As you may know, I spent the weekend at FantasyCon and had a fantastic time meeting fans, authors, publishers, editors and artists, gathered for the British Fantasy Awards and a lot more besides.
Firstly, many congratulations to Kari Sperring for winning the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer with her fantasy novel Living With Ghosts. I sat and listened to Kari reading from the sequel to this at FantasyCon 2009 and I was immensely pleased when this well-deserved award was announced. She is a rising star of Fantasy, a wonderful novelist and a very nice person too. Go buy her book.
Congratulations to all the award winners, there are too many to go into here, but the British Fantasy Society have helpfully updated their site with the full list of winners.
Meanwhile I was with Andy Remic and Colin Harvey at a joint signing session in the Dealer’s Room when Adam Christopher – friend, writer blogger and man of many talents – came up with his iPad and declared that he would love to get his books signed, but he had the digital versions. This is the first time I’ve seen the digital version of The Road to Bedlam and I have to say, it looks gorgeous on the iPad.
Consequently, I am ashamed to tell you that there were a number of offers to engrave his pristine machine with various epithets using a sharp implement (it was far too shiny) but he resisted until I produced some stickers I had acquired for just this purpose.
Here’s a photo of Adam with his newly signed iPad, showing signatures from all three authors. In the age of the eBook, will this be the future? Will fans adorn their technology with custom labels in the way that travellers used to cover their suitcases with stickers from foreign places?
Has anyone else come up with a really good way of signing eBooks? I would love to hear comments, ideas and stories on this subject. We are on the cusp of the age of digital publishing – so what’s the best way of translating the signed copy into the virtual world?