The other day at work, I was bored so I was checking to see if they were any updates to some of the books I can’t wait to read. One is the Lair of Dreams, book two in the Diviner’s series by Libba Bray. There was indeed an update. The publication date has been pushed back! Again! This book was originally supposed to be released this past September but was pushed back to this upcoming April and now July! JULY! July!!! That’s like 8 months from now! The first book, The Diviner’s came out in September of 2012 and I got an Advanced Reader’s Copy of it a couple months before, so I’ve already been waiting for more then 2 years by the time it does finally comes out.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about the publishing industry and about how it works. I have friends who work in various publishing houses in the city and follow several different authors on twitter and tumblr, so I’ve pieced the process together. It turns out a lot there is a lot of work that goes into making a book a book. From the first draft, the many rounds of revisions and edits to person who does the lay out and then the graphic design team to come up with the cover. All doing this on deadline, so it’s already to go to printing at the right time to be printed and shipped out and the marketing team have time to promote and spread the word. Here’s a what Cassandra Clare had to say on the process of publishing Clockwork Princess.
So, really one miss deadline and the whole chain is broken and release date gets pushed back. Not a lot of room for error. No wonder, authors get a little loopy around deadlines. I know, in the case of Miss Bray, the reason for her missed deadline was quite serious. In March of 2014, she blogged about her struggle with depression. So I understand. It doesn’t make the wait any easier.
But you know, it’s not a bad thing for the wait. We have become so used to books in a series being released every year that we get impatient. Very impatient. For some readers, a year between books is too long and go to twitter to complain about how long it is to the authors. Obviously, these readers, don’t remember or are too young to remember the three wait between Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They obviously are not readers of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series or George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones. (C’mon on George!) A year between books is nothing.
Going back to the three year gap in the Harry Potter series, which at the time felt like an eternity. Harry Potter 1, 2, 3 and 4 came out in ’97, ’98, ’99 and ’00 respectively. These books were not as long or complicated as the following books so I’m guessing it didn’t take as long to edit as the later books. Also, the series was just starting to take off. It wasn’t until the Goblet of Fire did Barnes and Noble start doing midnight release parties. Ms. Rowling, had less obligations and more time to devote to writing. Ms. Rowling, also got married and had a child between the publication of 4 and 5, so after having 4 books come out in 4 consecutive years, there was a three years without a Harry Potter book. When it finally came it was the Order of the Phoenix. Now it’s up to debate, but I think it’s the weakest of the books. It was long, had so many different subplots and I wanted to smack Harry for most of the book. Ms. Rowling has come out to say that she was rushed to finish the book and wished she had more time to edit. I can’t help but agree with her. The movie of Order the Phoenix is actually quite good, mostly because they were able to delete scenes that were unnecessary, (though I wish there was some scenes left in *cough Neville *cough*)
As much as I want to read the Lair of Dreams. I want it to be good and for it to be good, Ms Bray needs time to write and revise. Her publishing house needs time to edit, print and promote it. If we learned anything from the Order of the Phoenix is that as hard as it to wait, waiting is the best choice. Our impatience with Ms. Rowling, cheated us out of the best book she could have written. Who knows, what the Order of the Phoenix would have been if she was able to take the time she needed to get it right. True in the end, it turned out great but think how much better it could have been.
So Ms. Bray. Take your time. Get healthy and happy and write the best Diviner’s book you can because you deserve it and as readers, we deserve it too. In the mean time, I’m going to reread the Diviner’s again and if you haven’t read it. You definitely should. You have time before the next Lair of Dreams comes out.