When will the next book be out?

I am very fortunate to have such enthusiastic and devoted readers. Believe me, I appreciate every one of you. I may not answer every email, but I do read them all. A kind and positive note from a reader is like a perfect truffle, and who can eat just one of those?

Since Queen of Swords has been out there’s been a big bump in the amount of email, and pretty much all of it ends with the same question: when will the next book be out? So I’m going to try to answer that clearly.

The Wilderness books are generally between 250,000 and 300,000 words in length. If the average manuscript page is 250 words, that means I’ve got about a thousand pages to write. Another way to approach this: I can write between 100,000 and 150,000 words a year.

I’ve just started Six (as I’m calling the next Wilderness book for the moment), so that means that with luck, I’ll finish it late summer 2008. At that point it goes to Bantam and the editing and production process starts. That requires at least six months.

So realistically, you should see Six sometime in 2009.

I realize that’s a long way off. For me it’s a long time too, dragging myself up the mountain. Difficult, but worthwhile in the end. In the meantime, I’ll suggest books to read that I have liked, and then if I may be so bold: there’s Tied to the Tracks out there waiting to be read, and Pajama Jones coming your way next year, probably in June or so.

Novels that come out in hard cover usually show up in softcover editions about a year after first release. So that means Tied to the Tracks will be out in June in paperback, and Queen of Swords in October.

Final note: you can find all the in-print editions of my books grouped together here (a link that is also on the top navigation bar under ‘writ by my own hand’). I am not suggesting you need to use that link to purchase anything; it’s just a convenient way to keep the information readily available. If you click through you’ll see that there are other categories: not writ by my own hand (books I’d recommend) and movies/television (some of my favorites). I don’t make a lot of money from this setup (I think last year the total payout was eleven bucks) but what does come through I donate to Doctors without Borders.

10 Replies to “When will the next book be out?”

  1. I’m just excited that there IS going to be a next book. Sometimes with series, you just never know when they will end. Often if seems to be due to author burn-out or publishing issues.

    So, I’m out here cheering you on.

  2. Have you read “Sisters in Spirit: Hodenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Sally Roesch Wagner) ISBN1570671214? I’ve lent out my copy or I’d send it to you. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born in Johnstown, NY in 1815….and I can’t help but wonder if she didn’t somehow know the women of Paradise….. Wagner’s premise is that Stanton and the other movers and shakers at the Seneca Falls, NY conference were familiar with the liberated attitudes of their Iroquois neighbors…Apparently there is documentation on some of their time spent on Western New York reservations etc. It has been a while since I’ve read it….but last week after finishing Queen of Swords, I picked up the local paper and opened to a big spread on Elizabeth Cady Stanton..and thought of you. Lisa PS. I loved Queen of Swords. Thank you so much. I think that it’s second only to Into the Wilderness.

  3. Lisa: somehow or another I missed that book, but I’m off to find a copy. Immediately. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. And I’m glad you liked Queen of Swords. I’m kinda fond of it myself.

  4. As greedy as I am to devour book 6 and any others after it (fingers crossed! hehe) I fully understand there is definitely a long and involved process to producing such wonderous pieces of writing… so I’ll hold off asking that question for a wee while yet!

  5. It was worth the wait. I hope I can wait until 08-09.
    I love that the family is all back together. I can’t wait to see what the sisters and brothers do with their lives. I read slowly because I knew I would not be able to read another one for so long.

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