One year ago today I was on a train to Glasgow to meet my then-potential agent, Kathryn Ross. I wrote this, the first post on BarryHutchison.com
A lot has happened in the year since then. I’ve covered most of it over in this post, so there’s not a lot of point going into it here.
Instead, let’s gaze into this crystal ball I just happen to have found, and look forward to what’s going to happen over the next 365 days.
Feb – By the end of this month I will have proof copies of INVISIBLE FIENDS: MR MUMBLES in my sweaty, clammy hands. It’ll be the first time I’ve seen the manuscript in anything even vaguely resembling the finished product, so I’m dead excited, so I am.
March – The Bologna Book Fair is on, and HarperCollins will be showing INVISIBLE FIENDS. Lots of foreign rights/movie rights deals either begin or conclude at Bologna, so it could be a very interesting month. Or it might be heart-breaking if no-one else likes it.
May – Ben 10 books 3 & 4 are released. Pre-order them on Amazon now by clicking their images on the right of this screen. That way >>>>
June – Another book I’ve written for Egmont is released. It’s insanely top-secret, so I can’t say anything about it without risking my life and the lives of everyone reading this blog. Sorry.
July – Final draft of INVISIBLE FIENDS: BOOK 2 is due in. I’ve now finished the second draft, so I’m well on target for this. Assuming my editor doesn’t hate it and I have to start from scratch again. That’d be a bummer.
August – Start book three of IF.
September – Second child due to be born on the second of September. Not expecting to get a lot of writing done that week…
October – Possibly 4 new Egmont books coming out this month, although I haven’t had it confirmed yet that they’re happening. Fingers crossed.
January 2010 – Book 3 of IF due in. Start on Book 4.
1st February 2010 – INVISIBLE FIENDS: MR MUMBLES is released. Huzzah!
So that’s what I expect to happen. No doubt there will be a number of surprises thrown in along the way – both good and bad. It’ll be interesting to look back in a year’s time and see what else happened.
Of course by then I’ll be living in a palace made of diamond on the moon.