AMA/On Holiday

My Reddit Ask Me Anything is done!  You can view it here.  Lots of good questions – I enjoyed myself!

And that’s it for me for a while.  I’m off on holiday, leaving today.  I’ve left a few Ask Luna posts ready to go, so the blog should keep on updating every Friday while I’m gone.  See you when I get back!

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Reddit AMA Is Live

My Reddit Ask Me Anything is live as of right now!  I’ll be answering questions over the next 24 hours or so, so if there’s anything you want to know, head over there and post!

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Done

Aaaaaand finished.  Alex Verus #8 is written, has had its first brief edit, and is in the hands of my publishers as of two days ago.  This one has been really tough to get through – I started around October 1st of last year, meaning that I’ve been working on it for six and a half months straight.  I don’t generally take breaks when I’m working on a new book, at least not for more than a day or two, and so the first thing I’m going to be doing as of next week is going on holiday.  I’ll queue up some posts for the website, and I’ll try to clear my now-far-too-big email backlog before I go.

The bad news (for those who’ve just finished Burned and want to know what’ll happen next) is that just because I’ve finished the second draft, that doesn’t mean it’ll be published anytime soon.  I did a blog post on the writing process and wait times, but the short version is that my books take at least 10 months to go from first draft to publication, and that’s the low end.  The average is more like a year.  So I wouldn’t expect Alex Verus #8 to be out in shops and on the Kindle store until around Spring 2017.  Yes, I know it’s a long time to wait.  Sorry.

But in the meantime, if there’s anything you REALLY want to know, you can ask me at my Reddit AMA on r/fantasy this coming Tuesday, on April 26th.  For those who don’t know, a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) is pretty much what it sounds like – a general Q&A aimed at fans and other interested parties.  I’ll be starting it at 12pm GMT on April 26th, and finishing at 12pm GMT on April 27th;  in between those times I’ll check in regularly and answer anything I can.  I’ll post a direct link on Twitter and here one the AMA goes live.

And that’s about it!  See some of you (hopefully) on Tuesday and I’ll have more to tell you then!

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Reddit AMA April 26th

Just finishing up Book #8, but in the meantime, I’m going to be doing a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on r/fantasy tomorrow week, on April 26th.  More details (including exact timings) closer to the date!

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Nearly There

Writing the epilogue of Book #8.  (Given how many updates I’ve been giving on this one, I wonder if you guys want this to be over as much as I do.)  Admittedly, given the length, it shouldn’t really be all that surprising that it’s run past the deadline – it’ll be around 115,000 words by the time it’s done, which is pretty long given that the early Alex Verus novels average between 85,000 and 90,000.

The good news is that it’s almost over.  Once that’s over with, I’ve got a long backlog of Ask Luna questions to do, as well as an anniversary post and a whole lot of emails that I’ve let pile up.  (Oh, and the new sales figures have come in, too – will do an update on that as well, but short version, they’re very good.)

Just a little more . . .

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Burned Reviews

Still busy with book #8, but in the meantime a whole bunch of reviews for Burned have been coming in.  Here’s a selection!

Whatchamacallit Reviews
I Smell Sheep
The Genre Minx
Fangtastic Fiction
One Book Two
The Arched Doorway

I’ve also done an interview for PW Radio, which should be going live sometime today.  Will post up the link when it does.

. . . And back to writing.

Edit:  Interview is live!  You can listen to it here.

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Burned UK Release

And a couple of days later (as usual) the British readers get it too.  Alex Verus #7 is available outside of the US as of today!

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Tomorrow’s post will probably be a collection of reviews, and possibly a link to my PW interview (though probably not – I’m doing it today, but I don’t know exactly when it’ll go live).  For now, I’m back to writing book #8!

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Burned US Release

And the seventh Alex Verus novel is finally out!

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On sale in mass market paperback and on Kindle, as per usual.  Audiobook version should be available by today, too.  For now, I’m still spending all my time finishing the sequel!

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Burned Release Week!

And it’s finally here!  Burned will be released in the US this coming Tuesday, on April 5th, and two days later in the UK, on April 7th.

I’m mostly still busy with book #8, but to mark Burned’s release I’m doing a radio interview with Publishers Weekly on the 7th – I’ll post up a link to it when it goes live.

For those of you who’ve been waiting for Burned, I hope you enjoy it – I had a lot of fun writing this one, and I think you’ll probably like it too.  Oh,and  if you do, feel free to leave a review at Amazon or somewhere similar – it does help.

Right, back to writing the next one.

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Yes, Still Writing

Word count: 105k.
Projected word count: 110k (I really really hope).
Is the book finished: stop asking.
Deadline: hoping to only miss it by a month, if I’m lucky.
Mood: even more stressed.

About the best that can be said at the moment is that at least the first number is going up faster than the second one.

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