Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Two Weeks

For the next two weeks I’m going to be at a writers retreat with no internet access – unless we manage to find an internet cafe in one of the local country towns, and then I doubt I’ll be getting a daily fix.

My partner will post any important information that my publisher sends to me. (He’s not going to the retreat, having gone nearly bonkers from being stuck with only us crazy writers for company for a fortnight last year!) Hopefully that will include a link to a new website my publishers have created for fans of my books, and a list of the events in my coming Aussie tour. (No tours planned outside Australia yet.)

This means I probably won’t be approving guestbook entries, blog comments or reading fanmail, either. I’ll have to do a catch-up when I get back. In the meantime I’ll be madly working on The Ambassador’s Mission, hoping to get to the halfway point by the time I return home.

It’s Here!

Look what arrived the other day:


Yep, my advance copy of The Magician’s Apprentice

Now, as you can see, it’s a trade paperback. I thought the book was coming out in hardback first, but I might be wrong. I might have been told otherwise and forgotten. (It’s been a busy few months.) It might be that some places will get paperback and other hardback.

My publisher has shut down for the holidays so I can’t email to check, so I did what I usually end up doing when I need to find out when one of my books is due out – looked it up on bookshop sites. First I looked up the book on Amazon UK and Amazon US. They list it as hardback, due out Feb 5th and 23rd respectively. But on the Borders site it’s listed as paperback.

Then I looked up some major Aussie bookshop sites:

  • Angus & Robertson – not listed.
  • Borders’ Australian Site – has no search function
  • Dymocks – listed (yay!) as hardback
  • Collins Bookstores – listed, as paperback (jan 09) AND hardback (feb 09) AND audio (feb 09)

That last one was odd. Usually hardbacks come out before paperbacks. Next I went to a few specialty bookstores:

  • Galaxy – both hardback and paperback listed for Feb 09
  • Infinitas – both but no date
  • Minotour – lists it but doesn’t say what binding it is

So I’m afraid I can’t clarify whether the books is going to be paperback or hardback right now. But I do have a trade paperback in my hands. Perhaps Australia is going to be getting paperbacks, while the rest of the world gets hardback first. That would make sense – hardbacks don’t always sell that well here, with our smaller population.

Right now I don’t care, because I finally have the result of over a year and a quarter’s hard work in my hands, and it’s mine, all mine! 

The Magician’s Apprentice Extract is Up!

Here it is! The first chapter.

The book’s release date is still February, and the Australian Orbit team are organising some events in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. I’ll post dates, times and places when I know the details.

For now, happy whatever-you-celebrate-at-this-time-of-year!

Polish Edition Box Set

boxset.jpgForeign language editions of my books are always fun to receive. There’s something quite trippy about seeing a book so familiar to me changed into one that is filled with words I can’t read. It’s like it came from an alternate universe, written by that universe’s version of me. But no, it merely came from a mysterious land on the other side of this world. A place I’d love to visit one day.

Most of the foreign language edition publishers have used or recycled the same artwork my UK publishers produced, which is a huge compliment to the artist and designer. A few have created some very interesting interpretations – look closely at the Indonesian editions and you’ll see some very familiar figures. This Polish edition is a very clean, uncluttered reuse of the artwork. But what delighted me most was that they’ve also produced them as a box set. Unfortunately the box of the set that arrived the other day is damaged, but I’ll tape it back together and put it on my bookshelf anyway.

Because there’s something about a bit of folded cardboard holding the books together that makes them extra special. I’m not quite sure why, but it always has for me. Does it for you?

Thankyou DeathRay!

I’m not a big fan of prophecies in fantasy books. Firstly because they usually give away the plot. Secondly because I prefer characters win the day (or not) out of effort, determination and cleverness rather than the inevitability set up by a (often badly-written) piece of poetry.

The kind of prophecy I like, however, arrived in my letterbox this week, sent by my publisher. In DeathRay magazine, and it’s not because it isn’t written as poetry.

Deathray.jpg“Hardback to the Future” is an article predicting the next six months of speculative fiction reading matter, and along with some exciting new titles I was rather chuffed to find this lovely write-up about The Magician’s Apprentice:

Canavan’s Black Magician trilogy took the fantasy world by storm a few years ago, turning her into a Sunday Times best-selling author in almost record time. This prequel, set several hundred years before the events in the The Magician’s Guild, should please her legions of fans, and doubtless add to their ranks.”

To which I squeaked in delight not just because it says nice things about my book, but it’s quotable. I’ve read plenty of good reviews over the years, but somehow they never contained really good quotable phrases. Every time my publishers have asked for quotes to promote my books I ended up saying: ‘Well, there’s that one from five years ago…”. I’m going to write “…should please her legions of fans, and doubtless add to their ranks” on a piece of paper and stick it to my pinboard behind my desk, ready for when the marketing people call. 

So THANKYOU to reviewers/prophets who write not just nice things about my books, but keep my marketing people happy, too!