How many pages will BEES be?
Diana Gabaldon announced today on her Facebook page that she has started reviewing the galleys for GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE, Book 9 in the OUTLANDER series.
This is step L in her explanation of the many stages of the book production process (definitely worth reading, for those of you who haven't seen it before!)
The galleys (short for "galley-proofs," which is an old printing term) are (in this modern day) an electronic file, which is an exact facsimile of what the final printed book will look like.
This means--among many other things--that I do now know how many pages the book has. <g> I know this is something a lot of people have been eagerly speculating on for months, God knows why...
I won't tell you right now how many pages there are, but if you'd like to guess.... <g> (I _will_ tell you sometime when the book's gone to press.
So, do any of you want to guess how many pages long BEES will be? Just for comparison purposes, here are the page counts for the hardcover editions of the other books in the OUTLANDER series:
OUTLANDER = 627 pages
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER = 743 pages
VOYAGER = 870 pages
DRUMS OF AUTUMN = 880 pages
THE FIERY CROSS = 979 pages
A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES = 980 pages
AN ECHO IN THE BONE = 814 pages (excluding Author's Notes)
WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD = 814 pages (excluding Author's Notes)
The BEES page on the Penguin Random House site (Diana's US publisher) currently lists the page count as 928 pages (and it's listed that way on Amazon and many other online sites), but I have no idea if that's the final number or not. So if you'd like to guess, go right ahead! (Sorry, there's no prize, other than the satisfaction of having gotten it right.)
Just keep in mind that Diana has said in the past that THE FIERY CROSS and A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES were both pushing the physical limits of what is possible to print, so BEES will likely be shorter than those two.
For more information about BEES, please see my Book 9 FAQ page.