Monday, October 27, 2008

Book Stuff

Lonely Werewolf Girl appears in the nominations for the Fantasy and Science Fiction (Young Adult) category in the Cybil Awards (Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards ) It's a very long list, I don't know when it's distilled into a shortlist. I'm very pleased to be there.

Here's a review of the recently re-issued Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me in The Guardian.

I spent last week checking the manuscript for Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation, for the new edition by Soft Skull. And when I say checking the manuscript, I mean not looking at it at all, and just hoping it was OK. I will just trust the skills of the editors at Soft Skull, who have been doing fine with my books so far.

Hmm. May not be doing a great job of selling my old books here. Will work up more enthusiasm when it comes out. Which is early next year, I think.

When Milk, Sulphate and Alby Starvation was first published, in 1987, I was working as a clerk for the council, filling in forms for their heating engineers. That wasn't such a bad job.

No progress on the naval piercing. Am frustrated by circumstances. Still, nothing bad has happened. However, on the domestic front, my footstool did disintegrate with age, after many years of faithful service. I need a new one, because you cant really slump properly in front of the TV without a footstool, and I need to do that.


  1. Anonymous1:56 pm

    Congrats on the nomination. Definitely deserved. :)

  2. Congratulations! It is such a great book. I am currently reading Suzy, Led Zeppelin and Me and thoroughly enjoying it too.

  3. How's the sequel coming along - I have been bated of breath for far too long...! Lizzy X

  4. Anonymous12:08 am

    Hi Martin,
    Congratulations on the nomination. I've just finished reading Suzy, Led Zeppelin & Me - which I really enjoyed. Inspired me to go out and buy some Led Zep CDs. Which I'm also enjoying, and I've realised how much younger bands have ripped off their music. No news on the piercing front would be good news I'd imagine!

  5. Great news about The Lonely Werewolf Girl! I adored that book! I'm using a lot of exclamation marks!
    Slumping is like yoga in that it has to be in the correct positioning to get the full benefits.

  6. Great news on Lonly Werewolf Girl, Martin!

    Have you thought about a couch? I have found (and trust me when I say I am an expert) that slumping on couch in front of tv is so the way to go...

  7. Congratulations on the nomination. (Very well deserved, I have to say!)

    Do you know when they are doing their short list?
    I agre with Lorraine that a couch of some kid is what is needed for dedicated lounging. One with nie firm arms for leaning against as you put your feet up (Um... not that I have studied this in any dettail at all,myou understand...)

  8. Anonymous2:48 pm

    I just finished the Good Fairies and am now working on Lonely Werewolf Girl. I must say that these are some of the best books I have ever read in my life! Thank you for writing them! :P

  9. I was looking at books yesterday and guess who glared at me from the pile?

  10. I just started Lonely Werewolf Girl and LOVE it. Congratulations. I can wait to read more of your books.

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