Tuesday, January 08, 2008

2008 and Beyond

Somehow, Neil Gaiman manages to write on his blog almost every day. How in hell he does this is absolutely beyond me. Between writing and my family, I haven't made time to blog since AUGUST of last year. *hangs head in shame* Once again, the writing fiend vows to do better.

How sad is it that it takes a note from my friend Jim Cobb saying "hey, dumbass, what are you working on for '08" for me to actually return to the blog?

All right. I'm back. Keep bugging me, Jim, and hopefully I'll get into the swing of things.

Anyway, 2007 was an incredibly busy year, and 2008 will, I hope, show the fruits of those labors. The year starts off with several reprints. In January, Bantam will publish a mass market edition of THE BORDERKIND, the Second Book of the Veil. In February, they'll bring out mass market editions of THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN and WILDWOOD ROAD, both never before available in that format.

But those three are all reprints, you say, what about new stuff?

In March, the Third Book of the Veil, THE LOST ONES, arrives in trade paperback, completing the trilogy. In May, Tim Lebbon and I have our first collaborative effort, MIND THE GAP: A NOVEL OF THE HIDDEN CITIES. Then, later in the year, I'm returning to young adult fiction for the first time in a while. Delacorte will publish POISON INK in July, and MTV Books will publish SOULLESS in October, just in time for Halloween.

Also in the fall, Roc will be publishing a brand new trade paperback edition bringing back into print THE FERRYMAN, with a brand new introduction by Charles de Lint.

Early 2008 will also see the publication of a new comic book series with my friend Tom Sniegoski called THE SISTERHOOD. It's a three issue miniseries from Archaia Studios Press, and the film version is in development now, with Sniegoski and me producing.

Once the WGA strike is over, Mike Mignola and I will be completing work on our screenplay for BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE for New Regency Pictures.

In limited editions, 2008 will see a number of them, though several I can't talk about just yet. They include my first short story collection and the Earthling Modern Classics edition of STRANGEWOOD, with an introduction by Graham Joyce and a Foreword by Bentley Little. James A. Moore and I have made a new deal for the two novella sequels to BLOODSTAINED OZ, though when we'll get started on those is still up in the air.

All of those things are already complete, of course. As to what the future holds beyond those things...I'm working with Tim Lebbon on THE MAP OF MOMENTS, the second HIDDEN CITIES novel. There are already plans in place for other things to keep my busy all through 2008, and into 2009, including a second collaboration with Mike Mignola, and some things that might surprise longtime readers.

WATCHING: PRIME SUSPECT (series one), LIFE ON MARS (series two), and not much else at the moment. It's January, in the middle of a strike, what do you expect? :)

READING: A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES by John Kennedy Toole (thanks Poppy).

RECOMMENDING: Poppy Z. Brite's LIQUOR and its sequels. Fantastic books. If you'd suggested to me that a book about two guys opening a restaurant would have me flipping pages in suspense, I'd have certainly arched an eyebrow. What a testament to Poppy's talent.

LISTENING: Sara Bareilles was the standout from '07 for me, along with the Bonnie Prince Billy disc a friend gave me.

Go. Read. Ask questions.

Welcome to 2008.


Blogger Little Willow said...

Hurrah! Here's to a very successful and fun year for you!

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's hoping something of the Shadow Saga is part of the "things I can't mention yet" group! And I CAN"T WAIT for the limited Strangewood. Woo hoo!

6:40 AM  

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