October! Mental! Mad! Release exhaustion! Definitely my busiest month of the year (publishing wise) so far. This is what I managed in the thirty-one days of the witching month - (breathing was thankfully compulsory!):
1. Release day for THE DEVIL'S INTERN came and went! It was slightly surreal. My book is in bookstores in the US, but I live in Australia and felt slightly detached from it all. I received so much goodwill in messages, but I would have loved to have experienced it firsthand with a proper release party and cake! (Gotta have cake!)
2. I received the trifecta of great reviews with Booklist joining Kirkus and SLJ in publishing their thoughts of INTERN. "Dead funny and dead serious" really sums it up!
3. Dear Teen Me asked me to write a letter to my sixteen-year-old self. I wanted to be optimistic because life has treated me pretty well, even if being sixteen sucked! I was also featured with several other authors on Teen Reads with my brief musings on Halloween.
4. Talking of teens, I was invited to speak with a High School Book Club in my home city about INTERN and my thoughts on publishing. So many were really clued up on the industry. They also received my first signed copy of INTERN! (By the time I get to New York, I will have a better signature!!)
5. More teens news. Last night (11pm my time) I took part in a great Skype chat with another High School Book Club, but this one was in Ohio, USA. I'm not sure I was that conscious during it, having been awake since 4am, but the students were smart and knew what they were talking about. They really dissected THE DEVIL'S INTERN and reminded me of the times when I used to theorise about Harry Potter! A couple of them even guessed plot lines for the next book.
6. Proving nothing stops in publishing, not even for new releases, I spent most of the month revising my 2015 releases. QUEST OF THE ARTISAN has been through my critique partners and is now getting some serious editorial attention. THE DEVIL'S DREAMCATCHER is through its second round of revisions with my publishing house, and I expect at least one more round before we go to the copy-edit stage.
7. I am so enjoying working on just one WIP and it's definitely a way that I'm going to take forward from this point on. Gotta say, DEVIL'S 3 is shaping up really nicely. My aim is to get it to my agent by the end of November and I'm definitely on course to hit that target.
November is going to be AMAZEBALLS because I'm off to New York, New York! Expect lots of squeals as I get to meet my agent and editor for the first time. There WILL be cocktails!