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The Broken Eye Update #3

I promised a while ago that I would give you an update on the progress of The Broken Eye. Then, I broke that promise—by giving you an update early! But, this is epic fantasy, a genre fraught with fan-angst about whether your author is working on the next magnum opus or just tooling around the Caribbean, spending your reading bucks and releasing action figures to fund his or her lavish lifestyle.

So. Here’s another update: I have finished the first, second, third, and fourth drafts of The Broken Eye. Content edits are done. The book is out of my hands and into production. (We still have copy edits and one last look to go, so if you see me posting on social media about “edits” that’s what I mean.) The Broken Eye is slated to release on the week of August 26th in US/UK/AUS. (US releases are on Tuesdays, and if I recall correctly, UK releases are on Thursdays.)

I believe (and my editors and agent agree!) that The Broken Eye is my best work yet. It is also my longest. By far. I promised Orbit—contractually—that this book would be 155-160,000 words. I like to think that I’m good at a fair number of the many skills necessary to be a successful novelist, but one thing I’m apparently not so hot at is “estimating the length of a story.”

Me, two years ago: “Oh yeah, this book’ll be about 150 thousand words. But I might go a little long, so let’s say 155 or 160.”

Actual length: 306,000 words, not counting glossary or appendices.

Word Count

Orbit has been gracious to me in that they are not splitting this book into two books. The length may, however, cause some problems with translations—different languages can add up to 30% to the word count.

Now, we like big books. (And we cannot lie. You other readers can’t deny, a book flops open with an itty-bitty font, and a map that’s in your face, you get—sorry! Sorry!) We all love a big book, but we’ve also all probably read the big book that goes nowhere. I hope you’ll agree that The Broken Eye isn’t THAT book. Despite how long the manuscript already was, when she first read the book two drafts ago, my editor’s first comments were that I needed to add more about X, Y, and Z.

What’s next for me? I’ll take a few days off. (Yeah, only a few. I get depressed if I’m away from writing for long.) Then I’ll work on The Way of Shadows graphic novel for a few days.

And then I’ll dive into the next Lightbringer book. When will that one come out? I don’t know. I will note that in the last ten years, I’ve written a book every two years… and while the time between books has remained the same, I’ve doubled the length of my books. And, I think it fair to say, I’ve added a level of polish and skill I didn’t possess before.

And yet still, you must wait. I know waiting sucks, so I’m doing all I can (hiring an assistant, working six days weeks, working while on vacation) to minimize your wait as much as possible without compromising the finished product. And that last clause is important. I have to live with these books forever. A few years from now, no one will care that it was two years between books rather than 18 months. They—and I!—will care if it’s not as good as it could have been. This tension of wanting to please fans and wanting to get it right is something every author has to negotiate for himself or herself.

I will continue to let you know how things are going every so often with update posts like this for the next book (probably titled The Blood Mirror). I’ll write my next writing update in April.

p.s. Anyone want to buy a few pallets of action figures? Yacht maintenance is expensive!

p.p.s. No, Dinkheisel. There are no action figures.

Join the Reader Map!

In a shameless loving act of theft homage, I’ve stolen started a fun new project for the website: a Reader Map. (Sorry, Brian McClellan! How about, to make up for it, I tell everyone that your book is really great?) Hey everyone, Brian’s book is really great!*

If you’d like to make sure your town/city/county/state/country is represented, fill out the form and we’ll add you to the map! Go HERE to take a look. (Update: these are being manually entered by my assistant, so it may take  up to 24 hours for your town/name/pseudonym to appear.)

Also, new poll! –>

*I even blurbed it. And Promise of Blood is now a finalist for Debut of the Year over at Goodreads — today’s the last day to vote.

Spanish-Language Review and Book Trailer

by CAPSLOCK

Spanish-language readers, check out this high praise of El Prismo Negro from book blog La Biblioteca de Seshat:

“Resumiendo, es un libro que como podéis ver me encanta, y no puedo sino recomendarlo a cualquier amante de la fantasía. Es de lo mejor en fantasía después de Tolkien y Martin…” [In short, as you can see, it is a book I love, and I can not but recommend it to any fantasy lover. It is the best in fantasy after Tolkien and Martin…]

Go HERE to read the rest and HERE to order your copy!

And for those of you who are interested in a Spanish Black Prism book trailer, this one has Spanish-language subtitles (though I can’t guarantee the complete accuracy of the translations!):

(Also, new poll at right!)

Halloween Costume Contest 2013

 Halloween Contest 2013

by CAPSLOCK

How would you like to win a chance to read the first four chapters of The Broken Eye? Do I have the contest for you!

Here are the prizes:

1. First place: The first FOUR chapters of The Broken Eye — that’s two more new chapters than you can get anywhere else right now! — and signed copies of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

2. Second place: Signed copies of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

3. Third place: A signed copy of The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

4. Fourth place: Two signed bookplates.

 

Rules:

1. Entry due by Friday, November 1, 2013 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

2. Entry must include a picture of you in a costume inspired by the Night Angel Trilogy or the Lightbringer Series (go HERE to check out the Night Angel character sketches), along with a one-to-two sentence description.

3. International entries are allowed and encouraged!

4. As long as the costume is materially yours, some Photoshop is fine (no presenting characters from movies or video games by putting a gloss of Photoshop on it and saying it’s your costume).

5. Two entries allowed per person, but you can only win once.

6. The subject line of the email must read: 2013 Costume Contest.

7. Address the email to: CAPSLOCK @ brentweeks.com (no spaces; and just like last year, Brent will be selecting the winners).

8. The costume must be family-friendly (as usual, we’d like to display the best entries on the website and can’t do that if it’s not appropriate for younger fans)

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 4, 2013.

If you have any other questions, post them in the comments below!

New Fan Art!

by CAPSLOCK

Although we’re no longer running the fan art contest, we’ve had a great piece submitted by Jaik O. to the Brent Weeks forum. We wanted to share it with you here. 

Meet Ironfist:

Ironfist

 

You can view more of Jaik’s work HERE.