What the FAQ

What this I hear about a new series?
You heard right! I’m currently working on not one, not two, but three series. A fourth is also in the works. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK.

First up, of course, is THE ILLUMINAE FILES. Book 1 is called ILLUMINAE, book 2 is called GEMINA, and both are out NOW. You can read about ILLUMINAE here, and find it on Goodreads here. Details about GEMINA can be found here. Book 3 is called . . . OBSIDIO.

Second, I  have a solo trilogy out with the publishers who brought you The Lotus War series, St Martin’s Press (I guess I wasn’t a completely awful to work with the first time) .  This new series is an epic fantasy thang. Assassins and magic and murder, oh my. You can read a little about it here. It’s on Goodreads here. The series is titled THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. Book 1 is called NEVERNIGHT, and it’s out NOW. Book 2, GODSGRAVE, is out September 2017.

Thirdly! I’ve also sold a new YA project to the awesome folks at Random House Kids, the amazing folks who brought you ILLUMINAE. The new book is called LIFEL1K3 (series hasn’t got a name yet). There are some preliminary details here. You can find it on Goodreads here. The first book in the trilogy is out in 2018!

Fourth! I also have a new series with my regular partner in crime, Amie Kaufman. This series is tentatively called the ANDROMEDA CYCLE, and will be commencing once the ILLUMINAE FILES are concluded. First book in this new series is due for publication in 2019. You can read a little about it here.

Do you have an official website?
You’re in it.

So the Lotus War is over? There’s only three books in the series?
Three novels, yup. There are some novellas and short stories about too. You can find the short story PRAYING FOR RAIN here. There was a novella printed for the KINSLAYER pre-release called THE LAST STORMDANCER which won an Aurealis award (huzzah). I might still have a couple of copies of it laying about, so shoot me a death threat. There was also a kid’s book called THE LITTLE STORMDANCER, but that’s pretty much impossible to find now. However, there’s a youtube video of one of my lovely readers reading the book, which you can find here.

Are your books YA or not?

Depends on the book!

The ILLUMINAE FILES are definitely YA, yes. So is LIFEL1K3. So is the ANDROMEDA CYCLE. These books are published by Random House Kids. They’re dark, but PG. That said, every adult I know who’s read ILLUMINAE has loved the pants off it, so make of that what you will.

THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE is a different beast. The protagonist is a sixteen year old girl. Does that automatically make it YA? My editors say “Definitely not, and who the hell let you out of your cage? Get back to work”.

These books are about an assassin. They are, as you may expect, somewhat violent as a result. They also have sex scenes (and now I have to contemplate the fact that my mother is going to read them *shudders*). I’d rate them MA (or NA if you prefer) and describe them as “crossover books”. But they’ll be found in the adult Fantasy section of your bookstore.

Same deal with THE LOTUS WAR. The protagonist is young, but the themes and language and style are going to resonate with an older reader. They are heavy. In theory, everyone is going to find something in there to like. You will all be bawling your eyes out at some point in the series, no matter how old you are. I promise.

Where are THE ILLUMINAE FILES being published?
Here’s a list of places and publishers. More news to come 🙂
USA: Knopf/Random House Children’s Books
Australia and New Zealand: Allen & Unwin
UK: Oneworld Publications/Rock The Boat
Germany: DTV
Brazil: Novo Conceito
Spain: Random House Spain
Portugal: Random House Portugal
Turkey: Pegasus
France: Casterman
French Canada: AdA
Italy: Mondadori
Taiwan: Eurasian Press
Czech Republic: Albatros
Russia: AST
Serbia: Urban Reads
Japan: Hayakawa
Bosnia: BTC Šahinpasic
Denmark: Politiken
China: Huaxia
Israel: Modan
Thailand: Penerbit Haru
Palitra L: Georgia

Audio: Listening Library

Where are THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE books being published?
USA: Saint Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books
UK: Harper Voyager
Australia/New Zealand: Harper Voyager
Germany: Fischer Tor
Spain: Fantascy/Penguin Random House
Poland: MAG
Turkey: Pegasus
Bulgaria: Egmont
Brazil: V&R Editoras
Netherlands: Maarten/Luitingh-Sijthoff
More to come!

