It is cold. Everything is iced over. Gordon and I had to rent a moving truck, because the movers mysteriously left behind my chair and a couple of other things, including Gordon’s comic collection, and yesterday we had to drive it from Cedar Park to San Marcos. As an aside, I am a hoarder. Also our house is filthy. Sorry, I’m traumatized by this move. You never know just how much dust is under the furniture, until you empty the room.
Anyway, so today we had to unload the truck in the sleet. It was basically freezing rain and it immediately stuck to the ground. I was stepping out of the truck onto one of those little steps they have built in on the side. The step had frozen over, resulting in me going one way, and my feet the other. I had wisely grabbed the handle, so I ended up dramatically swinging around the truck like George of the Jungle.
Then we had to drive the truck back over the bridge that completely iced over, with skid marks going in all directions.
Everything is closed. U-Haul place was closed. We had a plumber appointment – they cancelled. It is freezing. We had both fireplaces going today.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S THE FINAL BOOK????
This is karma. Some years ago Jeaniene Frost called me terribly upset. The publisher scheduled a signing but only gave her three weeks to promote it and she was all like, “Three weeks isn’t enough! I will get people complaining that they didn’t know about it.” And I was like, “Surely three weeks are enough. You have a blog, a Facebook, a Twitter, and a newsletter…”
I’ve now been talking about Magic Triumphs being the last book for a year on blog, Facebook, Twitter, and newsletter. And many people are terribly surprised.
To clear things up: Kate and Curran have earned their HEA. But we are not planning to retire KD world. It will continue with Hugh’s book, which will likely be released this Spring, because it is best read before Magic Triumphs, and possibly novellas or books from other characters’ points of view. They may or may not be self-published. (They will probably be self-published.) We are planning to continue Innkeeper and we may resume talks with Avon regarding the future of Hidden Legacy. We will let you know when we have something definite.
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. 🙂
The chapter is written, but we were a bit late on it, and it’s gone to proofreaders about an hour ago. Will post tonight. Stay tuned.