Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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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

Click for a close up:

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?

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.