My friend Netta is a freelance editor who runs a website called wordwebbing, where she discusses writing, editing, and the the publishing industry in general. Netta was also one of the original test-readers of The Painted/Warded Man, before I even had an agent. Netta is great.
Recently, she sent me an interview for her site, asking for my thoughts on writng and the state of the industry. We don’t always agree, but that makes for an all the more interesting interview, I think. You can see my Wordwebbing interview here, and the review of The Warded Man that Netta wrote here.
There were also a couple the worst kinds of reviews this last week, the ones that I can’t read and walk away from, and end up responding to. Both reviews center around the reviewer misunderstanding my intent regarding a certain event late in the story. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!! Reading these interviews will, in my mind, totally fuck up your reading experience if you haven’t read the book already. This isn’t me trying to tell you not to read a negative review; one of the two reviews is actually quite positive, but they give away plot knowledge that I don’t want a reader to have before the proper time in the story arc. If you’ve already read the book, you can see the reviews and my responses here: The Book Smugglers and Diary of a Text Addict.
At some future date, I will discuss the topic at length on my blog, but right now with it freshly released, I want people to be able to read the story as I intended it presented before they read my dissertations on it.
In other news, the shortlist for the David Gemmell Legend Award was released, and I’m not on it. Some SF blogs, like Speculative Horizons and A Dribble of Ink feel I was robbed, but I’m really not surprised I didn’t make it. The award is a straight internet poll, and all the authors that made the shortlist are far more established and popular than I am. My first book only came out in hardcover in September in the UK, and voting was almost over by the time it came out here in the US, and it was closed when the UK paperback hit. The other authors all have entire series (serieses?) published. There wasn’t any way I was going to win, and even the shortlist was a longshot.
I haven’t actually read any of the books on the shortlist, though most of them are on my “to read” pile. Brandon Sanderson is in my literary agency, so it’s nice to see him on the list, as well as my new pal Brent Weeks, who is on the NYTimes Bestseller list three weeks running so far. Andrzej Sapkowski is with my Polish publisher, Fabryka Slow. Poland has a huge and largely unrecognized fantasy market, so it’s nice to see a Polish author on the list. I don’t really know much about Joe Abercrombie and Juliet Mariller, but I’ve heard nothing but good things. I wish them all well for the next round of voting.