Right from the beginning, Faerie Wars did rather well in Italy, where the whole series became a bit of a best-seller. Now my Italian publisher, Mondadori, plan to publish all four books, Faerie Wars through Faerie Lord in an omnibus edition, thus presenting the entire story of Henry and Blue in a single massive volume. They’ve just sent me the cover art, by the world-famous fantasy painter Paolo Barbieri, and it is absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to see the finished production.
Been trying to take a bit of time off, but have now partnered with Andrews UK to market electronic versions of my mildly naughty novel Madame de Gaulle’s Penis (or Madame de Gaulle’s P**** as I’m told some electronic publishers will insist on calling it.) I’ve had half a century of experience with conventional publishing, which works on Vatican time and usually takes a year or more to bring out one of my books. The electronic world is something else: the team at AUK think in terms of weeks or even days. As a result I’ve had my busiest time in months, learning about all sorts of exciting things like metadata. I’ll let you know if it makes my fortune, but at the moment I can tell you it’s a lot of fun.
For reasons best known to themselves — at least they haven’t explained them to me — Bloomsbury have decided to move publication of my new Faerie Wars novel from autumn of this year to January of 2011. The launch of the book, originally titled The Faeman Girl and now definitely called Faeman Quest (because research shows, according to my agent, that boys won’t buy books with ‘girl’ in the title) now coincides with U.S. publication of the second Shadow Project novel, The Doomsday Box, to be published by HarperCollins in the same month and year.
I've finally ventured into the realms of self-publishing with a novel considered far too rude for public consumption by anyone on my agent's extensive list of mainstream publishers. It's called Madame de Gaulle's Penis, a fictional memoir of the Sixties and tells the story of a sex maniac who falls foul of Madame de Gaulle's penis and vows a terrible revenge.
Since several of you out there think of me as a children's author, I have to say categorically that this book is absolutely, positively NOT suitable for children or young adult readers — it's much too naughty — although regrettably I have no way of stopping you buying it if you decide to do so.
Madame de Gaulle's Penis is not, and probably never will be, available through your local bookshop, but you can order a copy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and, more cheaply but a little slower, from Lulu.com. It might even turn up on the Barnes and Noble web site eventually. Search for it by title or author name.
Ah, the unexpected tribulations of being an author. Just when I thought I was free and clear with The Faeman Girl, my agent emailed to say recent research has shown, contrary to what you might imagine, that young male readers shy away from books with 'girl' in the title. (Unless, presumably, it's preceded with a word like 'naked.') So, despite my earlier assurances, the book will not now be published as The Faeman Girl after all. New titles under consideration are The Faeman Heir or possibly just The Faeman. Any other suggestions, let me know, but make it fast because catalogues are about to be printed.