Ecko is loose in the wild. Lock up your flamethrowers!

Cheers for Titan Books who’re doing an absolutely storming job of getting his ass out there – initially at EasterCon, with samplers and badges and readings, oh my.

Reading in public for the first time scared the absolute bejesus out of me. Bless Cory Doctorow for a 30-second pep talk that proved invaluable – through even the mighty Captain Boing couldn’t save me from knees shaking so badly I had to lift my Mac off them (be easier when I have a book!) Thank you to everybody who turned up – and didn’t throw things.

The remainder of EasterCon involved a great deal of badge-pinning – onto anyone who’d stand still for long enough. And many of you were good enough to actually keep them in view. More than a few people came past the FP stall with compliments on the sampler – and I managed to sign my first proper official author-type signature for Paul McAuley.

(And you bet I’ll be watching eBay when the book comes out…)

I also managed to sign the MonQee – in the same room where the project was launched in ’08. For anyone who remembers that, it was a suitably surreal moment.

Apparently, Ecko samplers have also been seen out in the open at the London Book Fair this week – along with a whopping great poster up at the Titan Books stall. As Ecko’s flanked by Bats on one side and Kick-Ass on the other, I figure he’s in some pretty august company and he’ll behave himself – but you just never know.

Anyway, I have a scattered few badges and samplers left over. Not really enough to support an event – but if you want one, please holler!




Acquisition Announcement!

Titan Books to Publish Genre-Bending Debut Novel by Respected UK Science-Fiction and Fantasy Professional

Titan Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of worldwide rights to the extraordinary novel Ecko: Rising and its sequel by first time writer, Danie Ware.

Ware is the publicist and event organiser for cult entertainment retailer Forbidden Planet. She has been immersed in the science-fiction and fantasy community for the past decade, and has worked closely with a wide-range of genre authors. An early adopter of blogging, social media and a familiar face at conventions, she appears on panels as an expert on genre marketing and retailing.

Ecko: Rising is a unique genre-bending fantasy–sci-fi epic following a savage, gleefully cynical anti-hero. After awakening in a dimension-jumping inn to find himself immersed in his own sardonic fantasy world, Ecko joins a misfit cast of characters and strives to conquer his deepest fears and save the world from extinction. Danie Ware says, “I’ve been writing fantasy since my twenties, and Ecko has been a new set of eyes with which to see the traditional genre. Working with Titan has been fantastic as they have really come on board with both the concept and the project, and have brought an original idea to life.”

Ecko: Rising is scheduled for publication in the UK in autumn 2012, and the US in 2013. Fiction editor Cath Trechman bought the rights from The Cooke Agency. She says, “Danie has created an extraordinary fantasy world, filled with rich, vibrant characters, and a story that is thrilling, compelling and wonderfully unpredictable. We at Titan feel very lucky to have found such a remarkable talent.”

Ecko: Rising will be launched at the Olympus EasterCon 2012 with an exclusive sampler and a reading from Danie Ware at 1pm on Friday April 6th in room 12 (Tetworth). She will also be on a panel discussing promoting yourself online on Sunday at 10am.

For press please contact: Sophie Calder – sophie.calder@titanemail.com / 020 7803 1906

(I love the phrase genre-bending. Just saying!)

Reading? At EasterCon?

Yes, I will be reading at EasterCon!

It’s at 1:00pm on the Friday, so will be unfortified by alcohol (though possibly not by cake). Please come along, listen, point and laugh, and throw things.

I figure, after Rock Band…

I’ll be sharing the hour with Emma Newman, reading from 20 Years Later – so please bring enough ammunition for both of us!

There will also be panelling, a little later on during the weekend – this one equally unfortified by booze (unless you count the glasses guzzled on the previous evening)…

If you’re awake, I will be moderating the ‘promoting yourself online’ panel with Elspeth Cooper, Paul Cornell, Tom Hunter and Simon Spanton – all of us bright-eyed and busy-tailed at 10am on Sunday morning.

Otherwise, you will find me tied to the Forbidden Planet dealers’ table, as usual, or in the bar!

Oh – and don’t forget to ask us for a Bingo card. Convention Bingo – we’ve been threatening this for at least a year and now we’re committed…

Empire State Launch

Point before opening: filming Adam reading from Empire State has apparently done for my little Lumix camera. Dagnabbit, there was going to be video footage and everything.

Anyway. Where was I?

I was here: debut signings at FP. Thanks to the meticulous records of Mr. Veasey, we’ve had a look back through them – at Gareth Powell, at Mark Charan Newton, at Scott Lynch, to name but a few. I haven’t got accurate attendance figures, but Adam’s was way up there – an event that came together with support from family and friends, journos and bloggers, publisher(s) and fans, where every layer of the industry joins in to give someone a proper flying start.

And Adam (I must stop thinking of him as @ghostfinder, damn you Twitter!) is the New Face in more ways than one. This is not only a new book – this is a new World. The Empire State really is a parallel dimension – in the World-Builder project, everyone can play. It hearkens back to the gaming of my youth; those bright-eyed and idealistic role-playing sessions where there was no GM and everyone could share in the creativity, man. This time, though, I suspect a stronger structure *g*.

Find details of the Empire State World-Builder, and how you can help create and populate it, here.

Thank you to Lee and AR for their support, and for bringing both Adam and the Empire State to us… and to everyone who came and broke that bottle of champagne over the author’s head.

The humble book signing is currently subject to a lot of doom-saying – I’m sure I don’t need to go into why. Events like last night prove that ‘doom’ is not necessarily the case.

What is, is change.

*Never* be afraid to do the new thing.