DARKDAWN 2019

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Hello droogs,

Some of you have noticed some confusion about the release date for DARKDAWN in the last couple of weeks – Amazon says one thing, Goodreads says another, and so on.

Folks have asked me about this on twitter. I did notice, I promise. And apologies I haven’t made an announcement sooner, but I was tied up on the LIFEL1K3 release schedule and tour. Now that my post-apocalyptic baby is out in the world, I can turn attentions back to my more murderous child.

So, the bad news: The release date for DARKDAWN has been pushed to September 2019. Which, I know, is more than a year away. And I know a lot of you were really fucking looking forward to getting it this year and yes, this sucks. So, allow me to explain.

Writing the Nevernight Chronicles has been a slightly different experience to writing my other series, in the sense that I’ve been writing the next book after the previous book has hit shelves. I usually do my homework wayyyyy ahead of time – I handed in the second LIFEL1K3 book months ago, for example. We handed in GEMINA well before ILLUMINAE was published, same with OBSIDIO and GEMINA. But I was still writing GODSGRAVE when NEVERNIGHT came out. DARKDAWN was only about 17,000 words long when GODSGRAVE hit shelves (the final book will be about 180k). This has been cool, in the sense that some reactions from readers have influenced certain parts of the story, and made the book and Mia better. The tricky part of this kind of schedule is that after a book is written, there’s still a whole bunch of work that gets done behind the scenes before it’s published – editing, proofing, designing, marketing, shipping and so on.

So, my plan was to deliver the first draft of DARKDAWN to my publishers in April 2018. Those of you who follow me on instagram know I went to Venice for a month in February and smashed about 90,000 words. It was an amazing experience. Wandering those streets and walking alongside those canals and breathing that air, I discovered the book DARKDAWN would become. I’ll owe the people and city Venice a debt forever.

Thing is, DD is gonna be a 180-190k book. So at the end of Feb when I got back from Italy, I still had around 70-80k words to write. And I had a three week OBSIDIO tour in March (thanks to everyone who came out to see us, you were amazing!).

But yeah, April delivery? Not happening.

I wrote my editors and told them DD wouldn’t be ready til May. And even then, I’d be rushing it. And this is the real thing, the most important thing in all this – truth is, I didn’t want to rush this book.

I’ve never got reactions on any other series like the reactions I get to NEVERNIGHT. People like the ILLUMINAE books. They sold a lot of copies. That weird little bookthing paid for a shitload of bourbon. But the people who like NEVERNIGHT don’t just like it. They love it.

LOOOOOOOVE IT.

They get tattoos of it. They make amazing, brilliant art for it. They write me letters telling me that Mia has got them through divorces, devastating emotional trauma, assault, financial collapse, infidelity, deaths in the family, fucking CANCER. I get letters from teens telling me that Mia helped them recognize their own sexuality, that they’d never seen themselves in a book before they saw her. These books are IMPORTANT to a lot of people, in ways that even now I’m still coming to grips with. And it’s amazing and it’s humbling. And I’ll be eternally grateful for the way you folks have loved my stabby bitch of a daughter.

But here’s the thing – no matter how much you love NEVERNIGHT and GODSGRAVE, DARKDAWN is the book you’ll remember most. The note this series goes out on is the one that’s going to stick with you. And given what this series means to people, what this character means to people, I didn’t want to rush this final book and fuck it up.

As I write this, I still have about 20,000 words to write on DARKDAWN. Realistically, it’ll be mid June before I’m done. It’ll be the book you deserve by then. And handing over the book in mid June for a November release is just too hard for my publishers. There’s still months of work to do after you hand in your first draft. Realistically, it’d be December before we could publish it, even if we ruuuuuushed. And nobody publishes in December unless you’re publishing a christmas book.

Mia is a lot of things, gentlefriends. But she sure as fuck ain’t christmassy.

So, no problem Jay, you say. Just publish DARKDAWN in January. It’s only 3 months later than you promised.

