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Today is my one-year anniversary of joining the Angry Robot team as the North American Sales & Marketing Manager. I came to Angry Robot from a job as a field sales representative, and while the surgical scars from the upgrades have faded, the amazing feeling of being directly in the action, championing authors, and supporting our incredible Random House sales team is fresh every day.
Some highlights from the year:
- Attending my first WorldCon in Chicago all of three weeks into the job, learning the list on my feet, meeting fans and smart readers, editors Lee Harris and Amanda Rutter, as well as a huge swath of our authors. There was pizza, bowling, and much fun with book-wrangling.
With Senior Editor Lee Harris, practicing my Blue Steel.
- My first trip to the United Kingdom, meeting the rest of the Angry Robot and Osprey team, learning the joys of British rail (US trains cannot hold a candle to the Midlands line), and wandering around in a Waterstones getting a crash course in UK cover culture from Managing Director Marc Gascoigne.
- Slinging charcuterie at the launch event for Chuck Wendig’s The Blue Blazes at Singularity & Company.
Charcuterie, in honor of Mookie Pearl, star of The Blue Blazes, while the Man, The Myth, The Beard, Chuck Wendig chats with a reader.
- Rolling a critical hit in title presentation, applying my experience in order to present Angry Robot titles to sales reps the way I’d want to hear about them as a rep.
- Seeing incredible sales numbers roll in for several authors, working closely with the Random House reps to move quickly to maximize the success of breakout books like Ramez Naam’s Nexus, Cassandra Rose Clarke”s The Assassin’s Curse, Wesley Chu’s The Lives of Tao, and Sean Lynch’s Wounded Prey. As a writer myself, helping fellow authors succeed is one of the most satisfying parts of the job.
Huge thanks to the whole team for welcoming me with open arms, being generous with their knowledge and their passion, especially to Marc Gascoigne, the best Robot Overlord a guy could ask for.
It’s been a marvelous year, and this next year promises to be even bigger. I’m about to unleash a Massive Scheme on the North American marketplace, one that’s been in the works the whole first year. And after that, who knows?
Lauren Beukes pointed us at this – a pill-sized robot that you swallow, and which then rummages around inside your bottom. Apparently it’s for medical purposes, but what’s the bet that Ann Summers will be stocking a variant in a year or two?
I love weapons of war. I love conflict. My book is about a big ****-off axe man with a big ****-off axe.
So now you know!
Big Trak (pictured) is my favourite, as I remember wanting one as a child, yet never being allowed it, even though two of my friends did, and all I got was that stinking bike and the Scalextric and the Steve Austin action-man thing with the real bionic eye and the book tokens and the personal computer I’d been wanting for ages.
Not sure why they’ve posted a mirrored image, though…
OK, so this isn’t particularly book-related, but it’s a great way to waste 15 minutes or so give yourself valuable thinking time for that important project you’re working on so hard.
Hokus Bloke (aka Neil Gardner, the owner of the UK’s longest-established independent radio company, Ladbroke Productions) is an interesting character. On his personal blog he produces a new poem on a daily basis.
Yesterday, in honour of the Angry Robot launch he gave us “Robot Love” (without, thankfully, any lurid descriptions of hydraulic pump-action appendages).
Meanwhile, talking of appendages, Angry Robot head honco (what is a “honcho”, exactly?) Marc G popped up on Suite 101 talking more street jive about the hottest imprint alive. Oh yes.
The Angry Robot “Name that Droid” competition has finished, and we will be announcing the winner in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, if you fancy getting a droid named after your good self, why not head on over to CyborgName.com.
I punched in Marco’s name, and pretty much got his job description thrown back at me, as a result!
It even successfully predicted my love of travelling.
Have a great weekend, everyone!