Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pre-orders and release dates

Pre-Orders for AN ECHO IN THE BONE

Some of you may have noticed that Amazon.com (the U.S. site) is now accepting pre-orders for AN ECHO IN THE BONE, with a projected publication date of September 29, 2009. Before you start getting too excited, let me offer a few words of caution.

1) Diana is still WRITING the book. Last I heard, she was hoping to be done by mid-February. Until the book is actually finished, I think it's premature to start talking about a specific release date. (Though Diana has consistently said that she expects it to be published sometime this fall.)

2) When she was asked about the Amazon date on Compuserve, Diana's verbatim reply was "SOP for Amazon. <rolling eyes>". (SOP = Standard Operating Procedure.) In other words, the information posted on Amazon shouldn't be trusted as accurate.

I'm sure that we will hear the exact date from Diana herself, on Compuserve and/or via her blog or website, just as soon as she and the publisher are ready to announce it. And I will certainly post any updates here if I hear anything.

Until then, go ahead and pre-order it if you want, just be aware that the date may change.

Graphic Novel Delayed until 2010

I think I've mentioned this here before, but as long as we're talking about pre-orders and release dates....The OUTLANDER graphic novel (still untitled), which we were hoping would be released in the summer of 2009, has been delayed until early 2010 in order to give the artist, Hoang Nguyen, time to finish the artwork.

Diana had this to say on Compuserve the other day about the graphic novel:

"It'll be out (we think) in early 2010; the script is done, but the artwork is complex and there's a lot of it (think an average of four panels--each of which is a detailed painting--times 192 pages); so far, Hoang's up to about page 75, I think."

Again, if I hear anything more definite than that, I will post it here.

If you're interested, the discussion on Compuserve about release dates is here.

8 comments:

Julie said...

Thanks for the update! I've got goosebumps just thinking about the new book being released this year!

Flo said...

Okay, I just found your blog via Entrecard and I am hooked. I love the Outlander series. I stumbled across it quite by accident about 2 years ago or so and have been hooked ever since. Trying to go to grad school and read book #6 is not working well :( Anyway, love the blog and I will be a regular reader.

Karen Henry said...

Flo:

Welcome! I am delighted to hear you like my blog. I am currently listening (yet again :-) ) to the audio version of ABOSAA myself.

It's an addiction, no question about it. If you have time, I would encourage you to check out the Compuserve Books and Writers Forum as well (link is on the right side of this page, just under the poll), which is the online community where Diana hangs out. We are always happy to welcome new fans over there.

Karen

GAGAY said...

dropping by!

gagay

Mitzi said...

Hi Karen,

The Poisoned Pen is also taking pre-orders for Echo and they are offering a limited number of autographed copies too. For those fans out there that may not be familiar with this store, it is a local book store in Arizona that Diana frequents. You can also watch a wonderful one-on-one (video) interview of Diana at their website. I’ve pre-ordered my autographed copy and plan to purchase Echo at my own local book store the day it is released. I personally like having 2 copies of each book; one for my collector’s book shelf and one that I know will fall apart from rereading it many times.

I hope the book will be out in Sept., but after reading Diana’s explanation of the complex process from MS to store-shelf, it may not be feasible. I do think it will be out before Christmas though. And personally, I wouldn’t mind waiting a little longer if it meant the book was as big as ABOSAA. The bigger the better!!

Mitzi

Karen Henry said...

Mitzi:

That's a great tip, thanks! I ordered a set of autographed hardcovers from the Poisoned Pen about a year ago, and I use them as my "reference" set (which is to say, I only touch them if I want to look up a specific quote). The Poisoned Pen does a great job and their salespeople were very friendly (and most definitely familiar with Diana's books!) when I called them to place my order last year.

I will definitely get an autographed copy of ECHO, but maybe not immediately upon its release. I want to be sure I'll have it in my hands on the release day, so I'll probably just buy it locally.

As for "the bigger the better", I hope you're right, but Diana keeps making comments that make it sound like it will be more the length of OUTLANDER or DRAGONFLY. Well, who knows, really, since she's still writing the book, and it's getting longer every day. We'll hope for the best.

Karen

Mary Ann said...

Dear Karen,

Outlander is still my favorite book in the series and it contains my favorite romantic quote. My favorite quote is when Jamie asks Claire if their passion is typical of married couples. In the Dell paperback it starts on page 320 but the most romantic part for me is on page 321:
He reached out and touched my lower lip,barely brushing the edge."It starts out the same, but then, after a moment," he said, speaking softly, "Suddenly it's as though I've a living flame in my arms." His touch grew firmer, outlining my lips and caressing the line of my jaw. "And I want only to throw myself into it and be consumed."

That's a lot to quote in a small column. Thanks for going to the trouble of finding them in the books.
inheiry@yahoo.com(Mary Ann)

Karen Henry said...

Mary Ann:

Oooohhh, that's a good one! Thanks!

Karen