I’ve been a busy boy.
Here’s a podcast I recorded with the wonderful Hagelrat at Unbound! That’s her full name apparently: Hagelrat Unbound. Listen to me talk about bits and pieces to do with me (how solipsistic!), the industry, and the follow up to Nights of Villjamur.
Also, here’s a tongue-in-cheek feature on hype, which I wrote for the Pan Macmillan newsletter.
It starts out innocently enough. You’re a new author, your book – your cherub – is soon to be released, and proof copies have been doing the rounds. You watch with glee as the first reader responses are positive. It puts your heart at ease. You fully expected them to serve your arse back to you on a plate, but no – they liked the book. Actually, they loved the book. Your website stats indicate that someone other than your editor and your mother knows you’re alive. Suddenly more reviewers across the blogosphere begin making meerkat postures, demanding their review copy. A while later, a lot of positive reviews roll in. Forums throng.