Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hild: coming 11.12.13


This is the print-out of the seventh and final draft of Hild. It's the version you'll read (after a few copyedits*). It will be published in the US by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. November 12th, 2013. Or, as it would read in this country:

11.12.13

Oh, I love the numberliness of it all!

I don't yet know when it will be published in the UK--not too long after the US, I hope. Other countries will be later: translations take time. When I know, you'll know. Stay tuned.

It's a big book: 207,000 words. Just the thing to curl up with before the fire with a glass of wine, or a cup of tea, and, while the wind howls and hail beats on the window, immerse yourself in another time and place.

That's my goal: an immersive read that is so physically, emotionally, and intellectually convincing that you feel as though you've lived another's life alongside your own.

I can't wait to get it into your hands. I'll keep you updated every step of the way.

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* I'll be doing a big post sometime soon about process and timing and publicity. But, eh, today is not that day.

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26 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sad I don't work on FSG titles these days, but I am equally excited that it is coming from my company. Yay!

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    1. It's a great comfort to know more than one person at the company!

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  2. This is wonderful. I've lurked on your blog for years, watching this slowly come together, and at times it seemed almost phantasmical in its ambition. I'm really excited that this is going to turn into a book that I can (and will) actually read.

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    1. No one ever accused me of not aiming high :) But, yep, it's a tremendous relief for it to be done. Mostly--copyedits, proofing, then publicity. It won't be done-done for another eighteen months...

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  3. Great picture and really looking forward to it!

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    1. Thanks. I used Instagram X-Pro II filter.

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  4. Isn't November 11 going to be "11.11.13"?

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  5. Sounds amazing, and exactly my sort of thing. Can't wait!

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    1. I'm hoping it will be funny, and horrifying, and thrilling, and also sexy and violently satisfying...

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  6. That is so cool Nicola, it's great to know you've got it round to what you wanted it to be. Eighteen months seems just a tad long but I'll get it as soon as it hits the public. Are you ready for a break or do you have something else bubbling to get out?

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    1. Ideas are circling my head like planes waiting to land. Most of them will crash before I can bring them in safely. Rest? What's that??

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  7. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to getting this on my shelf.

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    1. Chortle. That's exactly the kind of response I hope for!

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  8. Congrats on the completion :) It doesn't seem that long ago that you first mentioned Hild (though I'm sure it does to you). I am very much looking forward to reading it.

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    1. It seems the misty dawn of time to me :) I'm really looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks.

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  9. Hi N. I never imagined when I asked Kelly to join the listserv I would get a front row seat for the conception (more or less), growing pains and birth of a major novel. Yes, major. I can't wait, but will have to. Please please please let all of know when we can preorder. And from whom (is that right?). Congratulations on a job very well done. W.

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    1. I'm certainly thinking of it as my magnum opus. So far...

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  10. Woo hoo!! Ooh, I love the date!

    Finally!!! Sheesh your industry moves slowly. :)

    Congratulations. I can't wait to see more.

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    1. Publishing works on a geological time scale. Think glacier: slow but implacable.

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    2. Glaciers all around the world are melting. ;)

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  11. I'm looking very much forward to reading your new book. I've read your other books and enjoyed them immensely, I also tried to recommend them to all my fellow Swedes :)

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    1. Thank you. This one is a particularly--peculiarly?--English book. I can't wait to see how non-English folk like it. (Though Americans who have seen it so far seem to enjoy it.)

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  12. Great news! I can't wait to devour it. I'm foreseeing some sleepless nights in November.

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    1. Oh, I'm hoping it will grip you so hard that one sleepless night will be sufficient :)

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