Where is the LIFEL1K3 series being published?
USA: Knopf/Random House Children’s Books
Australia and New Zealand: Allen & Unwin
Croatia: Lumen Izdavaštvo
More to come!

Where are THE LOTUS WAR books being published?
So far – U.S.A, U.K, Australia, New Zealand, France, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Brazil and Japan.

Where do you get your ideas?
The Ideas Shop.

Stephanie Meyer and a lot of other writers do “play-lists” of the music they were listening to at the time they wrote their books. Why don’t you do that?
Because it would frighten the children.

OH MY GOD. Has anyone told you that you look like Dave Grohl?
Yes. Yes, they have.

Do you have a Literary Agent?
Indeed I do. His name is Josh Adams. He looks kinda harmless, but don’t be fooled. He’s a stone cold killer.

Do I need a formal training like an MFA or Clarion course to be a writer?
Fuck. No. I mean, a course like that might help you hone your skills. It may help you form networks. It may help you decide on the kind of writer you want to be. It MAY be very useful. But need? No way.

How often do you write?
Weekdays, I work about eight to ten hours a day. From midday til about 5pm. Then again from 10pm til anywhere up to 2am. On a good day, I kill about 4,000 words, fully polished.
I usually do admin on Saturdays, but I’ll write too if I’m busy.
I take Sundays off, because I’m rock and roll like that.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I think I mostly covered my thoughts here.

How did you get your start as an author?
I wrote a book. Cold queried agents. Got rejected a lot. Wrote another book. Cold queried agents. Got an agent. Got a book deal. If you go back into the archives of this blog, it tracks my journey from n00b to publication. I imagine I sound like a tosser in some of it (and indeed, continue to do so), but ignore Past Jay’s foibles, he was young.
I also put up the query letter I used to find my agent here.

Can I send you my manuscript to read?
To be honest, it’s probably not a good idea to send your manuscript to anyone who isn’t a publisher, agent, or trusted friend. I probably fail on all three counts. I’m sorry for failing you 😦

If I’m insane enough to want you to blurb my book, how do go about getting you to read it?
You should ask my agent! Time is at a premium right now, but some awesome folks helped me out when I was in your shoes, and I’m a believer in sharing the love.

Can you teach me the secret handshake that will get me into Literary Circles?
(Hold Low Punch) Back, Back, Down, Forward, (Release Low Punch).


7 responses to “What the FAQ

  • Anya

    So I read blogs mostly with RSS and I don’t see any RSS feed link, do you have a feedburner and you are hiding it? Or will you please get one so that other crazy people like me can more easily read your blog? 😀


  • Hollie

    Will you be doing the same thing you’re doing with never night with Gemina?
    Selling a pre ordered signed copy? Because if you do do that I have to get that ( ignore the fact I just said do do)

  • Lorraine

    Hi Jay. I am a long time fan. I have just purchased Godsgrave from Amazon but am disappointed as it has no whispersync. How can I obtain a copy of your wonderful narrator to go with my eBooks ?. My copy of Nevernight had Whispersync and I listen to you while walking.

  • Ewelina

    Any news about realise date?

  • Hannah

    The Illuminae Files are also available in the Philippines! There are copies sold at National Bookstore all around the country and also at Fullybooked. I got mine at Fullybooked for around 800 pesos, I think.
    Sadly, I don’t think the Nevernight and the Lotus War are available in hardcopies. 😦 But there are ebooks so… 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Currently obsessed with the covers of the Nevernight Series *heart eyes*

  • Rishita Chakraborty

    I want to read the Nevernight Chronicles. I bought the uk hardcover edition of Godsgrave which was easily available but was unable to buy the uk hardcover edition of Nevernight. It was previously available but currently, it isn’t available in any of my local bookstores or online. I also checked the websites of other international online stores and it wasn’t available there either. Would you happen to know where I can get this particular edition of your book?

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