• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

The State of the Wicket – February 2012

The State of the Wicket – February

Now, we’ve been getting a lot of mail, Facebook comments, tweets, and so on, asking about the status of Book Eight, the short stories, etc. So I thought I’d give you a quick run-down of what-all I’ve been doing, where it all is at the moment, a short peek at everything, and—most importantly [g]—when things will be published.

For starters, I’m very pleased to announce that The Scottish Prisoner was released on November 29th, 2011. This release also includes a “teaser” chunk from Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (aka Book Eight, or MOHB (aka “Moby,” which is how I refer to it for convenience. I don’t _think_ it will be white, but it will certainly be a whale of a book [cough]). The teaser includes several scenes about different characters.

Now, I do normally work on multiple projects at once; it keeps me from getting writer’s block, and makes me generally more productive. I also think it’s entertaining to write the occasional short piece (novella or short story) that fills in a missing part of someone’s story and/or provides more depth to the overall tale.

The most recent of these short pieces to be published was “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies,” which was published last October—and which gratified me extremely by recently being nominated for an Edgar Award (for best mystery short story of the year—though it’s not all that short, really…)—in an anthology titled DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS. The anthology is edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois. http://tinyurl.com/Plague-Zombies

I’m presently writing a short story for another anthology (this one titled DANGEROUS WOMEN)—the story is called “Virgins,” and is about Jamie and his not-yet-brother-in-law Ian, as very young mercenaries in France. I don’t have a pub date for this anthology yet, but expect it will be out sometime later this year. I do post occasional brief snippets from “Virgins” (as well as other works-in-progress) on my Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/AuthorDianaGabaldon.

OK– on to Book Eight, which is probably what most people want to know about.

1) WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the eighth volume in the main Outlander series. (It’s the sequel to AN ECHO IN THE BONE, where allll the cliffhangers will be picked up. [g])

2) I don’t know yet if WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD is the last book in this series!!

3) I am still writing WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD!!!

A) I hasten to say that most of the mail I get is wonderful, and Much Appreciated! However, I do get a small amount of idiotic email accusing me of having already finished the book, but “hiding” it from the readers, or keeping it off the market “just to be mean” or (of all insane notions) “to drive the price up.” (It ain’t pork bellies, people; the cover price is the same whenever it comes out, and I don’t set it.) I don’t mean to be impolite here, but…geez, guys.

i) Look. Books are

a) written in order to be read, and
b) published in order to make money.

ii) Publishers do not make money from books that are not in bookstores. Ergo….

iii) Publishers want to sell books as soon as the books are ready.

iv) So do authors. What do you think I live on, while I’m supposedly keeping a book off the market to be mean? And why do you think I’d want to be mean to the people who read my books? Sheesh.

4) Right. Now, I hope to finish writing the book around the end of this year.
OK, pay close attention now….

5) The book will not—repeat not—REPEAT NOT!!!—be published on December 31st, even if I finish writing it on December 30th. Why not? Well, because…

A) Books don’t go directly from the author to the bookstore.
B) Books go from the author to the Editor, who

i) reads the manuscript
ii) discusses the manuscript with the author, and
iii) suggests minor revisions that may improve the book

C) The book goes back to the author, who

i) re-reads the manuscript
ii) considers the editor’s comments, and
iii) makes whatever revisions, emendments, or clarifications seem right.

D) The book goes back to the editor, who

i) reads it again
ii) asks any questions that seem necessary, and
iii) sends it to

E) The copy-editor. This is a person whose thankless job is to

i) read the manuscript one…word…at…a…time
ii) find typos or errors in grammar, punctuation, or continuity (one heck of a job, considering the size not only of the individual books, but of the overall series), and
iii) write queries to the author regarding anything questionable, whereupon

F) The book comes back to the author—yes, again—who

i) re-reads the manuscript
ii) answers the copy-editor’s queries, and
iii) alters anything that the copy-editor has changed that the author disagrees with. After which, the author sends it back to

G) The editor—yes, again!—who

i) re-re-reads it
ii) checks that all the copy-editor’s queries have been answered, and sends it to

H) The Typesetter, who sets the manuscript in type, according to the format laid out by

I) The Book-Designer, who

i) decides on the layout of the pages (margins, gutters, headers or footers, page number placement)
ii) chooses a suitable and attractive typeface
iii) decides on the size of the font
iv) chooses or commissions any incidental artwork (endpapers, maps, dingbats—these are the little gizmos that divide chunks of text, but that aren’t chapter or section headings)
v) Designs chapter and Section headings, with artwork, and consults with the

J) Cover Artist, who (reasonably enough) designs or draws or paints or Photo-Shops the cover art, which is then sent to

K) The Printer, who prints the dust-jackets–which include not only the cover art and the author’s photograph and bio, but also “flap copy,” which may be written by either the editor or the author, but is then usually messed about with by

L) The Marketing Department, whose thankless task is to try to figure out how best to sell a book that can’t reasonably be described in terms of any known genre [g], to which end, they

i) try to provide seductive and appealing cover copy to the book
ii) compose advertisements for the book
iii) decide where such advertisements might be most effective (periodicals, newspapers, book-review sections, radio, TV, Facebook, Web)
iv) try to think up novel and entertaining means of promotion, such as having the author appear on Second Life to do a virtual reading, or sending copies of the book to the armed troops in Iraq, or booking the author to appear on Martha Stewart or Emiril Lagasse’s cooking show to demonstrate recipes for unusual foods mentioned in the book.
vi) kill a pigeon in Times Square and examine the entrails in order to determine the most advantageous publishing date for the book.

M) OK. The manuscript itself comes back from the typesetter, is looked at (again) by the editor, and sent back to the author (again! As my husband says, “to a writer, ‘finished’ is a relative concept.”), who anxiously proof-reads the galleys (these are the typeset sheets of the book; they look just like the printed book’s pages, but are not bound), because this is the very last chance to change anything. Meanwhile

N) A number of copies of the galley-proofs are bound—in very cheap plain covers—and sent to

O) The Reviewers. i.e., the bound galleys are sent (by the marketing people, the editor, and/or the author) to the book editors of all major newspapers and periodicals, and to any specialty publication to whom this book might possibly appeal, in hopes of getting preliminary reviews, from which cover quotes can be culled, and/or drumming up name recognition and excitement prior to publication. Frankly, they don’t always bother with this step with my books, because they are in a rush to get them into the bookstores, and it takes several months’ lead-time to get reviews sufficiently prior to publication that they can be quoted on the cover.

P) With luck, the author finds 99.99% of all errors in the galleys (you’re never going to find all of them; the process is asymptotic), and returns the corrected manuscript (for the last time, [pant, puff, gasp, wheeze]) to the editor, who sends it to

(1. The ebook coding happens somewhere in here.)

