More Milestones

A few days ago, the final version of Pantomime arrived. This was a moment I’d been idly daydreaming about since I was 14, and maybe even earlier than that. It’s one of the last milestones–ones I’m still looking forward to are signing my book for a stranger and walking into a bookshop and seeing my book on the shelves, plus others to come.

omgmybookWednesday night, I had just come back from the gym and I was starving, sweaty, and tired. None of that mattered when I opened the box and saw 20 copies of my book. I burst into tears–I was absolutely overwhelmed. There they were. Finished Pantomime, all grown up and ready to go into the world. When I could breathe again, I ate some food, waited until my face stopped being all splotchy, and took this photo.

A few days later, I went out for a meal with my husband’s family to celebrate the engagement of my brother-in-law and soon-to-be-sister-in-law. I gave a copy to each brother and their fiancees, and a copy to Craig’s parents. I was able to sign my first copies in an Indian restaurant.

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So that was really amazing.

It’s one week until the US launch and 9 days until the UK launch. I’m torn between excitement and fear. It’s never far from my mind. It feels like another farewell and yet a new beginning. Evidently Pantomime is already shipping to those who pre-ordered on Amazon UK. I’ll be a published author with my book in bookshops, just like I’ve always wanted. Aiiee!

On one last marketing note, we’re running another Goodreads giveaway, this time for a signed final edition of Pantomime.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Pantomime by Laura Lam

Pantomime

by Laura Lam

Giveaway ends February 28, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

The Pantomime Blog Tour

My Blog Tour for Pantomime begins today, January 18th, and runs to February 7th currently, which is the UK launch date. Below are the places I will be appearing, and I’ll come back and edit as the posts go live.

My blog tour is sort of two parts. My publisher Strange Chemistry arranged a blog tour with the bloggers in their Chemistry Set. But over the past few months I’ve also had bloggers contact me for interviews and I’ve also approached some of my favourite blogs. This means on some days there will be more than one post.

For the blogs arranged by Strange Chemistry, there’s a blog button, made by Kenda.

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Isn’t it lovely?

And here we go:

These went live but I didn’t link them to the blog:
24th December: Guest Post – Winter Holidays in Ellada: Starmetal Oak Reviews
11th January: Interview: YA Yeah Yeah (also appeared on The Book Bag)

18th January: Guest Post – The Road to Publication: The Book Galaxy
19th January: Interview: A Fantastical Librarian
20th January: Interview: Manga Maniac Cafe
21st January: Interview: Book Club Forum
22nd January: Guest Post – Top Ten Settings I’d Like to See More of in Young Adult: Bookworm Dream
23rd January: Interview: Readaraptor
23rd January: Excerpt – The Snake Charmer: Fantastical Imaginations
24th January: Guest Post – Why the Circus and Elladan Worldbuilding: Book Adoration
25th January: YA Debut Author Interview: Once Upon a Bookcase
25th January: Interview: Cuddlebuggery
25th January: InterviewThe Book Goddess
26th January: Guest Post – Tour Through Ellada and the Circus with Pictures: The Book Fairy’s Haven
27th January: Interview: Nawanda Files
28th January: Guest Post – The Edibles of Ellada: Book Sake
28th January: Guest Post – Pantomime’s Metafiction (and Giveaway!): Rainy Day Ramblings
28th January: Interview: Two Fantasy Floozies
29th January: Interview: Reader Girls
30th January: Character Interview – Micah Grey: YA Sisterhood
31st January: Guest Post – New Year’s Writing Resolutions: Lost in Thought
1st February: Guest Post – Top Ten Films that Tie into Pantomime’s Themes: One Page Reviews
2nd February: Guest Post – Bookcase Showcase: Overflowing Library
2nd February: Review and Giveaway for a Signed Pantomime: Ensconced in YA
3rd February: Review: Candace’s Book Blog
3rd February: Review, Interview, and Giveaway for a Signed PantomimeEnsconced in YA
4th February: Guest Post – The Safe Haven of the Circus: Fantasy’s Ink
4th February: Interview & Giveaway: Distraction no. 99 (Nova Ren Suma’s Anticipated YA Debut Series)
4th February: ReviewGuest Post – An Introduction to R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic: Fluttering Butterflies
5th February: Interview: Winged Reviews
5th February: Newsletter Guest Post – The Fear and Joy of Writing PantomimeThe Book Smugglers
6th February: Interview: Snarky Bird Book Reviews
6th February: Guest Post – On the Back Lot of the Circus: One a Day YA
7th February: Guest Post – My Favourite Bit: Mary Robinette Kowal
7th February: Interview: Terribleminds (Chuck Wendig)
8th February: Guest Post – The Big Idea: Whatever (John Scalzi)
10th February: Interview: City of Books
12th February: Guest Post – Turning Points: Distraction no. 99 (Nova Ren Suma’s Anticipated YA Debut Series)
13th February: InterviewMy Bookish Ways
15th February: GiveawayCity of Books

