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.