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William's Book Blog

Mostly book reviews.  Very rarely I'll allow William Campbell Powell (author) to write a blog entry on publishing activity, but he's under orders to keep that stuff over on his Facebook page and on http://williamcampbellpowell.com

Currently reading

Fonda Lee
Fonda Lee
Anansi Boys
Neil Gaiman
Zombie Elementary: The Real Story
Howard Whitehouse
Progress: 99 %
The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #2)
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Progress: 6/504 pages
The Longest Week: What Really Happened During Jesus' Final Days
Nick Page
Progress: 43/310 pages

A newbie's day at #Loncon3

A short day, it must be said.  Getting to the Excel Centre in East London is "easy", unless easy means "quick".


Anyway, I managed to fit in a panel on writing YA, to get a handle on how they run them.  No surprises, so I'm confident about my own panel on Sunday.


I got to a reading, by Madeline Ashby, from her forthcoming book, Company Town.  Not YA, but that's no problem.  My main interest was - once again - to see how it's done.  Conclusion: the bar isn't insurmountable.


I found the British Science Fiction Association stand, and as it offers peer critiquing from other writers, decided it was worth a punt.


And thence to the SFWA reception.  There were a lot of "old friends" who recognised each other instantly and settled into cosy groups, plus as many "lost sheep" - writers from the oddest corners of Europe mostly - who braved the social barriers and managed to survive a whole evening of striking up conversations with total strangers.  I count myself in the latter group.


A learning experience...