Q) The Printer, who prints lots of copies (“the print-run” means how many copies) of the “guts” of the book—the actual inside text. These are then shipped to

R) The Bindery, where the guts are bound into their covers, equipped with dust-jackets, and shipped to

S) The Distributors. There are a number of companies—Ingram, and Baker and Taylor, are the largest, but there are a number of smaller ones—whose business is shipping, distributing, and warehousing books. The publisher also ships directly to

T) The Bookstores, but bookstores can only house a limited number of books. Therefore, they draw on distributors’ warehouses to resupply a title that’s selling briskly, because it takes much longer to order directly from the publisher. And at this point, [sigh]…the book finally reaches

U) You, the reader.

And we do hope you like it when you get it—because we sure-God went to a lot of trouble to make it for you. [g]

6) As it happens, Random House (who publishes my books in the US and Canada) prefers to publish my titles in the Fall quarter (between September 1 and December 31). That’s because this is traditionally the biggest sales period in the year, what with the run-up to Christmas, and therefore all the publishers normally release their “big” titles in the Fall. I’m flattered to be among them.

However, if I do finish the manuscript around the end of this year, Random House (and the UK publisher, Orion, and the German publisher, Blanvalet) _may_ decide to release the book earlier in 2013. They probably won’t set a pub date until I deliver the manuscript—which I _HOPE_ (no guarantees, mind you. Stuff Happens) to finish by the end of 2012.

(The other foreign editions—I think we’re now up to 29 countries, including Israel, Croatia, Russia, Greece, and Korea, which is pretty cool—will be out whenever their respective editors and translators finish their production processes, but I’m afraid I can’t predict that at all.)

So—that’s why the English and German-speaking readers will almost certainly get Written in My Own Heart’s Blood _sometime_ in 2013.

When I have a specific publication date, rest assured—I’ll tell you. (Webmaster’s note: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD has an official publisher release date of June 10, 2014.)

[Amended to add that the photo above is of me sitting down to a well-earned glass of wine at the end of all this...no, really, it's of me at a dinner at Culloden House last summer. Thanks to Judy Lowstuter, who took it!]

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  1. Anything worthwhile is worth waiting for. Relax people and let the lady do her job her way. Her Book, Her way.
    Thanks Diana for the wonderful adventures over the years, and yes , I ‘ll wait patiently for book 8.

    • Wow that is quite the going back and forth! I hope someplace in that list we add the audio version. I look forward to whenever it come out. No pressure

      • I will have to wait for the audio as well, I listen while I drive and that is absolutely the best way to enjoy the books. My commutes are about an hour and a half each way, so it works for me. Besides, Davina Porter is just fabulous.

        • Dear Debra–

          She is! So is Jeff Woodman, who read the Lord John part of the series.


          • I love Jeff Woodman’s work.

          • I agree. Jeff Woodman has become Lord John’s voice-in-my-head.

          • I love your books and I love to quilt. Since I’ve read all the books I am now listening to the books while I quilt. I am getting a lot of quilts made this winter and really enjoying myself! Currently on Dragonfly in Amber. Davina Porter is wonderful.

        • I think that Davina Porter really brings this amazing masterpiece to life-and certainly because you don’t ever have to stop listening- the story can go with you anywhere and while doing almost anything – it is my preferred method of enjoyment. The Diana/Davina team is my absolute favorite. I am so excited to know what happens to everyone (these characters seem so real, I think about them and where we left off in Echo frequently) but I can’t read the excerpts because I would feel like I cheated, and I know that I can wait for the whole book to be ready…but it’s November of 2013 now…and I haven’t heard or seen anything yet…I was really hoping to get MOBY as a Chanukah gift this year. I think that usually the Audible version comes out at the same time as the hard copy, and I can’t imagine that the Diana/Davina combo will be broken, right?

          • Ok- I’ve got to start my apology by saying-in my own defense like- I had just returned from a flight (I’m a flight nurse) and it was 4:30 in the morning with NO sleep at all… And I realize now, after a full night’s sleep and my hubby’s loving (laughing out loud and poking me in the side repeatedly) encouragement that this year IS 2012 and the book is supposed to come out NEXT year… I am an such an idiot- although, I AM still interested in knowing if it will be Davina Porter reading the book?
            Sorry, I shouldn’t be allowed Internet access after not sleeping!

    • Ditto! I do hope the book is the same size as others in series, though & not smaller like “Scottish Prisoner”. ( just a personal preference)

      • Dear Suzanne–

        Well, SCOTTISH PRISONER is a different _kind_ of book. MOBY is one of the Big Books; it follows AN ECHO IN THE BONE, and looks like being fairly substantial. [g]


        • I like that Scottish Prisoner is a different size – it’s fun to have something different. And I LOVED it! Now I want to read about John grey when he was younger.

          I’m excited for MOBY because it’s hard to wait but I’m with you that you have to do what you have to do.

          You don’t usually leave cliffhangers, let alone multiple ones, so we’re all a bit more anxious this time around.

          Thanks for all your hard work and your wonderful imagination.


        • I love hearing it is one of the “big books”!!

        • I love the size of the Scottish Prisoner. Fit in my hands well. Yet, glad to hear the next one will be one of the “big” ones. Think I am going to read the whole series yet again in preparation for the next one!

    • I’m dumbfounded that someone would take the time to write such sillly complaints.

      But apparently someone has, and all I can say is shame on you…and consider taking some medication!

      Look, it’s a book – a REAAALLY good book that I’m looking forward to with great anticipation, but a book none-the-less. There’s no need to get so wound up that you start insulting the author.

      My two favorite Diana responses:

      ‘ it ain’t pork bellies, people!’


      ‘ (step) vi) kill a pigeon in Times Square in order to examine the entrails to determine the most advantageous publishing date for the book ‘


      I, like so many others, patiently await M.O.B.Y !

      • I agree! I think it’s pathetic to complain like that. Get a life people and Diana, just do your thing! We love your work and it’s worth waiting!

      • the other good thing about the long wait: there’s plenty of time to reread the whole series!

    • I’m not patient at all! But I do understand and will wait until the process runs its course. Thanks for the insight, Diana.

    • Thank you! Just what I was about to say ..
      Pressure wont help it! We should ALL wait patiently and be
      happy – and – enjoy the Bits and pieces Diana ALLOWS us to Read!
      She musnt do that, Know ?! :-)
      keep cool Lassies :-))

    • Thank you for sharing all the work that you do (and others do) behind the scenes. I’m thoroughly enjoying The Scottish Prisoner at the moment, in the few free moments I have to read for fun between life as a mother of two young children, working, going to school (taking my first history course – Canadian pre-confederation history), and volunteering. Thank you for sharing your fabulous stories with the world and I will gladly wait for book #8:)

    • Diana, I would venture to say that those few nitwits who caused you to write this blog entry are a small whiny group and NOT AT ALL indicative of your adoring fans, who are happy to get the books whenever they are ready; and probably ecstatic that Book 8
      “may” not be the last book :D

    • Dear Dr. Gabaldon,

      Thank you for the accurate, readable and coherent overview of the publishing industry – as a “retired” sales manager/rep, that’s the best I’ve seen.

