STORMBLOOD Cover Reveal!

The day has arrived. The good good people at Gollancz have revealed the cover art for my debut novel I’ve been jabbering on about for almost a full length of the Earth’s rotation. And it is gorgeous. Feast them eyes:


It’s very blue.

I had extensively input on crafting the cover. We agreed to go for the “Gotham in space” aesthetic. Dark and moody, but slick and adventurous. Containing a sense of noir mystery, underpinned by a sense of exuberance and widescreen exploration. And they knocked it out of the park and into orbit. I asked them to make it as screaming blue as possible, and they jumped the rail to outdo themselves. I mean, look at it! Those spaceships! Those buildings! That mist! All credit goes to Gollancz and Blacksheep for their stellar work.

I’ll do a write up on the finer details of crafting the cover, but for now, I’m going to bask in the blue glow of this very fine cover. Gollancz has a full proper write up, if you’re inclined to check it out.

Pre-orders have also opened! I cannot understate how disproportionately helpful they are for debut authors, and essential keeping us afloat. If you do pre-order, I’ll owe you a life debt (and by life debt, I mean buy you a drink or send you a bookplate). If you can, support your local bookstore, but you can also order it online:

Book Despoitry (free shipping worldwide):
Amazon UK:
Amazon US:

In the meantime, I’m going to look into framing this thing on my wall.

I have a newsletter!

I’ve put this off for far too long, so naturally I do it a few hours before boarding my flight to Europe. I have a newsletter form now, which you can sign up to receive updates about my work, publication dates, writing advice, short stories, cover reveals, and juicy secrets about yours truly (the last may or may not be true). I promise not to sell your data to Russian bots.

I’m still wrestling with the HTML data, so this is the best I have for now until I get one embedded in my website.

Access the form here!

My WorldCon Programme


Before you know it, the year’s gone by and another WorldCon is upon us!

I’ll be attending, making this my second WorldCon ever. If you (somehow) are keen to find me, these are the programmed events I’ll be participating it. I also have my first Kaffleklatch and autographing session ever, so that’ll be interesting. Bring anything along that’s not a contract, and I’ll sign it.

Of course, I’ll also be walking around, attending other panels, in the artist gallery, and the bar, so please free feel to say hi. If we know each other online, please do let me know.


Kaffeeklatsch: Jeremy Szal

Format: Kaffeeklatsch

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 15:00 – 15:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)



Audiobooks: the sound of fiction

Format: Panel

16 Aug 2019, Friday 11:00 – 11:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)

Audiobooks have become an important part of the literature market, which will continue to grow. What are audiobook publishers looking for? What books should you be listening to and where can you find them? Our panel discusses what you need to know about audio. Come and join us, and listen up!

Jeremy Szal (StarShipSofa), Stefan Rudnicki (Skyboat Media Audiobooks) , KT Bryski (M), Tina Connolly, Gabrielle de Cuir (Skyboat Media Audiobooks)


What fanfiction can teach genre writers

Format: Panel

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)

Fanfiction’s popularity continues to grow, tapping into the special creative connection between authors and fans. What is it about this literary nexus that is so fascinating and stimulating for fans? And what might authors have to learn from fans who write it?

Naomi Novik, Jeremy Szal (StarShipSofa), Kate Sheehy, Sara-Jayne Slack (M)


Autographs: Sunday at 10:00

Format: Autographing

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Victoria Lee (Skyscape) Laura Anne Gilman, William Ledbetter, James Patrick Kelly, Jeremy Szal (StarShipSofa), Heather Rose Jones