good news re Queen of Swords

Today I heard through my agent that my publisher has read Queen of Swords and she is ecstatic about it. You know what a relief this is?

Two years of working on a novel, close to 300,000 words, dozens of characters and many complex interwoven plot lines and by the time you’re done, you have no sense of the thing at all. Is it good? Is it bad? At this stage I always think of an old George Carlin sketch about cleaning out the refrigerator and finding unidentifiable stuff… is it meat? is it cake? It’s meat-cake!

The publisher said (this is heresay, of course) that QS was the best thing she’s ready in a very long time. Okay. Now I can go look at it without anxiety spasms. Whether y’all agree with her is another (and bigger) hurdle — but for the moment, I feel like I’ve given birth to a baby who has turned out to be healthy in spite of many troubles and complications along the way.

8 Replies to “good news re Queen of Swords”

  1. Congratulations! That has got to be the kind of thing that just keeps you floating all day. Sheesh, all week. You deserve it.

    Sorry about the exclamation point; I just had to. At least it’s only one. I was going to do a smiley, too, but I restrained myself just in time.

  2. Yippeee! Yippeeee! Yippeee!

    I’m so glad the publisher likes it, because I’m really looking forward to reading it.

    A while ago you made a comment to the effect that it might be the last in the series because publishers are reluctant to buy historical fiction as it’s not popular at the moment. While this might apply to bad historical fiction (and there’s more than enough of that), I’m sure there must be a market for the good stuff.

    I’m really looking forward to finding out more about Jennet because she’s one of my favourite characters, but basically I’m greedy and I just want more, more, more about the folk from Lake in the Clouds.

    That being said, I’m looking forward to reading the contemporaries too — there are also more than enough of disappointing ones out there.

  3. Congrats! What a relief it must be for you. I mentioned at my local bookstore that I was reading your books and they looked up QOS and said it was in their computers (here in Australia) for release around December this year. It will be a long wait knowing it’s finished – but definately worth it!

  4. Congratulations! How terrific.

    I’m smiling on my side of the computer; you just can’t see it.

    Now, they need to get one of those damn fine covers on it and bump up their marketting skillz to boot.
    Are you listening book people!?


    No, I suppose not, but well, it never hurts to try.

  5. YAY for you!! And I think I maybe even forgot to say a HUUUUGE congrats on finishing it. Must be a terrific feeling.

    now go buy yourself something purty. You earned it.

  6. And now we have a pub date…happy day…so excited. Glad it’s an easy day to remember, too.

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