      There is one other step: the marketing/editors have to present the new books of the season to the sales representatives at a sales conference months and months before the publishing release date so that they can put in their two cents’ worth into the print run estimates and then dash off to the buyers of the major bookstore chains and key independent stores so that they, too, can schedule such a best seller in their inventory and promotion. A sure-to-be-successful book like “Moby” is Christmas all year for the sales grunts, but it does take some planning to make sure that enough books are in the right places – all on time.
      [Imagine what it was like for the Harry Potter sales reps and The Veil of Secrecy before those books came out? ;) ]

      Your generosity by giving us a glimpse into your writing process is unique, and having mentioned it to an author the other day, we both agreed that it’s brave, too. What if you send something on Daily Lines and then want to change it after the editor sees it? It has to be done, and you risk sharp-eyed fans calling you on it!

      You deserve all the wine you need. We look forward to “Moby” when you decide it’s good and ready.

      Thank you,


      • Dear Sarah–

        Thanks! Both for all your hard work (and that of your fellow sales reps and managers), and for adding that valuable bit of insight into the publishing process! (I’ll add it, the next time I have to post this sort of piece. [g]).

        As to the #DailyLines…nah, I’m not worried about that. I’ve _always_ (since before OUTLANDER was published) posted excerpts of what I was writing–it is, in fact, the _only_ effective way of selling books that can’t be described. [g] But it’s always been done with the understanding that this is work in progress–obviously, some details will change, and some things that are posted don’t end up in the next book (usually because they turn out to belong in the one after that…). Sometimes I don’t think something works where it is–or just have a better idea. I think that’s kind of the charm of doing #DailyLines–I’m exposing the readers not only to tantalizing glimpses of the story, but to glimpses of the process of writing it, too. And I will say they mostly seem to appreciate that.


        • We do appreciate it…Tidbits every day! How do we get so lucky.
          Thanks for all your story telling prowess. Love it!
          Can’t believe anyone would ever complain!

    • Thanks for all your hard work…..I am sure it will be worth the wait. I just hope it is LONG, so I can make it last!

    • I agree with Sandra.. Everyone needs to chill out and leave Diana alone.. let her create her art.

    • Gives us all time to re-read the first 7 books anyway!
      I have read them all at least once, some twice.
      Love your style, here’s hoping Outlander goes for 9 or 10!

    • Just….Thank you for your wonderful stories. Honestly the most profoundly real fiction I have ever read and obviously the hell of a lot of work to bring to us.

    • i can only say that i waited for over 5 years for the sequel to the jean auel book-my mother and i debate this very issue and i know that even though it is hard to wait for the next book the longer we wait the better the book will be —-so i just do my yearly re-read of the series and fill in the gaps with any other good books i can find -im just thankful that such a good and fullfilling series of books is out there -thank you to diana for sharing her stories with us all-Sarah

    • Loved the Scottish Prisioner! It’s so nice to hear from all of these characters in between your books. I love the Outlander series and share them with anyone that will read one. Even my friends that don’t like to read, either read these or listen to them. You’re fabulous! I even like to read your blog. I read a TON and have my favorites,(all different genres), but you are my MOST favorite! Thanks for continuing Jamie & Claire’s story. And when they’re gone, continue on down the line. That could go forever you know! Can’t wait for the new one…whenever it comes out.

    • Patience! Why do you suppose we love these books so dearly?….because they aren’t rushed. They’re well thought out and the characters have hearts and souls. Never hurry your babies to grow up too fast, you’ll miss a lot if you do ;-)
      Whatever you’ve been doing Diana, please continue

    • You said it Sandra! I also have patience for something so good. I rarely find missed spelling or other errors. Which has become more and more rare over the years.

    • Well said. Good things come to those who wait, and wait we must, so we might as well let Herself do her job as peaceably as possible. Om Mani Padme Om… Sending peaceful, calm, happy writing vibes your way!

    • I love this infomation entirely! I was laughing as I read it. Thank you Diana Gabaldon for taking the time to enlighten us as to how exactly these books end up in our hands. When I began reading this all I could think was “who says she is keeping the book from the very people who are buying it”. But of course, smart lady that you are, you addressed this very thing.
      I for one can not wait to read the new one, but also understand the time and effort that each book must take. They are always worth waiting for!!

      Thank you for keeping us all entertained for so many years!

    • Agreed!! Everything you explained -and WOW! by the way- is why I reread the series and wait patiently for the next installment. I am loving the daily lines on Facebook.
      Thank you, Diana, for sharing your amazing gift with us.

    • I agree with Sandra… ( and throughly enjoyed your run-down of production and marketing- lol) I would rather the time be allowed for you to write as you like, so that we can enjoy all the magic of your writing wizardry vs having you under so much pressure to rush it out to the addicted (myself included). I will patiently wait, enjoying additional rounds of the early books and LJ series to keep my cravings at bay- So enjoy that well deserved glass of wine and write on, write on….:)

    • Thank you for the explanation. As a huge fan I am sorry there are crazy people out there. Don’t they understand before this process starts the words have to go from your head to pen to paper? If they want to be that dumb you don’t need them. For every one person there are 5 more lined up. You take your time. It’s your freakin book.

    • Diana:

      Loved the Scottish Prisoner and how it filled in the gaps. Take your time with number 8, those of us that appreciate your stories and writing style are more than willing to wait. Hard to believe that when we lived in Flagstaff and attended your father’s Parrish that someday I would be so hooked on his daughter’s books. Now my 86 year old mother and 27 year old niece share the passion. Have a wonderful 2012.

  2. Diana – I am tired just reading this blog post! You make it sound like writting the book is the easy part of this journey. I honestly don’t know how you put up with certain ‘idiotic’ questions all the time. I probably wouldn’t be so polite but I do love your #3, it gave me a giggle. Best of luck this year with your next steps into the world of Outlander.


  3. HOLY COW!!! I’m exhausted just reading what all goes into this process. Thank you for spelling that out for us. And THANK YOU for the daily lines that keep me hanging on (instead of falling off) that cliff you left at the end of Echo.

  4. “it ain’t porkbellies”
    hahahahahahah Love it!!

  5. HAHA!! Diana,well now, THAT makes it sound like very tedious process, indeed. Very Informative, that. WOW. Now, if someone still asks “when”…..which, they undoubtedly will…..you will know that there are people who claim to be avid readers but only really read the first and last sentence to save time. The same kind of people who think Jamie should have blond hair and brown eyes and be 5’6″!! Another problem, explaining this, (you will always miss one) which seems to be asymptotic!!

    I am so excited for it though, whenever it happens!! You can’t rush these things!!


  6. WOW…lots of back and forth! But, it’s always worth waiting for. Only thing I ask….please DON”T let MOHB be the last in the series. I just can’t bear the thought of the end…!

  7. Ditto Ms. Sandra Barry’s comment up there! Your work is so good for a reason – you give it the attention it deserves. “Anticipation” seems to be a lost art, hmm?

  8. Please don’t kill any pigeons on my account.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Tucson FOB next month!

  9. Phew! I’m exhausted just reading this, and I’ve been working in various aspects of publishing seemingly forever, so I know how it works! I just finished rereading “An Echo in the Bone,” so the wait has been on my mind. It is well worth waiting for one of your books; I’ll be patient.

