3rd March, 2011: The long and winding pitch

Another 2k day. As this is now the norm – should be the norm – I’ll stop harping on about it. The sample chapters for The Suicide Tree are about one-third done, I think. I just have a dramatic showdown to draft (and redraft, and redraft… I’m getting performance anxiety about this scene already, as it’s a biggie) and then it’ll be straight into an edit. The sooner I submit this pitch the better.

Project: The Suicide Tree (post-apocalyptic horror in storm-battered Louisiana)
Words today: 2,076
Words total: 7, 079 (sample chapters only, no specific word limit)
Total words for 2011: 73,055

Also today I started making notes on what will be (I think) the book I write after Hang Wire, which has the working title of Night Pictures. I’ll talk about that a bit more later this week, but suffice to say for now I’m surprised already at how complex this story is going to be.

There was some fairly big news announced yesterday – Stephen King has a new novel coming out in November this year, entitled 11/22/63. Yes, that’s the wrong date format for those of us outside the US, and interestingly his UK publisher Hodder don’t seem inclined to change it. Well, I’m sure we’ll cope. Anyway, this one is a time travel novel, and although the concept sounds very old-hat, this blurb actually sounds pretty gosh-darned hot:

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

I can’t wait for this – I think I’ll have to break my chronological publication order readthrough of King’s catalogue to read 11/22/63 when it comes out. Under the Dome was brilliant, and this is said to be another 1,000-page epic. I do find it quite amusing that while everyone was busy reading Under the Dome, and King was out on tour asking people what he should write next (either a sequel to The Shining or the next Dark Tower novel), all along he was writing another doorstop epic. He wasn’t writing it in secret, not really, but certainly only those in the know knew (if you know what I mean) about it until yesterday.

So, cool cool. I’ll be keeping an eye out for any limited editions that are released – there are both US and UK limited signed editions of Under the Dome which now cost quite a lot on ebay to get hold of, so if I’m going to get something I need to be in quick.

  • I’m looking forward to the new King book. I really regret not buying a signed limited of Under the Dome when Waterstones were selling them so if I get the chance with this one I’ll def grab it. It would be nice if he did another book tour over here but not going to hold my breath on that one!

  • Yeah, me too. The thing is, I didn’t even know that Waterstones were doing a limited signed edition. My local store didn’t know anything about any special editions. Which is why I’m going to be keeping track of this book!

    His tour for Under the Dome included about three towns in New England, so I don’t think he’ll be coming here anytime soon. Alas!