Tuesday, 1 January 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hello, hello, hello Dear Readers - and a very happy 2013 to you all!

2012 was a fun, frightening, challenging and really exciting year. I had lots of firsts. My first author event in London - at Foyles - where so many of you lovely Dear Readers turned up and made my day despite all my travel trevails. My first - and second! - award ceremonies, the Leeds Book Award and the Lancashire Book of the Year Award. I didn't win anything at either, but both events were so amazing to be part of that it hardly mattered. My first time meeting a Huge Big Time Author - the delightful Cassandra Clare - and actually *interviewing* them for this blog. I recieved my first foreign edition of one of my books, the Polish translation of Shadows on the Moon, and the first audio-book version, again of Shadows.

This year was also very busy writing-wise. We did an awesomeness overhall of the first The Name of the Blade book, The Night Itself, which involved extensive re-writes and revisions. At the beginning of the year I started work on the second book of the trilogy (title to be announced) and I managed to finish it (phew!) just before the end.

I've had a truly wonderful 2012, and I hope that you all did too.

2013 is going to be a special year because this is when my baby, my precious, The Night Itself, will finally be unleashed on the world after nearly three years of planning and scheming and keeping everything about my Big Secret Project, well, *secret*. We've got the cover reveal to come, and hopefully other fun things associated with the release on the 4th of July. I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks about the story, which is such a huge change of direction for me as a writer. I, along with many other people, have fingers crossed that the first book of The Name of the Blade will be a hit. I'm feeling equal parts terror and elation over this!

Between October 31st and December the 3rd of this year I'll be travelling to Brighton to attend the World Fantasy Convention. This will be my very first con, and I'm not on any panels - I'm just going as a reader and a fan. There are going to be some really amazing people there, including members of my writers group The Furtive Scribblers, some of whom are travelling from as far afield as Canada. I'm feeling about equal parts terror and elation over this, too.

I don't know what other things might be to come in 2013. I'm hoping that I get to hit London again, and maybe meet a few more of my Dear Readers in the process. I've got the final book of my trilogy to write, and a couple of other projects lined up that I want to give some attention to. Whatever happens, I hope that I'll continue to be blessed by the support of all the talented, dedicated and brilliant people who made my 2012 so wonderful. Hannah The PR Person, aka Lovely Lass. Annalie, otherwise known as Wonder Editor. Nancy, my Super Agent. The rest of the great team at Walker Books, and at The Miles Stott Children's Literary Agency. All the geniuses of The Furtive Scribblers. And you, my Dear Readers, who make every bit of struggle, stress and strife worthwhile.

I love you guys! Have a great year :)

13 comments:

Megha said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR ZOE! :) I can't wait for The Night Itself to be published! Will be one of the most exciting things this year ;)

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Megha! As it happens, I totally agree :)

A Backwards Story said...

Happy New Year!!!! Your book is one of the ones I'm most excited about!

I blathered all over you yesterday in my 2012 survey, lol! <3

Zoë Marriott said...

Bonnie: Eeep. I hope it lives up to everyone's expectations. I'll go check out your post now - I didn't get a Google alert dagnabit. Thanks!

amycelestia said...

I hope 2013 is lovely for you! :) I can't wait to read The Night Itself!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Amy! Back at you :)

whispering words said...

Hi Zoe, Happy New Year! I really hope its a good one for you - and I'm really looking forward to reading "The Night Itself" this year too!

Unfortunatly you won't be seeing me in the comments this year - I'm moving to China next week to go teach English for a year and won't be able to access blogger :( But out of the three books I'm taking with me, Frostfire will be one of them! I've been saving it specially for my trip. Looking forward to finally reading it!

Anyway all the best for 2013!

Isabel said...

Happy New Year, Zoe! Hopefully 2013 will be great, and I can't wait for The Night Itself!

Raimy-rawr said...

Happy new year Zoe! I'm looking forward to this year, especially as it brings a new book of yours to my shelves! Hope you have an amazing year sweetie!! Xx

Zoë Marriott said...

Whispering: Wow! What an exciting year you're going to have - I hope you have the best time. And I hope you enjoy FF too. Let us know when you come back! You'll be missed :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Isabel and Raimy: Thanks, my lovelies! Nervousness and anticipation for TNI is reaching boiling point in my brain right now. I need to know what people think, but at the same time I don't want to KNOW what people think. Eeep.

Rhia said...

And a Happy New Year to you, Zoe!

Only six months and two days to wait until The Night Itself - I've made a note on my calendar!

May you have a peaceful, delightful and productive 2013.

Zoë Marriott said...

Ooh, that makes my stomach lurch, Rhia! It doesn't seem like a very long time to me anymore (clearly I've gotten too used to publishing timescales). Hopefully we can have the cover reveal soon, fingers crossed. You have a great 2013 too :)

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