  10. Anybody else dizzy just reading the back-and-forth process between author and editor? WHEW! I never knew it was so extensive. 100% worth it in the end for a well put-together novel, though! I’ll definitely appreciate books just a teensy bit more than I already do :)

  11. While I was hoping to have my hands on MOHB by the end of 2012, I literally squeed for joy when you hinted it *might* not be the last in the series, after all. You write it; I’ll read it! That’s a promise. :-D

  12. I also agree with Sany Berry! Thank you for the description of the process!
    Love that!
    Don’t listen to those nuts out there Diana!
    I thought I needed a life BUT GEE WHIZ!
    I can be patient! BECAUSE…
    That’s because a friend and I have decided to start saving for a little overnite vacation
    to The Poisoned Pen’s MOBY book signing.
    So besides the book to look forward to – I have a trip to plan!
    I got to see you in Pasadena, CA for The Exiles book signing but she has not had the
    You are just fantasic SO..
    Just keep on Keeping on>>>>

  13. “Sheesh” for sure, I really had not thought of all the processing a book as to go to before it it the shelves, it’s almost like a woman’s work, it’s never done. I also will wait patiently for book 8, and in the meantime I’m aquiring every anthology that your work appears in. These guys must be over the moon when you agree to contribute to their books. It’s bound to increase sales for them.

    I also would beg, on bended knees if it may help, and believe me when I say that’s not that easy getting down there anymore…lol….please, PLEASE, PLEASE, don’t make book 8 the last. There are so many more adventures for Jamie and Claire awaiting them as they reach the autumn of their years. and then think!!!, what would, your fans do if there were no more Jamie and Claire? It would be like a death in the family for most of us, for me for sure.

    So Diana, when you get that writer’s block you spoke of, do whatever you have to do to get over it, write a hundred short stories if you must but please keep our beloved duo alive for many, many more years. You can say they were your life’s work, and they were, you were born to give them life and I’m so glad you did. BTW I never did wish you a happy birthday, I do so now, just think your only ???60 someone said, can’t hardly believe it, having met you and your lovely husband in Fergus last year, think how much more adventures there are yet for the two of you to share and pass that on to our beloved couple. LOVED, loved, loved, the Scotish Prisoner even if I did have to wait until Christmas to get it.

  14. …”[pant, puff, gasp, wheeze]…” LOL!! Man, do I know thAt feeling! *grins* I figured next year in the fall, since BOSAA and EOB both were released around the same time of year when They came out. *snorts with mirth* I’m like a little kid waiting for Christmas…

  15. You take as much time as you like, it gives me something to look forward to! Also gives us enough time to start all over again. Funny how the story never seems to get old…

    • Di–I know! BTW, I know what it’s like to not fit in, so I really feel for Claire (and later Bree when the story about the back row of class pictures is mentioned, though I’m not nearly as tall as her). Long story–involves Years of teasing.

  16. You’re awesome. :) We all deserve a glass of wine after that rundown! Waiting, such a sweet pain…
    It will give me time to make space on my Bookshelf o’ Favorites.
    LJ and the Zombies, that was such a fun read! And, in that collection I happened upon some other fun reads, for my growing methadone list. :)
    Health and happiness to you & yours in 2012!

  17. I have to say that no matter the wait time for MOBY it will be well worth it. The Scottish Prisoner was so good. I read it so fast I have to read it again, alongwith the whole series. I keep rereading all of your books and short stories in between various other books…none of which are nearly as good as your books. (I’ve never reread a book before I read Outlander.) I guess I’m an obsessed fan; so much so I will soon be getting a few tatoos to add to my collection…Claire’s ring (around my right wrist) and the stag pin on the inside of my right wrist above the ring). Can’t wait!!

    • The reason I re-read all of the books in between is I find something new in the books each time! Usually a very witty forshadowing of something to happen, not necessarily in the next book, or a great reminder of the past that I totally forgot had happened.

      Can’t to read what happens next!

      To those people who are complaining, I’d like to see you try to write a better book faster. No way its possible!

  18. So.. January 7th or so, then? ;)

    I jest.

    Those who commented above me are all correct.. it will be worth the wait. Do what you need to do, ignore those without common sense, and the rest of us will be waiting somewhat patiently (but most assuredly EAGERLY) for the release.

  19. LOL! Thanks for the entry and making me smile! Keep writing!

  20. Poor pigeon. What a hoot- thanks for the entertaining diagram of the process and yes, you have all the patience I can spare to share.

    Are you sure it’s a pigeon, not a chicken? :)

  21. Isn’t it fun to deal with the irrational people who think there is no time between “The End” and when the book hits their door step. *sigh*

    Also, who needs a last book. I could read about Jamie, Claire and their family past or present forever.

  22. Wow. Wow. I’m amazed (well, maybe I’m not really amazed) by people who would make an assumption that you are “hiding” the book. It must have been enough people to force you to give a dissertation on where the book is at present (ha, ha). I like to savor a good book, and therefore, am willing to wait as long as possible for such a book. I loved The Scottish Prisoner. In the meantime, and at your suggestion, I’ve begun the Merrily Watkins series by Phil Rickman. I’m very much enjoying Wine of Angels. And I will wait patiently…because as your Facebook followers know, it will be worth it.

    • They are probably the same people who think we are hiding the good stuff from a sales ad in the back room of the store so they can’t buy it…seriously…we get it in to SELL it, we WANT IT GONE…lol

      • So true, Trish. Some people never believe you. When I had a bookstore, I sometimes used to go to the back of the store to pretend to “look” for something when people didn’t believe me. I’d say hi to someone back there, have a sip of coffee….;)

  23. And that is why the Daily Lines are so important! Thank you for giving us little bits of joy with your nightly lines!

  24. Wow…and I thought my comment e-mail was bad when I rambled on about my Scottish ancestry. I’ve almost finished “An Echo in the Bone” but reading this series is like watching a very in-depth movie. Sometimes you have to go back and watch it over again because not everything sinks in fully the first time. I am definitely going to reread the series after book seven.

    Remember, the same people who are pressuring you to finish MOHB are the same people who will be the first to complain if MOHB does not meet their expectations after you rushed it for them even though they are the ones who pressured you in the first place. I hope that made sense. So please take your time. It is worth the wait.

  25. Thank you! It’s exhausting just to read all that.


  26. I think you ought to make your explanations into a book, titled “How My Own Book Gets Published”. I will not be surprised if it turns out to be an instant bestseller for you. I know I am being silly to say so.
    Never mind those small Idiots, they are just being selfish. You just keep doing what you have always done, yes all that back and forth, and a thousand words to be re-read or re-write, be it once or twice or thrice or a million times till it’s published. So to those who cannot wait – be of good courage and wait on the next book!

    • I agree with that thought, Rita N!!! Diana, you are so entertaining in whatever media/forum. Just reading your posts keeps us entertained. You just be your creative self, and we’ll just continue to be your “verra faithful” readers!

      P.S. > Glad to see the “alllll the cliffhangers will be picked up.” I have a notebook full of them, so it’ll be nice to have those resolved!

