Q. When does X come out??!?!
A. See our Upcoming Works page. As soon as we have anything to announce, it’ll be reflected there.
Q. Would Jim be a guest at my convention or event?
A. Jim makes all of his convention and appearance selections over a year in advance. Jim’s 2020 and 2021 schedules are completely full. Invitations for 2022 may still be sent. If you are a convention organizer and want to invite Jim to a future event (2022 and beyond), send an invite to Jim’s assistant, Sarah Forsha (firstname.lastname@example.org). While Jim does his best to select a variety of both convention sizes and locations, he receives dozens of invitations every year. We appreciate your understanding that he simply cannot accept every one. You can see a list of cons and signings Jim will be attending on the site calendar.
Q. How do I stay updated on all the latest Jim-related news?
A. Sign up for our Announcement List! You don’t have to worry about spam–we generally average one message per week at the most.
Q. How many books is Jim writing for the Dresden Files?
A. 25: 22 “case books,” like those we’ve seen so far, capped with a double-length apocalyptic trilogy. Books 16 and 17 come out later this year: Peace Talks on July 14th, 2020, and Battle Ground on September 29th. Keep an eye on the Upcoming Works page and our front-page news blog for updates.
Q. Has Jim considered collecting an anthology of Dresden Files short stories?
A. Side Jobs and Brief Cases collect all the short stories and novelettes Jim has written up through 2017. You can check out their contents on our short stories page. The stories and microfictions he’s written since will likely be included in a third anthology, but given that each Dresden anthology represents about 10 years’ worth of short fiction, it’ll be a long time before Jim amasses enough stories for that.
Q. Is the Codex Alera finished? Will Jim ever write more in this series?
A. Jim completed the series with book #6, First Lord’s Fury. He isn’t ruling out the possibility of returning to that world at some point in the future, but he doesn’t have any immediate plans at this stage.
Q. What is “The Cinder Spires”?
A. “The Cinder Spires” is Jim’s new steampunk series, starting with The Aeronaut’s Windlass. Read about the series here.
Q. Why isn’t [book name] available for the kindles/e-books?
A. At this stage, everything should be available! If you find an oversight, let us know through the “Contact Us” page, and we’ll pass it on to Penguin.
Q. Will you reveal some crucial detail from a book that isn’t published yet?
Q. When will sample chapters for the next book be posted? How many chapters will there be?
A. We generally post the first chapter a month or two before each book’s release. Jim usually releases four or five chapters total.
Q. I have a great idea for a Dresden story…, or Will you look at my fanfic?
A. Please do not send Jim story ideas or proposals. Jim can’t and won’t read them, so they’ll just get tossed in the trash. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t write fanfic and share it with your friends! Read the full policy here.
Q. Will you look at my fanart?
A. Sure! Fanart, so long as it is not for sale, is totally kosher and lots of fun.
Q. How did Jim get published? Can you give me some advice on how to get published?
A. Jim chronicles his road to getting published here.
Q. How do you write a novel?
A. Jim offers advice for aspiring writers here!
Q. Are Jim’s books available in audio format?
A. Yes! The complete catalogue is available through the Jim-Butcher.com store! The Dresden Files series is read by James Marsters (of Buffy fame), the Codex Alera is performed by Kate Reading, and the Cinder Spires is read by Euan Morton.
Q. What’s this about a Dresden Files graphic novel?
A. The Dresden Files has expanded to the graphic novel medium! Welcome to the Jungle is the first Dresden Files graphic novel, an original story set before the events of Storm Front. It’s written by Jim Butcher, pencilled by Ardian Syaf, and published by the Dabel Brothers. Ghoul, Goblin is another original story set between Fool Moon and Grave Peril, written by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers, illustrated by Joe Cooper, and published by Dynamite Entertainment. War Cry, Down Town, and Wild Card are illustrated by Carlos Gomez. Dog Man is illustrated by Diego Galindo. You can buy the hardcover compilations from the Jim-Butcher.com store.
Jim’s first two novels also got the graphic novel treatment. Storm Front is available in two volumes, illustrated by Ardian Syaf and Brett Booth. You can buy the hardcover compilation in two volumes from our store. Fool Moon is also available in two volumes, illustrated by Chase Conley and published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Q. When will we get new episodes of the TV show?
A. The 2007 Sci-Fi Channel series was canceled after only one season. You can purchase the series DVDs in the store. However, Harry may see the small screen again! The rights have been optioned by Fox21 Studios, and a new TV show is currently in development, with Jim taking an active role.
Q. Where is the best place to get Jim’s books, audio books, DVDs, etc?
A. We recommend supporting your favorite local independent bookstore, but if you prefer to buy online, you can support this site by using the links from the Jim-Butcher.com store to buy from Amazon, Audible, B&N, or IndieBound. Even if you aren’t buying a book by Jim, clicking through to Amazon from the links on jim-butcher.com will tell Amazon that you came there from here — and thus the site will get a small sales commission on whatever you buy, even stuff that’s not books (so if you’re eying that $500 exercise bicycle from Amazon, clicking through to Amazon from our store first is a big help).