It’s seems like a very long time ago indeed, June 30 2014 in fact, that I was able to share the initial editorial feedback on the manuscript for Daughter Of Blood, The Wall Of Night Book Three, with words like “tremendous” and “terrific” being bandied about—which was very heartening for me after what had felt like a very long slog.
At the end of last year, I confirmed that the edit stage was also “done and dusted”. In a subsequent post, titled “The Journey Of (Considerably More Than) A Thousand Words”, I also shared something of the nature of the journey to book completion.
At that stage, I hoped the book would get to readers in the Northern Hemisphere Fall / Southern Hemisphere spring 2015, but the publication date has been confirmed as January 2016.
No one is more conscious than I that this date will be almost four years from the publication of The Gathering Of The Lost. I can only apologise for my part in what I know, as a keen reader myself, is a very long wait. I really, really wish it could be sooner for readers, but when a book has taken a long time to write, you lose your place in the production schedule and so must wait until a suitable slot comes up.
However, my understanding is that the date is ‘firm’ and so should not change again—unless of course, readers clamour so loudly that it is brought forward. But I suspect that would take a very high level of clamouring indeed.
And trying hard to look on the bright side, I am hopeful that the January 2016 publication date may mean the gap between Daughter Of Blood and The Wall Of Night Book Four is a whole lot shorter. All digits crossed that the Muses may prove kind on that score.