The title says it all, really. owing to some extenuating circumstances to do with my publishers, I’m slightly sorry (and in other ways, slightly relieved) to say that the publication of Man O’War is going to be postponed to early 2018.
The reasons for doing so are sound, but shan’t be divulged, which makes it sound more conspiratorial than it is, so let’s just say that the book will be better served by a launch in the early Spring.
At first I was mildly irritated (a mildly irritated author. Oo-er.) by the delay, mainly because, well, because. It’s my debut, and I’m chomping at the bit for it to be released and Out There. However, the rational part of me reminds me that I’ve waited all my life for this moment, and a few extra months won’t make too much difference. It’s possible that the book could have been rushed out to meet the original proposed launch date, but what would the point be? It’d only be shooting myself in the foot, and the extra time gives me a few precious more months to try and drum up some interest and word-of-mouth. Plus, it give me more time to focus on completing my next novel, Hole In The Sky. Hopefully it will mean a smaller gap between publications as well, which is definitely a good thing.
We’re all human, even writers (especially writers). It’s only normal to want to se our work out there, as soon as possible. I see it (and have also been guilty of it) in the self-publishing sector often: books rushed out with little thought to crucial (but frequently perceived as boring) parts of the process such as cover design, editing, proofreading and marketing. I’m determined to do it properly, and so will greet the delay with, yes, a certain slight amount of disappointment, but mostly I’m phlegmatic about it.
More info as it comes. For now, attached are two draft covers for the book. I’d love to hear any comments!