Sunday, 23 June 2013

Launch day!

It was in October 2011 that Reviver was bought by Pan Macmillan. Finally, last Thursday, 20th June 2013, the official UK launch date arrived.

The first order of the day was signing a stack of books...

Then, signing another stack of books...

Then, to Forbidden Planet, where I signed another stack of books - BUT only after I'd read the first chapter of Reviver. I like reading that chapter. The previous Monday I'd read it at the Jubilee Library in Brighton, in a joint event with Peter James. It went down a storm there, too. If you haven't read it yet, well, isn't it about time you did? The Amazon preview lets you, go ahead...

Books were signed, drinks were had, and, er, Portal merchandise was bought. (I was in Forbidden Planet.  It happens.)

My shed is safe.

Geek highlights - apart from 'launching your novel in Forbidden Planet' - were:

  • signing the Forbidden Planet visitor's book right after Neil Gaiman:

  • signing a bunch of autograph books (and an Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction) and having to find spaces between the signatures of, among others, Brian Aldiss and Clive Barker.

Thanks to all who wished me luck, especially Chris Fowler and Pat Cadigan - much appreciated!

Afterwards it was off to a suitably murky pub for some suitably murky drinks, in the kind of company where you mention authors whose books you just bought and discover you're actually talking to their agent. That's publishing!

Well, now the book's out there, and we'll see how the little tyke gets on in the real world.

Good luck, kid! (pinches cheek) Go scare some folk!


  1. Many congratulations Seth. Saw an ad for your book in today's Sunday paper. Just about to buy my kindle version via Amazon.

    Well done sir!

  2. By the way, do I get a prize for posting the first comment only 7 minute after your blog post? ;)

  3. Congratulations. It's getting very good reviews. I am wondering why the working title was the thirteenth angel?

  4. Thanks! Ah, did I mention that angel thing somewhere? The title has always been Reviver, but in the hectic period when it was being touted to publishers one of them suggested The Thirteenth Angel instead. From then on, unknown to me, that was the title people were using. (Angels, apparently, were popular at the time.)

    When I got the call that a deal had been struck, that was the first time I heard the alternative title. I insisted we stick with Reviver to begin with, as 'we can always change it later'. I thought that whichever it started out as, that's what we'd end up with. People get used to titles pretty quickly...

  5. Hello Seth, I just finished reading Reviver and I absolutely love it. I heard rumor that this is the first in a series, and I pray that is the truth! I am dying to read more of the adventures of Jonah & Never! You're an inspiration! Keep up the great work.

    1. You'll be glad to hear it's the first of a trilogy. Book two is due out this time next year.

  6. Found a link to your book and cover app (which was Brilliant btw!)in my Google+ feed. I was intrigued and had to download the sample read, which I was blown away with. Loved it so much I am buying the Google Play version but was wondering how I go about getting my hands on a signed hard cover?

    1. and currently have some signed copies of the hardback available.

  7. Thank you! I ordered one from Goldsborobooks and my digital copy via Google Play. So far I am loving the read :)