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Convention Appearances 2016

It looks like I have to leave the cozy warmth of my home and travel into the wide wide world.

These are the conferences I’ll be at in 2016. I’ll try to keep this list up-to-date as things change. You can also look at my calendar here.

Minicon 51 (Minneapolis, MN)  March 25th – 27th
Ad Astra (Toronto, ON) April 29th – May 1st
KeyCon 33 (Winnipeg, MB) May 20th – 22nd
When Words Collide (Calgary, AB) August 12th – 14th
World Fantasy (Columbus, OH) October 27th – 30th

The Courier – Final Cover Design

I did a ‘cover reveal’ for The Courier a few months back. Since then, there have been some changes, including the addition of a series name. This image is the final cover design.

  • The title has been shifted up to include the series name.
  • The title has a lot more color in it.
  • The text has been moved from mid-page to the top.
  • My name is now in color instead of gray.

 

What do you think?

The Courier final front cover

January 2016 Goals

How did I do on my December goals:

  • (100%) [two passes completed] Complete a pass or two of revisions on The Operative so I can send it out to first readers
  • (70%)Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

 

Not too bad, considering the amount of work I did in revisions. The Operative still isn’t ready to hand in, but it’s getting closer.

So, for January 2016, this is what I want:

  • two more revision passes on The Operative.
  • incorporate beta reader feedback into The Operative.
  • complete convention schedule

Another small list, another busy month.

December 2015 Goals

I didn’t get a chance to do everything on my November list, which is kinda sad since it only had two items on it.  Still, I got the big one done.

November goals:

  • (100%) Complete first draft of The Operative
  • (0%) Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

 

Here are my December goals.  Another short, but extremely busy, list:

  • Complete a pass or two of revisions on The Operative so I can send it out to first readers
  • Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

November 2015 Goals

A bit late, but here they are:

October Goals:

  • (ongoing) Continue first draft of The Operative
  • (0%) Plan my convention list for next year

As you can see, I’ve been so busy with The Operative that I didn’t get much else done.

Here are the November goals:

  • Complete first draft of The Operative
  • Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels

 

October 2015 Goals

Let’s start with a recap of the September Goals:

  • (50%) Redo outline for The Operative (Courier book 2) based on Sheila’s feedback.
  • (100%) Complete page proofs for The Courier.
  • (100%) Continue first draft of The Operative.

It’s not good if don’t finish something your publisher wants.  I got too involved in writing the darn thing.

So here’s the October goals:

  • Continue first draft of The Operative
  • Plan my convention list for next year and get on some panels.

Short but sweet.  There’s a lot of work ahead.

 

New Book(s) Announcement

I am so pleased to announce the sale of The Operative and The Rebel to Sheila Gilbert at DAW, by Sara Megibow at kt literary. Film: Jerry Kalajian of IPG.

Back in July, I finished polishing the first fifty pages of The Operative and completed the synopsis.  I also added a small blurb for book three in the series, The Rebel.  Sheila and I had the opportunity to talk at Worldcon in Spokane, Washington and went over a few changes.  A couple of weeks later I got a call from Sara – an offer had been made.  The planned schedule is for 2017 and 2018 release dates.  I’ll let you know more when I find out.

I’m currently working on getting The Operative finished.

Praise for The Courier:

Gerald Brandt’s The Courier is a stunning debut: a fast-paced cyberpunky story of a future Los Angeles with a kick-ass heroine you’ll never forget. A terrific book from a distinctive new voice; I’m looking forward to many more books from this author.
— Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night​

 

http://ktliterary.com/2015/09/sold-congratulations-to-gerald-brandt/

 

September 2015 Goals

It looks like I missed a few goal postings.  Let’s see if I can do better.

My last goals were:

  • (100 %) Attend the Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, and write write write.
  • (100 %) Finish polishing pages for Courier 2.
  • (100 %) Complete outline of Courier 2.
  • (100 %) Create simple small synopsis for Courier 3.
  • (100 %) Get Courier 2 package to Sara at kt literary, and maybe the brief synopsis for Courier 3.

Overall, pretty good.  There was a fair amount of hard work in there.

Last month I attended WorldCon and had a discussion with my editor (Sheila Gilbert at DAW) about book two, so that helps me create my goals for September:

  • Redo outline for The Operative (Courier book 2) based on Sheila’s feedback.
  • Complete page proofs for The Courier.
  • Continue first draft of The Operative.

This is a shorter list, but a lot of work.

The Courier – Cover Reveal

Over the last couple of weeks, I attended two conventions: When Words Collide in Calgary, Alberta (a must for writers of genre fiction), and Sasquan/Worldcon in Spokane, Washington. A lot of wonderful things happened at Worldcon, but one of my highlights is the cover of The Courier.

I saw a few sample covers a while back, and via a phone call with my editor, we chose the one we like the best. That sample was rough and in black and white only. Once I saw the the cover in all its color glory, I loved it even more. I hope you like it as much as I do.

The Courier front cover

June 2015 Goals

First, a summary of how I did on last months goals.

  • (100 %) KeyCon is coming up fast.  I’m on several panels, and I have a reading planned.  I’ll be reading fromThe Courier, due out in March, 2016 from DAW.
  • (70%) Complete and polish the first 50 pages of the second Courier book, tentatively call The Novice.
  • (70%) Complete the scene list for The Novice.

So, not too bad, I guess.  My reading at Keycon went okay.  I’ll need to practice more before the books launch.

For June, this is what I hope to do:

  • Attend the Rocky Mountain Writers Retreat, and write write write.
  • Finish polishing pages for Courier 2.
  • Complete outline of Courier 2.
  • Create simple small synopsis for Courier 3.
  • Get Courier 2 package to Sara at kt literary, and maybe the brief synopsis for Courier 3.

That’s quite a lot, especially considering this post is late — it’s already June 10!