Red Country Publication Dates

April 2nd, 2012

Make a mark in your diaries, for it looks like we now have some firm dates for the publication of (A) Red Country.

UK: Thursday, Oct 18th 2012.

US: Tuesday, Nov 20th 2012.

Posted in announcements, news by Joe Abercrombie on April 2nd, 2012.

67 comments so far

  • jan says:


  • Dave says:


  • Sketch says:

    Toting it as a bestseller already? I like it!

    And now to wonder is the confirmation of the included First Law character referring to Cosca or someone else… Can’t wait!

  • Finneas says:

    Looking good! Well excited for this.

  • Patrick says:


  • Jens says:

    Oct. 18th – my birthday. This will be a great novel.

  • Luke says:

    Good news. I will definitely be picking it up as it hits the store. Hoping for some more Monza storyline.

  • Dan says:

    Just preordered at amazon. Very happy it’s this year and not next like you had thought it might be. Now I have to see if I can get a uk copy so I can get it a month early here in the US.

  • Aidan says:

    Will there be an edition with extra content if pre-ordered from certain places, like The Heroes with its extra chapter if bought from Waterstones had?

  • Graham says:

    Excellent news Joe!

    I suppose the next logical step is to start nagging you about when we are going to be able to see the cover??

  • Pete says:

    Brilliant,looking forward to the audiobook version too.

  • Jason T says:

    Great News – Thanks for the update !!!

  • Brian says:

    Very much looking forward to it, Joe. I appreciate authors like you and Brandon Sanderson who manage to extrude quality fantasy in a timely fashion.

    Yeah, I’m looking at you, Martin and Rothfuss…..

  • Dominic says:

    I have to ask, which dates correspond to the Canadian release? I’d assume it’d be the same as the States, but they sell the UK version here.

  • Murray says:

    Any plans for a book signing again?

  • A-drain says:

    What the fudge pop!

    You’re crushing this writing thang right now.

    How in the hell are you doing it? Gaming, fathering, and general various and sundry mayhem and you still pumped out a book.

    Great job. Can’t wait.

  • Jakub dan Worst says:

    Great news, can’t wait!!! Congratulations!

  • David says:

    Why such a long delay between releases? For Heroes I purchased the British version to get a head start on my friends here in the US. Extra shipping charge? No problem.

    These dates must have been pretty firm for awhile. When I was writing my most anticipated books of 2012 I already had that date:

    I guess amazon is pretty good at release dates.

  • Phil Norris says:

    Hell and Yeah! Just pre-ordered mine.

  • Joakim says:

    Will there be a Kindle edition?

  • Thile says:

    UK vs US. Is there just one kindle date/version? Notice it on the US but not the UK site.

  • FlyMonkey says:

    pre-ordered as of now. am already biting nails waiting. expect to be at my elbows by June/July

  • ColinJ says:

    I’ll definitely be buying the UK version. Not just because it comes out sooner but I really just love the title ‘A’ RED COUNTRY.

  • Ryan says:

    Hmm, celebrate my anniversary or read Red Country… I think this one’s pretty obvious!

  • Elfy says:

    Oh cool, gives me something to look forward to when the footy season ends.

  • ColinJ says:

    Can’t wait for the cover art.

    Joe, did you draw a new map for this one, or does it use existing maps from the other books?

  • Fatikis says:

    Oh, I see hating on the US.
    I’ll just obtain one from the UK when it is released.
    What do you have to say about that!?

    No force in the ‘verse can stop me!

  • Fatikis says:


  • Doug says:

    Balls. Looks like I’ll have to pay to import it from then.

  • Iangr says:

    Great news!
    I think instead of marking it up in the diary,I’ll go and preorder it from now – just to be sure hehe!

    Forgive my naivety but who gets to set the publication dates?
    The publisher or the author himself?
    I mean,does the publisher sets a deadline or do you go to them with a date estimate and then they adjust their schedule to yours?

  • Harvey Quinn says:

    Best news ever, can’t wait to read it man!

  • Giasone says:

    Definitely looking forward to this.

  • SwindonNick says:

    Colour me excited!!!!

