A week and a day till the competition closes!
June 8th, 2013
I’m getting a bit worried about the lack of entries. Mind you, I always get worried about the lack of entries at this stage, and they always start coming in just before the close of the competition. (Hint hint!)
Don’t forget the closing date is midnight on Sunday 16th June. Which is NOT FAR AWAY! So if you haven’t started your design yet, you’d better get cracking. Here are the rules.
This has been an odd and interesting week. The worst thing that happened was that Random House in the US decided that they wouldn’t buy ‘Ice Breaker’. I can kind of understand it, because the Keepers did okay in the US but not brilliantly, and they wanted it to do brilliantly. It’s a cutthroat business these days, publishing, and although they really liked the manuscript of ‘Ice Breaker’, they didn’t buy it.
Luckily I have a wonderful American agent, who loves the books and is going to submit it to other publishing houses. ‘Don’t feel defeated!’ she said. ‘This is an excellent chance for other publishers to read your work!’
So I’ve been writing a synopsis for the trilogy – yes, ‘Ice Breaker’ started off as a stand-alone novel but has become a trilogy. This tends to happen with my books, mainly because I get caught up in the world I’ve created and want to write more stories about it. And at the same time I’ve been having discussions with my Australian publisher Allen & Unwin about what to call this new series.
We came up with lots of possibilities, but none of them seemed right. Until this one popped up …
‘The Hidden’ series.
The Hidden Bk 1: Ice Breaker
The Hidden Bk 2: Claw
The Hidden Bk 3: Fetcher
What do you think? Does it intrigue you? Does it start your imagination working? Does it make you want to read the books?