Friday, May 20th, 2011

The King Is Dead

Long live the king. Just a quick note to say that at 9:30 this morning, my editor dropped by my house on her bicycle, and I handed her this:

It’s the last chapter of The Magician King. No more drafts, no more revisions. It’s done.

I was supposed to have it to her by noon yesterday, but the night before I decided I wanted to read the whole book straight through, front to back, one more time. I wanted to make triple-sure the book read exactly how it should read, and said exactly what I wanted it to say.

That meant staying up all night and then spending the next day at Viking in a windowless conference room handing pages off to the production editor as I finished them.

Even at this late date there were changes. There are certain words I use way too much: just, even, actually, seemed, looked. Also if you’re in the basement of a house, and it’s summer, the furnace buy azithromycin 1g single dose probably isn’t running. And I noticed that the copy editor had changed a C.S. Lewis allusion to read “Farther up and farther in.”

I wanted to do it all in one day, but I had to relieve the nanny, so I kept the last chapter till this morning.

It’s an emotional thing for me. A lot has happened buy antibiotics during the two years I spent writing this book. Major things. I got married (to Sophie) and had a baby (Halcyon). We bought a house in Brooklyn, and we renovated it. (Still doing that actually.)

And I wrote a book. I’m not going to say it’s a better book than The Magicians, but I poured a hell of a lot into it. I used every trick I used in the last book, and I made up a whole set of new ones.

And now it’s done. Now on to more important things. Lily turns 7 today, and I’ve got a child to spoil.

19 comments on “The King Is Dead

  1. Brad Bowman says:

    Hurray! And congratulations.

  2. Rita says:

    Awesome! I cannot wait to read it. It has been very cool having this insight into the process of this book.

  3. Ejz says:

    Indeed, congratulations. Thanks for sharing your process and I am also looking forward to reading it!

  4. Jaimie says:

    Ha, I love that “further up and farther in” catch. Thanks for catching that. We hardcore Lewis fans notice crap like that. Squeeeeee, can’t wait to read it!

  5. dougfort says:

    Congratulations. Eagerly looking forward to buying the book.

  6. Jeff says:

    Congrats! I’m excited.

  7. M says:

    happy birthday lily!
    and congratulations 🙂

  8. K M Walton says:

    Very big congrats to you. Can’t wait to read the book!!! Believe me.

    I just got my galleys last week and holy crap did it feel good.

  9. Louis Bergonzi says:

    and spoiling a 7 yr old is the more important thing, indeed.

  10. Zach says:

    Congratulations! And happy birthday, Lily.

  11. Felipe says:

    It´s amazing. Congratulations. I am Brazilian and I can say there is here in São Paulo many fans eager to read The Magician King. I can not wait.

  12. alison says:

    About a year, I read and then gave my high school senior son The Magicians, which he read straight through with crows of delight. He’s in the Navy now, I haven’t heard from him all day and for some reason I surfed here; to see a photo of your finished sequel in a manila envelope.

    On the strangest of frequencies, you’re a friend of ours. So congratulations on the book.

    And more than that, you know, apparently you’ve made it to that level where whole small families know your name and retell your jokes and think you’re cool.

  13. Scott Berfield says:

    Awesome news – I am really looking forward to the new book. And Halcyon is a great name.

  14. Siuptas says:

    So does anyone know when the book will be published?

  15. Hey! congratulations!!! you are a great writer! just finishing reading The Magicians and I can’t wait to read this!!

    Greeting from Mexico :D!

  16. dn says:

    Am I going to need to fill out a script for prozac if I read Magician King? I’m a die hard fan of the Magicians, but I call foul play. It’s an emotional thing for all of us. ha ha.

  17. Seltivo Gorey says:

    Well done!
    I can’t wait to read it.
    The Magicians seemed, in my opinion, fairly self contained; both plot-wise and thematically. I’m curious to see how you’ve crafted the sequel.

  18. William says:

    Congratulations on…well…everything! GGGrrrrr on not coming to Denver, though.

  19. Sara says:

    Congrats! My husband and I loved the first one and can’t wait for the second!

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