Problem there is, I have another book coming out in March – the first in my new series with Amie, the book formerly known as THE ANDROMEDA CYCLE (the name has changed, more about that next month). And then I have the second LIFEL1K3 book coming out in May. Point is, dropping three books in five months is fucking insanity. The sales of one will cannibalize another, the schedule would be fruitloops. I’d literally get no writing done for the first half of 2019, and writing is my drug. My therapy. It’s what I do to stay sane. Five months of constant touring and promo would drive me batshit crazy.

So, Fall release it is. Spring in Oz. September, to be precise. This is an absolute deadline. I swear it on the Black Mother – Darkdawn will be in your hands in September 2019. This is not a Winds of Winter scenario, I’ll be finished writing it in June. And please note I am not knocking Lord GRRM in any way – mad props to George, I love that guy. I’m just pointing out this isn’t writing/content delay. It’s schedules for other books that are spannering the works, not the writing part. The writing part is great.

I know this sucks. I know how disappointed some of you will be. But the book will be better for it. If I’d rushed it, if I’d pushed before it was ready, it wouldn’t be the book it’s going to be. The ending came to me a few days ago. It’s the ending I’ve been looking for the last six months. The other endings I’d thought of were good. But this one is RIGHT. I know it in my bones, the way you know you’re in love. The book is writing itself now. It’s like fucking magic. Everything is falling into place and I’m loving every moment of these final chapters. I’m sitting here typing this blog post and cannot wait to dive back into what I’m writing (Chapter 35, you’ll know what I mean when you get there). God, I can’t wait for you to read this thing, seriously.

But you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer than you hoped.

So, I’m sorry. It’s a bummer. We’ll figure out something cool to make up for the delay. In the meantime, if you must MUST read more of my stuff, you have LIFEL1K3 on shelves this week if you’re in America (July in the UK). And you have have my new series with Amie (new title reveal very soon) coming out in March 2019, and LIFEL1K3 2 in May to tide you over.

And then, in September, daylight dies.

It’ll be worth the wait, I promise.

Cheers droogies. And thanks for understanding πŸ™‚

 

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LIFEL1K3 pre-order offerrr!

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Hello droogs!

The LIFEL1K# pre-order is now live for folks in the US! To get your sticky booky hands on a full color map of the Yousay by the amazing Virginia Allyn and four brill LIFEL1K3 bookmarks with illustrations by the incredibly talented Mona May, all you need to is:

1. Pre order LIFEL1K3 (Amazon/Barnes&Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Book Depository/ it doesn’t matter from where, just get a receipt)

2. Head to getunderlined.com and search for “Lifel1k3”. Or better yet, just click HERE.

3. Enter your details and upload your receipt.

4. Profit.

A quick FAQ:

Is this only for US residents?
Yep, sorry. Australian residents will be able to pick up this loot by coming along to one of Jay’s tour stops in May!

Does it matter where I pre-order?
Nope. Local indie, big chain, wherever you like. Just get a receipt.

What if I pre-order the audiobook or e-book?
That works too. Thanks!

What the flaming hells is this book about?
Check the blurb here.

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Dave Grohl?
Never.

So that’s three books you’re bringing out this year? Do you ever sleep?
Jay actually sleeps all day. In reality, his books are written by Jays stolen from an alternate reality. “Real” Jay keeps us locked in his basement, somebody please call the police . . . oh god, HE’S COMING DOWN THE STAIRS, HEL—

 

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DARKDAWN cover reveal

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Droogs! The US cover for DARKDAWN is live!

I’ve been very lucky to work an amazing artist in Jason Chan for 6 of my book covers – I’ve been a huge fan of his since he started working in Magic: The Gathering. And even biased as I am, I can honestly say that not only is DARKDAWN the best piece he’s ever done for me, but it’s also one of the best things he’s EVER done.

The stunning typography was once again done by the amazing Meg Morley of Cuddlebuggery fame, who also does type on the interiors.

