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Post-launch feels and The Vagrant's first fan art!

And I loved signing them all.

And I loved signing them all. (Photo by Juliet Mushens)

The last few weeks have been pretty great. The Vagrant is now out in the world and entirely out of my hands! This is both amazing and terrifying. It feels a bit like the book is crowdsurfing. It may sail majestically across a sea of supportive hands into a glorious sunset, or it may be dropped and left to languish on the floor, out of sight, trampled by a thousand feet.

Either way I have no control of it anymore.

And while this has scared the pants off me, I’ve been blown away by the general warmth and loveliness of friends, family and the internet in general.

My first cocktail of the night and I'm already leaning. (Photo by Jim Purbrick)

My first cocktail of the night and I'm already leaning.
(Photo by Jim Purbrick)


The London launch at Forbidden Planet went well*. Highlights included: lots of smiley people, some incredible cocktails (Apple Pies and Fallen Angels FTW!) and a ridiculously beautiful barman. And, thanks to magic beyond my comprehension**, I awoke the next day without hangover!



Since then, the warm and fuzzy feelings have been kept alive by various people checking in. It’s hard to describe what it’s like when someone else reads your book and then gets in touch to say nice things about it. But it’s a real gift.

I love the goat here too.

I love the goat here too.




And I’ve had my first piece of fan art! 'The Hammer that Walks.' Drawn by the wonderful Kareem Mahfouz***.



So, now that the launch is over and I’ve (mostly) recovered, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate all of the people now taking The Vagrant out into the wider world. Massive thanks to everyone who went and bought a copy. And to all who tweet about it, post about it, email, message, shout, sing, review or otherwise help spread the word:



*As far as I can remember.

**I’m pretty sure some dirty chicken was involved.

***AKA the other guy that doesn't like Tasslehoff Burrfoot.

SRFC, Dysprosium, Grim Gathering, The Vagrant Launch and some unexpected art

Thanks to Pen Astridge for this Nendo version of The Vagrant

Thanks to Pen Astridge for this Nendo version of The Vagrant

The Vagrant is coming out very soon now! This means I’ll be all over the place both physically and mentally. If you’re about for any of the following events I’d love to see you.


Tuesday 31st March: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club

I’ll be doing a reading with the splendid Francesca Haig, answering questions and being generally sociable*. Details for the event here.


Thursday 2nd April – Monday 6th April: Dysprosium

I’m doing a panel on Friday at 15.00 called How to Find an Agent (with the excellent Aliette de Bodard, Gareth Powell and Gillian Redfearn) in the Endeavour room.

Unfortunately they weren’t able to find space on the programme for my workshop but if anyone who is attending the convention would like me to run it unofficially in the bar for them, leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with you to arrange a meeting. It works as a one to one or as a group session so it’s cool to sign up in pairs, groups or to go Lone Wolf. Description below.

Getting Unstuck workshop with Peter Newman

A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or established, at chapter 1 or 100: so long as you have a project you can bring to the group and a problem I’ll try to help you move forward with it.

If this sounds like something useful to you and you’re going to Dysprosium, get in touch!

Friday 10th April: Grim Gathering

I’ll be at Waterstones Bristol with Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett, Mark Lawrence and the fabulous Fantasy Faction crew. There’s a panel, signing and social afterwards. Details for the event here.

Thursday 23rd April: The Vagrant launch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This will be at Forbidden Planet in London at 6.30. There will be books, cake, and optional hugs. Details here.

Thursday 30th April: Signing with Emma Newman at Forbidden Planet Bristol.

More hugs! More books! And Emma! What more could you ask for?** Details here.


**Don’t answer that

The Vagrant has its own page!

The Vagrant has its own page on the blog! Go look!*

And it is now available for pre-order. Many thanks to those of you who have already signed up for a copy. I love you all.



BristolCon Fringe Reading

On Monday the 19th of January, Emma and I are doing a reading at the BristolCon Fringe. It starts at 7.30 and includes bits from both of our new books* and a (hopefully!) nice relaxed Q and A session afterwards.

The event takes place at: The Shakespeare Tavern, 68 Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4QD

There’s a facebook event page for it here if you like to sign up to things in advance.

It’d be lovely to see you!



Pete's 2014

2014 has been an odd year. There have been several bereavements, quite a bit of time doing hospital visits, several members of the family getting bad news and a load of stress in my general vicinity.

Personally though, I’ve been fine.

And the year was not without its highlights. Here’s a few of them:


The other joy was getting to meet so many new people at conventions and see familiar faces. This year has also seen a deepening of one or two relationships into really good new friendships, something I find increasingly rare as I get older.


