Three Book Contract

Howard ZebrasWhile in New York last week, amongst doing many other things — including some sight-seeing and some amazing meals — I signed a new three-book contract with St. Martin’s. This pleases me mightily, as you might expect.

The first book is slated to be released about a year from now, is titled For the Killing of Kings, and is far and away the longest book I’ve ever written, sitting at about 150 thousand words. That’s almost twice the length of my first novel, The Desert of Souls, and more in keeping with the size modern fantasy readers seem to like. The rough draft of the second is of approximately the same length and the third is planned to be similar.

Those of you who like the pacing of my prose might fear I’ve finally surrendered to trends and begun to pad, but it’s not so. I saw “big fat fantasy” authors who could keep their pacing going — writers like Scott Lynch and Mark Lawrence and Mike Sullivan — and decided I could try my own hand at it.

Here’s the current “cover copy” and elevator pitch. I expect both will be more finely honed in the coming months, but this should give some idea of what this whole thing’s about: Read More




Manhattan Adventures

flatironI’m posting today from Manhattan in a mid-town hotel that’s walking distance from all kinds of cool stuff. Naturally I’m spending a lot of my time here simply writing, but every evening the wife and I go out to one of the swell places to eat that my agent’s recommended (he hasn’t steered us wrong yet!).

My wife’s here for a work conference. I tagged along because, well, how often do I get to go to Manhattan? Yesterday I met in person with my agent Bob Mecoy and editor Pete Wolverton for only the second time, a huge pleasure. And I was briefly in the famed Flatiron building before heading out for lunch. Read More




Second Degree

hajones-bb2Who has two thumbs and a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate?

A fair number of people, probably, but now that number includes me as well! Still quite excited about that. Here I am moments after the graduation ceremony.

And what do you do after you get a second degree black belt? In my case, celebrate with a dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants… then start training for the third degree black belt. Only four more years…




Gaming Goodies

adv-backpackIt seems like everything’s coming up Kickstarters! No sooner do I announce that one old school role-playing game is getting to release a new edition, that I see another old school role-playing game is releasing an expansion. Yesterday Castles & Crusades announced that they’re going to print a new book with 13 additional classes, some new rules, and a host of new spells, amongst other things. What’s a fellow to do?

And then right around the corner is DVG’s launch of some new solitaire board games, and Lock ‘n Load publishing’s reprinting of Heroes of the Pacific and release of Heroes of North Africa not to mention a new compendium and their solo expansion… I guess I need to sell some more books so I can afford all of this fun stuff!

(Of course then I’d also need to find time to play and read it all….)

Anyway, the Adventurer’s Backpack for Castles & Crusades is available here. I wish there was some detail about what those classes are going to be, but system fan that I am, I’ve already signed up.




Astonishing Swordsmen

hyperborea-2I wanted to give a quick shout-out today as one of my favorite old school role-playing games launches its new 2nd edition Kickstarter.

I’ve talked about Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea before — now’s your chance to sign on and see what the fuss has been about.


The Fierce Impatient Side of Things

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lately I’ve been reading through the Del Rey Robert E. Howard collection El Borak And Other Desert Adventures. I’ve read a lot of these stories in various beat-up…

Writing Tools: Notebooks, the Kind with Paper

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

From the time I was in grade school all the way up until after I graduated from college I wrote in notebooks. It seemed such a natural process…

Desert of Souls Available February 15th

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Desert of Souls is now available for Kindle! My first book is now on its way to bookstores, and I recently got to hold the finished product…

After the Book Deal

Monday, January 10, 2011

In May of 2010 I posted two short essays on the Black Gate web site about something that had been a kind of holy grail for me: obtaining…

Signing the Contract

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Last week I wrote about obtaining my first book deal. Over the next few months I thought I’d talk from time to time about what happens next. As…