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July 2016
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Greetings from sunny San Diego!

Well, sort of. I’m currently on my way back from San Diego, but after five days of sun and ocean and fangirling, I’m reluctant to accept that my time at Comic-Con has come to a close. :P
 
It’s always kind of overwhelming for me to realize I even get to go to Comic-Con, because for years—years!—I literally dreamed about attending just as fan, let alone as an actual author. And this year, I was invited as a Special Guest, which was just….. unbelievable. I had such a marvelous time on my various panels and meeting you guys at my signings—thank you so, so much for making this a Comic-Con I will never forget.
 
Of course, I also had my second pass pages of Empire of Storms (aka the last round of edits EVER on this book!) to keep me occupied when I wasn’t signing or on panels. I’ll be honest with you guys: this summer has been crazyyyy busy. Between these last rounds of edits on EOS, drafting ACOTAR3, signing tons of fun things (more on that below!), and travel, it’s been Intense (with a capital I).

But moments like this—going to Comic-Con as a Special Guest, meeting all you wonderful readers at events and getting to just sign my books—really remind me that the hard work is worth it. That the hard work is what I love, what makes me come alive.

Writing is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do. For years, my dream, my goal that I worked toward every single day, was to just get one book published during my lifetime. So everything else—the other books (we have some exciting news on that front!), the events… It’s all been more than I hoped for.

And I think this is just a really long way of saying that if you have a dream or a goal or a wish that you’re working toward, that you can’t let go of no matter how many people tell you that you should… Don’t give up. It can happen—it does happen. Keep working, keep dreaming, keep fighting for it. You will get there one day. And every struggle, every wrong turn or detour… it will all be worth it. <3

New Book Deal

So, if you were on twitter last week, you might have seen the big announcement in Entertainment Weekly about more ACOTAR books (and some TOG stuff) from yours truly!

I’m ridiculously excited about all of these new projects—and since the article was a little confusing, I thought I’d give you the rundown of what, exactly, you can expect to read from me in the upcoming years!

So, the new deal was for 3 new ACOTAR novels, set to be published after the trilogy wraps up next year (ACOTAR 3 will release May 2017, so these will begin publishing in 2018).

No, I can’t tell you if they’re a continuation or spinoffs or prequels. Believe me, I’m DYING to, but it’d spoil some major things for Book 3 (like…who survives, ha.). But I can tell you this: the first book that will release after Book 3 (let’s call it #4?), is a project that I started writing for fun.

I pretty much couldn’t get the characters out of my head, and last fall, I began writing the book just for the hell of it. The project was something for me to enjoy, something to reward myself with at the end of a long day of editing or working on other stuff. I’m not yet done with it, and it remains a Reward Project that I only get to work on when I meet my daily goals, but… I love it. Like, weirdly-obsessed-with-it kinda love it.
 
This May, I went out to dinner with my editor, and wound up telling her all about this Secret ACOTAR Project, along with my rough ideas for the other two novels, and two possible novellas. And I kinda/sorta/totally freaked when—a few weeks later—Bloomsbury offered to publish those 3 new ACOTAR books, along with 2 ACOTAR novellas. And a few other things.

Like an ACOTAR coloring book. (!!!!) No word yet on who the illustrators will be, but it should be out in 2017.

At that dinner, I’d also talked to my editor about a Throne of Glass novella I really, really, really wanted to write: one about Chaol. You’ll find out why after Empire of Storms releases, but this is a story that is very close to my heart, and one I seriously cannot wait to begin writing—and to later share with you guys.

And on top of that, the amazing team at Bloomsbury wants to publish a Throne of Glass compendium—full of fun information and inside glimpses into the world of Erilea and its characters. It’ll be an interesting process to take everything that’s in the books and in my mind (since there are so many places I know about that you guys have yet to see!) and transform it into something concrete/official. :)

So, the final breakdown of all the new books is this:

  • 3 new novels set in the ACOTAR world (so, six books total in this series/world)
  • 2 ACOTAR novellas
  • 1 TOG novella (with Chaol!)
  • The TOG compendium

I think that’s a little clearer than the article, lol. And again—I wish I could tell you guys what/who these new novels and novellas are about, but…you’ll have to see!

And thank you so, so much for all the excitement online—knowing you guys are as pumped for more ACOTAR books as I am means everything to me. I was seriously getting so bummed about saying goodbye to this world, so I’m profoundly grateful that Bloomsbury is allowing me to show even more of it—and not say farewell just yet. <3
What I'm Reading

Well, last month I promised to give some recommendations for books to read if you liked ACOMAF…

And since this newsletter is really long, I’m just going to give you a quick list of some of my fantasy and paranormal romance favs (even though it feels like I’m kinda tooting my own horn with some of these descriptions…)

For winged people, an interesting world, and slow-burn romance… Archangel by Sharon Shinn. Obsessed with this series. Obsessed with this author. Obsessed, I tell you.

For a fairytale, lush vibe with gorgeous writing that you will want to savor (not that my own is anywhere near theirs): Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiAlif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

For more winged people, a fully-realized and fierce heroine, and a powerful/sexy love interest with a truly fascinating power dynamic with said heroine… Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh. (Also, her Psy-Changeling series is incredible.)

For brilliant fantasy that will rip your heart right out of your chest and stomp on it… Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta and the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner.

For faerie-type creatures, a bounty of snarly and mysterious dudes, a heroine with a wonderful narrative voice and an incredible personal journey… The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.

For even more hot dudes (who live together in a mansion), great romances, great steamy times… The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward.

And there are so many more books I could recommend, but…I will resist the urge to spam you with recs. :P
Empire of Storms US Tour Dates
So, I’m heading out on the road again this September! I can’t wait to meet you guys (and see some of you again)! Note: some of these events are ticketed, so be sure to check with the store/venue!
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Empire of Storms Special Editions

There are several special/fancy editions of Empire of Storms available on September 6th! Three retailers will have editions that feature exclusive content (different for each store): Target, Barnes & Noble, and Waterstones. Andddd you can also pre-order personalized signed copies from Books of Wonder and Good Choice Reading. (Or from any of the stores on my tour stops!)
 
also spent last weekend signing these lovely pages (that will be bound into the books) for the Books-a-Million edition. And earlier this summer, I signed another whole bunch of copies for the Waterstones signed edition.
 
(Needless to say, I’ve been icing my hand/wrist a lot this summer.)
 
If you pre-order any of these editions (or even just the ‘normal’ ones), be sure to submit your receipt here to receive a complimentary TOG notebook! And just in case it’s helpful, you can always visit this page to find out about where to get signed copies: http://worldofsarahjmaas.com/signed

Annnnd because this newsletter is already mega-long (story of my LIFE, am I right?!), I’m going to end with a piece of music from my Empire of Storms playlist (which will be up on my Spotify on September 6th!).

It didn’t really inspire any scenes in EOS, but rather just set the tone. It makes me think of the book, the characters, the world, the stakes… Every day while writing and editing this book, I’d turn on this piece to get into the mood/atmosphere. (And yes, it’s from The Force Awakens trailer, but it fits the vibe of this book so much and kinda embodies the entirety of it.)

           

Just listen, and imagine a voiceover saying this EOS quote at the beginning with the piano. (God, I am SUCH a nerd.)

Until next month, friends!
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