Planning the Sunker launch

September 14th, 2014

What with the Book 3 deadline getting closer and closer, and the launch for Sunker’s Deep coming up round about the same time, I’ve been feeling as if the year was going FAR too quickly. That is, until I spent a couple of hours last week talking to my friend Julie Hunt (author of the award-winning Song for a Scarlet Runner) about the launch, and another couple of hours this morning sending out invitations and thinking about who might be able to help with various bits.

Now it’s starting to feel like fun. Here’s the first email invitation that went out just a few hours ago:

Dear friends, the last time we saw Petrel and Fin they were heading north on board the ancient icebreaker ‘Oyster’, to save the world from the Devouts (and to search for Fin’s lost mam). With them went the Sleeping Captain (no longer asleep), the mechanical rats Mister Smoke and Missus Slink, Third Officer Dolph, Head Cook Krill and his daughter Squid, Chief Engineer Albie, and all the rest of that hardbitten, determined crew.

Now at last they’ve reached the shores of West Norn, home to the Devouts and their Citadel. Here they’ll meet treachery and despair, mystery and hope. And they’ll discover that they’re not the only ones who’ve been hiding for the last three hundred years …

‘Sunker’s Deep’ will be launched at 11 am on Sunday November 2nd at the Founder’s Room, Salamanca Place, with the wonderful Mel King as MC. Come along, bring your friends – and expect the unexpected!

There’ll be another email in a few weeks when we’ve (a) decided what we want people to bring (at the moment we’re thinking fish and other underwater stuff) and (b) got the official invitation drawn up (you don’t need an invitation to come, but it’s nice to have one).

Are you wondering what the unexpected will be? Me too. πŸ™‚


0 thoughts on “Planning the Sunker launch

  1. Elisheva says:

    Aaaaah! I wish I wasn’t an American. Oh well πŸ˜‰

    1. Lian says:

      You will have to be at the launch in spirit, Elisheva. πŸ™‚ And keep in mind that ‘Icebreaker’ is coming out in the US next year with a WONDERFUL cover, so you get to read it for the first time!

  2. Lilli says:

    I wish I lived in Tasmania πŸ™ xx

    1. Lian says:

      I wish you did too, Lilli!

  3. icebreakerfan says:

    hi lian,i was just wondering if you know where they sell the 2nd book in the hidden series and i was also wondering if i could please interview 4 my magazine.if so here are a few questions for you:

    When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

    How long does it take you to write a book?

    What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

    What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

    How do books get published?

    Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

    When did you write your first book and how old were you?

    What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

    What does your family think of your writing?

    What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

    How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

    Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

    Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

    Do you like to create books for adults?

    What do you think makes a good story?

    As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
    thank you so much,
    from ur biggest fan.

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Ruby, the second book isn’t on sale yet. It should be in the shops at the beginning of November – or possibly a week before. I’m not sure which shops – but certainly most good booksellers would have it. It might be worth phoning them beforehand to find out.

      Yes, I’m happy to answer your questions, but it might take me a few days to get round to them, because I’m flat out writing the third book. I’ll email you my answers.

  4. icebreakerfan says:

    sorry i meant interview you

  5. icebreakerfan says:

    thank you so much

  6. Belinda says:

    Looking forward to ‘Sunker’s Deep’ coming out! Love all your books!

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Belinda. This is always an exciting (and nerve-wracking!) time of year for me. πŸ™‚

  7. Elena says:

    Sunker’s Deep is amazing! I couldn’t put it down and when it ended I was upset, not because I didn’t like the ending (infact I loved it! :D) It was just that I didn’t want it to end! As soon as I finished it, I started it from the start again, just because I loved it so much. I am very exited for the launch and to be a part of it!!!! Thanks Lian!!!!
    xxx Elena

    P.S To everyone that doesn’t know, Sunkers Deep isn’t out yet but I have an advanced copy because I won the competition.

    1. Lian says:

      I’m immensely pleased that you liked it so much, Elena. And also glad that you’re going to be part of the launch. πŸ™‚

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