      • Speaking of cliffhangers, anyone want to guess which parent shows up to get Jem? How about whether it’s Bree, Roger, William B. MacKenzie, or Jem himself that punches and/or kicks that co-worker of Bree’s? Since the Jerk had just gotten Bree, I think she’s going to do a number on him, and possibly Jem if he sees an opening.

  27. I can’t believe people say you’re mean. Thanks for all your books! Thanks for writing them and sharing them with us to read. I love them!! You are very nice.

  28. Thank you for detailing all the things that go into getting a book published. It is very enlightening. I am with several of the others here in that I don’t want to even think about a LAST BOOK. I am about to enter the seventh decade of my life and I have read a lot of series before but none can compare to yours. Since I started the Outlander series and have reread it many times, there are always details that I missed the other times. I have all the books in hardback including the 20th Anniversary edition, and I have them all on my Kindle so I can take them all with me wherever I go. ha

    Thank you again for these books. They are wonderful. I do read other books but I am always glad to come back to read more of Jamie and Claire. Whenever MOHB comes out, it will be an event to remember and read again, and again, and again!!!


  29. It’s been said many times already, but WOW. I now have even more respect for the insanely large number of people involved in getting your fabulous books to the shelves for us rabid readers. Much as I cannot wait to read the next instalment of Jamie and Claire, and Roger and Brianna of course, I will be patient and bide my time reading other things, knowing (as I have known for some time, because you have mentioned it before), that it will be out some time next year. Thank you thank you thank you for being such a phenomenal author, and please do consider coming to New Zealand again some time, as sadly I have missed your previous visits. I know we’re very far away from everyone else, and tiny besides, but believe me when I say there are plenty of your fans here!!

    I may just throw a hand-knitted shawl your way, as I am known to do when in the presence of famous authors (twice so far. And yes, I mean throw – I get nervous and make an idiot of myself, gibbering nonsense while waving the hand knitted gift). I’ve been practicing for the day I get to meet you in person :-)

  30. Having met you now twice Diana, I can assure people you are definitely Not Mean. *g* But you sure are funny.

  31. Diana, the wait will be excruciating, but I know it will be well worth it. I read the entire series in a month, leaving me breathless and anxious for the next book. I would be fine if you never ended the series, I have enjoyed them so much. I will content myself with reading Outlander again. This is a huge compliment, as I have NEVER re-read a book. There are just too many books out there to be read that reading one I’ve already enjoyed seems absurd. But Outlander is the best love adventure story I’ve encountered. I don’t want to just read, I want to be taken away. I want to live in another world. I want to believe a book. You write girl…because you rock. I’ll be waiting just as Jamie would for Claire.

  32. The genre question has been solved at my local B&N by giving Diana her own separate shelf.

    • I WISH they would give her a separate shelf here! Even in Diana Gabaldon’s hometown, Flagstaff, they have her relegated to the romance section. They’re so much more than just romance novels!

      • Dear Alyssa–

        Which bookstore? If it’s Hastings, I’ll have a word with them next time I’m up. (B&N supposedly works off a corporate model, and their corporate model says I’m “Fiction.” [g])


        • When I search the internet I always thought to look under historical fiction, which seems to be a good genre to put it in. Now that I know when the book comes out, I know I’ll have time to read the whole series again to catch up on things! I’ve only done a repeat read of a series one other time, so that’s how completely awesome I believe this one to be. Keep up the good work, Diana!

      • I live in Oxford (England) and once found a copy of Cross Stitch (which is how Outlander was named here) in a children’s bookshop! I quickly removed it and showed the assistant a few examples of why it was not suitable for that age range!

        • Dear Julie–

          [snort] [g] I’ve actually had more than one letter from a UK reader saying, “There’s a funny story about how I found your book. I was in my local bookshop, browsing in the Needlecrafts section….”


    • That’s the ticket!

    • LOL!!

      Fiction, Non-Fiction or Gabaldon!

  33. :-) Wow Diana, this piece in itself is an awesome read. I never realised how much work goes into getting your books out there! There are a lot of fans that need to read this.
    Thank you so much for all your updates, daily lines etc… and I do hope you get heaps of inspiration throughout this year for all your projects. Your most loyal fan x

  34. I wish I had the job of copy editor – I’d be SO good at it! A) being a Scot. B) retired teacher/librarian and C) I know all the previous book so well! Love yer work! We’re in no hurry cos we can’t contemplate the journey with J & C ever having to come to an end which it will some day! *sigh*
    Lallyhugs xxx

  35. OK. Will wait patiently. I don’t think people with such mean comments regarding the next book’s publication deserve a reply.

    Didn’t know Israel was one of the foreign publication spots. I will continue reading in English although I have to get at least one copy of any edition just to see how Jamie’s Gaelic expressions get translated into Hebrew.

    Did you know that natural redheads are most prominent among the Scottish people and Jewish people of Russian descent. The result being quite a lot of redheaded Israelis.

    The picture of you with the wine is beautiful.

  36. Thanks for the up date… as I used to tell a very dear friend of mine patience is a virture :)

  37. Couldn’t agree more, waiting is part of the fun! wondering what’s going to happen.. and these books are def. worth waiting for and not churned out two-a-penny but someone else, with the authors named splashed front and centre… these are the real thing! thanks to Diana for ALL her hard work, and detailed explaining of the process let’s let her be so she can write!!! (and drink wine…)
    Karen from the UK

  38. I second Sandra Barry’comment up there, and I’m shock that people talk to you that way Diana and found it sad in a way, that you have to explain in detail all the work you’ve been doing behind a book. Don’t mine them. You’ve have lots of votes. The wait will be worthwhile I’m sure. P.s. I’M French, so excuse my English.

  39. “kill a pigeon in Times Square and examine the entrails in order to determine the most advantageous publishing date for the book.” LMAO!!!
    You just take all the time you need. I’m exhausted just reading about it! Fwewww!

  40. To all the people who read snippets of Ms. Gabaldon’s new book,and then accuse her of already having it finished…….SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t you know by now ,that anything good,much less decentis worth the bloody wait?! Come on people! I’ve been hooked since the first book,got several friends to read them and they are hooked….Good things come to those that wait! Let the lady do her job,and she’ll get it out to the masseswhen she thinks it’s finished and not one second before……………… on another note almost finished with book seven…….had to refresh my memory ona few things,so that I can pick up when the new one comes out. Ms. Gabaldon,I love this series like no other and I cry when someone dies…….I was cryin when Ian died…..but it will be good to have a new book in my hands,eventually and to see ……..in the end how it all comes full circle……..as in the first fifty pages or so of Outlander when Frank came back to Mrs. Baird’s and was white as a sheet and told Claire he’d seen a ghost. Of course,it was Jaime. God bless your very fertile mind,hope to see somewhere in Ohio in 2013 for a signing.

