Thursday, 23 July 2015

Sword of the North Giveaway & Book Three Update

I'm giving away signed copies of Sword of the North to lucky readers in the UK/Ireland and North America. Just head on over to Goodreads for your chance to win!

My third book, Dead Man's Steel, is slowly coming together. Penguin had the novel listed for an April 2016 release, but it's going to be pushed back a little as I haven't yet delivered the finished manuscript. I'm confident the book will still see a 2016 release, but as of right now I have no firm date...

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Sword of the North - US/Canada Launch

I'm pleased to announce that Sword of the North is now available in North America in ebook, kindle and hardcover editions!

The eAudio edition is also available from Recorded Books.

I've had numerous requests for information regarding the Audible release of the book. As of right now, I'm unsure what's happening on the Audible front. I'll do some digging around and post an update as soon as I hear anything.

I hope you all enjoy the book - it's been a while coming! Progress on the third book, Dead Man's Steel, is slow but steady. I'm aiming to have it in your hands - all 200k+ words of it - in the first half of 2016.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Publication Day (UK)

I'm a little late with this blog post - the actual publication day was March 12th, but the sad passing of Sir Terry Pratchett on the same day rather sapped my desire to blog.

If you haven't already picked up a digital copy, you can now purchase the UK edition of Sword of the North in hardcover from all good bookstores and quite possibly a few shitty ones. Falling firmly into the first camp, there are apparently still some copies left at Goldsboro Books if you'd like a signed edition...

On the subject of Sir Terry, I believe my first book of his was Men At Arms, which I read when I was fifteen or sixteen. I've devoured pretty much every Discworld book since, though I never got around to reading Eric or his Tiffany Aching stuff - an oversight I shall remedy soon. Last month I read his collection of essays, A Slip of the Keyboard - a terrific insight into the man. It's something of a regret that I never got to meet him, but - as has been said elsewhere - a little bit of Pratchett will live on in all of us. He's certainly one of my primary inspirations. May he rest in peace.

Monday, 16 February 2015

So, Er, Happy New Year

Yeah, I'm a little late. What's six or seven weeks between friends? Rest assured I'm back in the blogging saddle, and new updates shall flow as freely as blood when Jerek's in a foul mood. Which is to say all the time.

The digital UK release of Sword of the North has apparently gone very well: according to my agent it has sold three times what my publishers were anticipating, which is swell news indeed. The hardcover release is now less than a month away: March 12th is the big day. I'll be signing 100 copies for Goldsboro Books, as well as a handful others for various bookshops. If you're the kind of person who collects signed books - and as far as authors are concerned, you're the best kind of person - I'd recommend placing a pre-order with Goldsboro as soon as possible. The 250 signed copies of The Grim Company sold out within a few months, so 100 copies of Sword of the North won't last long. They're only £17.99 each, which is a couple of pounds more than what Amazon is currently charging.

I actually received a copy of Sword of the North, hot off the press, a few days ago. It's an impressively weighty and stunningly beautiful book:

The US edition will be released a little later, on May 5th, in both hardcover and ebook versions.

I'm now hard at work on the third book in the trilogy, Dead Man's Steel. It promises to be the longest yet, and by some distance: I'm estimating 200k words or thereabouts. Current release date is "sometime next year." I've had some thoughts about what I'll be working on after the trilogy, but I'll talk more about it when my plans become firmer.

I must take this opportunity to apologise to those users who left comments here on this blog weeks (or even months) ago, only to find their contributions stuck in the moderation queue. Somehow I failed to notice them until a couple of days ago, but rest assured they've now been posted. I've turned moderation off - though if I suddenly get inundated with spam I might need to reconsider. We'll see.

For my American fans, I'll be making an appearance at Vericon again next month. If you're in the area and plan to attend the convention, I'd be delighted to sign your books for you. It'll be fun to catch up with friends in Boston before meeting my US publishers and agent in NYC. I have no more appearances planned for the year (I might pop my head into BristolCon...) so I guess I'd better make the most of it!

In foreign-rights related news, I sold the Czech rights to books two and three. Hopefully Italy and Russia will follow suit. Fingers crossed for Portuguese and Spanish deals at some point; by all accounts these markets can be tough to penetrate...