Tor and Harriet have set the release date for A MEMORY OF LIGHT. Again. While I've been working on the book, this has happened a half dozen times, with varying levels of publicity surrounding the date.



This time we're saying January 8th. How likely is this one? Well, honestly, I don't know. Seems like it's the most firm of the lot. However, you've got to understand a couple of things.



First off, I don't set release dates, particularly not on these books. I pick my deadlines, then work to meet them. Tor and Harriet decide when the book is going to come out, judging by editing requirements, market factors, and the workings of the publishing machine. I didn't find out this one had been set as this day until long after the fact. So please, complaining to me . . . well, it's just not going to do anything but distract me from working on the book.



Secondly, Harriet is very, VERY worried about getting this book right. It's the last book in the series. There are no chances to change things after this, and revising a book like this takes time. Harriet would probably prefer even more space than this publication date gives us. She also isn't capable of pulling the long hours she might once have pulled. (And she shouldn't be expected to.)



It's not all on Harriet, though, not by a mile. I turned in a 360,000-word book. That's 20% longer than what they wanted, and that means each step of editing and production will require 20% more time than they had set aside. In addition, while I've set my own deadlines, I've come right up against them and (in a few cases) tiptoed across. For example, instead of sending a revised book at the end of December, I only had a first draft. That's the length pushing me back and making me revise expectations.



I realize that all you care about is getting your book, and this sounds like a lot of excuses. But here's the thing. You'll get the book when Harriet is ready to give it to you. Not before. If this were just me, I could work a big pile of 16-hour days and get it to you in the fall. But it's not just me, and beyond that, the last time I did that (on TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, which went through eleven drafts) we ended up with a pile of typos and wore Harriet out so much she said she didn't recover for well over six months.



I sincerely thought that we'd be releasing the book this fall. January 8th was a surprise to me when they told me. However, Harriet picked the last possible week the book could reasonably come out, because she wants as much time as possible to edit it.



I still think it's very possible that all will go smoothly and Harriet will push the book up. It happened with TGS, I believe, though that was only pushed up by a week. However, for now, we just have to assume January 8th is when it's coming out.



Best,



Brandon



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message 1: by Naz (new)

Naz Perfection takes time people. Stop complaining!


message 2: by Brandon (new)

Brandon I am just looking forward to it, whenever it comes out!


message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary Now the hype gets to last even longer! Wheel of Time YES.


message 4: by Teri (last edited Mar 09, 2012 06:24AM) (new)

Teri Thank you for the update! Now I just have to remember how long it took me to re-read the entire series this year before AMoL. 2 months, I think? Maybe less? (Learned to skip pages of braid-tugging, skirt smoothing, 'Men!','Women!', new-city descriptions, an so on, so I'm getting faster.)

BUT, since this is probably the last time I'll reread the entire series for a decade or two, I really want to dig in and enjoy things. I'll start from New Spring, I think, and really savor the FINAL read through.

Is anyone else thinking of taking time off from work in January for reading? I've never done this for ANY book, but for this, I just might have to.


message 5: by Mary (new)

Mary Teri wrote: "Thank you for the update! Now I just have to remember how long it took me to re-read the entire series this year before AMoL. 2 months, I think? Maybe less? (Learned to skip pages of braid-tugg..."

I'm in grad school and am TOTALLY thinking of taking a day or two off from classes to read this.


message 6: by Tamara (new)

Tamara Teri wrote: "Thank you for the update! Now I just have to remember how long it took me to re-read the entire series this year before AMoL. 2 months, I think? Maybe less? (Learned to skip pages of braid-tugg..."

I tried to read Towers of Midnight around work and it took me two weeks. I will definitely take time off to read this one. I learned my lesson!


message 7: by Rhovanmark (new)

Rhovanmark Teri wrote: "Thank you for the update! Now I just have to remember how long it took me to re-read the entire series this year before AMoL. 2 months, I think? Maybe less? (Learned to skip pages of braid-tugg..."

Thank God, I'm not the only person thinking of taking off to savor the reading of this book.


message 8: by Eric (new)

Eric Leblanc This thankfully just gave me more time for a complete reread

Don't worry about complaints Brandon, 95% of readers are understanding the situation :)


message 9: by Daniel (new)

Daniel The initial reactions on TOR are angry but I would rather have a better product that took longer to get to me than one with lots of mistakes 2 months earlier. Get it right THEN get it to me. Best of luck on getting it all ironed out.


message 10: by Tyler (new)

Tyler I was sad to hear, but ultimately I would strongly prefer a beautifully written book over a closer release date. Its the last of the series.


message 11: by David (last edited Feb 21, 2012 04:54AM) (new)

David I have to say first, thank you. You are doing an amazing job with this series, one many thought they would never be able to read, let alone enjoy as much as they do with these books. It must be a herculean task writing this much to finish and keep so many people happy at the same time. I, for one, look forward with great anticipation to this finale, as much as with any and all of your other books. Bravo!


message 12: by Alli (new)

Alli Resch that seems so far away, but i've been patiently reading these books, for god knows how many years, i think wait a little longer for it to be perfect.


message 13: by Troy (new)

Troy Johnson Brandon, thanks for what you've done with the series. I know you've made Robert Jordan proud. People like to complain. If they don't have something to complain about they aren't happy, so just think of it this way, you're making people happy!


message 14: by Brandon (new)

Brandon I know I am planning on getting some time off work to read this one, as well! :D


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