Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"Virgins" update

Many of you have been wondering when we'll see Diana Gabaldon's story, "Virgins", about Jamie and Ian as young mercenaries in France.  Here's what we know right now:

1) Diana finished writing this story in March, 2012.

2) "Virgins" will be published in an anthology (a collection of stories by many different authors) called DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

3) The DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology does not yet have a publication date.  (Even Diana Gabaldon doesn't know when it will be published.)

Diana says the editors are waiting for one more story, by George R.R. Martin, to be completed before they can set a publication date.  (We have no idea how much longer it will be.  Hopefully sometime in 2013, but that's only a guess.  And yes, I know it's frustrating!)

4) The DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology is not yet available for pre-order on Amazon.com or anywhere else -- because it doesn't yet have a release date.

There are many books by that name listed on Amazon, but the one that will contain Diana's story is edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.  If you see a DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology by Otto Penzler or anyone else, you are looking at the wrong book.

As soon as I hear anything about a definite publication date for the DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology, I will post it here and on my Release Dates FAQ page.

Finally, just as a side note, Diana mentioned on Compuserve last week that she is not going to be doing any more stories for anthologies, after "Virgins".
Russ (my agent) and I had already decided that--save for something truly special--I wouldn't do the short pieces for anthologies anymore, but would do them as standalone ebook originals.

   I wouldn't have done short pieces in the first place without being invited to do them for anthologies, so it was a valuable entry into the world of short(er) fiction--but having now got used to doing things shorter than 100,000 words on occasion, I feel I no longer need that stimulus.<g>
That's as much as we know right now. If you want to see excerpts and discussion of the "Virgins" story, there's a thread on Compuserve here.

I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion.  Please pass this information on to anyone else you know who may be interested.  Thanks!

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