This is one of those mild brag posts, because there have been several really awesome things going on around Casa de Hartness lately as I work on revisions for Book IV of The Black Knight Chronicles. Yes, they’re late. Yes, I’m sorry. Yes, I’m a terrible person. No, I won’t tell you what happens. Yes, I still hope for the book to release this calendar year. No, it will not be ready for ConCarolinas 2013.
So it’s important that we celebrate and recognize these milestones along our road to becoming world-famous authors chillin’ on an island in the Atlantic because some awesome donor just dropped a f-ton of money in our lap. For the record, I’d be in the Outer Banks of NC, probably on Manteo. Just wired enough for high-speed internet, but remote enough that you gotta really want to find me.
The first big milestone comes up two weeks from yesterday, on the 14th day of August. That’s when we celebrate the 40th anniversary of me bursting forth squalling into this world, and I haven’t shut up since. Yup, my misspent youth is finally over and I should probably start acting like a grownup and achieving something. That’s why the emphasis on reveling in little milestones in our careers. Because the little ones are just as worthy of celebrating as the big ones, and all too often get overlooked.
Last weekend at MonsterCon in Greenville, SC (great con, BTW, hope to see you all there next year!) I was talking with some folks about rejection letters. Yep, everybody gets them. Except self-published authors. We call them negative reviews. But anyway, I digress. The topic turned from rejection letters to personalized rejection letters, and how nice it feels when you realize that a personalized rejection letter isn’t a bad thing, but a sign that someone cared about your work enough to take extra time on it!
MonsterCon was a personal milestone in that it was my first Guest of Honor gig at a con, and I hope that I was entertaining enough to make it worth their while having me there. I did see a few fans that were there because I promoted the con on my Facebook and Twitter, so I hope that my presence had some type of positive impact on the con overall.
Another pair of personal milestones came this year through my work with Dark Oak Press. Both Gizmos (Dreams of Steam IV) and The Big Bad were hardback releases, so not only did I get my first hardcover release of and anthology I was in this year, but I also had my first hardcover release with my name on the spine (and Emily’s!). And there’s still something awesome about a hardback book. I didn’t even know I cared about having a hardcover release until it happened.
Yeah, I’m totally lying there. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to have my books in hardback, especially because it’s an easier pitch to libraries. And I’m happy to announce that Dark Oak and I are working on a print-only deal to bring Bubba the Monster Hunter Season One – Scattered, Smothered and Chunked to print. I hope that will be available early fall.
And in the midst of all that coolness I shot a commercial (another first!) and got a couple of Facebook pics from friends showing me Black Knight Chronicles books on shelves in local bookstores! That was awesome, because I’ve never done a signing at that store (yet!), so that means that the awesome folks at Bell Bridge Books are getting my work onto bookstore shelves, which broadens my reach and hopefully makes everybody a little money.
Some of these are pretty big milestones, but the little ones are just as important. Writing is a lonely road, and our successes great and small are our mile markers. So today’s comments are all about the brag – what’s your latest accomplishment or milestone? I’ll go ahead and answer for one Magical Words alum and friend – it’s a book birthday for A. J. Hartley! The third Darwen Arkwright book is now available, so go pick it up! Then come back here and tell us what awesome things have happened in your life or career lately.
And if you want to buy me a present, my Amazon Wish List is here.