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  1. nealasher

    nealasher Neal Asher

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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Okay, yesterday I finally succumbed and started my own blog. There's not much on it yet, but I'm sure there will be. I'm entering 'grumpy old man' territory and seem to find something to rant and rave about every day!



    Here it is: http://theskinner.blogspot.com/
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    'Check elastic before jumping' my SF short is appearing in the 22 June issue of Nature. Funny, the envelope they sent the magazine in was addressed to Dr. Neal Asher. I guess that's a precaution they take with all their contributors.
     
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    Hobbit Administrator Staff Member

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    The blog's good, Neal. (or is that Doctor Neal? :) )

    How are you finding the experience so far?

    Is the Nature contribution anything like the one done last year with people like Peter Hamilton (and few other authors - Steven Baxter, I think?) contributing?

    Sounds interesting!

    Hobbit
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Macmillan have agreed a new deal with Bastei Lubbe in Germany for the next two books, Polity Agent and Hilldiggers. Great stuff - the German publisher is always the first to buy rights to my books, quite often without even reading them.

    Apparently both Brass Man and Sable Keech have been their top SF Titles for their months of publication and have been given full-page trade ads, rather than the usual half pages.
     
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    Gary Wassner GemQuest

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    That's great Neal. You're very lucky. My publisher has never attempted to sell foreign rights for me, and I've not tried myself either.

    What I need is a good agent who can do this stuff. I have a great one for my children's msp's, but not for my adult work.

    How do your sales in the US compare to Europe?
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    I don't have an agent myself, but one of the best SFF ones around is Simon Kavanagh at Mic Cheetham's. He has just started a blog here: http://simonkavanagh.blogspot.com/ (the lunatic).

    I don't know how my books are doing in America. I rather suspect I'm not selling a vast amount else the publisher there would have grabbed more than just four of them. I must find out.

    http://theskinner.blogspot.com/
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    There’s to be a bit of a do at Heffers Bookshop in the Grafton Centre, Cambridge, on 2nd November starting at 6.30pm. Numerous writers, including me, will be there to sign books and generally wander around and chat. Here’s the attendance list thus far:

    Neal Asher
    Steve Cockayne
    Mike Carey
    Erin Hunter
    Eoin McNamee
    Matthew Skelton
    Mark Robson
    SF Said
    Amanda Hemingway
    Philip Reeve
    John George
    Paul Kearney
    Sam Enthoven
    Heulwen Jones
    James Barclay
    Justina Robson
    Stan Nicholls
    John Courtney Grimwood
    Mark Chadbourne
    Chaz Brenchley
    Juliet McKenna
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Polity Agent

    I'll be signing copies of Polity Agent (and other books) on the 7th of October between 1 and 2 at the Forbidden Planet in London.
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Updated List.

    I nicked this from elsewhere:

    Heffers 2nd Science Fiction & Fantasy Evening will be on Thursday 2nd November from 6.30pm. Tickets are £2.00 each, this is redeemable against a purchase made on the night. Under 15s go free, but still require an entry ticket.

    For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Heffers Bookshop, The Grafton Centre, Cambridge or telephone 01223 568573 or email sarah.whyley@heffers.co.uk.
    We have a fantastic line-up again this year and the evening will be free from speeches and readings, just a chance to meet some fantastic authors, get books signed and mingle.

    The line-up is as follows:

    Mark Chadbourn, Chaz Brenchley, Stan Nicholls, James Barclay, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Neal Asher, Justina Robson, Jon George, Mike Carey, Steve Cockayne, Juliet E McKenna, Jessica Rydill, Amanda Hemingway, Paul Kearney, Mark Robson, Sam Enthoven, Ian Whates, Simon Satori Hendley, S F Said, Matthew Skelton, Eoin McNamee, Erin Hunter, Angie Sage, Philip Reeve and Peter F Hamilton.
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Dragon Page Interview.

    Well, I’m not entirely sure how this sounds … that is, I don’t want to listen to it myself because I know I was talking too fast, I’d had a beer or two, and listening to myself always makes me cringe, but here’s the Dragon Page interview: http://www.dragonpage.com/2007/02/05/cover-to-cover-249/
     
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    gaiusbaltar polity agent

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    any signings essex way in the future? :p
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    None planned, though I often drop in at the Waterstones and Ottakars in Chelmsford to sign their copies.
     
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    gaiusbaltar polity agent

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    hmm i may have to try onetime if you are going then, perhaps next release - chelmsford is a bitch to get to on the train from southend though.... :-o thanks for the response though :)
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Well, being the publicity tart that I am, I've now started doing a few bits with a Myspace account I got about two years ago. The profile URL is: http://www.myspace.com/nealasher and the blog Url is: http://blog.myspace.com/nealasher I'm not entirely sure where I'm going to go with this that'll make it any different from what I've already got (I've already copied blog posts across). Anyway, it gives me another excuse not to get on with writing...

    Hey, come and be my friend - I'll look a bit sad if there's only one or two listed.
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Line War.

    There we go, at 5.30 tonight I put ‘ENDS’ below what I’d been labouring over all day, then, despite the fact that I haven’t been particularly abstemious this week, I wandered up the shop and bought a couple of bottles of wine to celebrate. The first draft of Line War is finished and it weighs in at just over 140,000 words. After I’ve finished editing, swapping bits around, extending other bits, cutting bits and generally hacking it into shape the book will almost certainly be larger. It’ll be about the size of either Brass Man or The Skinner. It’s a cause to celebrate because, even though further work lies ahead, the thing itself is done.

    I hope you’ll like it.
     
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    Hobbit Administrator Staff Member

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    Congratulations, Neal: if you can still read this, that is. :D

    Allowing for redrafting, editing etc etc, then we're looking at a late 2007 / early 2008 release?

    Hobbit
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Probably mid 2008 or thereabouts. You can usually count on it being about a year after delivery, which will be a few months down the line from now.
     
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    nealasher Neal Asher

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    Another country's national national borders have been crossed by my AG tanks, which pushes to total now to a round 10. The publisher Eridana in Lithuania is taking on Gridlinked and The Skinner.