First of all, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Twentieth Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have acquired The Bone Season from the Imaginarium, and we now have four producers: Andy Serkis, Jonathan Cavendish, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping. This doesn't necessarily mean the film will be made – a lot can happen on the road to production (which sounds like Hollywood's version of the road to Mordor) – but it does mean that we now have studio backing, which is incredibly exciting and a very good sign. You can read the full article here.
Second, I'm finally doing a book tour in Australia and New Zealand! I'm flying out the day after my birthday, on 9 November. I've had a huge amount of support from both Aussies and Kiwis since my deal was announced, so I'm delighted to be doing a book tour there at last. I'll be stopping at Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland - more details about events to follow. I have no doubt that if you see me in Sydney I'll be half-deranged with jetlag, but I'll fill my blood with coffee.
And finally, I'm happy to report that I've now written 50K words of sequel. I think I should hit my target finish date of February 2014 at this rate.
Since publication I've had a lot of book-related news to share with you guys, but I'm also aware that I haven't been discussing as many general literary "hot topics" as usual. I want to get the blog back on track while I'm writing The Bone Season's sequel, so here's some subjects I'm planning to cover over the next few weeks.
- Happy endings: do we always want them?
- The strong/weak heroine dichotomy
- Writing Book 2 and how it differs from Book 1
- How words affect perception
If you have anything you'd like me to write about – whether it's related to publishing, writing, or literature in general – then please feel free to leave ideas in the comments section.
In preparation for Book 2, I'm also going to be doing a Crash Course series for The Bone Season once I've finished my first draft. In these posts, I'll be explaining parts of the book in more detail to help you grasp the concepts more fully, e.g. how Paige's gift works. If you were confused about anything in the book, let me know and I'll schedule a Crash Course post for you. Bear in mind that things that haven't yet been explained won't be covered, e.g. why the Rephaim wear gloves – those subjects will be covered in the sequels. Crash Course is just to help you get to grips with things that have already been talked about. Here's what I've got scheduled so far:
- Spirit types and combat
- Dreamscapes: History and layout
- Dreamwalking and how it works
- Scion: A brief history of the republic
See you next week!