Saturday, January 11, 2020

Happy Birthday, Diana Gabaldon!

Wishing a very happy birthday to Diana Gabaldon, author of the OUTLANDER series, who turns 68 years old today!

Diana, I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Thank you so much -- again! -- for creating this AMAZING story!! And many thanks for your friendship, which means a great deal to me.

If you're on Twitter, please join OUTLANDER fans worldwide in celebrating Diana's birthday with the hashtag #HappyBdayDG.

If you want to send birthday wishes directly to Diana, her Twitter id is @Writer_DG, or you can post on her Facebook page.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Diana Gabaldon explains the book production process

I'm sure many of you have been wondering when they'll announce the publication date for GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, Book 9 in the OUTLANDER series. (Not yet, is the short answer.)

Diana Gabaldon posted a detailed explanation on Twitter and Facebook of all the steps in the production process that occur after the manuscript is "finished". (Though, as her husband says, finished is a relative term!) It's well worth reading, and I encourage you to share it with any other OUTLANDER fans you may know.

For those of you who haven't seen Diana's list of all the (many!) steps in the production process, which she refers to at the beginning of that post, the most recent version (updated in 2015) is on her website here.  It was quite an eye-opener for me, the first time she posted it (back in 2008, before ECHO came out), and I imagine there are a lot of people who haven't seen it before.

In particular, please pay attention to this bit at the end of Diana's post:
Let it be noted that we did ALL of the above within five weeks, for each of the last two books.  This drove everyone to the verge of insanity (and was terribly expensive), and we Really Don't Want to Do That Again (any of us!), which is why you aren't getting a pub date until the manuscript is by-God Finished.
As much as I'm looking forward to BEES, I'm actually glad to hear this. It's always seemed such a shame (to put it mildly!) that Diana Gabaldon spends five years or more working on a book, taking such care over every word, only to have to rush through the final phases of copy-editing etc. at such a breakneck speed to meet the publisher's deadline(s). It's exhausting and stressful for everyone concerned, and I hope the decision to do things differently this time will make it somewhat less harrowing for her.

In the meantime, please try to be patient, and remember, "Fuirich agus chi thu!" That's "wait and see" in Gaelic, one of Diana's favorite phrases. I'm 100% sure that GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE will be worth the wait!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Season 5 key art!

STARZ has released the official OUTLANDER Season 5 key art! This is the image that will be used to promote Season 5 in the coming weeks.

I like it. It's vivid and dramatic. What do the rest of you think?

Now that the key art has been released, I expect we'll see the TV tie-in paperback of THE FIERY CROSS (with some variation of this artwork on the cover) coming pretty soon. I'll post an update when it's available for pre-order.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

December poll results

Here are the results of the December poll, which asked the question, "What is your favorite gift from the OUTLANDER books?"
  • 19.21% - The medicine box Jamie gave Claire for their anniversary
  • 19.21% - Fergus's last name
  • 14.26% - The pearl necklace Jamie gave Claire on their wedding day.
  • 10.95% - Claire's silver wedding ring
  • 9.30% - Adso the kitten
  • 8.26% - Brianna's photos
  • 6.40% - The poison ivy bouquet
  • 4.34% - The cherrywood snake Jamie's brother made for him
  • 4.13% - The rosary Jamie gave Willie as a farewell gift
  • 2.89% - The vrooms Roger made for the children
  • 0.41% - The dachshund puppy Stephan von Namtzen gave Lord John.
  • 0.62% - Other
There were 484 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! Please take a moment to vote in the January poll, which asks, "Have you ever been to Scotland?