A report from on the road. I am currently sitting in the lobby of an hotel in Washington DC, about to go and sign in one of my favorite bookshops, Politics and Prose. Then I will take a two hour drive to the Boy Scouts Jamboree, where, along with Christopher Paolini and James Patterson, I will speak and read.
On other news, the short story, The Death of Joan of Arc, which was posted here as a gift for members, will soon be available to buy. Delacourt will issue it as a digital only download in about two weeks for .99cent. Zephfire will have details in the next couple of days and will post them here.
Also on book news, Delacourt will issue a 3 volume boxed set of the paperbacks on the 28th September. It going to be called The First Codex (and yes, the second set will be called The Second Codex.)
The Necromancer appears in a couple of days in UK and Ireland. It will have the new covers and the first three are being rejacketed. I know some of you have very mixed feelings about the new covers and I've got some mail asking me why I changed the covers mid-way through the series. Let me re-iterate that it has nothing to do with me. This decision was made by Random House UK. I haven't seen finished copies yet, but I do think the new style is going to look very dramatic. There are no plans to change the covers for the US editions. I've just seen an early draft of The Warlock cover (there are plans for it to be printed on gold foil) and it looks spectacular! But don't ask me to post it just yet. It's nowhere near finished.
I was at Comic Con last week - it was quite a blast. Anyone interested in science fiction, fantasy or horror, novel, graphic novels, games, movies, tv ... you have to go there! On Sunday, I interviewed Rick Riordan before an audience of 1000 people.
Here's an image of Rick
and if you splice it together with the image of me
You'll get the full effect. If you were looking at the stage, I was to the right.
You know I'm a huge fan of his work and I'm delighted to report that he is a genuinely nice man.
I know I've not been as active on the forum of late. Put it down to traveling and The
Necromancer tour. However, you know that I do read all the questions and comments and I will be awarding Gold, Silver and maybe even a Black aura soon!
With best wishes,