Check out the awesome here.


OBSIDIO Australian Tour

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Droogs!

Our Australian tour for OBSIDIO is happening in early March, and we’d like to see your beautiful faces! Details are above and on the Tour page.

PLEASE NOTE:

If past dates are anything to go by, these events are going to be pretty crowded. So, to avoid serious sadness, it’d be a really good idea to RSVP at the links below:

SYDNEY: http://www.kinokuniya.com.au/events/obsidio-book-launch/

ADELAIDE: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/obsidio-adelaide-book-launch-with-amie-kaufman-jay-kristoff-tickets-42695324866

MELBOURNE:Β  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/obsidio-melbourne-book-launch-tickets-42693826384

US droogs! Tour details for you guys very soon!


LIFEL1K3 cover reveal!

Mobile phones off, please.

Droogs!

This is the day, this is the hour! Finally, I get to reveal the US cover for LIFEL1K3, my new YA Fury Road/X-Men/Romeo & Juliet/Bladerunner . . .Β  thing. LOOK, IT’S A WEIRD YET AWESOME BOOK, OKAY?

As always, I’ll be giving away some shiny loots, but first!

The jacket copy:

On an island junkyard beneath a cigarette sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for secrets; she’s already too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building is a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive was the handful of credits she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can destroy machines with nothing more than her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

But when Eve discovers the ruins of a beautiful android boy named Ezekiel buried in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world is turned upside down. With her best friend and her robotic sidekick in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, battle cyborg assassins, and scour abandoned megacities to save the ones Eve loves . . . and learn the dark secrets of her past.

Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.

Second, the loot!

This contest is open internationally. It will run until January 31.

You can win a signed ARC of LIFEL1K3, plus signed audiobooks of NEVERNIGHT,Β  ILLUMINAE and GEMINA, just by tweeting, insta’ing or FBing something close to the following –  just include the #lifel1k3 hashtag and link, so I can see you doing it:

The cover from Β is live! Win signed loot and make with the clickies:

Third, Jay loves pre-orders!

If you’re super keen and/or wish to pledge your undying fealty to me, you can pre-order LIFEL1K3 from the following awesome outlets:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Indiebound

Book Depository

Booktopia

Finally, the cover!

Click the link below and behold the awesome. Huge thanks to the USA Today HEA crew for hosting the reveal!

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ONE WEEEEEEK

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Droogs!

One week til GODSGRAVE launches!

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

Waterstones have added more signed black-edged special editions into stock, and they’re currently discounted by 5 pounds. Numbers are strictly limited and this is absolutely your last chance to get them, so get on it. You can pre-order here.

For all you audiobook types, the GODSGRAVE AB is sounding AMAZING. There’s a 7 minute sample for you to listen to here.

Aussies, next week we have two launch parties

MELBOURNE LAUNCH!
Friday, September 8th
Dymocks, Melbourne, 6.30pm
234 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC

SYDNEY LAUNCH!
Thursday, September 7th
Dymocks, Sydney, 6.30pm
424 George St, Sydney NSW

Also, it occurs to me I’ve never shown off the new maps in GG< created by the amazing Virginia Allyn, so behollllld! Right click to embiggen.

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Two Weeks

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Droogs!

Two weeks until GODSGRAVE launches and I’ve got some updates:

  1. The Goldsboro blue-edged special editions, both numbered and not, are SOLD OUT.
  2. The Waterstones black-edged editions are SOLD OUT.
  3. The B&N signed special editions with bonus Jason Chan art are SELLING FAST.

So if you’re after a special edition, get on the B&N train fast!

The Melbourne Launch Party is getting really full so you might want to RSVP on the Facebook page. (If you get told it’s full, tweet me and we’ll work something out)

Sydney Launch Party is also looking busy, so sign up at the FB page.

Thanks to all the early readers who’re saying awesome things on GR, you folks are the best and I’m glad you’re loving it. πŸ˜€