It’s been over a month since my last blog. I had intended to blog sooner, but with new parenthood, writing, editing, a day job and so on and so on and so on, things got away from me a little.
A little while ago The Silver Mask became a semi-finalist in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-off (SPFBO).
For those who, like me until a few months ago, have never heard of the SPFBO, it’s a competition for self-published fantasy authors run by Mark Lawrence (author of The Broken Empire trilogy amongst other things).
300 books are divided up amongst 10 bloggers, who whittle their selection of 30 down through whichever method they decide to one book. This one book is put through to the final. The 10 finalists are then read by the 10 bloggers who together decide on the winner.
The Silver Mask was sorted into Fantasy Book Review’s group, who are whittling their group down to a set of semi-finalists from which they’ll select their finalist. You can read more about Fantasy Book Review’s approach here.
You can find out more about SPFBO, see what other books have been entered and follow the contest on Mark Lawrence’s blog here.
So why, if this started back in May, am I talking about it now? Partly because there hasn’t been much to talk about from The Silver Mask’s perspective, but, to be honest, mostly because I didn’t want to encourage the inevitable irony of me talking a lot about the competition and then The Silver Mask being cut immediately afterward. Of course, irony could now strike and I could be cut at the semi-final stage. So lets just say, if I never talk about the SPFBO again it’s because things didn’t go so well.
Hide a Book Day
Yesterday was Hide a Book Day, a joint event between Goodreads and The Book Fairies.
I’ve always been tempted by the idea of leaving copies of my books around the place for people to find and this provided the perfect excuse.
Three copies of The Silver Mask have been left around the place:
In Lakeside, Thurrock:
The Spectrum Centre, Belfast:
And Manchester Piccadilly:
I can’t promise they’re still there if you go searching for them.
Thank you to my two ‘book fairies’ – Alison and Claudia – who helped deposit the books and possibly made it look like I was travelling around the country.