Twelve Kings in Sharakhai has a release date!
I’ve been sitting on this news for a while, but the release schedule for next year had not yet been finalized, so I couldn’t announce. But this week I’ve received word from DAW Books that the schedule for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai has been set for August of 2015! In a word: Yay!
That’s still a ways away, I know, but there are a lot of things in the coming months that have to get done. I’m working on a final draft with my editors now. Incorporating their suggested changes will take a few months, and then I’m sure we’ll have one more lighter polish draft after that. Finishing up everything that goes into the copy-edit phase will surely take us through the end of the year.
The artwork will probably start to bubble up to the surface in the next few months too. We’ll start with roughs, then move on to the finals. The cover design comes after the artwork has been finalized. DAW will have their own artwork and design for the US audience completely separate from the Gollancz cover for the UK readers. (The differences between the styles, based on market tastes, pre-established trends, and so on, is much too detailed a subject to go into here. Suffice it to say that both sides of the pond have distinct approaches to covers and front/back matter. It’ll be fun to see how it all plays out.)
Copy edits will happen early next year-ish, and that’ll bring us to roughly spring of 2015, which is when things are nearing the top of the hill, ready to roll down. ARCs will be printed and sent to reviewers. The final version of the book will make its way to me for a final pass before it goes to print. The layout for the print and e versions will be finalized. The marketing effort will gear up and the sales effort will get into full swing several months before the release date.
(Incidentally, since I’m effectively a new author in the UK, I’m being taken out as a debut author. It’ll be very interesting to see how that plays out, too, as debut authors are treated somewhat differently than established authors. I’m hoping I can make it over to the UK somewhere near the launch to help move things along, perhaps a small book tour along with a con appearance, but we’ll see how my con schedule plays out and what Gollancz would like me to do here.)
Once the manuscripts is finalized, the audio book effort will get underway as well. Brilliance Audio bought the rights to the trilogy and will be creating and distributing the audio version. I’m really looking forward to working with whoever voices the novels!
And then we’ll be right on top of the book release itself. I’m planning on doing an extensive blog and podcast tour which will no doubt be exhausting, but I’ve got a year to plan that, right? I’m sure I can come up with blog post ideas and even write some ahead of time, right? RIGHT?
In the meantime…
I’ll be working on Book 2 of The Song of the Shattered Sands, tentatively titled With Blood Upon the Sand. I’ve got about 50k words down and a reasonably good idea of where the book is headed. My hope is to finish the draft of Book 2 by spring and get a solid, readable draft by summer.
Plus I’m buttoning up Winterwatch, the first in a Norse-inspired middle grade series I wrote earlier this year. I’ve gotten some strong positive feedback on the first draft. I hope to have that wrapped up within a month or so and sent off to my agent so that he can try to sell it. Fingers crossed! (I’d love to have 2 series going—an epic fantasy and the MG series—and switch back and forth between the two. But that depends on a lot of things, so for now, I’m concentrating on SHATTERED SANDS.)
Tons of fun stuff ahead. Wish me luck!