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A MEMORY OF LIGHT Release Date - Mistborn
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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.



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sapphyres From: sapphyres Date: February 16th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was surprised by the date, yes. But it's the very LAST ONE of a series I've read since loke 1997. It's worth waiting for just because of that. I mean, no more? :( Ever? D-: And also, I want the book to be perfect. It WILL be perfect. You both took your time to make it what it should be.
raeyn From: raeyn Date: February 16th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't kill yourselves - that would be bad. :) Take the time needed... we've all waited long enough that a few more months is nothing. Anyone who says otherwise is just getting greedy.
darkebon From: darkebon Date: February 16th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
You guys take your time - I'd rather it was done right than done now. The last couple have been fantastic, and I've no doubt that the last one will be just as good when it does hit the shelves.
crossfire From: crossfire Date: February 16th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am glad you and your team are taking the time to get the last book right.
triadruid From: triadruid Date: February 17th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Coming out the week before the anniversary of the first book coming out (Jan. 15) has some poetry to it. Don't stress about the dates.
peloquyn From: peloquyn Date: February 18th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it came out on the 12th?
rivendell76 From: rivendell76 Date: February 17th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Please stop apologizing Brandon, there are always people who are complaining but the real fans want the book to be just right. If that takes a bit more time, so be it. Most of us are just grateful that you agreed to take on this incredibly daunting task; without you the Wheel wouldn't have kept turning!
ladysanjou From: ladysanjou Date: February 18th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Joining the bandwagon of supporters - so I say: Take your time. Relax, make it perfect, be happy about a piece of wonderful work! I've read the series over so many years, a few months more will not seriously count. Though I am looking forward to it quite badly, I also understand the effort as well as the emotion that is going into it.

Meet you all at Shayol Ghul! =D

Edited at 2012-02-18 07:31 pm (UTC)
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