Originally posted by Jamie Badman:
but I think that such severe delays should be communicated so that people who have handed over their money know what's going on.
You're absolutely right, Jamie. My only excuse is that I didn't want to post any information until I had a firm publication date. This can't happen until the book goes to the printer. If I had known it would take this long to get to the printer I wouldn't have waited to post. Unfortunately, the process has been more like Chinese water torture or the death of a thousand cuts. Each delay looked like it would only set things back a few days more. Until the next tiny delay. And then the next one and the next one.
Without going into details, I'll say that the problem has involved factors outside the control of either Michael Maxwell or myself. At the time that I started taking orders, it seemed certain that the book would be out soon since 99% of the work was done. All that remained was the brief (!) task of layout and design.
At this point it appears virtually certain that the book will go to the printer at the end of next week, at which point I will be able to post a publication date. (I'd be lying if I didn't admit that this isn't the first time I've believed that.)
I can only hope that the quality of the book and the deep discount I offered on pre-orders will make the wait worthwhile.
As to Jeff Eline's comment, “Never again,” I can tell you that I've uttered those words to myself upon finishing each of the seven books I've written. After the ordeal involved in getting this one to press, this time I may stick to my resolution.