I just heard from my publisher that Age of War is going to be moved from April 17th, to July 3rd. I’m sorry about this slip, but in the grand scheme of “late releases 75 days isn’t that bad.
Why did this happen? Well a few things.
- When we received the copyedited book, there were a few little things that needed correcting. Nothing major…it’s not like I had to add or remove entire chapters, but there were some things that Robin pointed out and as it was our last chance to make changes we decided that the book would be better if we bite the bullet and addressed them.
- We received the copyedits on 11/2 and had a deadline of 11/15. And as we did our final review we realized that deadline was going to be missed. I generally don’t have deadlines (because I write entire series before publishing the first book). For the times I am under deadline, I take those dates seriously, and this was the first time I missed a delivery. But I’d rather have the book good than fast, and I think that was the right choice to make.
- Del Rey received our changes on 1/10, and of course anything “new” that was written has to go back to the copyeditors. They were very understanding and total professionals about this. I love that they are as dedicated as we are to providing a great product.
- We’re getting printer’s proofs on 2/13 and we’ll need to have everything back to them on 2/27. Ironically we leave for vacation a few days before that! But no worries, we’ll make it a “working vacation” and we WILL hit that deadline so there is no further delay.
So, that’s where we stand. Sorry about the delay. But all in all I’m pretty happy the speed of our releases as a whole. This will mark the 5th book released in 2 1/2 years…and that’s not so bad.
- Dec 2015: The Death of Dulgath (Riyria Chronicle #3)
- Jun 2016: Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1)
- Jul 2017: Age of Swords (Legends of the First Empire #2)
- Dec 2017: The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicle #4)
- Jul 2018: Age of War (Legends of the First Empire #3)
In other news, I’m working on the edits to Age of Legend (Legends of the First Empire #4) and the book is coming out really well. We don’t have a release date yet, but we hope to soon.