Why All the Delays?

About the Publishing Schedule for The Year of the Red Door

Some of you may have noticed that the release date for The Bellringer as well as for the subsequent installments of The Year of the Red Door keeps getting pushed back.   You may have also noticed that my blog posts have all but ceased.   Some of you have asked, so I thought I’d say a little about it all.

It has to do with life, not with problems of preparing the manuscripts.   Since May of this year, several very serious family matters have arisen that have required a great deal of attention. That is what has drawn me away from the work of publication preparations and why I stopped posting on this blog.

These things happen.   And such may happen again.   Certainly it is frustrating, but I am striving to maintain perspective and  determination.   Meanwhile, I do continue to work on certain small aspects of the publishing project (The Year of the Red Door, that is) as time permits.   Other tasks must be put off.   For example, one of the really big tasks before me is to apply the latest round of revision-suggestions as received from my editors.   For me, doing revisions is always a time-consuming and energy intensive process.   There are other tasks requiring just as much effort that have also been put on hold.   During this rather straining period, I find that I must conserve my time and energy in order to perform my duty to my family to the best of my ability.

“Delay is hateful, but it gives wisdom.” –Publilius Syrus

 While not giving a lot of detail, I sincerely hope this post serves as something of an apology for the delays.   As soon as things are back on track (perhaps by mid-September), you’ll see new posts and updates.   Then I hope to establish a firm publication schedule for The Year of the Red Door.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your patience and for your expressions of interest and concern.   I promise that I will do my utmost to make your wait worthwhile by publishing (just as soon as I can) a good story for your enjoyment.


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