I am going to die!
Eventually everyone does.
Biology is a bitch.
No, I meant why was the book moved?
It works better in that slot with their scheduling. It’s the final book. They want to get their mileage out of it. They want to do promo, etc. They informed us it would likely be moved this summer, actually. They just didn’t know the exact date. They are also giving us a generous stretch for revisions. Since this is the final book, everyone is trying to make sure it doesn’t suck.
You didn’t tell us!
There is no point in saying anything until the final date is announced.
You are always late.
Nope. In 10 years and 21 books, we’ve been late exactly twice. The other times were the result of publisher’s wishes, otherwise known as circumstances beyond our control.
But I’m going to die!
Look, Jim Butcher’s latest has been delayed by three years or so, and his fans are still alive.
But I don’t like it.
::shrug:: Would it help if I told you a spoiler? Muhahahahahaha! Rocks fall. Everyone dies. 😛
I am going to write you a fussy email.
You don’t seem to care.
Look at it this way: we take deadlines seriously. When Gordon’s father died, when kids were sick, when extended family was in trouble, when I ended up in ER, the books were delivered on time. This deadline was fluid, because it was mostly the matter of finishing a ten year series well. The publisher knew this from the start and they let us know from the start that they would like a large stretch of time to promote the release. I think it’s lovely that it’s coming out this year. I expected 2019, actually. Writing fussy emails won’t make the publisher move the date earlier. It will just make Brandi the assistant send you back a form response.
On a side note – and I am not going to speak for Gordon here, just for myself – I’ve worked really hard for this past decade and I’ve learned that if things can go one of two ways when the book is difficult to write. A) I run myself into the ground and the book is delivered on time. B) I take extra time to finish the book and the book is delayed.
Option B doesn’t really hurt anyone. The readers end up waiting a little longer, and it is unfortunate. It’s inconvenient. But in the end, it’s just a book, it is eventually released, and people get to read it. Our payment is delayed, but what are you going to do?
Option A means my personal life suffers, my health suffers, and my productivity takes a nose dive for weeks after the book is delivered. I realize that a lot of readers are only interested in the books and they don’t really care about the author, but given that I’m the author, I care. 😉
I’m pretty much done with option A.
This book concludes our contract with Ace, so we’ll be free agents as of acceptance of this manuscript and will move on to other projects, possibly self-published, possibly not. We will, as always, update you to the best of our ability on any changes to the schedule, but please be aware that while we will strive to meet whatever deadlines we set or our future publisher sets, delays will occur, especially if further work on the book is necessary. 🙂