From the Week

I’ve had some lovely reviews this week that are really worth linking to. The first is a Nylon Angel review from Book Chick City, in tandem with my post on my researching confessions.

The second is this fascinating review of Burn Bright from a GoodReads reader. I love it when people put some real thought into their reflections. Reading Time (magazine of the CBCA) also gave Burn Bright an excellent review which you can read here.

Aside from that, my Aurealis Award turned up in the mail today, so photos are coming soon :)

I’m working on edits of Angel Arias and Tara Sharp book 3, so am back in the writing groove after the disruption of book tour excitement. Now I’m a little more focused, I’ve been thinking of making the Sentients of Orion series available on Smashwords. Since Nightshade Books withdrew from the contract, I’ve been a bit unhappy and unsure as to how to go forward. Winning the award has given me a bit of confidence to pursue making the series more widely available. Currently you can only buy it in Commonwealth countries, and I would really like North American readers to be able to purchase it. If you have an comments or thoughts or advice on this, I would welcome them.

June is going to be a big month for me with two Supanovas and Voices on the Coast, so I need to keep my head down and working up until then. However, while I’m being boring, I think I’ve nearly managed to persuade Tricia Sullivan to guest blog for us soon. Fingers crossed!

  • Amy

    After perusing a lot of Smashwords, Marianne, I have one thing to say. DON’T USE SMASHWORDS. Anyone and everyone can self-publish there, and there is SO much shit. I mean, do you really want SoO up there with the likes of this? http://www.smashwords.com/extreader/read/17579/1/a-letter-to-justin-biebers-hair

    You’ve won an Aurealis Award for one of the books – that should mean something to the international market, surely? Maybe now another publisher will pick it up.

  • So you have full rights to the electronic files? Do you have copies of your files?

    I buy from Smashwords in preference to Amazon now as their latest build for K4PC prevents me from converting the files to epub.

    I wish more authors used smashwords or were able to provide multiformat versions of their book. The fact that you are Australia’s top female sci-fi writer could well be an advantage in using a service like smashwords, people know your name(TPP uses smashwords),

    Amazon houses a lot of crap too.

    Why not self publish the series, re issue with some extra ebook goodies. There’s also POD services as well.

    Make a big deal of going out on your own with this series. How you are having a foot in both camps traditional and self publishing.

    I am sure you have heard of Joe Konrath (he does go on a bit)and Michael Stackpole. Worth considering I’d say.

  • Marianne

    thanks for your suggestions Sean. I just might do that!

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 

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