Well, there are less than 12 hours left in 2013 for me as I type this. So I shall look forward to 2014 in this post.

My biggest thing for 2014 is, of course, the publication of The Fool’s Assassin, Book on in The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy. That is scheduled for August of 2014 in both the US and UK. This is possibly the most re-written book I’ve ever created. In fact, I still have a bout 200 more pages to go in this read-through, and I’ve already discovered so many little errors and places where I needed to clarify something. Working with a back story that large that stretches over decades of my writing life is very intense. And of course I am simultaneously working on the first draft of book two, as yet untitled. So I have a busy writing year ahead of me.

As a result, I’ve cut my travels back for the year. Even so, I fear I may have taken on a bit too much! Here is my roughed out schedule for 2014.

January. Stay home and write. Get those pages.

February. Stay home and write. Fingers on the keyboard, eyes on the screen, cat on the lap.

March. Keep Writing. Every day. Become 62. Scare myself with that idea, and write harder and faster.

April. Write for the first half of the month. Maybe play a little game with some readers. Then off to Chicago for Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, also known as C3E2.

May. Get back to work and write some more.

June. AUSTRALIA !!! SupaNova in Sydney and Perth. SupaNova is a Pop Culture Expo. Artists, illustrators, writers, actors, comics, video games, wrestlers . . . we’ll have it all!

July. Write like crazy for the first half. For the second half, brace myself for a visit to San Diego and Comic Con International, still often referred to as SDCC. Exhausting and amazing event.

August. Forget about getting any writing work done! The manuscript for book two had better be done and turned in by August 1, because August is eaten up by a book tour of the UK for the launch of The Fool’s Assassin and a wonderful time at Loncon3, the World Science Fiction Convention in London this year. I am bewildered to be one of the guests of honor this year!

September. Oh, start on the rewrites for book two, and begin the draft of book three of the trilogy.

October. Write. Write. Write. Find a child to take Trick or Treating.

November. Write, mostly. But take a break mid-month to fly off to Ontario, Canada for SFContario. I will be a Guest of Honor there.

December. Write some more. And write some more.

No France visit this year, I am sorry to say. I received several kind invitations, but regretfully had to refuse. I was also invited to Israel, but also had to refuse. These books are very, very demanding for me. So I have to face the choice between going out in public and Being The Writer or staying home and actually writing the books. Until this trilogy is finished, I need to focus on actually writing. My publishers may add more events to this schedule, but I’m hoping to hold fairly close to this.

Happy New Year!

14 Responses to 2014

  1. I admire your dedication!

    I can’t wait to see you in Sydney this year. I’m making the trip from Melbourne just to see you. I’m extremely excited.

    Happy New Year Robin!


  2. Hope you have time for Oly on your book tour!

    …And, come october, if you can’t find a child to take “trick r treating” I’d like to volunteer – I haven’t gone in a few decades
    but I think I remember how it’s done.


    Hopnut Jester

  3. When are you coming in France? we love your books and we want you in France! it’s a really beautiful country and maybe better than Canada on november 🙂
    Keep writing, I discovered your books through Fitz (actually, They split the books into 13 different books, and it took me 13 weeks to read all the published books), and now I ‘ve just started reading the Soldier Son.

    Keep doing what you do, we all support you 🙂

  4. Hi Robin,

    looking forward to these new books of yours. Every book you write and we get to read is an adventure. I understand if you have a lot of work ahead of you still, and I believe I found an error in your post above 🙂

    “My biggest thing for 2014 is, of course, the publication of The Fool’s Assassin, Book on in The Fitz and The Fool Trilogy.”

    I think you meant: “Book ‘one’ on the Fitz and The Fool Trilogy”.

    Happy writing,


  5. I was given a copy of Assassin’s Apprentice in 1996 from a friend and spent that weekend ignoring schoolwork and friends to tear through a novel that changed not only how I read fantasy novels but every novel forward.

    I was an early adopter of Robin Hobb and remember the difficulty in the late 90’s/early 2000’s of acquiring UK versions of the novels because I couldn’t wait an extra few months for the US publisher to catch up.  Since then, I have gifted, re-bought, gifted again and re-bought AGAIN every Farseer book published.  I normally buy copies of the original trilogy as gifts for friends when they ask me what they should be reading.

    Thank you for making such a wonderful and enjoyable world to spend time.  Thank you for creating characters that are not one-dimensional, that have grey areas, that are good AND bad and everything in between.

    Also, thank you for delving back into the world of Fitz, the Fool and their layered and deep relationship.  I cannot describe how surprised and amazed I was when I read this post and discovered that I had something spectacular to look forward to this fall.  I am looking forward to seeing how they once again change themselves and their world while also changing me.

    Thank you for all you bring to the literary world.

  6. Hello Henri,

    For this year, I am afraid I will not be coming to France. I need to stay close to my desk and get the second book written! That is my resolution or 2014: to actually write instead of going out to ‘be the writer’!

    Nonetheless, I do hope to be able to visit France again soon, and especially Imaginales in Epinal. My favorite! Even if I cannot be there, you should go to meet the many fantasy writers from all over the world who attend it!

    With best wishes,


  7. Rodney, I’m very flattered!

    I had such a great time at SupaNova last time I attended. I can’t wait for this visit in 2014. But I’ll fill all those days up with writing, so I can feel justified about taking a break while I travel!

    See you in Sydney!