Friday, July 03, 2009

My Declaration

I can announce with some relief that I've just come to terms with Doubleday for another novel!

It will, of course, be the third in the Acacia series. I don't have a title for it yet and it largely needs to be written, but I do have it mapped out in detail. It's my hope that you'll find it a big, satisfying meal that wraps up a lot of the series' plot threads, sees major characters come into their destinies, and leaves potential for continuing stories. That's what I have in mind, and I'm glad to have Doubleday on board to continue the journey with me.

It's too early to start talking pub date or any of that. I just wanted to let you know that if you're kind enough to begin the series there will be at least three books and a reasonable amount of closure by the end of that cycle. And if you read these books in significant numbers... Oh, I could be happy writing in this world for a long time.

So, for anybody that thought I was just dabbling in fantasy, I hope the continuation of my efforts here show that I'm series about this genre.

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Blogger The Real Deal said...

Awesome! Good to hear - we appreciate the work you're doing, and looking forward to the next two installments of Acacia. =)

11:30 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thank you, sir. Always good to hear!

11:32 AM  
Blogger The Real Deal said...

Oh, and by the way, I just finished "A Game of Thrones" upon your recommendation - amazing! Yet I'm troubled to read some of the reviews/comments I've seen about the rest of the series. Particularly Feast for Crows, and the potential for no ending. I've already ordered the next couple in the series, but with a little trepidation.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Jamey Stegmaier said...

Congratulations. I like that you didn't say "third book to complete the trilogy." Not only does that leave room for more stories, as you say (does any real world/universe run out of good stories after three installments?), but it also breaks the mold that many authors (and movie producers) seem to follow. Why do movie/book series strive to become trilogies anyway? Nothing wrong with a good ole fashioned ongoing series. Glad to hear it.

11:46 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Real Deal,

GRRM is tops. I understand the trepidation and I know all about the Crows issues, and I'm hoping for closure like everyone else. But... Ice and Fire is still worth all your time and investment.


You noticed that lack of trilogy reference? Well spotted.

I've given up on trying to know what the deal is with trilogies. I did begin thinking of Acacia as a three book cycle. I still think of that third volume as wrapping up a lot of plot threads. But... it doesn't have to be the end, and I'm glad to have that possibility of continuation out there.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Tia Nevitt said...

Congratulations! I'm really looking forward to reading THE OTHER LANDS.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Congrats, sir.

I think all anyone really wants out of a book or series (trilogy or not) is a promise of closure for the story. Very cool to leave the door open for more stories, though.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

Congratulations, David--that's great news. Just finished Acacia myself, and will have more to say about that shortly (good things, just to keep from sounding too ominous :) ).

5:44 AM  
Anonymous Dave said...

Congrats, David! :-) That is indeed awesome news, and I'm sure it's a load off your shoulders, too! Looking forward to the rest of the books - and hoping there's wayyy more than 3! :-)

5:44 AM  
Blogger drussthelegend said...

Hi David, Great news on the follow up book. I'm also currently reading Ice and Fire on your reccomendation. I have to say im far from disappointed this far, Im about to start Feast for Crows. I was using them as a stop gap until Other lands is out. I'm sure 'Acacia' will go from strength to strength be it 3 books or 30! :)

Hope you and the family are well,

Catch ya soon,


6:37 AM  
Blogger ediFanoB said...

Yesterday I started to read the German edition of Acacia. I read 200 pages so far and it is awesome!

Congratulations! I really look forward to the next books.

9:58 AM  
Blogger Bryan Russell said...

Congrats! Good news. Especially considering your foray into the wild world of full-time writing. I imagine there was much joy... and a sigh of relief.

10:35 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Thanks folks!


Cool. But that makes me wonder... Will you be reviewing it? Is there a category on Fantasy Debut for followup novels? Sophomore Review?


200 German pages in a day? Nice.


Sigh of relief? Well, sure, a short sigh. And then the pressure and weight of the work to come settles around my shoulders. Luckily, it's a weight I feel funny without.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Jeff C said...

Congrats David! Glad the fulltime author gig is off to a good start :)

I've been trying to hold off reading Acacia until The Other Lands comes out, but I'm getting pretty itchy to start Acacia and might give in.

I was going to ask about the trilogy idea, but see you have already answered it. Does it give any of book 2 away if I ask if it ends on a cliffhanger? Or does it end in a natural point in the story?

2:09 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Jeff C,

To answer your question... Yes. And yes. It ends at a moment of transition and pause, but it also ends with a great deal of turmoil fully on the table for the Akarans and friends to deal with in the third volume.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Shauna Leigh Atkinson said...

Excellent, good news! I just pre-ordered Acacia 2. Congrats on book 3!!

5:54 AM  
Blogger Tia Nevitt said...

David--definitely! I do "graduate debuts" all the time. I'll email you tonight!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Steven Till said...

When you first started writing Acacia (or thinking of the idea of writing it), did you map out the entire series before you ever began writing, so you already knew where you were going with the 2nd and 3rd books?

5:13 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


That's a long story. Longer than I can tell here. I'll say briefly...

First, for a while I thought of the material in Acacia as possibly being a trilogy in itself. I considered that, but choose to do the entire story in one volume.

Very soon after that, though, I knew I wanted to continue it, and I knew it would likely take two more books to tell the rest of the story I wanted to.

At the moment, I don't know what comes beyond the end of Book 3. I just know that something might, and that at some point those plotlines might get their hooks in me. We'll see...

12:35 PM  
Blogger Gordon said...

Great news, David! I can't tell you enough just how much I love the first Acacia book. What a great story!

2:19 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


Thank you.


10:34 AM  
Blogger Jim C. Hines said...

Sweet! Congratulations -- glad we'll be keeping you in the fantasy field a while longer ;-)

1:25 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Jim!

Thanks for that. I'm glad too. Good company to be in!

2:14 PM  

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