Man, what a pleasure these past two days have been. 🙂 The first lot of good news is that I’ve finally sent off my interview questions to David Anthony Durham and Dr. Ben Bova, and also that I’ve completed my review of Durham’s Acacia. (Which will be going up in my next post. 🙂 )
More good news: I’ve had the good fortune of hearing about a young South Africa guy who managed to get his Sci-Fi novel published with the SA-arm of the Penguin Group, and trust me when I say that this is incredibly good news! I’m going to be recieving the manuscript in a few weeks (thank you Penguin), and I’ll give it a read; if his novel can break into the industry here, it’ll blow the doors wide open for SA genre writers! (And that is also good news for your’s truly, since I’m writing my own fantasy trilogy. :-)) Obviously, it has to be a good, engaging story, but that aside, just getting it published here already bodes well; so hold thumbs! 🙂
And finally: I have to thank the following publishers – Jonathan Ball, Penguin, and Random House – and the wonderful people that work there -Elmarie and Louise, Sonja, and Emily – for helping me with proof copies and getting this blog (and the next bit of news I’ll be blogging about) off the ground. Without you guys, I would never have been able to organize the interviews with Peter Brett, Jo Graham, Ben Bova and David Anthony Durham and get this off the ground –
– which brings me to this: the company that I work for, Fascination Books, has recently gone live with an incredible online store, and I now have my own page there, called ‘A Word with Dave’. It’s aimed at the SA fantasy & sci-fi reading market, but all book-related news will be going in there (something I don’t think any SA company has ever tried to do before), so thanks to the MD, Mr. A, the man who runs the website (Mr. D) and the marketing man, Mr. C, as well as all the authors who have not given me a choice! 🙂 Hehe! I mean, how could I not want to talk about these amazing books? 🙂
Here’s the link to Fascination Books; go check it out – you’ll be amazed at what we have!
And go do yourself a favour and check out Peter Brett’s blog, Pepphole; there’s a priceless photo of him reading The Warded Man (which can be pre-ordered here http://www.amazon.com/Warded-Man-Peter-V-Brett/dp/0345503805 and here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Painted-Man-Demon-Trilogy/dp/0007276133 ) to his baby girl. 🙂
If you can’t find the link to Peter’s website on the right, here it is: http://www.petervbrett.com/
So there we go, all the good news! 🙂