  • Tom says:

    I think I speak for all of mankind when I say: HELL YEAHHH

  • James says:

    Great news sport, seriously.

    Christmas bestseller ahoy!

  • Marco says:


    I say that we’ll get an appearance from Logen in this book, but we will not see the bloody nine.

  • Random says:

    Do you know anything about release dates for the rest of europe? I live in Sweden but reading your books in english (no way i am waiting for the lazy translators)

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Kindle editions,
    Yes, there certainly should be, simultaneous with the relevant paper editions.

    Commonwealth gets the UK edition on the UK date, in theory. Canadian distribution seems to have been a little ropey for a while, though.

    That date’s been around a while, but it’s only just become firm. Amazon get placeholder dates from the publisher, sometimes they’re right, sometimes not. If books are delayed, dates shift.

    There may be extra material in a Waterstones edition, depends on whether I’ve got time to prepare any.

    In theory there’s a delivery date in the contract you sign. In practice that’s more of a guide. In theory the publisher can annul the contract and ask for the advance back if the author fails to deliver on time, in practice that very rarely happens, especially if the publisher really wants the book. After all, no one else but the author can deliver a book by that author. In my case I’m talking to my editor a lot and she reads parts of the book as they’re drafted, so she has a pretty good idea where we’re at and how long there still is to go before publication is possible. She’s then weighing that against the constant desire to publish sooner rather than later and capitalise on momentum, and thinking about the schedule of my imprint – when other books are coming out, what resources are available. So it’s a kind of negotiation between me and her and others at the publisher, usually with me looking for more time to work and them wanting the book asap, though all of us obviously desire to come up with the schedule that is going to put the best book out there and sell the greatest number of copies.

  • Phil Norris says:

    Now we’ve had the publication dates, you know what comes next…axe, sword, pike, considering Bayaz’s experiments in The Heroes a proto-musket maybe…what’s gonna be on the cover.

  • Nivar says:

    Any idea when a Audio version of the book will be released? I don’t actually read much anymore love my audio books.

  • Muzza says:

    Boom goes the dynamite!!!

  • ColinJ says:

    A little off-topic but Joe, do you know what’s going on with the BEST SERVED COLD special edition from Subterranean Press? Any extra material in the book, artwork or that sort of thing?

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    The Sub Press of Best Served Cold looks really cool. It’ll have a new cover plus five drawings inside, I believe. Cover’s being done now. I’ll post when I’ve got a copy.

    At or soon after publication date, I would think. And it’ll be Steven Pacey both sides of the pond.

  • Weedypants says:

    “… usually with me looking for more time to work and them wanting the book asap, though all of us obviously desire to come up with the schedule that is going to put the best book out there and sell the greatest number of copies.”

    I hope you get all the time you need, Joe. I recently read another Gollancz title and though the first third was brilliant, I could sense the author rushing, shifting to “auto-pilot” in the second and final third. The description bore no link to the characters (things could’ve been observed from any POV) and the story became a series of heavily described events with no substance.

    I checked the author’s blog and sure enough, he had started out writing less than 1K per day but upped the pace to 3-5K per day thereafter.

    So, I say take your time as much as you can … So long a you’re flogging yourself to the book as good as possible, not just slacking off!


  • Adam says:

    just in time for the apocalypse! 😉

  • Miw says:

    New BSC cover plus five drawings? Tease us more, why don’t you!! What are the drawings of? Character sketches or locations or battles or what?

    Are they drawings you drew?

  • Joe Abercrombie says:

    Well, there are a lot of reasons why some part or another of a book might disappoint. Looking at it the other way, some level of pressure can be very helpful. Writing is a weird task in which there aren’t a lot of short term goals, so someone saying get on with it can help to focus the mind. I was thinking about publication in January, then my editor said, it needs to be this year or there’ll be a lot less marketing and publicity budget, and it needs to be before the Christmas rush, which means November at the latest. With that fixed in my mind I had way the best two months writing I’ve had on this book.

    Drawn by me? Shit, no. That would not be cool.

