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General Updateyness

Yes, I’ve been away for a long while, haven’t I? First it was Japan & China (and blessedly off the Internet for most of it) and then when I came back I began furiously working oooooon….

Can’t tell you.

Yeah, yeah, sorry. This is more a post to let you know I’m still alive than one with any real news. Basically I’ve been squirrelling away at some TV & film work, but due to the nature of that industry I can’t talk about it, because

a) I’m not supposed to, and

b) even the most sure-thing projects don’t make it to the screen sometimes.

But anyway, it’s all very cool. Trust me on this. Basically, after I finished The Ace of Skulls I decided to take a break from prose work for a while as I was feeling pretty burned out with book writing and fantasy/SF in general. Since then I’ve been much more occupied with doing work for the screen, and it’s been a lot of fun so far, but that industry moves very slowly so I’ll let you know when or if anything gets nailed down. As to books, I don’t have anything in the pipe at the moment, so enjoy Ace of Skulls, as it’ll be your last from me for a little while. In the meantime I’ll reconsider, regroup, plot and plan and decide what kind of book I want to write next.

Speaking of The Ace of Skulls, it’s all done and ready for its 19th September release. Check out the cover. Pretty!

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People have been asking about the Broken Sky ebooks too. I’ve been looking at ways to get them done that won’t require a ton of work of my part, but long story short, the editing is taking more time than I have and it was destroying my soul. Maybe I should have just released them as they were, but having polished up half the series it’s hard to leave the rest undone, and even unpolished, self-publishing ebooks is a pain and if I’m going to do it I want to do it properly, not by releasing some badly formatted version with a crappy generic cover on. So, anyway, it’s unfortunately on hold for the moment and I’ll come back to it when I have time (or a personal assistant). Apologies to those who are waiting for it: I should have looked into it more thoroughly before I announced it in the first place.

Also, if you haven’t bought Silver yet, what are you waiting for, eh? You need something to tide you over till 19th Sept!

34 Comments

  1. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    I await with bated breath for Ace of Skulls to come out!

  2. Azteca says:

    I really appreciate the Broken Sky update. I was hoping it hadn’t been abandoned. I totally understand how that type of work would be draining, eye-crossing work, but it’s good to know that it will come one day. Keep doing your thing and enjoy a little distance from all the work of the last few years. Thanks again!

  3. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    I would read the broken sky series, but my library only has books 1, 3, 4, and 6. I don’t have money to buy the whole series off of amazon. :(

  4. Simon says:

    Hi there. I finished reading Retribution Falls and I am now starting Black Lung Captain. this leads me to my question: do you have a map of the world? Perhaps you have a sketch of it?
    P.S reading “silver” to quench our thirst until 19th Sept wont help because like Ret Falls I guess we will finish it in 2-3 days :)

  5. Katya says:

    There is no way in whatever hellish thing that exists will Silver last me until September 19th. It will definitely not last me until middle of next week. Guess I’ll have to re-read all of your books from cover to cover again as I’m waiting for The Ace Of Sculls. It can’t be that hard, can it?

  6. Kinda off topic, but I just read Pandemonium today and loved it! Will there be a sequel?

  7. Brooklyn says:

    I felt my heart melt when I read the section about the Ace of Skulls. It’s hard to believe that it’s finally over. After reading the first three, I actually refused to read anything else for awhile in fear that I would find something better. Rest assured, that still hasn’t happened (and probably never will). What I’m saying I guess is that you’re a great inspiration. Reading your books has encouraged me to follow my dream of writing no matter how tough it is. Keep on writing those awesome books and best of luck with the TV and movie…stuff.
    -Brooklyn

  8. Clara, 15 says:

    I’m totally on the same page with Maria @ Fantasy’s Ink, really enjoyed Pandemonium and praying there will be a sequel!
    So, is there hope for a sequel?

  9. Isaac says:

    Is there any chance of The Black Lung Captain getting the audiobook treatment like Retribution Falls?

  10. @ Simon – I do have a map but I’m not a big believer in putting maps in books if I can help it, so the Ketty Jay series is gonna stay mapless, I’m afraid.

    @ Maria and Clara – I wish they’d let me do one but there doesn’t look like much hope for it.

    @ Isaac – There is definitely a chance but I’ve no idea when it might happen. Sorry.

  11. Spencer Pennington says:

    Welcome back, Chris!

    You should give us all a run-down of your vacation! (Well, I’ve never been to the Far East, but I’ve wanted to go for years, so I’d love to hear about it…)

    September 19th it is then! I shall head on over to the Book Depository right away (unless, of course, your latest book will be published in the US in the not-to-distant future…) What say you? What would be the better option?

    Can’t wait to hear some about that TV work you’re doing! And it’s good to see that the spirit of “Broken Sky” is still alive… :) (I would personally still love to see an actual anime…)

    All the best from Seattle, WA, USA

    Spence

  12. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    @Chris, What do you mean there’s not much hope for Pandemonium? No sequel!!!??? NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Now I must go and deliver the bad news to be friend and brother. :,(

  13. Isaiah says:

    I don’t mean to bring up a project that has already been finished, but I have and idea. It might sound stupid, but how about a prequel of Malice? You can go into depth on how Malice was created, how Scratch came into it, the details of when Tall Jake first stepped out of his portrait. I don’t know, it just sounds good to me. Even a prequel of Storm Thief wouldn’t be so bad. I’m just saying, in the future, if you have no idea what to right about, this might be what you’re looking for.

