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06 August 2010 @ 12:21 am
the news!  
So I'm finally back from my whirlwind trip to NYC — admittedly much later than I thought I was going to be, but not too late to update the blog with the news from yesterday's event and chat.

So, for those of you who missed the chat/haven't heard the news, first click here and then read this:

From Publisher's Weekly:

Simon & Schuster has signed books five and six in Cassandra Clare's bestselling YA series, The Mortal Instruments. S&S says there are more than three million copies of the series' three published titles in print. Clare launched The Mortal Instruments in 2007, with City of Bones, about a teenage demon slayer; City of Ashes and City of Glass followed. Book four, City of Fallen Angels, is scheduled for April 2011... The two new books under contract--City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire--are scheduled, respectively, for May 2012 and September 2013.

Clare will also be touring, in late August, to promote Clockwork Angel, which is the first title in the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices. Film rights to The Mortal Instruments have been optioned by Unique Features.

So yes, in other words, City of Fallen Angels is not going to be the last book in the Mortal Instruments series. After it publishes next April, it will be followed by two more books: City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire.

Now, you may well ask, and I understand why — why three more books? I've always said that The Mortal Instruments was conceived of as a trilogy; I didn't have any intention of continuing past Glass, initially. Two things happened to change that: One, I had written a plot for a graphic novel about what would happen to Simon after the events of Glass. When the graphic novel didn’t work out, I was left with this storyline and nothing to do with it, so I suggested the idea of a Simon-centric fourth Mortal Instruments book to my publisher, and showed them the outline for the graphic novel. They were pleased with the idea, and we made the deal for City of Fallen Angels, though at that point I hadn't written any of it yet — I was still finishing up the first book in The Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel, which deals with Jace, Clary, and the Lightwoods’ ancestors.

As I wrapped up Clockwork Angel, the way events played out in it gave me the idea for a new villain and conflict that might beset the cast of characters from The Mortal Instruments, and connect up to the Simon plotline that I already had. I’ve always liked stories where the distant past comes forward to affect the future, so, without being spoilery, when I realized I could connect the events of Infernal Devices to the few loose ends left at the end of Glass, I realized I wouldn’t want to pass up writing that story, especially considering how much chaos I knew it would bring to the lives of Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus, Isabelle and the rest!

Then, in October of last year, I sat down to start writing the story of City of Fallen Angels. I had a detailed outline based in part on the graphic novel idea I had had, but when it came to expanding the outline and writing the story, it just wasn’t working for me. I was on a writing retreat in Mexico with a number of other writers, and when we sat down to go over the issues I was having, I realized that the story I had thought I was telling was really a much bigger story — that my smaller, Simon-centric story had morphed into something much bigger, much more epic, and deeply involving the whole cast of characters from the first three Mortal Instruments books. I realized that what I had on my hands was not a single book that would wrap up the story begun in The Mortal Instruments, but rather the beginning of a new trilogy about these characters. (The fun part was calling my agent and editor to explain “You know that one book I was going to write? Well, actually, it’s three books!” I like to think I could hear heads hitting desks all through Simon and Schuster.) But when I submitted the outlines for the new Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire, they were thrilled with the idea of the new trilogy — and I hope readers will be as well!

So,just to be absolutely clear: the Mortal Instruments is now a six-book series. I have made a pact with myself not to go beyond that number, but I understand if no one believes me. :) In the meantime, you can call it a saga, a series, a chronicle, or Six Things to Prop Up Your Table With. All I know is that I had a blast writing City of Fallen Angels and I can't wait to get to Lost Souls and Heavenly Fire — it's going to be an intense, dark journey for Jace, Clary, Simon and co. (not to mention a few new characters we meet along the way) and I hope people will be looking forward to reading them as much as I'm looking forward to writing them.

A few people have asked why the uneven publishing schedule (April, then May, then September, of each year.) Keep in mind that I am still writing the Infernal Devices series. This staggered schedule was the only way I could write both series at the same time and not die. In fact, Simon and Schuster has made the awesome widget below — click on the lower right hand corner and you'll get a glimpse of literally how many Shadowhunter books are coming up! It's pretty cool.

I'd also like to thank everyone who partipated in the chat — with something like 4,000 RSVPs it could have been total chaos but I think we managed to pull through it fairly unharmed. If you had a question about the new books that you didn't get answered in the chat, you can feel free to drop a question here and I'll do my best to answer!