  41. Great works of art take time – and I applaud you for not sacrificing your craft and the characters we dearly love – by caving to pressure of just getting the book done. As for the “idiotic” emails – you know you’re going get some more now with section L vi) – as they’ll likely believe killing a pigeon is actually how publishing dates are truly determined!
    I thoroughly enjoy your commentary, every time I read something by you (ie. the article in Chatelaine Feb 2012) I can hear your voice and I am entertained! Thank you!

  42. Diana, you have more than earned that glass of wine – hell – have a whole bottle! I, for one, love the anticipation of a new book just as much as reading it. Good things come to those who wait! You take your time, dear lady!

  43. I-now own two complete sets of the series because I spend 6 months in Florida and 6 months in Rhode Island.
    . My daughter-in-law and I took the Outlander tour several years ago and as soon as I returned I re-read the series…something I have never done before.

    I had the pleasure of meeting you many years ago…I thanked you then and I thank you again for the many
    hours of enjoyment you have given your readers,

  44. You are grossly underpaid…

  45. Holy cow! That was fascinating! I had no idea there was so much “back and forth”. Thanks for explaining…and “boooo” to anyone who dares to give you a hard time. Talk about biting the hand that feeds!

  46. Loved this and I am sure all those other folks who work so hard on proofing, checking, printing, etc are sworn to secrecy … darn it. But what fun, what joy it is to have something so to look forward to. Your books are like Christmas is to a 4 year old.
    Have to say, while we, your most devoted fans, hope and pray that eventually we will all know the end of the story… we honestly don’t ever want it to end. You put your heart and soul and a lot of hours (and hours, and hours, and hours…) into your works: it shows, dear lady, it shows.
    I fell across OUTLANDER the year it first came out in paperback (a total stranger at a bookstore told me I HAD to read it…. she was so right!) , and have thoroughly enjoyed and promoted your writings every since.
    I must tell you that I don’t have much to spend on books and when I actually purchase books, they are used, paperback… but YOURS, dear lady, are the only hard-covered books I purchase and they are most treasured.
    And lastly, I just wanted to say…..Thank you.

  47. As someone who works in publishing, on the production side no less, must say thank you for sharing that wonderfully detailed explanation. (On many occasions I’ve been tempted to respond to the myriad of comments surrounding your books pub dates, although my reply would not have been quite so fun to read!) Must say, I wish all of our authors understood the process so well, would make my job much easier.

    To fill in the ebook gap; depending on the publisher files are either passed on for ebooks once final copy for print is approved or the ebook is done in tandem with the print edition at composition stage. This is unlike large print/audio/foreign publishers who want files early so they can start production for their own edition, which subsequently can cause different versions of book to be published if final files are then not procured (saw a few queries re: German ed vs US ed on your comp-serve forum).

    Hope that helps…

    Thank you Diana for creating such fabulous characters and giving them so many pages to tell their stories!

  48. As someone who works in publishing, on the production side no less, must say thank you for sharing that wonderfully detailed explanation. (On many occasions I’ve been tempted to respond to the myriad of comments surrounding your books pub dates, although my reply would not have been quite so fun to read!) I wish all of our authors understood the process so well, would make my job much easier.

    To fill in the ebook gap; depending on the publisher files are either passed on for ebooks once final copy for print is approved or the ebook is done in tandem with the print edition at composition stage. This is unlike large print/audio/foreign publishers who want files early so they can start production for their own edition, which subsequently can cause different versions of book to be published if final files are then not procured (saw a few queries re: German ed vs US ed on your comp-serve forum).

    Hope that helps…

    Thank you Diana for creating such fabulous characters and giving them so many pages to tell their stories!

  49. Diana, you are an incredible author! My mini “Outlander Book Club” are just thrilled with your series and we are happy to wait for, what is sure to be, an incredible continuation of our beloved story! Happy writing!

  50. Hi Diana,

    To call you mean is a travesty. You are the most generous writer to your readers and fans, very few, possible no one else, gives snippets of their works in progress. Nevermind, the fact that you are so available to your readers. You spoil us!

    Do you sometimes feel like taking off and going ‘off line’ in order to just concentrate on your writing?


  51. You are not a book whore. You make yourself accessible to an extent that amazes me in this day and age. Take the time you need and know we appreciate you for that, as each of your efforts is so well thought out and crafted. As we appreciate your characters, so we appreciate you. Though we have not met, I feel I know you and further, that most of us feel that same way.

  52. Honestly, if you rushed the writing then they wouldn’t be as good still good just not as good, so take as long as you need to write. Your fans should be just sitting & waiting (maybe on pins & needle, but waiting) for the next one to come out.

  53. OK, so not only are you meanly withholding the book from your adoring public, but now you want us all to feel sorry for you for how much work is involved in getting a book published! :)

    Diana, thanks for sharing this! Of course we all know how hard you work, but it’s quite informative to get the rundown on all the steps that need to happen in order to get your wonderful stories from your brain — onto paper — into the stores — into our eagerly waiting hands.

    Have a wonderful 2012! I’m so looking forward to reading MOBY, and meanwhile am happily devouring your Daily Lines on Facebook. Such fun!

    BTW, my daughter was in Israel this past summer and picked up Outlander for me in Hebrew! (The Hebrew title is Nochria — that’s a “ch” like in Bach). I’m not sure that my Hebrew is good enough to make it through the whole book, but I’m also dying to see how Jamie “speaks” Hebrew!

  54. Sitting patiently waiting for MOBY. Guess I’ll have to start from the beginning and reread 1-7 again!

    Was in B&N looking for something new and was talking to a staff member she thought about it and started to describe a series (she couldn’t remember the title or author). Only a few words in I told her Outlander/Diana Gabaldon, she just looked at me. She had only read Outlander so far. Told her you hoped to finish 8 by the end of 2012; her response…. “at least I have time to get through the others”. But with the explanation above, she may be able to get through them twice; depending on how fast she reads.

  55. Hello Diana ! I’m writing to you from freezing Paris, FR. Thank you for the description of the process. How dare some stupid people call you mean ? Don’t listen to them and keep on writing in as much time as you like.. I’ll be patient for MOBY it’ll be worth it !! Thanks so much.

  56. My favorite books (and Star Treks) are time travel… romance, mystery, and history are high on the list too. Your Writting covers all my interests! If I have to wait ten more years, it would be just fine. I have received great joy in reading all your books, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for them. You have earned your place among the great authors, and I am proud to be one of your readers…

  57. Thanks for the update, Diana. Did I miss The Space Between? I’ve read the teasers for that story and have been looking forward to it.

  58. Diana, I am really sorry you have people asking the kinds of questions and sending the kinds of emails that require that kind of a response. I am patiently awaiting whatever you release. I am enjoying the excerpts. I don’t know how you do it all… Keep on truckin’. :)

    In the meantime, I am reading all the other books in the world. I suggest some of the other fans do the same.

  59. I am not going to complain simply say that I have loved every book in the Outlander series.
    Ten minutes ago I was reading away at “An Echo in the Bone” where Ian and Rachel and Rollo were professing their love for each other.
    I turned the page and went numb with shock. It was the end. I sat unable to move for a few minutes totally aghast as I new it was the last available book.

