Ian Cameron Esslemont news

My latest Q&A with Steven Erikson revealed that Esslemont had already turned in the manuscript for Stonewielder, and quite a few Malazan fan have been wondering if the tentative late 2010 release date was realistic.

So I asked the man who edits every Malazan installment, and here's what Simon Taylor had to say:

Patrick – it’s a whopper of a read and not quite sure how much editing I’ll need to do but am hoping we can stick to the end of this year…

So there you have it.=)

Meanwhile, the US edition of Esslemont's Return of the Crimson Guard (Canada, USA, Europe) will be published this spring by Tor Books.

10 commentaires:

Marduk said...

C'mon bring on Stonewielder! Although if Simon has to edit both Stonewielder and The Crippled God I'd rather he made sure TCG got out in a timely fashion to being Steve's arc to a close ASAP..

Adam Whitehead said...

This was confirmed on the Malazanempire boards a couple of months ago, and Bantam tentatively listed it for December 2010 when their 2010 catalogue came out a while ago.

Keep up Pat! :-P

Anonymous said...

Unless I'm mistaken, it wasn't confirmed on the Malazan forums. This was just a tentative thing. Now that we have word from the editor, I guess we know it's for real.:D

Cory said...

Why do Esselmont's books always take longer to publish than Erikson's? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Erikson usually finishes in the spring and gets published by the end of the summer.

tomas said...

This US release date bull really pisses me off. Just another reason to continue cheering for the increasing digitization of books.

The Amazing Buttcrack said...

Thanks for the info Pat. For all that Aidan and other bloggers bitch about you, I never see them getting the scoop on things the way you do.:) Perhaps they should stop whining and concentrate on what they are doing...

Adam Whitehead said...

"Unless I'm mistaken, it wasn't confirmed on the Malazan forums."

You are mistaken. The admin asked Bantam directly and they confirmed it.

"Why do Esselmont's books always take longer to publish than Erikson's?"

Esslemont is simply a much slower writer than Erikson, taking 2-3 years per book. I believe he also still has his day job, unlike Erikson whose initial contract was so huge he could quit to become a full-time writer immediately.

Cory said...

Wert - I meant the amount of time between finishing the book and getting it published. Erikson seems to get published pretty quickly after he announces he's finished.

Adam Whitehead said...

That's a good point. I assume Erikson's 2004 statement that he only writes a first draft and tucks it up a bit rather than redrafting and that first draft is effectively what is published still holds true.

I'm guessing that Bantam decided that with only six books coming from ICE rather than ten, they didn't need to publish them so fast after completion and can give them a much stronger editing run-through.

CJohnson said...

I loved Return of the Crimson Guard, can't wait for this one. Seriously though, December 2010? Nooooo