This blog is just for my cousins across the Pond; for all the Robin Hood fans living the good old US of A (and Canada, too).
My UK readers are probably bored to death with me banging on and on about the Outlaw Chronicles, all the time, rain or shine, on blog, Facebook and Twitter: “Hooray! Grail Knight (book 5) is out in hardback” . . . ”Yippee! I’ve finished writing The Iron Castle (book 6) and it will be out next summer” . . . “Yahoo! My agent is in talks with a TV company about possibly making a cable series . . .” yadda, yadda, yadda . . .
But my loyal North American fans have often been a bit neglected – and I’m sorry about that. Thing is, the books come out in the States about 18 months after they do in the UK (why? Because I’m a Brit, and my US publishers were a bit late coming to the party, that’s why) and so while I’m chirping merrily about the latest Robin and Alan adventure on this side of the Atlantic, my poor old readers on the other side of the water are grinding their teeth, tearing out their hair, and saying: “Dag-nabbit, why won’t that pesky limey let us in on the good stuff?” ( I really hope, one day, to meet someone who does say “Dag-nabbit!” It’s my all-time favourite swear word.)
US readers get cross, to put it mildly, that they cannot get hold of the Outlaw Chronicles when they are published over here, and instead have to wait a year and a half for the US publication. To these angry multitudes, I say: Sorry! But it’s not up to me – write to St Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010, if you want to complain. I also say: Have you tried The Book Depository? Never used them myself, but I hear they deliver UK books to the US. Give ‘em a try.
But this is all beside the point. The point is: this autumn I have TWO Outlaw Chronicles books coming out in the USA (and Canada). King’s Man (book 3) is coming out in paperback on October 29th; and Warlord (book 4) is coming out in hardback on November 12th. I hope you get a chance to read them, and that, if you do, you love them as much as I do.
That’s all for now. Over and out.