World Fantasy Con and other stuff

I’ve been pretty busy since my last blog entry. I went to the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton which was fab (though the bar was a little too noisy for easy conversation). I met a lot of people in person I had only previously met online, acquired a load of books, went to panels, did a reading as part of the pirate pop-up programming and, mostly importantly, had a talk with my agent. We have accumulated a stack of rejections for my novel that has been on submission since January. This is damn disappointing. It is a good novel but times are hard in the publishing world; in the words of Sir Terry Pratchett (who was at the con) “so hard you could use it for horseshoes”. There are a handful of publishers who haven’t yet replied, so they have to be chased up, and I was able to connect with some smaller publishers who it would be worth sending to, so I’ll have to write a synopsis 😦  I’m also going to have a look at my previous novel and tweak the ending so that it can be sent out again. There are new players in the market who didn’t see it when it went around 5/6 years ago, and the success of ‘Game of Thrones’ has made secondary world adventure fantasy a desirable commodity again. I’m also going to have to start developing another idea. This is a scary thought, akin to looking up at another distant mountain peak and contemplating climbing it. Right now, I’m not sure what that idea is going to be.

My long-time crit pal Patrice Sarath has been visiting with her husband. She came over for WFC as she has a new novel to sell, and we’ve been doing touristy things since the convention ended. We’ve just got back from fulfilling her wish to see some real castles. For me that means Edward I’s great monuments in North Wales so yesterday we went over Conway Castle. Why yes, it did rain; it’s Wales in November after all. We had a really nice trip, stayed in a lovely pub, ate some great meals, drank some good beer and saw some beautiful countryside. Tomorrow its back to work for me, they’re off to Paris.