So here we are, all in our places with bright shiny faces, ready for 2009, right? RIGHT! And 2009 is going to be a great year, really really really. I can feel it in my bones. No more whining about the Year That Ate My Happiness; we’re all about the 09, now.
And what a way to start the year, because I have several announcements to make, and a bit about my schedule–which includes (gasp) appearances!
So. Here’s an announcement, first of all; a pretty big one. The hubs and I have booked our tickets, and are moving back to the US in April. There are a number of reasons for this, which I won’t go into, but suffice it to say we’re very excited about going home. England is a beautiful place, and I will always be grateful that we–especially the girls–had the opportunity to live in another country, but we’ve been here for just over three years and it’s time to go home.
However. This does mean that for essentially the entire month of April I am going to be unreachable. My BlackBerry contract runs out in March; I had really hoped to extend it another couple of months so I can still get my emails, but I can’t guarantee it.
The good news about this, though, is that in April I *will* be at the Romantic Times convention in Orlando, and should be signing some books.
So. My schedule for the year is basically as follows (don’t worry, I’ll update throughout the year as well):
Jan-March. Regular schedule; I have to finish the third Downside book (which I hope to do by the end of Feb) and obviously we’ll have some moving things to keep us busy, but I will keep everyone informed as we go along.
April: Moving. We’ll be spending a few days in NYC, which I am incredibly excited about (I’ve never been there) as I already have plans to tour the Del Rey offices and have dinner and drinks with my fantastic editor, to meet up with my agent, all those fun things. Whee! And then we head down to Miami to visit our friends and family down there; we can’t wait to see them all again.
Then I’m attending the RT convention in Orlando, April 22-26. As of now I’m not doing any panels or “official” events save the booksigning on Saturday the 25th. BUT, on Thursday morning, from 10:30 to 11:30, Team Seattle (of which I have been informed I am a “satellite” member, which tickles me to no end and makes me feel all warm and gooey and loved), including me and a few other technically non-Seattlites, are doing a Club RT event, with fun and a seriously kickass prize, so you will NOT want to miss that; come hang out and talk with us!
May: Traveling; hopfully visiting friends and family in TX.
Summer: Hopefully buying and settling into new house in time for girls to start school with everyone else. If anyone knows any realtors in or around the Alpharetta/Marietta/Cummings area north of Atlanta GA, please let me know. We aren’t sure we’ll be in the market for a house but we’re hopeful.
September: Dragon*Con! I will definitely be there; I have no idea as yet what if anything I will officially be doing there, but I will definitely be there, and it would be great to see any of you there too!
October-December: Don’t know.
I am also currently in the process of building a new website, and I’m really excited about it. It’s a long slow process, ugh; writing website content is horrible, really. All this stuff all about me and my books. It’s weird. I always feel like I’m coming off as a lunatic.
It does mean, too, that I am going to be doing some new FAQs. So if you have any questions you’d like to see answered there, go ahead and ask them. I’m willing to pretend they’re “Frequently asked” if you are; it will be our little secret. And of course I’m trying to come up with other stuff, bits and pieces that might interest people about the books, that sort of thing. I also plan to have a couple of pages on the business of publishing and maybe a bit about writing as well; we’ll see. And one thing I’m very excited about and I think will be way cool, but it’s not ready to be discussed yet.
I’m building the website for now at staciakane.net (no, there’s nothing up yet.) Once it’s been launched I’ll be directing the staciakane.com domain name there, so either address will get you to the same site.
The December Quinn site will not change, and I haven’t yet decided if I’ll link to it. Probably not, though.
I’m also considering building a blog into the actual site, but I’m not sure. Copying-and-pasting my posts from here to livejournal (or vice versa occasionally) isn’t a big deal, but I don’t know that I can keep up with comments posted in three separate places. Not sure what to do there, really. I may end up letting Blogger go dark. Again, that’s up in the air at the moment, and I’m open to any thoughts.
We’re making some changes at the League of Reluctant Adults, as well! More on that later but it will of course be a hoot, whatever we do.
Um…I think that’s it for announcements for today. I will post the Big News as soon as I can, and I’m hoping to have release dates for the Chess Putnam books starting with Unholy Ghosts within the next few months. Which is to say, I hope the release dates are scheduled and I can announce them soon, not that the books will actually be released in the next few months. But that would be fun, wouldn’t it? Sigh.
I believe that is it for the moment. Like I said I’ll keep everything updated as we go along.