  14. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    @Isaiah, I agree. I finished Havoc and wondered why there wasn’t a prequel. And I want a sequel to storm thief.
    Any chance of that Chris?

  15. Sadly, no. Seems I’m in the business of disappointment lately :-/ Too many projects, too little time, and I’m not really big on revisiting old stories. When they’re done, they’re done, and it’s time to move on to something new.

  16. Brooklyn says:

    Hey Chris. I was wondering if the hard covers of Malice are still available somewhere (the one with the bumpy cover)?

  17. Hey,

    I think they’re all long sold by now. Any new ones will likely be softcovers. Maybe look on second-hand websites?

  18. Neil says:

    I really loved the first 2 Ketty Jay books, but haven’t read Iron Jackal because I’ve been hoping for it to get a Kindle release here in the US. I don’t see one available for Ace of Skulls either.
    Any idea if there’s anything in the pipeline? It feels stupid for me to get half the collection on Kindle and half on paper!

  19. I believe Titan Books are going to release ebooks at the same time as the US paperback releases, coming out in March and August next year.

  20. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    @Brooke If you look on Amazon and look in the new and used section, go to the new section and you can still get new hard cover books with the bumpy cover (which I just bought another copy for a friends birthday) from other places. And yes you can get like new copies.

  21. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    @Brooklyn sorry I spelled your name Brooke it’s just one of those slips in thought. *palms face*.

  22. Brooklyn says:

    I really hate to bother you again, but I’ve found a bunch of hard cover Malice books on amazon. Are all Malice hard covers bumpy or are some just flat? I don’t really want to buy a book for 25$ and then find out its not what I wanted.
    ~Thanks.

  23. Worth checking, actually. The UK hardcovers are bumpy for Malice (but not for Havoc). The US hardcovers MIGHT have been bumpy originally (I really can’t remember) but then they were re-released as flat hardcovers so the later ones are flat. Basically that 3D cover is mega expensive to produce so after the first few runs they switched to a cheaper version. I’m not sure how you could find out on Amazon, to be honest. Maybe best to find an independent seller in the Amazon shop and email them to check first?

  24. Brooklyn says:

    Thanks Chris I’ll try that.

  25. Brooklyn says:

    Well, I just ordered it off eBay, and I couldn’t be happier. Hooray for second hand products (:

  26. Jeremy Lash says:

    Cannot wait for Ace of Skulls, Mr Wooding! Loved the first three, now getting m teeth into the Saramyr books as well.

    I’m sure it’ll be a gripping end: the old romantic in me is hoping that the daemonist and the Knight have a nice ending.. .the pirate and the Queen, not a chance!

    All the best.

  27. Brooklyn says:

    Eeeeeek! Eeeeeeek! Malice just arrived! Time to read it in less than an hour. (:

  28. Michael says:

    Have ordered my copy today! Yay! I did think that the Iron Jackal was breathtakingly good -possibly the best in the Ketty Jay’s log (so far) and I’m drooling at the thought of The Ace…

    Whilst waiting around between Ketty Jay novels and instalments of The Song of Ice and Fire I’ve been reading some obscure Victoriana and wonder whether or not you have read any of W H Hodgson – more specifically his Casebook of Carnacki as it seems to almost breath the same atmosphere that you create around Crake when he’s running at full tilt?

    I am thinking mostly of Carnacki’s last case, ‘The Hog’ and am interested in where you mine your ideas from?

  29. I haven’t read any W H Hodgson: sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out. And I don’t mine my ideas, I pull them down off trees ;)

  30. Dustin Frissell says:

    Dear Chris,

    Please let me know who I can contact about the Film/TV rights for SILVER. Inquiring on behalf of a production company in Los Angeles.

    Thanks,
    Dustin

  31. Hi Dustin,

    I’ve emailed you the details.

    Cheers,

    Chris

  32. Gina Pagan says:

    Chris! Glad to hear that you took a much needed vacation to Japan/China! As an old school Broken Sky and Braided Path fan, hopefully the trip out there gave you some inspiration! ;) Anyways, thought I’d let you know that I found a UK version of Weavers in a local used bookstore here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I was pleasantly surprised! Scooped it up and added it to my Wooding collection. Very exciting stuff. Hope all is well!

    -Gina

  33. Frobac says:

    Not long to go now!

    I loved the previous three Ketty Jay books and recommended them to friends, so I’m really looking forward to reading The Ace of Skulls. It’s high time I put in a pre-order.

    Good luck with your TV and film writing! Any chance you could write a Ketty Jay anime series? I’d love to see that!

  34. Sankalp says:

    Hey… I just want you to know that im a huge fantasy reader and the books that introduced me to the genre are Broken Sky… I understand all the difficulties in editing but please oh please release the ePubs soon… Im practically dying!!!

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