16 March 2014 in | Comments (1)
It’s been a hectic few months, with a great deal of interesting work happening at Bath Spa University, as well as with a yet-to-be-announced national writing event I’ve been co-commissioned to create and curate (more on that after the official press launch on 27 March). As well as that, I’ve been going through the final copy-edit and proofing stages with Landing Gear in the US and Canada, and I’ve been working hard on getting ready for the publication of new ebook editions of four of my backlist titles.
In Canada, Landing Gear will launch on 15 April. I’ll be in Toronto for publication and will be doing a few events - see the Events page for more information. I’ll be returning to Canada several times this year to do more events and festivals, as well as a week-long residency at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver in June.
In the US, Landing Gear comes out in early May.
Pre-publication reviews have begun to appear in both countries. In Canada, the novel was a ‘Top Pick’ in this month’s edition of Canadian Living and in the US, there was a favourable notice in Booklist which is one of the three main industry publications where pre-pub reviews are important for booksellers and libraries. This week there was a fantastic review of the novel in Quill & Quire, which is Canada’s main industry publication, hugely important for booksellers, libraries. It’s a starred review, and there are only one or two of those in every issue, which makes it even better. This kind of pre-publication positive coverage is hugely important - it really boosts the morale and stamina of all concerned, including the publishing house itself, the editor, the publicist, the marketing people - it gives everyone a shot of confidence. Because Landing Gear has had an underwhelming (read non-existent) response from publishers in the UK, these early reviews, in particular Angie Abdou’s in Quill & Quire are more important than ever to me.
At the end of April, I’ll be publishing four of my backlist titles into new ebook editions, working with the wonderful Joanna Ellis and Laura Creyke of The Literary Platform to make that happen. A Little Stranger, Weird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, and Where Does Kissing End? will all be available and these new editions, which will be available wherever discerning readers live, are looking great. We’ve added Landing Gear to that here in the UK only. For the time being, Landing Gear will be available in the UK only as an ebook.
The Mistress of Nothing remains in print and ebook editions in the UK, US, and Canada; in fact, Doubleday Random House in Toronto are publishing a new edition of this novel at the same time as Landing Gear.
So, that’s the news today.