  • Graham says:


    I heard that the marketing budget for the follow up to A Red Coutry will be much bigger if you get it out before June 2013. Don’t want to pressure you but that’s what I hear.

  • Bjørn says:

    oh fuck yeah! I can’t wait to see what the Great Spider Bayaz will pull next! Such amazing fucking characters I’ve never seen before! All of em! AAAAAARGHHH! NEED THIS BOOK NOW! NOW NOW NOW!

  • Hammer says:

    This is such great news it would put a smile on Caul Shivers face and a happy tear under his steely eye! I am in the states but I will be confiscating a copy from the UK, I’ll be damned if the British are going to read it before me. IT’S MINE, IT’S MY OWN…… MY PREEECIOUSSSSS!!! (I’m striking a blow for my over patriotic, semi illiterate, socialy inept, and politacly corrupted countrymen by taking a copy of a national treasure )

  • Dan says:

    The cover is available for viewing over at pats fantasy hotlist. Can’t say I’m crazy about the cover but I really don’t care. Just happy it’s coming.

  • There’s a fun little teaser trailer for the book on the Fantasy Fiction website here:

  • Hawkeye says:

    That is a good teaser, Lazlo! Of course it’s not hard to notice the bloody hand print is missing a finger. And the warrior fellow on the cover is also missing a finger. I know it’s old news now, but there was never truly confirmation like this…

  • Hammer says:

    I can’t say as I like the cover either. I really enjoy seeing a piece of art that is someones creative imagination not some overlay of some real picture of a dude that never in a million years is going to capture the imagination. It’s cheap for the publisher and crap for us. Almost as bad as those sweaty romances with Fabio on the cover. Ah Well, we always have Subterranean Press for quality art.

  • Marco says:

    More piling on about the cover – What’s the story with the sword? Did Logen leave to become a Pirate and that’s why nobody has seen him for years?

    Yaarrrr! Ya hav t’be realistic, me heartys!

  • Hawkeye says:

    Yea I agree Marco. Lame sword. Not his style at all. I’m sure all of this is out of Joe’s control but some poor choices…

  • ColinJ says:

    Awwww, shit, son! The Bloody Nine is BACK!!

    I may need to stock up on new underpants, because I think I’ll need them while reading this.

  • Curtis says:

    A little touch of the bloody nine in the night…….yeah baby bring it.

  • Phil Norris says:

    Ditto on the non-love for the US cover, hoping for another damaged parchment look so it sits on my shelf nice with the rest.

    Loved the bloody hand print.

  • jurble says:

    the cover art confuses me, wasn’t Logen blond? and shouldn’t he be like 20 years older than depicted

  • Hawkeye says:

    Jurble, his hair is brown/dark brown. His age is debatable, but this book takes place about 15 years after the first law series. In that series Logen was guessed to be in his early to mid thirties (if I recall correctly), so he should be about 45-50. Or “old” in the eyes of a teen. While I don’t care for the cover, I’d say the model looks about right age wise. Logen always had longish scraggly hair, so it looks like he got a trim…

  • Spider-pope says:

    A new Joe Abercrombie book released two days before my birthday? Hell yeah.

  • Prophet says:

    Unfortunately for the american publisher, I just absolutely refuse to buy their horribly covered books. So alas, i am forced to pay a few more bits in order to get the “real” covers and not some dime store, fabio inspired, romance cheese, from across the pond in jolly ole england.

    That goodness for

    And really orion…stop with the horrible cover art and just go with the ones gollanz uses.

  • Marcus H says:

    oh my God,can it be true?!
    with tearful eyes i notice the dates
    my dreams are coming true,a new book of my favorite writer!

    btw,here in Germany the covers are pretty simple – i like them,you can recognize the books in the shelf at a collection

    check it at

    best wishes from Germany

  • Jools says:

    Thank Gawd .. just nearing the end of Heroes and beginning to panic about my choice of future reading material(or lack thereof!)

    Good News :)x

  • technospunky says:

    I believe there is a word in a line from sandlot that fits this waiting game, Foreevvveerrrrrr… Can’t wait for it to show up in the US!

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