    I dived onto your Website only to be mollified by the fact that Book 8 will come out next year.
    Diana you are awesome and I love all the “Outlander” books so I guess I now have two options.
    Read “Outlander” again or read the “John Grey” Novels.
    What a long year 2012 is going to be.

    • Dear Jim Mac–

      Read the Lord John books; it’ll go by in a flash. [g] if you’re not sure you’ll like them, I recommend starting with THE SCOTTISH PRISONER. That one is half Jamie, and–like all the Lord John books–can be read as a standalone novel.


      • Diana,
        I know you’ve said that before… Stand alone novel. But really.. Once someone reads anything you have written NOTHING can stand alone after that. The Outlander fever begins! Best all time series ever! Thank you for every second. Happily waiting for the next “bone” you carefully craft.

      • I also recommend reading THE SCOTTISH PRISONER (as well as any of the other Lord John books) before MOBY is available, but not just to make the time go by in a flash. THE SCOTTISH PRISONER provides a previously unknown (and unwritten) history between Jamie and Lord John that will (or should) affect their affection and trust for each other as they deal with the situation in which they find themselves as MOBY opens. THE SCOTTISH PRISONER also creates a history and a relationship between Jamie and Hal (John’s brother who is arriving in Boston), which should make any direct or indirect dealings between Hal and Jamie more complex than they would have been otherwise. I love that we now have this history as background for the continuing story!!

        - Denise

  60. Wow! What an in-depth look at the publishing world! Diana thanks for updating us on where the book is in the process but I for one didn’t expect it for a while, as large and complex as your books are you wouldn’t have time to do anything else with your life if you churned out Book 8 to be published this year! I can’t believe people accuse you of hiding a book or somehow preventing it from being published. While I absolutly love your books and devour them when they come out, there are other books out there to read in between!

  61. I just finnished reading An Echo In the Bone, I started with the Firey Cross which I got a a birthday present over 10 years ago and started reading and never finnished. I had read all of the other bookes in the series severel years before.

    I am nor hooked again and am eagerly awating the 8th book. I have a small daughter so I don’t have time to read much in the day, so it takes me almost as long to read as it does to write LOL :)

    These books are exellent!!!!!

    Thank you Diana!!!

  62. I was sweating there for a minute, thinking you might run out of alphabet before it got to the reader!!!

    Anxiously awaiting, but TOTALLY understanding….

  63. Lemme just say that my paychecks are going down the toilet….in a good way. :] Just when I thought that I had read all of the books, a new one appears, and I love it to pieces! I had no idea MOHB was coming until I put two and two together yesterday. That’s my inner nerd coming out by the way…surprise surprise! The folks at Barnes and Noble have synchronized me as the one always ordering your books, because this store only carries paperback, and knowing me, they can’t withstand my reading…(though I have gotten them in paperback too) Haha. As many others have said, this series is too good of a read to put down. Every time someone’s all “What’s your favorite book?” there isn’t a question in my mind. *gigglesnorts* I am a sucker for love stories. I am reading through the series again, and I still get shocked at things like when Claire spots Geillis Duncan’s smallpox vaccination scar. Keep up the good work Ms. Gabaldon! We are all anxiously awaiting MOHB and Je Suis Prest!

    • Dear Moriah–

      I’m truly flattered (and grateful) that you value the books enough to get them in hardcover. Thank you! (And THANK YOU for reminding people that Barnes and Noble can indeed order any of them _in_ hardcover. Though if folk want _signed_ hardcovers, they should order from the Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale (www.poisonedpen.com)–they’re my local bookstore, and I go by there to sign the orders every week or two.


      • Oh oh! I had no idea about this option! I will DEFINITELY be ordering MOHB from your local store for a signed copy! I wish I had done that with all of them! (Assuming you offered signing for all of them!)

        …That must be a long day of signing for you! Yikes! Your poor hands!

        • Dear Megan–

          The Poisoned Pen keeps all my books in stock in all formats–hardcover, trade paperback, mass-market paperback, and audiobooks–and I’ll sign any of ‘em, any time. [g]


          • Yay! I’m going to start collecting all signed versions! Thank you!

          • Wow. Just…wow. I have ravenously read each of the Outlander books over and over and it just keeps getting better. As the niece of a writer (Jean Brashear-great woman!), I sometimes receive a special signed copy, but I always thought that the only way to get one was to either know someone (who knows someone…) or to go to a book-signing in person. What a wonderful gift to your readers! You are blessed with a singular talent, Diana. I am always thoroughly transported into my own personal nirvana when I indulge in your books…my kids ask why I’m smiling when I close the cover, but I just can’t explain it. As a nurse, I thoroughly identify with the medical aspects of life and death; as a mother and wife, I feel each character’s pull on my heartstrings; and as a woman, I enjoy the voyeuristic pleasures of romance and intrigue, of blood and breathlessness, of debauchery and delight that are ingrained on every page. Thank you for sharing your time, your talent and your toe-tingling sense of adventure with me.

          • Dear Jackie–

            What a nice encomium! Thank you! [smile]


  64. Oh, my. Whenever do you sleep?

  65. I’m near the end of book seven,and I just had a sad thought,that when these books do end,a lot of people will have lost a lot of friends………… I’m at the part now where Lord John told Claire that the ship was lost……… I just keep thinking…. how on earth are you going to make the last book(whenever that may be…hopefully not for a while) come full circle.

  66. I’ve never known an author as generous with her time as you. I am astounded at your output! It’s almost exhausting to read about it. It’s a nice swift kick in my butt to spend more time writing and not complaining when I have “the block.” Thanks for the high standard you have set for exceptional historical fiction, but also for direct communication with your readers.

  67. Do what you do best Diana. It’s well worth my wait and I just reread the books while I wait. Thank you for all you do! I greatly appreciate the books and your writing.

  68. (((APPLAUSE))) AND WELL SAID! Thank you. I think you are awesome and LOVE your work. I thank you for keeping up and taking the time with your fans. I think you are amazing for doing that.

  69. Thank you for taking the time to explain the publication process! I had no idea how much time and energy goes into the creation of one of your books (or any book, for that matter) AFTER the writing is done. Thank you to you (and your “team”) for your time, energy, and imagination. You’ve all ready given me so many hours of happy reading, and I’m extremely grateful. Good luck with the writing process – I hope it is still as fun for you to write as it is for all of us to read!

  70. “Kill a pigeon in Times Square and examine the entrails in order to determine the most advantageous publishing date for the book.” Wouldn’t want that job! It’s going to be a long year or two of waiting, but will be worth every second once MOBY is in my hot little hands. Thank you for the details, it’s fascinating… makes the waiting a little easier. :)

  71. Eagerly awaiting MOBY, but in the meantime I’ve decided to start the series over. I’m actually very excited to be reading the series again and I think I’m enjoying it even more this second time around! I hadn’t realized how much I missed the over-all feeling I got from reading these wonderfully marvelous and delicious stories until I dug into Outlander again. Not only do I have that awesome feeling of being swept away into another time and place, but I’m picking up on so many more details that slipped past me the first go-a-round and because of this I have unanswered questions. Would you be able to answer one for me? In the very beginning of Outlander when Frank and Claire are visiting Iverness, Frank describes to Claire what he considered to be a ghost (a large kilted Scott) that was outside looking up at the window of their room. Who is this suppose to be and what is the significance of this occurrence? For the life of me I cannot figure it out and maybe I never will without your help.

