First up, many thanks for all your helpful comments about my proposal to put Books 5 & 6 of The Janna Mysteries on line. It was really interesting for me (and for the editor at Random House) to see how you feel about reading books on line. The good news is that I’m going to meet with editors from Random House next week (drum roll – and fingers and toes crossed, please!) We’ll be talking about the future of the series and the possibility of Random House publishing the last two books. I am really, really hoping that this will happen, and I’ll keep you posted via my blog. In the meantime, some of you have asked who you should contact at Random about publishing the last two Jannas. I’m reluctant to put the editor’s contact details on my blog, but if you’d like to send messages to me: firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll make sure to pass them on.
I had a great time at Broken Hill, with talks and workshops at both the Writers Centre there and also at Broken Hill High. It was terrific to meet so many great people, and so many talented writers. My time there finished on a high with a 1920 ‘gangsta’ murder mystery night – I couldn’t solve the clues and got whodunnit all wrong, but it was great fun. Attended by adults and teenagers, and organised by Marvis, the wonderful librarian who organised everything else as well.
Today I took part in a literary festival at Mater Maria college here in Sydney, and that was a lot of fun too. In one of the workshops students got to set up (and solve) a mystery set in medieval time; there were some GREAT ideas happening there!
Tomorrow is afternoon tea at Waitara Public School with several other authors, organised by CBC Northern Suburbs branch – looking forward to that as well.