Dragon Moon at the printers

Dragon Moon has finally gone to the printers. We had put the finishing touches to it on Sunday night, fiddling around with maps etc. Then at 4 am on Tuesday morning I was woken by a loud noise. I sent my husband to investigate. I have this bell, given to me by Korean friends, that is suspended from the mouth of a brass dragon. It’s quite heavy. A large book on Egyptian archeology had chosen that moment to fall sideways and knock the bell off my bookshelf.

As I lay there trying to get back to sleep, something popped into my head. I realised there was a mistake in the book. Not a big one, but something I wanted to fix. Ali, my long-suffering editor, was very calm when I rang and told her. (Though I’m sure she was less calm on the inside.) I suppose printers must be used to this sort of last minute drama and factor in time to allow for it. We were able to make the changes and now the book is definitely “at the printers”.

49 responses to “Dragon Moon at the printers

  1. Yay! Congrats!

    And I’m sure that brass dragon was sending you a message. I’m highly anticipating this! Well done.

  2. it was a a thrilling incident what a co insidece a dragon sending a massage. well i jus hope the printing gets done in a zap.

  3. The brass dragon is a lovely tale. To let your readers have and update. Dragon Moon is safely at the printers and the proofs are due back on Monday. And the response from the booksellers has been terrific. Dragon Moon is due out in April. Here’s an early review from the Australian booksellers trade magazine:
    Dragon Moon (Carole Wilkinson, Black Dog Books, $19.95 pb, ISBN 9781921167461, April)
    Carole Wilkinson

  4. yes it was amazing i loved the part when she was using her qi magic just one problem is she didnt use it enough

  5. I have read Dragonkeeper and it was so great. When i finished i started a new book and was a little way through it but i bought the garden of the Purple dragon and had to read that straight away so i left the other book to read it. It is so great i hate putting it down.

  6. Yay! I can’t wait to read it just as much as I can’t wait to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Boy…good books are coming out this year!!!

  7. Marv,
    I think it would get a bit boring if she used he qi all the time. Sometimes she can’t use it. She needs to have enough qi in her body and enough mental strength to focus it.

  8. Jenny,
    I am glad that you enjoyed the books. I think you will have to wait a while before Dragon Moon is published in Spain. You’re English is fine. I can’t speak any Spanish!

  9. Ooooh, I am so looking forward to this, of course I have to wait even longer for the translation to swedish 🙁 Well I might read it in english instead, just because of my natural curiousity.

  10. Linda,
    Yes I’m afraid it will be a while before you see the Swedish Dragon Moon. Sorry.
    I wish I could read books in other languages like you!

  11. i live far away, and im very sad because it’ll take very long for me to be able to read dragon moon :'(
    i’ve read the first two books you’ve published. even my mother loves it.

  12. I am living in China at the moment. I borrowed Dragonkeeper from our school library and loved it. We learn Chinese and Chinese culture, so I knew some of the things and places in the book. It was great. I can’t wait to start the next book.

  13. Jennifer,
    I’m sorry you have to wait so long for the books. There are lots of great books out there for you to read in the meantime. Glad your Mum likes the books too.

  14. i love your the dragonkeeper so much(i normaly dont get into school readers to much)and then my friend started reading the second book so i ran as fast as posible to the book shop and after 3 days got it. i finished today such a cliff hanger so i cant wait for the 3rd one its goning to be great

    p.s: im australian so yay me
    p.s.s: my friend was the one who left all the smilys:D

  15. The book looks great. I have read the previous to but what i really want to know is when you are going to release it. Will you be signing your books at the release date?

  16. Danny,
    Glad to hear you enjoyed the books.
    Beau,
    I will be doing a book signing in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, I think, but dates and places haven’t been finalised yet. I will do a post about it when the dates are fixed.
    Lachlan,
    If someone comes along who I think I can trust to look after Danzi and Ping on the big screen, I’d love them to make a movie. It has to be the right people though.

  17. Hi Carole,
    Loved your books cant wait till “Dragon Moon” is released. I got the both books for christmas and read them in 2 seconds :P. I was really fond of the emperor at the start he seemed like a really comforting boy but then he got so obsesed with being young and it took over his life. I feel sad for him as its taken over his body and he thinks about nothing else (besides his sister).

  18. Leisel,
    Yes I felt sad for him too.
    A lot of people ask me if there will be a movie. I’d like to make it into a movie, but the right movie producer has to want to do it…and have lots of money to make it. That hasn’t happened yet.

  19. Hi Carole,
    at the moment I’m reading The Garden of the Purple Dragon. Your books are really good. Will “Dragon Moon” be the last book or will there be more? I find it good lots different people read the books.

  20. Hi!
    I am a Swedish 8 year old girl and I am very fond of your Dragonkeeper-books. I wonder if you are going to write any moore books about China?
    Many greetings from Elsa

  21. i love the dragon keeper books i wish the new book will arrive in the library faster
    PS.what books are you planning to write next?

  22. Good Morning Carole,
    My son (12) has had the Dragon Keeper read to him by this yr 7 teacher (loved it) he is now trying to read Garden of the Purple Dragon which is taking him a week and a half to read two chapters. Sam is severely dyslexic & for him to try & read you book is just wonderful. Could you tell me if I’m able to buy an audio recording (CD) or is it not available yet? Haven’t been able to find in libraries or book stores. Thank you for your time. Regards Sharon

  23. Sarah,
    I am writing a dragon encyclopedia at the moment (still deciding on the title). Then I have a couple of ideas for novels, but I need to think about them a bit more before I feel confident enough to talk about them.

  24. Although well, well past my teenage years, I have enjoyed the Dragonkepper series also. I came across the book Dragon Moon by chance while buying books for my children and yes finished it by the next day, now I’ll pass it onto my daughter who bought the first book. Thank you for these excellent tales.
    We have just moved to Glen Rowan in Vic so will look up your Ned Kelly books for my 10yo son who is fasinated by him.

  25. Jackie,
    Sorry it’s taken me a while to respond. I’ve been in Sydney. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. It’s great to hear that adults are enjoying it too.

  26. Hi Carole I really enjoyed the Drangonkeeper books I found it hard to put them down. I would be thrilled if the books were made into a movie.
    Do you think this will happen?

  27. Krystle,
    As I said to Leisel above, a movie producer has got to come along with lots of money before that can happen. And then it has to be someone I feel I can trust to look after Ping, Danzi and Kai. That hasn’t happened yet.

  28. hi Carole, my name’s Sara and I’m 10 years old. I really liked your book (El jardin del dragon purpura) and I would like to know if there would be a following book. I’ve been so interested in this book that I’ve read it in 4 days. I would like to know if the following book is Dragon Moon
    and please, if Dragon Moon is not the following book, I really encourage you to write it because I really liked it. Lots of kisses and hugs from your fan Sara

  29. Hi Carole
    Is June the official release date for Dragon Moon or will some country get it earlier.
    Krystle

  30. Krystle,
    Dragon Moon was released here in Australia late April. I think the next place will be USA in July. As to other places I’m afraid I just don’t know.

  31. Sara,
    Yes Dragon Moon is the third and last book in the series. I don’t know when the Spanish version will be published. Glad you liked the other book. Have you read the first one?

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