***And yes, all these are placeholder covers. They don't look anything like the final covers are going to look!
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
All of this news makes me very happy!
(Anonymous) on August 7th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
6 Books
This is some of the best news I have heard in a long time. I can't wait to read them!!!!
Meghan: Libbareader_meg on August 6th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
I'm so excited!
natashasonya: dance silverbulletxsilverbulletx on August 6th, 2010 04:39 am (UTC)
Oh wow! That is A LOT to take in! And for some crazy reason, I am even MORE psyched than I was before! I want to see this journey and I am SO glad it's not the end of TMI cast's journey!! I'm pumped for the next bunch of books!

I don't know how you're getting all of these book ideas expanding in your head, but I'm pretty excited to see what comes out of all of this! ;)
Victoria Schwabveschwab on August 6th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
This series is one of my absolute favorites, and as if I wasn't already SALIVATING for CoFA, now I get TWO more to look forward to???? Heaven.
Lizzieinvincible1863 on August 6th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
This all looks amazing, but one question.

Why did the site say that Clockwork Angel was being released September 2010? Did the release date change?
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 6th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Yes, a few months ago, the date was moved up from Sept. 7 to Aug. 31.
(no subject) - invincible1863 on August 6th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Paisley Cupcakepaisleycupcake on August 6th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
This news makes me CRY with excitement! :D I'm SO happy that you've expanded the series to such a length. Except for that teeny fact that I have to wait until I'm almost 19 to finish it. D:

What ever happened with those CLOCKWORK prize packs? :)
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 6th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
There were 4,000 RSVPs - I'm assuming Simon and Schuster is using some method to pick the winners and notify them.
(no subject) - paisleycupcake on August 6th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
earthquake1906earthquake1906 on August 6th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Have bought the first trilogy several times on several continents ... people keep walking off with them. The next three sound wonderful; you go, girl!

Just as an example, we've seen only saw the very beginning of Alec and Magnus, which is a relationship with some interesting May / December challenges. I could go on ... and later I will ...

oxoxox / eq
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 6th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: *squeeeeeeee*
Yes, there's definitely a lot more to come with Alec and Magnus!
Re: Alec and Magnus - earthquake1906 on August 6th, 2010 05:21 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: *squeeeeeeee* - vvidaurri96 on August 6th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: *squeeeeeeee* - cassandraclare on August 6th, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: *squeeeeeeee* - earthquake1906 on August 6th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
OH MYY GOSHH! YESS!!! I LOVED all three of the originals, and I already know I will love the upcoming three!
holland_eliese: kstewholland_eliese on August 6th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh! I am literally SO excited. All of the girls in my family (well, those of us who are old enough to read) have been literally CRAVING your books since we finished Glass. Congratulations!
nancydrew14: pic#89319779nancydrew14 on August 6th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
Watching the chat on facebook, my jaw literally dropped... There was a lot of shushing throughout the room (friends were over, watching too) and then suddenly we all exchanged glances, stopped holding our breath, and started squealing.

It was crazy.

It's just amazing that there will be more books, and I'm so happy that we'll get to see our favourite characters through even more adventures... Although, I have to admit, I do cringe inwardly at the thought of what new horrible things you're planning up for them, Ms. Clare! ;)

Cannot wait though!

All of these new books sound awesome, and I can't wait to see how all the new stories connect!
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Greatest news ever Ms Clare!!! totally looking forward to read them oh gawd!
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
This is absolutely the best news you could have ever given! I cannot wait for this. I tell all my friends, co-workers, and family memebers to read your books. I have been following you for a while now and love TMI!!! Can't wait for Clockwork to come out, I already have it pre-ordered! Thank you for being an amazing writer and person. You inspire me.
(Anonymous) on August 6th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)

I'm so excited. I was so sad when I finished GLASS. But now the series it going on. I also can't wait for the infernal devices series. Your books r so interesting. I can't wait.
winstonmomwinstonmom on August 6th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Will they release in March also?

I am so happy for the next trilogy, I have always wanted to see and know more about the gang.
Great! Congratulations.
Cassie Clarecassandraclare on August 6th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
The release dates are all listed in the post.
Elle Blessingwayelle_blessing on August 6th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
I am SO excited. I also am tired and sleepy and coherency is not my best friend at the moment - but YAY! Thanks so, so much for taking the time to explain and share with us. I can't wait to read everything!

Also, FILM RIGHTS! I was just talking to my sister today about how it would be epic if your stories were made into movies. EPIC.
(Anonymous) on August 8th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Ello, just thought you might find it interesting that a movie is in the works. Or at least that's what I've heard. I can't wait :D