An update from Diana
Take the time to read through the whole thing. (Be sure to click "View Full Message" at the bottom of the message window so you'll see all of it.) I thought it was extremely interesting, to see how the production process works.
Diana says that they're planning to distribute ARC copies of SCOTTISH PRISONER for reviewers, something they haven't done for her books in many years. I suspect they're trying to make the point that this isn't "just" a Lord John novel, that it should be judged on its own merits.
Also, for those of you who follow Diana's #DailyLines on Twitter, she's started posting them again. <g>
Many of you are wondering how Book 8 is coming along. Here's what Diana had to say about that:
Now, there are brief lag periods where the ms. has gone back to the editor and not yet come back to me, during which I can actually work on other stuff, like Book Eight (I do believe I have a Real Title, btw, but am going to keep it to myself for a bit, 'til I'm sure of it). <g> But I won't have my real Work Mode back again until SCOTTISH PRISONER has actually gone to bed--probably around the end of August, first week of September (during which I'll be at DragonCon, too).There's a surprise at the very end of Diana's post, by the way -- a brief snippet from a new story she's working on, featuring Jamie and Ian! (Feel free to comment on that excerpt here if you want to.)
I'm very much relieved that Diana is back home. As Section Leader of the Diana Gabaldon folder on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community, I do my best to answer questions and keep things under control when Diana is traveling, but my job gets much easier, and more fun, when she's around!