The Amber Crown is out on 11th January and TODAY my author copies arrived.
I have so many people to thank for this book. I only wrote it. Luckily I get the opportunity to name names in the book’s acknowledgements… as follows…
This book has been a long time in the making. Though an author’s name goes on the front cover, behind the scenes many people work to bring the book into the world. I owe a huge debt to my editor, Sheila Gilbert, managing editor Joshua Starr, and all at DAW, copy editor, Shoshana Seid-Green, proofreaders and publicists. They are simply the nicest people to work with.
Also thanks to Donald Maass, my agent, whose writing advice is always excellent, and always valued.
Thank you to my beta readers and people who have addressed specific research questions, including Carl Allery, Mihaela Marija Perkovic, Sue Thomason, Martha Hubbard, and Scarlett de Courcier. Some of those research questions ended up with me taking things out of the book rather than adding them in, but that’s okay. Also to my long-time friend and band-mate, Hilary Halpin, who takes it as a personal challenge to find as many typos in my manuscript as she possibly can!
(Band? What band? See www.artisan-harmony.com if you’re curious.)
Thank you to the members of Northwrite SF who suffered through many versions of this: Gus Smith, Terry Jackman, John Moran, David Lascelles, Tina Anghelatos, Shellie Horst, Liz Sourbutt, Sue Oke, Tony Ballantyne and Cheryl Sonnier. Special thanks to Kari Sperring for helping me to find the right title.
Also thanks to attendees of Milford SF Writers’ Conference (MilfordSF.co.uk) who critiqued chunks of this at different stages of its development, from the first twinkling of an idea in 2006 to the final revisions.
More than thanks are due to my family, who put up with a lot when I’m obsessively up to my ears in a manuscript. Love you.
A huge thank-you to you for reading. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read my other novels, the Psi-Tech trilogy, and the Rowankind trilogy. Details of my books and short stories are on my website www.jaceybedford.co.uk, where you’ll also find my contact details. I’m always happy to hear from readers, writers and reviewers. I do answer all emails personally, though not always immediately. You can also follow my writing blog at jaceybedford.wordpress.com/ (here) or my twitter feed at @jaceybedford, or my facebook page: www.facebook.com/jacey.bedford.writer.
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