The Terrifying Passage of Time, Or, Two Months on from Being Published

Today is the 19th of April, which means it’s been about two months since I launched The Copper Promise at Forbidden Planet. It feels like that was roughly an eyeblink ago, but no, two whole months have zoomed past, and now it’s bloody Easter already.

Forbidden Planet - so bamboozled I forgot to eat any cake.

Forbidden Planet – so bamboozled I forgot to eat any cake.

It’s been an interesting couple of months. I suspect it has gone quickly because I’ve been working like crazy on the follow up to The Copper Promise, with an actual deadline looming over my head, but also because it’s been filled with the surreal experience of people reading my book. Friends and acquaintances have sent me photos of my book in bookshops, which is strange and lovely enough, and readers have got in touch to tell me if they enjoyed it, and who were their favourite characters. Stuff like that. For someone who believed a short while ago that they would probably never be published, that’s pretty amazing.

Clapham Books

Clapham Books

Waterstones Cardiff

Waterstones Cardiff


One of the things I didn’t realise before I hit the alarmingly steep learning curve that is being a published writer, is that you have to be thinking about several books at once. While I’m talking to people about book 1, I’m editing book 2, planning book 3, and contemplating books beyond The Copper Promise series. After feeling like writing is such a slow process, everything suddenly seems incredibly fast; after all, this time next year people will be reading book 2, and I will have just finished book 3. No wonder my perception of time is wonky.

Waterstones Milton Keynes

Waterstones Milton Keynes

Waterstones Manchester

Waterstones Manchester

Anyway. I just wanted to say another huge thank you to everyone who read The Copper Promise, everyone who came along to the launch and to the interview at Blackwells, everyone who has sent me a photo of the book out in the wild or sitting on their sofas, everyone who has written a review (you ROCK), everyone who has contacted me to say kind things, everyone who took these characters to their hearts, as I did, all those booksellers who put the book out on display… Basically, everyone. Writing reviews and talking about the book – these things are incredibly important to a debut author, and you have all helped me more than you can ever know.

In a dodgy tavern somewhere, with a leaking roof and a number of swords leaning by the fireplace, Wydrin the Copper Cat of Crosshaven is pouring another glass of mead and toasting your health.

13 thoughts on “The Terrifying Passage of Time, Or, Two Months on from Being Published

  1. Aw, the little rec card at the Milton Keynes Waterstones seems to have placed something squarely in my eye.

    Looking forward to having The Copper Promise II in my hands this time next year (I’ve already bought the first one for a few people I knew needed to read it).


  2. I would love to read your book but there doesn’t appear to be a kindle version in the US? I never read dead tree’s anymore! I’ll check back in a year or so =(

      • Congratulations on The Copper Promise. I’m the other way round. Despite being British, my publisher is DAW in the US and I don’t have a UK publisher yet. Though my debut SF (Empire of Dust) is not out until November from DAW, so I hope there’s time.

        Are you aware of Milford, Jennifer?

        • Hi Jacey! Good luck with the debut! It must be very strange to know that your book will be making a home in the States while you’re over here :) The Copper Promise is coming out in the Netherlands in July, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the translated version.

          And thank you for the link – I’d not heard of that before, so I shall check it out.

          • I’ve been going to Milford, off an on, since 1998 and I can honestly say that I’d never have got my book deal without it, not only because of the critiquing (both giving and getting) but also because of the wider circle of writing contacts it has introduced me to. Writing can be a very isolating activity, so spending a week with a small bunch of other SF and fantasy writers in such gorgeous surroundings really recharges my writing batteries. It’s peer-group led, with no ‘teachers and students’ and has been running successfully on an annual basis since James Blish brought it to the UK from the USA in 1972.

      • Milford is usually in mid September and booking for any given year opens at the beginning of that year until all the places are filled – sometimes that’s quite quickly. This year it’s a bit slower because we’re running 2 Milfords in honour of Worldcon coming to the UK, therefore have up to 30 places available instead of 15.

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