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Royal Assassin Reveal of Nighteyes

Here we see Nighteyes the wolf as a caged and abused cub, as Fitz first met him
Nighteyes, as envisioned by Magali Villeneuve

On June 16, two weeks from today, the Illustrated Edition of Royal Assassin will be published!

 

Revealed today is Nighteyes, a beloved character first introduced in Royal Assassin. The artwork is by Magali Villeneuve.  This French artist (and friend) is best known for her work on Magic the Gathering, but has also created artwork for The Lord of the Ring, Game of Thrones, books by Brandon Sanderson and Dungeons and Dragons. A visit to her website is highly recommended!

 

Royal Assassin is the second volume of the Farseer Trilogy.  The first book, Assassin's Apprentice, is already available in a handsome matching volume, also illustrated by Magali Villeneuve.  Assassin's Quest, the concluding volume, will be issued in a matching binding and also with Magali's illustrations. This is the first time that all three volumes of the trilogy will be available in matching hardbacks in the US.

 

Penguin RandomHouse makes it very easy to pre-order the volume, with links to many of your favorite book sellers here

 

And yes, there will be a UK edition, also with the Magali Villeneuve illustrations, from Harper Voyager.

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Things I Did Wrong as a Writer

There could be so many things I could put under that heading!  

 

But this blog follows the previous one in talking about starting out to be a writer.  It covers the things I did right from the beginning, the things I did wrong, and the things that I didn't know existed.

 

In my previous blog, I spoke about setting money aside for income tax, both federal and state (if you live in a state that has an income tax.)  What I didn't know in the early days of my career was that I was liable for other taxes.  B&O taxes, also called Business and Operating taxes.  Even after I learned that my state had a B&O tax that I should have been paying for yeras, I didn't think to investigate if my city had one!  And, of course, it did.  

 

Now for the intelligent thing I did.  I went in to the city offices and told them that I hadn't realized I was liable for city B&O taxes, and so I hadn't been paying them.  And because I did that, they helped me fill out the forms for the previous years.  They waived the penalties and greatly reduced the interest.  So.  Yes.  Honesty is the best policy.

 

But you know what else I discovered that day?  I was operating a business in my city.  But I had no business license.  And I was operating it in a rsidential area!

 

Yes.  Being a writer in your basement and earning money is operating a buisness in a residential area.  So, I also had to sign up for a business license.  And I had to apply for a zoning variance.  Pretty silly, I know.  I'd bet that every building on my block had a computer and a printer and wifi in it.  Nonetheless, I had to purchase a zoning variance, and pin the business license to the wall in the basement. 

 

So, a word to the wise is sufficient.  From the very beginning, consider yourself a professional and yes, a businessperson.  It's so much easier to stay out of tax trouble then to try to get out of it!

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Special Announcement on Megan Lindholm's Website

Please visit Meganlindholm.com on May 22 for a very special announcement!

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