Diana Gabaldon made the following announcement today:
"Well. I _really_ hate writing this, and I do apologize….but the pub date for MOBY is moving."*** Before you panic, PLEASE take the time to read the full explanation in Diana's own words. ***
Here's my reaction:
I know a lot of people will be disappointed to hear this, but I'm not really surprised that the date is moving. If Random House wants to coordinate MOHB's release with the TV series, it doesn't make sense for the book to come out 5 months earlier.
And If this delay gives Diana more time to make sure the book is the best possible quality, then IMHO it will be worth it, no matter how much the fans scream and moan about the date changing.
"I could get the necessary wordage on paper by the end of the year—but it wouldn’t be _good_. Good takes more time. And I’m really sorry, but you’re not getting a book that’s less than the best I can do."The way I see it, that's the important thing! Just speaking personally, the idea of a date change doesn't bother me. We've been waiting more than four years, we can manage a few more months. The book will be out when it's ready, and it will absolutely be worth the wait! I'm sure of that.
Note to those of you who had already made plans based on the preliminary book-tour schedule on the Random House site:
"Since the pub date is moving….I’m afraid (and my Deep Apologies to the poor publicists) all the tour events will have to be rescheduled, once a new date is chosen."Please help spread the word to any other OUTLANDER fans you may know!
*** UPDATE 11/15/2013 6:51 pm: Diana Gabaldon announced today that the new publication date for the US and Canada will be June 10, 2014! Look here for her announcement with more details. ***