Monday Musings: New stuff!

I’m changing today’s post up today, because I have a few announcements and new products coming up and Monday seems like a good day for announcing stuff. Please excuse all the blatant links, but they are relevant – promise!

The next book launch

I finished the draft of the next book, Beyond the End of the World but I really wasn’t happy with it. Fortunately, my first editor (Jeni Chappelle) gave me some great feedback and I now know exactly what needs to be done to make it better. Thank goodness for good editors! As such, Jane (the illustrator) and I have decided to extend the release date.

Beyond the End of the World will be released in early 2016.

This is so we can make sure that we have plenty of time to get the illustrations and the story to a point where we’re happy with it. I have three rules to know whether a story is ready to publish, and being proud of the story is one of them. I’m not sure I can get to that point by the NZ Book Festival in October.

New products

This is just a little teaser for what's to come!

This is just a little teaser for what’s to come (tea not included)

There are two new bits of awesomeness that are in production at the moment. The first are audio book versions of my chapter books, the second is… a colouring book!

The Caretaker of Imagination will be narrated by Barbs Peterson, an actress and writer. She did this video of the Caretaker’s prologue and I loved it so much that I asked her to narrate the whole book.

Lucy’s Story: The End of the World will be narrated by singer / songwriter (and actress) Jennie Cruse, who performed at the book launch.

And the colouring book? My sister has mentioned a few times that I should start working on one, and since we’ve pushed the release date for my next book I can make the time for it. I intend to get the drawings done this month and have it ready for the NZ Book Festival. We’re also hoping to have the audio books ready by then, but that’s a wait-and-see for now.

Out and about on the web

Last week, I had the privilege of writing for two other websites. One was for Inger Kenobi, a UK writer, about the benefit of live events for authors. Read it here.

I also wrote a piece on the history of storytelling, and why we are so drawn to stories, on the website of NZ author, Shane A. Mason. Read it here.

So what’s this NZ Book Festival you keep mentioning?

On the first weekend of October (the 3rd and 4th) is the second annual NZ Independent Book Festival. I’ve got some info here, or you can visit the official website. I’ll be there, of course, and over the next few months will be sharing what activities I’ve got planned for the day, and who else you can meet there.

A whole lot of NZ authors and writing-related businesses will be exhibiting, and there will be heaps of stuff to keep the kids busy as well. It’s a great chance to see what some creative kiwis have got to offer. The video below has a bit more info (and features me, eek!).

 

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