FantasyCon really is a wonderful thing. Not only did I see countless wonderful people, I got to read a new story in public, speak on two panels, stage a miraculous recovery from the fringes of hangover death, run a really busy book launch, break out of my AirBnB, catch up with rumours about myself and, rather improbably, win an award…
It’s entirely humbling to win the 2018 award for the Best Independent Publisher. I mean this humbling:
That’s me trying not to burst into tears in the middle of the ceremony.*
Also, I’m sorry the first thing I said to you, FantasyCon, was, ‘Holy fuck…’
Much more importantly, however, I also forgot the dedication – so that’s coming here. You may have seen the news about Martin Cox earlier in the year. Martin died at the start of 2018, which was an awful and unfair thing.
Martin was the designer behind the look of everything Unsung from logo to running heads. His skill speaks for itself. He was also an absolute gentleman and a friend.
So Martin, this one’s for you – and I’m sorry I forgot to tell everyone when I had the chance.
Although, if there is an afterlife I’m pretty sure he’s having a giggle at my expense right now…
* Thanks Vince Haig for the photo. Also for being part of the sustainable future of Unsung along with Dan Coxon and Stark Holborn. Their worth can not be underestimated.