I’m pleased to announce—no, not pleased, ecstatic and weeing myself slightly—that I’ve just signed my first ever book deal. After years of talking about it, my time travel conspiracy thriller, Million Eyes, is finally on its way.
The deal is with an independent publisher called Elsewhen Press, who specialise in speculative fiction and are building quite a name for themselves in SFF fandom. They’ve been going since 2011 and have so far published 70 books by 30 authors, including the bestselling and award-winning Christopher Nuttall.
I had the pleasure of meeting two of Elsewhen’s directors yesterday (and was treated to dinner!) at Eastercon 2019, a British sci-fi convention that’s been running since 1948. Elsewhen’s dealer room was one of the busiest there, which was encouraging. I also met a couple of their authors, one of whom, The Economist editor Geoffrey Carr, is having his book launch at Eastercon tonight.
To say that I’m excited would be the understatement of my life. Elsewhen’s acceptance email came at a brilliant time. I’ve been forging ahead with the new draft of the Million Eyes sequel and I’m really pleased with how well it’s coming together. Plus, my readers will know that I made the decision at the end of last year that if I didn’t find a publisher early in 2019, I would start looking at alternative options. I actually did get a semi-acceptance from another publisher a couple of months ago, which was also fantastic. The only thing with them is that, while they love Million Eyes, they are still establishing themselves in the book world and couldn’t promise me anything concrete beyond a wish to publish the book, at this stage anyway.
It’s an incredibly empowering feeling to get picked up by a traditional publisher (particularly as I was approaching last resort territory, the last resort being self-publishing). I’m over the moon to be joining what their authors refer to as the ‘Elsewhen Family’.
Thus far we have only signed the publishing contract so the next step will be to discuss schedules and timelines. The first stage of the process will be editing. I know that when the book is ready for publication, it will be released as an ebook first, then as a paperback 2-3 months later. I expect, based on how Elsewhen do things, that I will be launching the paperback at one of the conventions they go to. There was also talk last night of a convention in November being a possibility for my launch.
More details will follow soon. I’m off to get drunk.