This is, as always, just a very minor set of updates.
First, I’ve completed the first draft of Infinite Regress, the ninth book in Schooled In Magic. The manuscript is now with the editors, who will do their customary job of editing, making suggestions and then tossing it back to me for the second round.
Second, I’m planning to start Chosen of the Valkyries next week – Book II of Twilight of the Gods, following the growing Nazi Civil War. Snippets should be posted on Monday.
Third, the booksale was a reasonable success – to the point where I ran out of a number of books <grin>. I’m posting off the remaining books tomorrow, hopefully.
Fourth, we attended EASTERCON in Manchester last week, leaving me with decidedly mixed feelings.
The good news was that I had a chance to meet most of my co-authors from The Empire At War in person for the first time. We had a nice chat and swapped ideas for the future. We may wind up doing a second book if the first one is a success, but that’s probably something for next year. The self-publishing panel was great fun and I picked up a few ideas I’d missed earlier <grin>.
The bad news is that there were parts of the con that weren’t very well organised.
The Dealer’s Room, in particular, was a bit of a hassle. At least one of the dealers pulled out at short notice because the space allocated was ridiculously small and completely inadequate. In addition, the guards at the doors were far too alert – I understand objecting to non-members entering panels and suchlike, but by turning away anyone without a badge from the dealer’s room (on the last day) they probably cost some of the dealers a few sales. Obviously, there’s no way to know for sure, but it’s something to bear in mind for the future.
A secondary problem, perhaps a worse one, was the food. We went to the cafe for lunch and I was charged £9 for a burger and wedges – the wedges were cold and the burger was hardly any better. I’ve had better meals in MacDonald’s! Suffice it to say that I will not be spending money on convention food in future. The hotel’s room service menu was better, to be fair, but it was very expensive.
Anyway, that’s enough grumbling. It was good to meet a number of friends and fellow writers again – and make some new friends.
Back to work now <grin>