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Re: Hello ... again Ha, thanks all. I promise not to cause trouble (I may be lying).

Obviously, this is all shameless self-promotion and a completely transparent attempt to ingratiate myself so you'll buy my book and make me filthy rich.  :o

In the meantime, I'll at least make an attempt to involve myself in the forums. I have a torrid history of forums taking over my life to the extent of getting into trouble at work and forgetting how to speak aloud, so if I get too prolific do please rein me in!! Or not.

Re Godblind, here is the synopsis my agent sent out to publishers.

The Red Gods were exiled one thousand years ago but in the mountains the Mireces king, Corvus, plans his invasion of Rilpor to the glory of the Gods of Blood.
Dom Longsword is a Watcher, cursed with prophecy of future cataclysms but without the means to alter them. As Rillirin, an escaped Mireces slave arrives in the watchers' village, he sees the advent of war between Rilpor and the heathen Mireces, the likes of which they’ve never known.
   In Rilpor’s capital, Rivil, the king’s son, attempts and fails to kill his father and seize the throne. He flees west and falls in with a band of Mireces and converts to their faith, the Red Joy, in return for the promise of aid to seize the throne.
   Through battle and siege, the Watchers and the West Rank – Rilpor’s elite army – must stand together against the Mireces army and the traitor Rivil. Dom must convince the West Rank to trust his prophecies but the Gods’ torments of his mind increase and his madness drives him away from his people to wander lost at the mercy of the enemy.
And still the Mireces come, sweeping out of the mountains and overpowering the Watchers and the West Rank. For the glory of the Gods of Blood, the Mireces will drown alongside their enemies…

July 11, 2016, 12:11:46 PM
Re: Fantasy in the Court Awesome Jen, can't wait to meet you! I may have a bookywook for you to put your name to, too!

I went to DHH's summer party at Goldsboro last month and they do a very nice line in pink fizz - hoping for more of the same!

Anna  ;D

July 29, 2016, 01:24:45 PM
Re: Greetings That's a hell of an introduction! With two high-functioning asperger's nephews, I know how intimidating new places and people can be, so congrats on managing such a hugely varied career and surviving some intense pressures.

Hope the writing is just as successful.


August 04, 2016, 10:48:55 AM
Re: Fantasy in the Court So, Fantasy in the Court was awesome!

I met lots of lovely authors, including Jen Williams - hi, Jen! - Edward Cox, Tom Pollock (for about 30 seconds), Adrian Selby, Liz de Jager and Mark de Jager (who I already know). I missed Tom Lloyd, which was a shame and would have loved to chat longer with Tom Pollock, but I plan on cornering them next time.  :D

I learned lots, including that I need an elevator pitch for my novel prior to it coming out, that I can claim back travel expenses and tickets for conventions if I put it down as 'networking' (genius) and that I need to amend my Twitter name from my married name to my author name to avoid confusion.

I also got a picture of a dragon drawn in The Copper Promise and a picture of a skull drawn in Infernal - one happy fan.

August 12, 2016, 11:38:14 AM
Re: Banking and accounting for authors Thanks for the advice guys. I'm going trad pub - I'm a week away from signing my contract so I thought I should probably get to grips with the money side of things now!.

Speaking to some authors at Fantasy in the Court last week, all of them said that expenses like travel, hotels, laptop, monitors etc are all tax-deductible from your 'business' as an author - as long as they relate to it, of course.

So in that respect I thought it was best to get an accountant to at least show me the things I can claim for and maybe do my first tax return, then after that I'll have a better handle on how it works. Still deciding though. 

Cheers all, most informative.


August 17, 2016, 10:42:53 AM
Re: Banking and accounting for authors Again, thanks to everyone for all this. My biggest worry is because I'm full-time employed and due to be getting (some) money from writing over the next few years as my advances come in (split to cover each in the trilogy) I'll be going over the 40% tax threshold here in the UK some years and not in others and how do I calculate and arghhhh!

So yeah, I'm leaning towards an accountant, but I'll probably drop my agent an email and see what he says. The agency agreement was very much "WE CANNOT GIVE YOU TAX ADVICE" but I'm sure they know enough to point me in the right direction of a reputable accountant. A fellow writer, who makes her living from writing non-fiction, also set herself up as a limited company so she pays corporation tax instead of personal tax, which apparently is lower. But then she has to pay herself a salary, and it all gets a bit arghhh! again.

I shall keep you informed!


August 19, 2016, 08:01:22 AM
Re: List of LGBT characters in fantasy recommended by Fantasy Faction Members The long way to a small angry planet, Becky Chambers (though that's space opera)

Mirror Empire and sequels, Kameron Hurley

The City's son and sequels, Skyscraper Throne trilogy, Tom Pollock

The Painted Man and sequels - The Demon Cycle novels - Peter V Brett

Dust and sequels, Elizabeth Bear

Godblind, Anna Stephens, coming spring 2017 - oh, that's me!!  ;)

August 30, 2016, 01:24:17 PM
Re: Banking and accounting for authors Hi, well I haven't seen any covers myself yet, so I'm not sure!

I have zero idea what the covers will look like, either. All I know is that the artist has the same name as my main character, which is really freaky. But I don't want to meet him, in case he doesn't look like my main character. Or does. God, what if he does? I think my head would explode.  :o

I'm currently working through my final edits, or what I hope to be final, aside from the line edit. I got asked to rewrite the opening few chapters to make some motivations clearer and bring in some characters' POV earlier, so that's taking up all my time at the moment. My word count is creeping up rapidly too, pretty much at the same speed my deadline is counting down, so I'm getting a little panicky about what I'll have to cut later on to fit in all this new wordage at the start.

Still, it's a fun process, while at the same time being hair-raisingly terrifying.

When I know more, you will know more!


September 01, 2016, 10:19:12 AM
Re: Publisher / Agent recommends The Writers and Artists yearbook is probably your best bet. They cover everything!


September 27, 2016, 03:22:08 PM
Oddjobs, by Heide Goody and Iain Grant Hi, so I just finished reading Oddjobs by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. They're a West Midlands-based comic fantasy writing dastardly duo, and Oddjobs is, I think, their sixth book. And blimey, is it good. Here's the blurb:

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but someone still needs to do the paperwork.
Incomprehensible horrors from beyond are going to devour our world but that’s no excuse to get all emotional about it. Morag Murray works for the secret government organisation responsible for making sure the apocalypse goes as smoothly and as quietly as possible.
In her first week on the job, Morag has to hunt down a man-eating starfish, solve a supernatural murder and, if she’s got time, prevent her own inevitable death.
The first book in a new comedy series by the creators of ‘Clovenhoof’, Oddjobs is a sideswipe at the world of work and a fantastical adventure featuring amphibian wannabe gangstas, mad old cat ladies, ancient gods, apocalyptic scrabble, fish porn, telepathic curry and, possibly, the end of the world before the weekend.

If you're looking to (a) support self-published/independently-published authors, (b) you miss Sir Terry Pratchett and want something that resembles his genius (YES, it's that good in my opinion) (c) and you've got a spare £6.99, please please please take a look at this. It's the funniest book I've read this year.

And no, I'm not on commission!  ;D ;D

Thanks  ::)

September 30, 2016, 08:31:15 AM