Summer Update

It has been a busy month! I have done an edit on Outland, arranged for a new cover for it, approved the cover for Legion, and written about 75% of the new novel that my agent and I discussed.

This is the third year in a row that we’ve gone up to Whistler in the summer, and I’ve spent most of the week writing. It’s really very much a writing retreat for me, and an excellent opportunity to get some heads-down work on a novel. I literally had 40k words on the new book by the time I came home.

I’m in another alpha/beta reading group on scribophile right now, and I’ll be submitting the new book when my turn comes. The novel, which I’m tentatively naming The Singularity Trap, sits at about 55k at the moment, but all the major storylines are in. I just need advice from readers on where it’s still a little thin.

On another front, I got an email from the guy who did the narration on Legion, telling me how much he enjoyed the book. (Not naming names, as that would constitute an endorsement, and I haven’t asked permission). I gotta tell ya, my head almost exploded with excitement. Any compliment is good, of course, but one from someone who is in the business, and is paid to read books, is just over the top great.

I’m finished the second Legion book, although I think it could still use a good pounding from a professional editor. The third book is at about 42k words. I’ve decided to give it a rest and come back to it in a month or so. Fresh eyes might help.

So, yeah, I have six books either finished or well along. I’m either very productive or totally scatter-brained. Haven’t decided which, yet.


    • Mark Lawrence on October 17, 2016 at 8:30 am
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    I was wondering if there will be a second outland? Really great book, lost a lot of sleep over it. Thank you very much!

    1. There absolutely will. It’s about half written. I have set a personal goal of getting it out by summer 2017.

  1. I’m looking forward to it. Outlands is a rare book for me, even many books I really like I don’t like to re-read, but Outlands I’ve re-read twice already. Great book.

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