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5 Happy Things: March 2018

Snow at Salisbury cathedral

Where did February go? * blinks* Well, I’ve been doing ok this month, problem clients and minor anxiety notwithstanding. Things that have made me happy include…

1.The three anthologies that I have been editing – with co-editors, thankfully it’s not just been me! – have a launch date and a launch party planned! I’ll be in Oxford on the 8th June for those, and I’m really looking forward to sharing the stories. Despite having read them multiple times, I still think they’re fantastic, and one keeps making me cry every single frickin’ time I read it. I am evilly wondering how many other people it’s going to have the same effect on…

2.Snow! We got another coating mid-March, and I was lucky enough to get out for a walk early in the morning. The Cathedral was beautiful, and while the daffodils and birds were Not Happy, I quite enjoyed it.

Roman Holiday film poster

3.I’ve been re-watching Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, and I’m always astonished by how quiet Rome is. There’s no people! No traffic! I love the film, too – I think I like it better than Breakfast At Tiffany’s, even though there is Slob Cat in that one.

4.A board game called “Honshu“, which I played with the Salisbury gamers. You have to build a city with cards, and it’s quite non-dramatic – but in a fun strategy way! I like the mix of tetris-style thinking and trying to get as many lakes as possible. We also played Seven Wonders this week, which was enjoyable – I like Sid Meier’s Civilisation games, and I liked the variety of ways Seven Wonders uses the resources.

5.Wonderful friends! I got an Easter parcel from a friend in Belgium, a lovely postcard with a sloth on it, a box of fun writer-y bits from the awesome Ellen Crosháin (who, by the way, has a new book up for pre-order – and it’s awesome. You should totally read Cruelty and then order the sequel) and various emails from my lovely aunt about birds, cake and snow. I’m incredibly grateful for the amazing people in my life 🙂

Rebellion and change

Otherwise entitled, “Kate, just freakin’ settle down and pick one job in one city.” Although actually I’ve been doing this job for four years now, so…I’m just adding a company?

So. Uh. I’m moving to Oxford after Easter, and changing my job (sort of) because I’ve been offered a position as an editor at Solaris/Abaddon, an imprint of Rebellion. They publish awesome fantasy and sci-fi, the sort I want to read, and it’s with an awesome team of people in an awesome city, and…

I might be just a little bit excited.


Guys. Guys. It’s a proper paid editing job. (Much as I love Grimbold, we’re a small press. Editors do get paid, but most of what Sammy and I – and the rest of the editorial, production and marketing people – do is unpaid, because it has to be. Money goes to the authors first, and at the indie level that leaves little to nothing for the behind-the-scenes teams. It’s why we all have day jobs!)

And I just…I may have squeaked. And burst into tears. And jumped up and down. I’m very excited, and very nervous, and it feels like validation.

The whole application process was a series of coincidences and I-nearly-didn’t and then I thought I’d messed up both interviews – my brain was doing the whole, “You know that thing you said? SO STUPID. And you gave that answer, they’re going to take it this completely wrong way. You’re such an idiot. You’re a failure. Of course you don’t have the experience they want, and you haven’t read enough books, and you’re waaaay down their shortlist. They’re only bringing you back for a second interview to have someone to compare the best candidate to. Why did you even try for it?”

Thanks, brain.

Well…they want me. Apparently I am well-read (SUCK IT, BRAIN WEASELS!) and my editorial experience is good and I got 100% in the copy-edit test! And I know enough random history facts to have been able to have a conversation with the CEO (trust me, that’s necessary)…

This is a job that I LOVE. I’ve only really been doing it – and even really aware of it as a job that I could do – for the past 3-4 years. Sammy at Grimbold Books took on the GreenSky series, taking a chance on that as the first novella series – and then, when I asked if there was anything I could help with, took a chance on me for proofreading. And then editing. And then website updates. And then formatting. She’s been a rock of support and I am so grateful for the things she’s offered – not that, y’know, it was without self-interest….as obviously it helped to have someone helping with everything!

But I don’t have training – I’m only just doing the official basic proofreading courses for the Sfep, and that’s only because I have to have official training despite having the work hours already. I don’t have a degree. I don’t have a piece of paper that says I can do this. I don’t have anything except multiple books out there that I’ve helped shape, and authors who are levelling up because I’ve supported them. I’ve read and commented and helped and been annoyed and frustrated  and happy and tired, and I’ve worked my ass off in between other proper jobs doing something that I love and someone’s just told me that, yes, that’s worth something. Yes, you can do this.

I can do it.

It’s gonna be a tough couple of months settling in, and I’m going to be working out how to balance everything – I will still be doing work for Grimbold and my own writing, but I’ll be stepping back a little while I get sorted. The blog’s definitely one of the things I want to keep up so I’ll still be posting here, but if I’m not around as much elsewhere, please forgive me – or give me a kick!

Book Launch: Anthologies!

Infinite dysmorphia, holding on by our fingertips, terra nullius covers

So, for the past….year?….I’ve been working on three anthologies, and we now have a publication date and launch event!

All three anthologies are going to be published on the 31st May, and the launch is in Oxford Waterstones on the 8th June! You can get tickets through Eventbrite for the Oxford launch, and keep up to date with everything on Facebook.

All three anthologies have been really fun to work on – albeit also a lot of hard work, and with quite a few tears (mostly caused by “Holding On By Our Fingertips” – don’t read end-of-the-world stories when you’re not feeling good). The authors have all been absolutely fantastic and I am so proud and pleased with all the stories – every book is packed full of amazing writing and worldbuilding, and, frankly, stories that I really didn’t mind having to read and re-read!

If you’d like an Advanced Review Copy then please do email kristellink@grimboldbooks.com, or poke me on Twitter/here. I’ll be advertising the buy links as soon as we’ve got them all sorted, and I’m really looking forward to sharing some fantastic stories with everyone!

Desert Sands & Silence: release date & pre-order!

Moel is a runner, a desert inhabitant who makes her living carrying messages across the sun-baked plains, content in her silence. But when a group of engineers from Meton are caught in a rockslide, politics abruptly brings Moel into the world again, and she meets others who have been pulled back to their pasts by Ziricon’s desire to gain the power of spark without the costs.

Desert Sands & Silence will be released on the 4th May! And you can pre-order it already – don’t worry if you don’t do it now, I’m going to keep jogging your memory *evil grin*

Desert Sands cover