So, come this Monday, I’ll be flying to New York City! The big thing I’m there for is New York Comic Con, for which I’ll be at the following events:
Friday 11 am – 12 pm: “Friday Firsts”, Booth 2129
For this one I’ll be doing a Penguin signing along with M. L. Brennan. Technically I’m supposed to be signing Fated, but I doubt there’ll be a problem if you want me to sign something else instead.
Friday 2.45 pm – 3.45 pm: Urban Fantasy Panel, Room 1A17
A panel discussion with me, Max Gladstone, Anya Jarzab, Jeff Hirsch, Anton Strout, Tonya Hurley, and F. Paul Wilson. Topic is the urban fantasy genre. Should be interesting!
Friday 4pm – 5pm: Autographing, Autographing Table 21
This’ll be me and the other authors from the panel. I have to admit, I’m not a hundred percent sure what we’re going to be doing here, though I’m guessing it’s basically another type of signing. (Do people really collect author’s autographs?) Either way, if you want to come say hi to me, this is going to be a good time!
The Rest of the Con
I should be around the convention for the rest of Friday and for Saturday too, but for this I haven’t got a schedule yet. I’m planning to wander around, meet up with people, and generally see the sights (this’ll be my first time at a US convention, so I’m going to play tourist). If you’re going to be there and want to meet up, send me an email!
Meanwhile, as NYCC draws closer, I’ve been working away on Alex Verus #5. The rewrite’s progressing slower than I’d hoped (I’m only about 75% of the way through) but on the plus side I’m working out a lot of long-term stuff that’ll apply for the rest of the series. I’m hoping to finish the rewrite before I leave for the States, but there’s a good chance I won’t, in which case I’ll get to practice working on the plane!
I’m also sketching out the first tentative plans for Alex Verus #6, though that’s still very much at the drawing-board stage. I’m actually getting a little impatient to be getting on with it – rewrites are tedious, and I find working on a new book to be much more fun than redrafting an old one. Still, rewrites are sometimes necessary, and after spending three months planning out a book and then another six months writing it, it’s worth taking another month or two to make sure it’s as good as I can make it.
No definite news on publication of Alex Verus #6 and beyond yet, though there’s a good chance I’ll have something to announce in another month or two.
And finally, to go back to the books that you guys can actually read, Chosen‘s been out for a month and doing nicely. Lots of good reviews and sales aren’t bad either. Feels like a very long time ago now that I wrote it!