B: Beyond The Blog
Meg and I have been deep, deep in edits and revisions for These Broken Stars, and as I write this, we’re just a few hours away from turning the book back into our editor. Next stop, copy edits! And for me, next stop, USA!
I’m flying out on September 1st, and I’ll be catching up with amazing agents Josh and Tracey at Adams Literary and dining out with my agency sister Megan Shepherd. Then I’m disappearing on Hero Squad, a writing retreat, with my friends and critique partners Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, Erin Bowman and of course my very own genius co-author Meagan Spooner. (You can catch us all, plus Gwenda Bond and Beth Revis at Malaprops on Wednesday 5th September, if you’re in NC!) Then it’s up to New York to catch up with friends I miss like crazy, to meet up with our insanely clever editors and sundry other authors, agents and friends, and then finally to DC for a few days, where Meg and I will be hard, hard at work on the draft of our sequel.
Then I will come home to Australia, for some actual rest.
T: Things I Like
Kat Brauer’s Freedom For Skylark contest — win a copy of the book!
This fantastic post over at Pub(lishing) Crawl on picking the best sort of conference or convention to attend. (I’ve got my fingers crossed for the World Fantasy Convention in London next year, but we’ll see what the publishing schedule and the finances say!)
This super cool interview over on Presenting Lenore, featuring yours truly and These Broken Stars. Want to know who our characters would share a drink with and what Meg and I want to do before we die? This is your chance!
W: What I’m Reading
I’ve been reading Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff. You can read my full review here. For now, I’m just going to flail my arms wildly and tell you that you have to read this book. Epic worldbuilding? Check. The trilogy is set in a dying, dystopian land, clouded by the pollution of lotus fumes, a fantasy world inspired by Japan. Epic action? Check. I was literally gripping the book with white knuckles in places! Epic characters? CHECK. I cried, people. More than once. Stormdancer just blew me away. Dystopian, fantasy, Japanese steampunk. I mean, come on. How was that not going to rock?