I've just spent the past week immersed in all the various bits and pieces that go along with being a writer, in preparation for the launch of Rogue Gadda in four weeks.
I've started up a newsletter (you can sign up for it here: http://nicolermurphy.com/post/My-newsletter.aspx) I've chased some people to review my books, particularly in the US (my publisher will handle Aus reviews). I've organised a blog tour for myself, and guest bloggers for my website in July. I've organised a 'secret' part of the publicity for Rogue Gadda. Secret for now - am yet unsure whether I'll promote it when the time is right or see if people will just find it...
I've been brushing up on my extremely poor graphic design skills to make a whole lot of bits and bobs to give away at Supernova in a little over two weeks. By the way, are YOU coming to Supernova? You'll get to meet THREE Darksiders - myself, Tracey O'Hara and Erica Hayes.
It's all this sort of stuff that people may not tell you about when you're chasing the dream of being an author. Particularly if your aim is signing with a major publisher, like I did. You think you'll get a lot of help from them and it is a truth that you do get an extra leg up. For example, I had reviews of Power Unbound in some of Australia's biggest newspapers - that's hard t0 manage on your own.
But there's only so much the publicity department can do. Particularly at times like this.
What time is that? Well, two weeks after my book comes out my publisher, HarperVoyager, is releasing one of the most anticipated books of the last decade - George RR Martin's A Dance with Dragons. And you can bet that publicity at HarperCollins is up to their eyeballs with people wanting to get their hands on that and they'll do what they can for me, but they're only human.
Hence my newsletter. And my blog tour. And guest posts. And 'secret' mission. And anything else I can do to excite people about the fact that the last book in the Dream of Asarlai trilogy is out.
And folks, you should be excited! There's danger, magic, betrayal, trauma, love and passion, all while the future of the secret magical race the gadda balances on a knife edge.
You can be one of the FIRST people in Australia to own a copy of Rogue Gadda. I'm going to give you one of mine, and I don't get many. So to earn this, I need you to help me.
I've got to write a dozen blog posts for other bloggers. What do you think I should write about?
Winner announced next Wednesday.