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...