Books Read in 2012

So, 2012 was a reading year. I total I read 92 books, which breaks down into almost half YA.

January –

1. Delirium – Laura Oliver

2. The Dead of Winter – Lee Collins (beta-read)

3. The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great – Eva Stachniak

4. Genesis – Bernard Beckett

5. A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

6. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld

7. The Inheritance – Robin Hobb

8. Lessons from a Dead Girl – Jo Knowles

Total: 8 books – 5 YA, 1 historical fiction, 1 fantasy, 1 SFF short story collection

February –

9. The Merchant of Dreams – Anne Lyle (beta-read)

10. Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld

11. Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

12. Shotgun Gravy – Chuck Wendig

13. Hiding the Elephant: How Magicians Invented the Impossible and Learned to Disappear – Jim Steinmeyer

Totals: 5 books, 3 YA, 1 non-fiction, 1 fantasy

March (unsurprisingly read less during the querying and total stress!)-

14. Goliath – Scott Westerfeld

15. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

16. The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater

Totals: 3 books, 3 YA

Continue reading Books Read in 2012

Pantomime News

Been awhile since I did a general update of stuff, so here we go!

1. My launch at the London Forbidden Planet Megastore now has an event page. Please feel free to join if you wish to come or to invite friends and family you have in the area you think might wish to attend. Everyone is welcome, from all ages, and it’d be great to meet people who have read Pantomime, or who are interested in picking it up.

2. Oh mah gah I’m in a magazine! One of the members of my writing group who moved away to Glasgow was rifling through SciFiNow and came across my name! It’s a pretty balanced review of Pantomime. It was quite a weird experience to walk into a WHS at lunchtime and buy a copy (or three…) of the magazine. I also may or may not have been so excited that I showed the shopkeeper as she rang up my order.

3. Jessica at AllwaysUnmended posted a long examination of the themes in Pantomime, which was so fascinating for me to read as an author. Warning, there are some spoilers within, though they are clearly marked. The first half of the review does not have spoilers.

General writing updates:

In December, I focused a lot on publicity for Pantomime‘s blog tour, and I also wrote 3 first drafts of short stories, which are all set in Ellada. I don’t know what I’ll do with them, and all three of them need more work. But even if nothing comes of them, I had fun and learned a little bit more about another little boy from a noble family in Ellada, what lurks in the waters off the coast of Linde, and what happens to a group of miners after they discover a priceless Vestige artefact deep within the mines of Byssia.

I also went on a research trip to the Czech Republic and was thus able to finish my outline of another WIP and to edit the first 20k into something that makes more semblance of sense. I also outlined another book. And December was meant to be me taking it easy.

January will mainly be spent finishing up the guest posts and interviews for Pantomime‘s launch, trying not to freak out too much, and also switching gears back to editing Pantomime2. Whew.