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Progress Report June ’22

I’m conscious that my progress reports have been few and far between lately. I’ve got a lot going on but not that much that I can actually announce or discuss, which makes progress reports every two months a bit of a pointless exercise…

The first draft of my next book The Devils is grinding on, albeit slowly and in between other things. The book now has a US publisher in Tor US, and a US editor in Lindsey Hall, neither of whom I’ve worked with before and both of whom I am excited to work with on this. I’m getting towards three quarters of the way through a first draft, though the plan is really to just vomit the thing out and then spend some time sitting in that vomit, editing, rewriting and rearranging it, until I have a book I like. Hard to know exactly what the timescale might be on that, very much depends on what happens with all this other stuff and how much time I have to commit to it. I will of course rush to announce it when a roughly reliable publication date comes into view.

Then there are quite a few special or limited editions of one kind or another in the pipeline. I believe John Anthony di Giovanni has now delivered all the art for Subterranean Press’s limited edition of The Trouble With Peace, so that one should be appearing within the next few months. He’ll be doing art for The Wisdom of Crowds as well in due course, but for now he’s at work on a little companion volume which Sub Press are doing – a novella length collection of four short stories that sit alongside the Age of Madness which will be called The Great Change – and other Lies. I’m hoping that’ll be available this year too – more information on the ordering of that as I have it. Then I’ve been working with UK specialist publisher Curious King on some really high-end letterpress limited editions of the First Law with art by Tommy Arnold. The whole run sold out within about half an hour of going on sale. Pretty crazy how the market for what I would consider astonishingly expensive collector’s editions has developed over the past few years. Anyway, that one’s going to contain a lot of art so it’ll no doubt be a while coming together, but if it all works out the aim is to continue with the other books in the series, and perhaps beyond to the stand-alones, who can say…

As Covid regulations relax I’m starting to commit to a couple of events again. Delighted to say I’ll finally be heading back to my regular haunt at the Celsius festival in Aviles in Spain in a couple of weeks, then having had to cancel Portugal comic con last year  I’m aiming to show up to this year’s edition in December.

So there you go, a progress report that reports very little progress. Somewhat frustrating, but so it goes. Hopefully things will pick up and there’ll be enough for bi-monthly reports as the year continues.

But, as always, I promise nothing…

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2021 in Review

What’s that you say? It’s New Year’s Eve, I must be 47 goddamn years old today, and ANOTHER year passes under the bridge? Those bastards keep coming, don’t they? And this one has, I think it’s fair to say, been particularly hard work on the whole. I don’t think any of us really imagined a […]

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Progress Report June ’21

That time again already? Honestly, it’s been a slow couple of months. Lot of tedious administrative stuff to do, and I’ve been grinding away in a rather unsatisfactory manner on the new book, but I’m trying not to worry too much about it and let it take as long as it takes. If there’s one lesson […]

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Progress Report April ’21

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 […]

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Progress Report February ’21

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 […]

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2020 in Review

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 […]

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Progress Report October ’20

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 […]

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Progress Report August ’20

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 […]

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Progress Report June ’20

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 […]

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Progress Report April ’20

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, […]

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