*This is literally one of the BEST THINGS EVER.


The Vagrant Cover Artist Reveal!

On Friday the cover for The Vagrant went up on the wonderful Fantasy Faction. I've been absolutely delighted with the response and I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the incredibly talented Jamie Jones for doing such a fine job. Jaime has done work for an amazing list of clients, including: Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Paramount, Bungie, NCSoft, Blizzard, National Geographic,  Penguin books and Harper Voyager.

I must admit I had a little squee when I found out he'd worked on some of the concept art for Destiny.

It's well worth paying a visit to his blog.

So thanks, Jaime. You (and your art) are awesome!

If you haven't yet popped over to Fantasy Faction, they've got a wonderful article there about the Vagrant and a competition to win an ARC. But hurry, time is running out (at time of writing you have about 4 days left)!


Cover art by Jaime Jones

Unexpected ARC arrival coherence lose causes Pete to

I can't show you the cover yet, but here's it's beautifully formed back and spine.

I can't show you the cover yet, but here's it's beautifully formed back and spine.

I had to stay in today because I’m waiting for a delivery. It hasn't arrived yet* but, in a rather unexpected surprise, my ARC’s** for The Vagrant have!

The time immediately following that was a little fuzzy but I'm back now.

Here’s a picture to celebrate!





***Advance Review Copies

New photos and The Vagrant is going to Czech Republic!

214B0901 Two wonderful things have happened.

The first was that I had a photoshoot with Lou Abercrombie (aka @Ladygrimdark). As a result of this I have new author pics. It’s rare that I have a photo of myself that I like (at least any taken of me after the age of six) so credit to Lou that she made the whole experience fun and managed to catch my good side!

If you’re based anywhere near Bath, and need a picture, I’d highly recommend getting in touch.

The second thing was that my super-agent Juliet Mushens* has sold Czech rights to The Vagrant to Host! The idea that my book is going to be available in another country and will be translated and have its own cover is as unexpected as it is delicious!


*She really is super. And she’s just been shortlisted for the Literary Agent of the year award.

Feeling good! (Or why I haven't been around much)

Despite the title of a recent blog post, normal service has not resumed. This time Sky (and BT and contractors and the Gas people) are off the hook.

It was part Christmas and part work but in the main I’ve been obsessively writing and, even though it was really hard* and even though it took a lot longer than I wanted it to…

I’ve finished the first draft of the Vagrant!

This is without doubt the hardest thing I’ve written so far and I’m very excited** about it! I’ve even been singing a song from the Southpark movie around the house.***

Anyway, normal service will now resume****, along with some editing of Grand Theft Hero, hopefully to go to beta readers relatively early next year.


*In a really good way. It’s nice to stretch.

**As excited as repressed English people get anyway.

*** “I’m Super.” (If you’re wondering).

**** No promises.

Revised writing plans, a quick plug and the problems of housing an unruly goat.

I’ve not written a Friday Flash this week but I do have a story, Dismissed, over at the wonderful John Xero’s 101 Fiction site.

This year I was planning to enter lots of short story competitions and generally put myself about. Back in February I found a host of anthologies and competitions that looked interesting and made a list which became a plan of action.

The plan never actually saw action as I discovered that I didn’t feel like writing short stories, I wanted to write another book. It’s called Grand Theft Hero and, so far, I’m enjoying it much more than I’m not. The new plan is to focus on the first draft.

Oh and I’ve got this goat* lying around the house…

The first chapter of the Vagrant has come to a close and I’ve got to decide what to do now. It’s been an odd experience for me writing it. Normally I have an idea for a story and then I tell it but with the Vagrant the idea was buried deep in my head and it felt like I had to be patient and trust that it was there while chipping away each week. Gradually the larger arc emerged and now I can stand back and appreciate the overall structure (even if there are a lot of nooks that still need exploring).

At some point I’ve started to think that maybe, just maybe, the Vagrant has got legs. That maybe I could work on it and, one day, publish it.

That’s going to mean a lot of work. For starters it’s currently set up as a serial and I’d like to turn it into a series of novellas. That means pacing issues, plotting changes, and probably a lot of other unglamorous stuff.

I’ve been very lucky to have such supportive readers and there are a lot of criticisms that need reflecting and acting on. So to that end I’m going to let it rest for a while, have a break from that world and then take it off the blog for a serious reworking**.

Eventually I’ll need Beta readers*** and I’m particularly interested in folk who’ve already read the first incarnation so if you’d be interested, let me know.


*Imaginary (no I don’t really own a goat)

**If you’re still catching up, you’ve got about two weeks left.

***Ideally an impossible crossbreed of cheerleader and critic.