It's been quite a year. I don't think I will soon forget it. After all, this was the year I was finally published. The lead up to it was something else and the resulting events shall be treasured. I didn't expect to get the helping hands of so many people I didn't know. A big thank you to Julia Spencer-Fleming and her husband Ross for unexpected but most appreciated support; a big thank you to the membership of the Mystery Writers of America Los Angeles chapter for electing me to the Board of Directors. I am well aware in whose footsteps I tread and I will try to make the best of it; a tremendous thank you to my agent Joshua Bilmes for his encouragement and support--it's been a weird year; another big thank you to the team at St. Martin's: to my editor Keith Kahla, his assistant Kathleen, my publicist Hector DeJean, Talia Ross for sending out all those postcards; to my friends who put up with me and, of course, my son and my husband who suffered the most.
While going back over this year in Getting Medieval, there were some highlights that you might want to revisit. There was the moment I finally got word on my cover. And then, later, as the book made the rounds of the various trade magazines, the reveiws started to come in.
Then the was the various trips I made to promote the book. At Left Coast Crime, I still had no book, but I got a pleasant surprise at Bouchercon where Rue Morgue got the books for me and I got to sign them for the first time.
My favorite place to go has to be the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and in 2009, I will finally get to sign books there. That's a lot of years attending thinking that next year...next year. But I also got to go to Book Expo of America this year, with a free pass from St. Martin's, to hob nob with sellers and librarians and see firsthand the buying of books for retail. I understand these book expos in the future might be smaller due to our trashed economy. Macmillin said they will not buy space in the big room. We'll see what 2009 holds.
I worked on my edits for my editor and learned a little about his style and mine. (Thank God they work together!)
All in all, 2008 was a darned good year. Veil of Lies continues to do well and I have hopes that in 2009, its sequel Serpent in the Thorns will also garner new readership. Thank you all for following Getting Medieval this year and throughout the years. It's readers like you who have always kept me going. Have a very Happy New Year, all!