Covers, Audiobooks, and Chapter 2

So we’re now 2 months away from the release of An Inheritance of Magic, and we’ve come to the end of the introductory series of worldbuilding articles (they’ve only scratched the surface of the new setting, with a lot more to go).  In the meantime, quite a backlog of news has built up, so let’s get to it!

First off, An Inheritance of Magic‘s UK cover has been launched!

I really like this one – it’s going to have a gold-foil effect that I think will look very pretty.  This is going to be my first ever English-language hardback release, which I’m quite excited about (I’ve had some hardbacks released in translated editions, but that’s not quite the same).  I’ve also signed what are going to be the title pages for 500 signed copies, which will be released via The Broken Binding – I don’t have a direct pre-order link as yet, but once I do, but I’ll post it up here.

The sequel to An Inheritance of Magic is very close to done.  I’m working on the final chapter as we speak, and just crossed the 90,000 word mark as of yesterday.  First draft should be completed in a week or two at the most.  Once that’s done I’ll send it off to my publishers, take a rest, and then start making plans for Book 3!

I’ve also been in negotiations with my US publisher, Penguin Random House, about an audio narrator for the Inheritance of Magic series.  They’ve involved me in the process this time, so I spent a while last weekend going through audition recordings.  One of the narrators really stood out and I think my publisher’s making an offer at the moment, so hopefully I’ll have some news on that front soon!

And finally, next week I’ll be releasing Chapter 2 of An Inheritance of Magic (Chapter 1 went up five weeks ago).  See you then!

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13 Responses to Covers, Audiobooks, and Chapter 2

  1. B. says:

    Love the cover! Already preordered the hardback edition, and I’m looking forward to the second chapter next week, I really enjoyed the first one.

  2. Jason says:

    Will you be having different audiobook narrators for the US and UK editions? Or is just the US company is managing the audiobook for all the English language audiobooks?

  3. Benedict says:

    Jason: Don’t know for sure, but I suspect my UK publisher will end up re-using the US narration.

  4. Simon says:

    The narration made the last series for me! I hope this narrator works out.

  5. Bill says:

    Very much looking forward to launch day!
    I don’t like raising a negative but if you haven’t selected a narrator yet it looks pretty unlikely for the Audiobook to be available at launch in October, or (hopefully) I have that wrong?

  6. Benedict says:

    Bill: Audio narrator has actually been confirmed as of last week. He’s started recording now.

  7. Alicia says:

    That’s great news about the narrator!
    I can’t wait to listen to it.

  8. Celia says:

    Great news! 🙂

  9. Sumit says:

    Can’t get enough of it. When’s the next chapter coming out?

  10. Benedict says:

    Sumit: When the book’s released. So October. 🙂

  11. Bill says:

    Thank for moving so fast!

  12. Sumit says:

    Benedict : October! It’s still a month and a half away. What would I do till then! Oh well, guess I’m gonna re-read the final two novels of Alex Verus till then. Here’s an interesting proposition for you. How about you release one paragraph of the third chapter every X number of days? You know the number Three is associated with auspicious events such as record number of book sales in many cultures. Something about the chakras I think. Don’t believe it! Give it a try, eh? 😀

  13. Celia says:

    Good point, Sumit. 3 is also my lucky number, lol. But October will be here before we know it!

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