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Ebury to publish OSIRIS

What with packing for both a house move in a couple of weeks and an upcoming trip to Chicago  for Worldcon, it’s taken me a couple of days to get this post written…

But I’m thrilled to be able to say that OSIRIS has found a UK home! Michael Rowley, Editorial Director at Ebury has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to OSIRIS and two further titles in The Osiris Project trilogy. Ebury will publish OSIRIS next February under their newly named genre imprint Del Rey.

You can read an extract from OSIRIS here on io9.


WorldCon schedule

Chicago is only two weeks away – this will be my first trip to the States and it’s starting to feel very exciting! Not only will I be going to my first ever WorldCon but I get to catch up with two super talented artist friends I haven’t seen in years. I can’t wait for them to show me their city.

I’ll be at ChiCon for the full weekend, but you can find me here:

Friday 31 August, 10.30am (Crystal A)
Self-Editing Your Fiction
Many authors love to write the first draft, but hate to revise. Others have nothing against revising, but don’t really know what to change or how to change it. How can fiction writers gain distance from their own work, discover what needs to be changed, how to change it, and not lose interest while changing it?
Carrie Vaughn / Don Mead / E J Swift / Jeanne Cavelos (mod) / Rick Wilber

Friday 31 August, 7.00pm (Party suite 2576)
Night Bazaar party
Come, crush a cup of… well a bug, probably. Come say hello any time from 7pm, I’ll be with these fantastic Night Shade authors: Bradley Beaulieu, Betsy Dornbusch, Teresa Frohock, Kameron Hurley, Stina Leicht, Jeff Salyards, Courtney Schafer, Katy Stauber and Martha Wells. Judging by the planning correspondence, rum and bugs are set to feature heavily, and of course there’ll be loads of books to giveaway.

Saturday 1 September, 6.00pm (Addams room)
What it says. From my debut novel OSIRIS (here’s a link to a few reviews)

A huge (but surely not the last) thank you to all the wonderful people who supported me to raise funds for the trip – I wouldn’t have been able to go without your help. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!

Review round-up

OSIRIS review round-up:

SF Signal
“A fantastic blend of worldbuilding, excellent storytelling and complex characters.” – this review at SF Signal made my week!

LA Review of Books
A detailed, in-depth review by Strange Horizons editor-in-chief Niall Harrison:

Staffers Book Review


The Cleveland Plain Dealer describes OSIRIS as “a terrific debut”

And finally… Library Journal Reviews listed OSIRIS as their Sci Fi/Fantasy Debut of the Month for July – very cool indeed.

OSIRIS on Audible and other things

Some good news this week and a few links – firstly, I’m very happy to announce that Audible have bought the rights to publish OSIRIS in audible format (US). Details of publication dates and further information to follow when available.

The Qwillery very kindly had me over for an interview posted on 9 June 2012, which you can read here:

Also at The Qwillery, you can vote for the OSIRIS cover with its gorgeous artwork by Sparth, in the 2012 Debut Author Cover Wars Challenge for June. 4 days left to vote!

Finally, I’ve missed posting a few Night Bazaar posts over the last couple of weeks, so a few back links:

Week 10’s discussion topic was “Anti-hero doesn’t mean bad guy!”:

Week 11’s discussion topic was “Writing on cultures that are not your own”:

And this week’s discussion topic is “Comics: tights vs existential angst”. I know very little about comics, but happily I remembered Michael Chabon’s wonderful The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay which provided some much needed inspiration for this post:

And as usual, there are lots of great posts from the other Night Bazaar writers on the same topics. Only one week left for me at the Night Bazaar – next week we’ll be discussing “Managing promotion vs writing vs your personal life” – on which I’m sure there will be plenty to discuss…

OSIRIS day, and a shiny OSIRIS book trailer

It’s here! Today I’m thrilled to be celebrating OSIRIS’s official birthday. It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride since signing with Night Shade Books back in January – my first experience of the publishing process, and there’s been a lot to learn very quickly (and I have no doubt, much more to come) – but all the hard work was worth it when the beautiful hardcover editions arrived and I got to see my book in print and ebook for the first time – thank you so much to everyone at Night Shade and to John Berlyne at Zeno Agency for making it happen.

I’ve also been very excited about the book trailer below, which I can finally reveal today. All credit goes to people who know far more about filmmaking than I ever will. When it was suggested I might want to make a book trailer, I had no idea how to depict a book about an ocean city full of pyramid towers. I also had no idea how long it would take to shoot a minute and a half of film, never mind edit it. (The answer: longer than whatever it was I imagined.) So *drumroll* a massive thank you to the super talented:

Bobby Williams (film, production, editing, sound): ; James Harris (film) ; Alexa Brown (actress)

Best watched in HD fullscreen with the sound up! (Or, if on a phone, the YouTube version is here)

And if that tickles your fancy, you can get your hands on the actual book OSIRIS here:

Hardback edition: // // Barnes and Noble // Night Shade Books and in real actual bookshops
Ebook edition: Baen ebooks 

Happy reading!

This week’s Night Bazaar and other things

This week at the Night Bazaar we’re talking about the influence of children’s fantasy on adult fantasy. Monday’s post from Paul Tobin made a lot of really good points, but here is my slightly rambling contribution to this week’s theme:

It’s okay for kids’ books to be fantasy – why not adults?

Interzone 238 cover

IZ238 cover, art by Ben Baldwin

The Jan/Feb edition of Interzone magazine (issue 238), which featured my short story THE COMPLEX is now available over on Amazon along with lots of other back issues.

With less than a week to go until the official release date for OSIRIS, you can grab the ebook early over at Baen Ebooks along with other June releases from Night Shade Books.

And today Kirkus Reviews included OSIRIS in its list of science fiction and fantasy books for June. All very exciting!

OSIRIS cover art

My Dad has always been immensely particular about the presentation of work, which is probably why, when I used to write stories as a kid, I’d always make them into ‘proper books’ with hand drawn covers and a bit of wool to bind them. (Dad has worked as an animator and graphic designer, so something of that must be lurking in the genes.)

Osiris cover

When OSIRIS was first being sent out to publishers, there was much speculation between myself and the other members of Family Swift about what the cover might look like, should I be fortunate enough to get a book deal. Would it feature the characters? Would it depict the city? What would be the colour scheme be? And so forth.

When I saw the artwork for OSIRIS, I was hugely excited, and the final cover is better than anything I could have imagined. So this post is really just to say thank you, to Night Shade for doing such a wonderful job with it, and to the following people in particular:

Sparth, for the jacket illustration
Victoria Maderna and Federico Piatti, for the jacket design
Amy Popovich, for the interior layout and design

Thank you!


I’m thrilled to announce that my debut science fiction novel Osiris has been acquired by US publisher Night Shade Books. Osiris will be published in summer 2012 and is the first in The Osiris Project trilogy.

I’m very much looking forward to working with the folks at Night Shade and joining their fantastic line-up of writers.

You can read more from Night Shade at and from my agent at

You can read more about Osiris here.