The progress report is a couple of days late, this time around, probably because I could hardly believe that May has come around so quickly. Honestly not a huge amount to report. UK cover of The Wisdom of Crowds was revealed, and the US cover is pretty much finished and should be revealed soon. I’ve just started reading the page proofs as well – always a nervous moment, since the book hasn’t strictly speaking left your hands but it’s too late to really make any major changes. Tweak a word here or there if you must but you’re not going to fix a bad book at this stage. It is always exciting to see something given the authority of a proper typesetting, mind you. Strange how a different font and arrangement makes it feel different. Still, in a few days The Age of Madness will finally be out of my hands. Or beyond the reach of my desperately stretching fingertips, depending on how you look at it.
My progress reports went through a slightly *ahem* bald patch around 2015-16, but it looks as though I started thinking seriously about this trilogy in late 2015, and actually writing A Little Hatred in early 2016, so this project has been over 5 years in the making. I’m both good and ready to see the back of it and oddly nostalgic about waving the characters goodbye. Still, all things must come to an end, and I’m currently battling grimly with the next book, which was supposed to be fun. Plus ca change, as they say….
In some ways a strange, slow period at the start of the year. As lockdown drags on into infinity, and with the kids at home all the time, I must admit it’s sometimes difficult to make headway. So it’s nice that The Age of Madness is very close to finished. The final instalment, The Wisdom of […]
Well, it’s New Year’s Eve, so I guess I must be 46 today, and what a strange and messed up year 2020 has been. I’ve been able to stick to my plans for The Age of Madness but other than that all bets have been off, and with new strains of Covid appearing and tougher lockdowns coming […]
So the Trouble With Peace is out. You think something’s so far off it’ll never happen, then before you know it, it’s fading rapidly into the past. Went well, overall, I think, given that Covid has rather messed up the normal operation of the book trade. We managed to do take some events online, which […]
Believe it or not, The Trouble With Peace is out in two short weeks, and the US and UK hardcovers are both in my possession: UK art by Tomas Almeida, US by Sam Weber and Lauren Panepinto, and both beautiful in their own pleasingly distinct and different ways. Promotion ramps up, as you’d imagine. You […]
Turbulent times to say the least. What with one thing and another there have been many distractions from work over the last couple of months, but things crawl forward nonetheless. The Trouble With Peace is now proof-read and its covers released, which means it’s absolutely, totally and completely done. Always a strange moment – there are […]
Damn it, I’m a day late with my progress report, but then I’m having some trouble remembering what month it is lately, let alone what day of the month. Strange times, it hardly needs to be said. The strangest I’ve ever lived through. On one level it puts one’s worries in previous times in perspective, […]
Ah, the months march on, and so does the work. Had a great trip to Spain for the release of A Little Hatred over there, and did a whole lot of press. For some reason, though there are certainly places I sell more books, I’m more in demand for interviews in Spain than I am […]
This, I believe, and I say it with a heavy heart, is my TENTH annual review. Ten years this blog has been (somewhat fitfully) running. Which means, and I say this with an even heavier heart, that I should probably be doing a review of the decade, but I flatly refuse to do that, since […]
Well, A Little Hatred is out there, and it feels good to be back in the publishing game, I must say. First book published since Sharp Ends, three and a half years ago. First novel since Half a War, more than four years ago. First First Law book since Red Country seven years ago, which […]