Progress Report April ’21

May 3rd, 2021

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….

Posted in news, progress by Joe Abercrombie on May 3rd, 2021.

7 comments so far

  • Lyle says:

    God dammit Joe, you are one hard working author.

  • Terry says:

    Thanks for the update good sir! I speak for everyone when I say September cannot arrive soon enough 🙂

  • Keith Caruthers says:

    Definitely bittersweet the idea of NOT having a first law book to anticipate. That uneasy feeling is squashed knowing that there is, as the man on the flying carpet world say, a whole new world to look forward to.

  • Sophie says:

    You’re one of my few auto-buy authors. Give me a link and I’ll pre-order your new book now. 🙂

  • Chris says:

    “God dammit Joe, you are one hard working author.” Working hard at writing and publishing unlike some other ‘hard working’ authors who are too busy world building or scripting for TV to write and leave their readers hanging for a decade. Good on you to work all three books the way you did; more writers and publishers should follow your example.

  • Klemen says:

    Saying goodbye to the characters, eh? Won’t be seeing some of them in the next one, I see…

  • Wombat of Hoskopp says:

    Glad to hear those ‘Devilish’ turds are not too easy to polish; as (I think) J. B. Priestly said, things that are easy too read are always very difficult to write.
    @Chris, I hear you, but I also feel for whomsoever it may be that you’re referring to. It can’t be easy wrapping up now someone else has already done it for you, though fewer spin-offs featuring pseudo-elfen imperialist overlords would help. I certainly won’t be selling off the rights to my latest trilogy to HBO before book 3 is wrapped up, so they needn’t bother asking. You hear that HBO? HBO…?

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