First bit of news is that Alex Verus #12, the final Alex Verus novel, is 50% done. If you’re wondering how I get these estimates, from past experience I go by the rule of thumb that each book will be around 90,000 words. Sometimes they run a little bit longer – Bound I think holds the record at 110,000 – but usually it’s a fairly safe bet that the full novel will be around 90-95k. With the most recent chapter I’ve finished of Alex Verus #12, the manuscript’s sitting at 46,000 words, so I’m going to call it halfway there. I’d been hoping to finish book #12 at about the time of the release of book #11 – at the moment it’s looking like I’m going to miss that deadline, but probably not by very much.
On the subject of book #11, Forged, here’s an updated release schedule!
• September 25th: First chapter of Forged will be posted on this website.
• November 24th: US & Canada release of Forged (paper, ebook, and audiobook)
• December 1st: UK & rest of world release of Forged (paper, ebook, and audiobook)
• December 3rd: I’ll be holding a Reddit AMA on r/fantasy.
For those of you who haven’t read a Reddit AMA before, it stands for ‘Ask Me Anything’ and it’s an opportunity for you guys to ask you anything you like about the new book, the older books, the new book, or the series in general. I’ve been doing one of these a year and I enjoy them quite a bit, so do come along if there’s anything you’d like to ask.
And finally, in unrelated news, the ebook edition of Fated is on sale in the UK for 99p!