sign something. I also sometimes send them to bookshops or my publishers. (I don’t, however, give them away to people who request them via the internet, or I’d be running a full time bookplate postal service and I’d have to start charging.)

The List

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SO glad The Traitor Queen isn’t a paperback.

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?