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Signing at Forbidden Planet on the 23rd June

Title says it all, really. I’ll be doing another book signing at Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue in London on the 23rd of the month, which is a Thursday. Β Other eminent SF/Fantasy authors who may want to scratch you with their pens on the day will include, but are not limited to, Tom Lloyd, Jaine Fenn, Mark Barrowcliffe and (99% certainty and rising) James Barclay. I’ll give you the full cast list when I’ve got it.

Come one, come all! I’m only moderately tiresome and almost completely non-lethal.

Alt Fiction

So I’ve been writing all kinds of secret little projects while waiting for my editor to get back to me with The Iron Jackal edits, which you may hear about in time if anything comes of them πŸ˜‰

Meantime, let me tell you about another convention at which I shall be doing some general panel-bothering and gobbing off about all and sundry: Alt Fiction, which is held in Derby on the 25th and 26th of June. This will be my first year at Alt Fiction, but I’m assured by all and sundry that it’s very good fun, so if you’re lucky enough to come from the Midlands like I am, get yerself down there. Or just, y’know, get in a car or something if you’re from further afield…

More news when I have it!

New Braided Path Cover

Yesss!

I know, I know, some people out there have a problem with the recent trend of hooded dudes on the covers of fantasy books. Well, I’ve never had a hooded dude on one of mine, and it’s about time I did. Plus the Weavers look way badass. So there πŸ˜›

Babel Clash

Just a quickie: I’m guest blogging with Kevin Hearne over at Babel Clash for the next 10 days or so. If you’re starved of blog posts here, go have a look πŸ˜‰

Signed, sealed, delivered…

Actually, those first two words were a lie. It was neither signed, nor sealed, unless you mean by the cosy electronic non-security of cyberspace. But The Iron Jackal is now in the paws of my editor, and I’m about to head off to Eastercon, and it’s April and somehow the sun is shining. I feel like I’m about to burst into song, Heidi-style. Tra-la!

Gotta go. Somebody, somewhere, owes me a beer… πŸ˜‰

New Braided Path Delayed Till July 21st

Publishing books is a complicated affair, involving lots of departments all trying to get their ducks in a row, so it’s a writer’s lot to see their books delayed from time to time. I’ve just got the news that the Braided Path reissue – a shiny shiny gorgeous hardcover edition – has been bumped back two months to July 21st. Possibly this uncertainty was why Amazon cancelled the pre-orders of some people. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks Amazon will sort itself out and allow preorders of this new edition.

Anyway, it’s a small delay and it’s for a good reason, and now you get to read it in the sun instead of the rain πŸ˜€

Honking Great Excerpt of Retribution Falls for your Eyes to Behold

As part of Suvudu.com‘s 50 page Friday promotion, you may now read the first FIVE CHAPTERS of Retribution Falls free, in celebration of its imminent release in the US. Oh yes. If you haven’t bought it already (why not? hmm?), check it out here.

The Iron Jackal will be delivered to my editor in the next few days. Praise be. I’m gonna be a happy bunny at Eastercon.

Done! (Random machine gun rampage to follow)

The Iron Jackal is finished. And by finished, I mean it’s halfway done. Now comes the editing, trimming, sending to my editor and agent, and the mildly nervous wait to find out if it’s any good. And after that, more editing, honing and polishing, until I’m thoroughly sick of it. Those of you that have been following this blog will know that this was one of those, erm, testing books like The Fade and The Weavers Of Saramyr before it that took about twice as long as I thought they would. Fans of value for money will also be pleased to know that it currently hefts in at 175,000 words of lean white meat (Ret Falls was about 140, Black Lung was 160), which isn’t bad since I started the rewrite in August. Likely it’ll lose a bit from that by the time I’m done.

Soon will come the first read-through and the chopping and the scrutinising and all of that. But damn, just for today, does it ever feel good to write that final line. It fact, it feels a little bit like this.

Iron Jackal Delayed Until October

I know, I know. I did my level best to get the damn thing in on time. In fact, as it turns out, it’ll probably only be about two weeks late once I’ve edited it all. But myself and my editor, well, we just think the schedule is too tight now, and so it is with heavy heart that I announce the Iron Jackal’s new release date of Oct 20th in the UK. Tsk.

Here’s the thing. I don’t want to rush the editing to get it in on time, I want to get it right. I also don’t want my editor to rush it. And after I’ve rushed through her rushed edits, we have a copy editor who will have to rush it, and then it’ll go to a sales team who won’t have adequate time to prepare so it’ll get rushed out to the bookshops and somewhere along the line one of us is gonna drop the ball. And then it’ll be published and I will rue my haste till the end of my days. So we’ve knocked pub date back by two months, and that means no-one has to panic any more, and you’ll get to read a book that’s been done properly. Trust me, it’s better this way.

No idea on foreign release dates yet; Spectra will be looking at it once it’s complete and will decide whether they want to buy it up then. In the meantime, Retribution Falls is just about to be released in the US, so help persuade them by buying six copies each (five angels will thank you for it) πŸ˜‰

Bleh.

Also, I’ll be doing several panels at Eastercon this year, sometime on the Friday and Saturday (and possibly Sunday morning). Times TBA. So if you’re about, come by and say hi.

Retribution Falls Kindle Edition Price Drop

As was pointed out by a keen-eyed poster a few weeks ago, Retribution Falls for the Kindle was an unusually pricey beast. So I did some chasing and pestering and my editor unleashed her Hounds Of Doom ™ from their stygian pens, and after a bit of toing and froing you’ll be pleased to know this has now been officially rectified. Ret Falls is now available at Β£4.99 from Amazon UK, or $8.28 in the US, or one and a half beers. So now you can read about sky pirates AND reduce your alcohol intake AT THE SAME TIME.

Amazing!