Arcanum is not coming out on November 19th

November 4th 2013

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Just a public service announcement: a lot of websites seem to have Arcanum‘s old release date of November 19th, 2013 (i.e. two weeks time).

It isn’t. Editing the book (did I say how big the book was? Repeatedly? Oh, okay.) was a titanic effort, and we had to change the helmet on the rider*, too. So the release date is January 28th, 2014 – everything is as perfect as we can make it now, but trying to get it out this month would have been … less than ideal. You can, of course, pre-order it from your usual outlets, and if you’re a fan of the dead-tree variety of novel, please consider your bricks-and-mortar bookstore, or even the publisher’s own website (UK here)**.

I am genuinely excited to see what you all make of this. The noises from the gallery are so far very encouraging, which is nice – but it’s when it hits the shelves that it starts to live.


* it was originally a full-face helmet, a proper high-medieval pot. Though full-face helms did exist in earlier antiquity, it wasn’t the every day killing-and-plundering northern barbarian-wear I’d envisioned. So it was swapped to a open-faced helmet of the late Dark ages.

** I even emailed the Boss of Hachette, pointing out (as I did in the essay, Money flows to the author), how mad it was not being able to buy books from the actual publisher. Plans were already afoot, and have been brought forward in time for the festive buying-spree.

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