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Two more [short] chapters done. More to come.

Kong grows bigger and bigger. Past 1600 pp in manuscript now. Oy.

Certainly the biggest monkey ever to climb on my back.

(Okay, okay, the biggest ape).

Keep climbing, Kong. The biplanes are on their way. Listen? Is that their engines?

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saladinahmed
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Beast, this is Beauty calling: YOUR DAYS, THEY ARE NUMBERED!

Go, man, go!
Frane Rogić
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
you can do it :)
insurrbution
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
Looking forward!
Looking forward to it! That, and the potential seven-book hardcover box set with matching jacket designs. Fantastic series so far, loving it!
grrm
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking forward!
Hardcover boxed set? Do you know something I don't?

Not sure anyone does hardcover boxed sets. Boxed sets are usually for paperbacks.
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inkasrain
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I feel a strange urge to wave pom-poms and do high kicks while simultaneously spraying fire from a deliciously retro biplane.

Not sure why.
ringo_stark
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Canada
Great news on more chapters done George!!!

I was wondering if you know which cover the canadian edition of the book will have?

Thanks, and keep on going Mate!
Alonso Trejos
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Giant Ape vs Epic writer with an epic almost wizardly beard on a biplane

that monkey was doomed from the beginning
keep at it George!
clewilan
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
(Okay, okay, the biggest ape).
Did I just see a Pratchett quote here ?

Biplanes will be successful, I'm sure !
douglascohen
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Go, George, go! Between the releases of the latest Rothfuss and Erickson books, your HBO series about to premiere, and Kong being right around the corner, all us epic fantasy geeks are in heaven right now. I swear, it feels like the mid 90s all over again!
werthead
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
1600? Owch. ADWD is going to make even THE WISE MAN'S FEAR and THE WAY OF KINGS look modest in size.

Do you have an idea of how many chapters are going to be in the book? I'm going to guess between 80 and 90 based on the previous books :-)
aulus_poliutos
Mar. 28th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, show them what a REAL book is. :D
matthewrodney
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Good to see you're off Skull Island and apparently at the Empire State Building!

I can't help but wonder how many chapters will be in the book if you finished two more!
Sebastian Koch
Mar. 27th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Feast POVs
I was wondering... are there still some POVs from Feast staying for the Dance (like, let´s say, a certain Queen, who got in trouble with the faith?) or did they already fall from the crowded roof of the Empire State Building, blown away by winter winds?
lukeandetc
Mar. 27th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Feast POVs
Been answered before, many time. Yes--there will timeline overlap/continuation and the plan is to include some PoV continuations of Feast characters.
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Liz Vikla
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yay!
Keep up the hard work - you'll get there when you get there. :)
metalgoddessamb
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
can you translate what manuscript pages would work out to actual book pages? a rough estimate maybe?

wow though!
werthead
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
The previous books were:

AGoT: 1,088 manuscript pages
ACoK: c. 1,150 MS pages
ASoS: 1,521 MS pages
AFFC: About 1,100 MS pages

The hardcover and paperback editions are somewhat inconsistent with this, though, due to formatting. In the UK editions, for example, ASoS in 920 pages in hardcover and about 1,300 in mass-market paperback (actually two 650-page volumes), but AFFC, which is substantially shorter in MS pages, is still about 850 pages in hardcover and 950 pages in paperback. I understand the US paperback is actually closer to 1,000 pages.

Based on all of that, ADWD should easily exceed 1,000 pages in hardcover and over 1,300 in paperback. But the publishers might choose to go with much narrower margins and a smaller font that takes that down.
saxster
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
WOOT
Go, George. Go, George.
ragdoll
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
*sends sedative laced bananas in hopes of knocking the ape out*

As the song goes, 'this is the book that never ends...' but it will! You can do it! :)
lossoth
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
Godspeed, good sir. We're all cheering for you.
berndlmeister
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
More to come?
How many more chapters are even possible before the self proclaimed publishing date? I hope that doesn't mean selling some chapters short in order to meet the deadline. Yikes! Down to the wire!

Good luck!
Jarred Melancon
Mar. 29th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Re: More to come?
I'm also curious about this. Martin said he had only three chapters to go, so is he working on the last chapter?
mlledesade
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
This seems like it's going to be just as long or perhaps longer than Clarissa.
hockey_99999
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)
Kong is going down... in less than a month, I suspect. As Bruce Willis once said "Yipee Ki Yay $%^@( %@$^#%^&!"
dancolon47
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Question ...
I'm curious ...

How soon before the publishing date can an author continue work on his manuscript? Is there a deadline when the manuscript must be completely finished so that the publisher can meet the promised publishing date?

I've been under the impression that the publisher needed weeks or months in your case (since your book is so huge) to proofread, edit, print and deliver the books to the retailers.
grrm
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Question ...
A publisher can get a book out very quickly if they have a mind to.

Computerization has cut down on production time considerably. In the old days, a publisher would have to proof a paper manuscript, then send it to a typesetter, who would retype the entire thing from scratch on a linotype machine for the old letterpress printing presses. But before it could to press, galley proofs would have to be checked and corrected, since the typesetting process invariably introduced all sorts of errors.

Computerized typesetting has streamlined the process considerably. Now they set type from the writer's own electronic manuscipt, and any mistakes that get in are usually the author's own.
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matthewbowers
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'm curious, what's the word count so far?
grrm
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I count pages, not words.
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valashain
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
For some reason this post reminded me of Terry Pratchett's librarian. You do not want to call him monkey :P
rhaegar26
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
Page Count
Hey George,

just wondered if you could give us the page count for AFfC for comparison. I know that AGoT was 1088 pages in manuscript, ACoK 1184 and ASoS 1521, but I don't think that we ever got an exact number for AFfC.
30ironchef
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Gladness
Every completed word is akin to a teardrop upon my day. A teardrop of joy. Soon it will rain like never before. This is a good thing.
xraytheenforcer
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
almost there! :)
gaaz453
Mar. 27th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
George I hope you are not trying to beat Ayn Rand's record of longest novel written in English (Atlas Shrugged). (I think is something like 650,000 words).
zotz
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
According to Wikipedia, it's only the sixth longest in English. It's interesting that there are so many long novels in English, and that the longest three of all are in French.
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