    As far as your description of the process of publishing a book, all I can say is “wow” because I don’t think that any of us actually knew how involved it actually was. Thank you for enlightening us. I do hope the explanation will help those people that are accusing you of idiotic stuff to get a grip on what’s real.


  72. And then when does Davina Porter get her hands on it to make the audible version? She is terrific by the way and brings the whole thing to life – listening to the books over the past 6 months has left me feeling a bit bereft at this point waiting for next. Muchas Gracias!

    • Dear Laura–

      The audiobook recording is usually done as soon as I finish correcting the copy-edited manuscript, since Recorded Books likes to get the audiobook out as close to the printed version as they can. This occasionally means there are tiny differences between the audio and the printed version (if something was changed in the galleys, for instance), but normally, it’s nothing major.

      Btw, you might also want to listen to the Lord John books. Jeff Woodman, who does the reading on those, is every bit as good as Davina–and THE SCOTTISH PRISONER was actually done with _two_ readers (Jeff, and Rick Holmes), since the book is in both Lord John’s and Jamie Fraser’s points of view.


      • Just curious…how long does it take Davina to record one of the books? How long is each chunk of time that she is actually sitting there reading (performing)? Does she do a practice read before actually recording? And how does she know when to switch voices, etc? Is it typed out differently so she flows through the text easily?

        And forgive me if this has been answered somewhere previously….And forgive me if this would be a more suitable question for Davina herself, as I do not know how to contact her, or if she is even able to be contacted;)

        Thanks Diana.


  73. I really enjoy your humor, but I also appreciate all of the steps that go into “making” a book. I am going to share this with my teenage daughter who loves to write. I can hardly wait for the next title but since all of the books are so great, when it comes near the time of the next release, I will reread all the earlier titles (except one) and I will feel as if I have come home to an old friend. THANK YOU!

  74. Well, it’s almost 7 o’clock at night and I’m so tired from reading your explanation of what goes on with your writing that I’m thinking about going to bed early.

    Please take your time, as most of the other folks here have said, what you write is very well worth waiting for. I’m currently going through 1-7 for the second time and much slower this time so I can savor each word. I allow myself about an hour of reading each morning with my coffee and then I make myself stop and continue on with the rest of my day. I’m retired and could go on reading but, once I’ve gotten my Jamie and Claire fix for the day, I can put one foot in front of the other and do the things I need to do each day!!!! If I get done reading your books before you get MOBY done, I’ll just start at the beginning again. I seem to find something different every day that I missed the first time through!!

    Keep on keeping on, Diana, we’ll wait patiently and enjoy your daily lines on Facebook each and every day!!!

  75. As long as you keep us entertained with those wonderful Daily Lines, we can wait for the finished product. It will be worth the long wait, as always. Hopefully, we’ll all be asking about the next book, and the next book….for years to come! Can’t bear the thought of saying goodbye to the characters we’ve all come to love as our own.

  76. Thanks for the entertaining explanation. I love the anticipation of waiting for the next book. I also enjoy re-reading all of the other books in preparation for understanding the new one! Thank you so much for the care and attention to detail and character continuity you put into your books. I am a teacher, and I used a gift card from one of my studens to purchase The Scottish Prisoner. I read it over my winter break and enjoyed it thoroughly! Thanks for the adventures!

  77. Kill a pigeon in Times Square. BWAHAHAHA. Nice.

  78. Also, the wine seems like an excellent suggestion for people who send frantic, nasty emails to an author they purportedly love. Relax. Just obsessively stalk this blog and watch youtube videos of fan-picked-dream-casts like the rest of us.

  79. Diana… Your work is wonderful! I for one, will patiently wait, as hard as it is. This process is Amazing. I honestly had no idea. The quality of your writing is well worth the wait. You will hear no complaints from me. Keep on doing what you do… Much love from Albuquerque!

  80. Wow and to think I just randomly picked the first book when I got a gift of Audible.com! My husband and I were hooked right away. It took us a year to get through all of the book and now we have to wait a year, but wait we will. Here’s hoping Davina Porter will “read” the book to us when it gets to audible – she is Claire to me, and Jaime, and Ian etc. I will be getting your other works. All I can say is keep them coming!
    One side effect is I find myself thinking with the Irish accent.

    • And by Irish, I mean Scottish (silly me)

    • Hello Kathy,

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. DAVINA PORTER is Claire’s voice, and Jamie’s, and Ian’s et al. I think that we have all been spoilt with Davina’s amazing versatility and range.

      I am afraid that no matter how good the male narrators of the ‘Lord John’ books are I still can’t move beyond their 21st Century ‘American’ accents.

      It just doesn’t work for me. After purchasing and listening with sinking heart to an audio version of a Lord John short story from ‘Warriors’ I vowed that I wouldn’t/couldn’t ever listen to an ‘American’ read very British Lord John ever again.

      I didn’t dare risk ruining ‘Scottish Prisoner’ by exposing myself to the American accented audio version. I have purchased over 6 printed copies of ‘SP’ for myself, family and friends though. So I hope I will be forgiven my ‘accent’ prejudice.

      It surprises me that our favourite and fastidiously researched and so beloved Author would relinquish such a facet as an ‘accurate accent’ when so much attention to detail is adhered to in every other aspect of her work/editing/publishing.

      If Davina, or a similarly competent English/Scottish narrator doesn’t do MOBY, then I will have to rely on the memories of the voices retained from Davina’s marvellous earlier narrations and stick to print versions.

      Sorry if my opinions have upset anyone…..


      • Dear Jane–

        Um. All of _my books_ are recorded for audio by Recorded Books Inc., who are Excellent at casting, production, etc., and do an absolutely wonderful job with all _my books_. The reader for the Lord John novels, Jeff Woodman, is spectacular; every bit as good as Davina Porter.

        I don’t personally choose readers. How on earth would I go about locating narrative actors? Do I have either the time or expertise to evaluate them? No. Recorded Books does, and they do a great job at it.

        WARRIORS 3 is…[ahem]….NOT _my book_. It’s not published by my publisher (Random House, which has published _all_ my books in the US), and I neither wrote it, nor edited it, nor approved the audio version. I contributed a story. Period. The editors of that volume collected stories by a number of different writers; that’s called an anthology. The publisher of that anthology presumably contracted someone to record an audiobook version, and saw no reason to go to the trouble of matching accents to the stories (most of them wouldn’t require a special accent), and thus the same American reader did the whole book. I wouldn’t know; I haven’t listened to it and don’t plan to.

        There’s no real reason why you should have realized this–but I wouldn’t want your negative opinion of that particular anthology to color people’s notions of what the audio versions of the Lord John novels are like.


        • Oh my Goodness!

          Please accept my most humble and profound apologies for my extreme ignorance and naïveté.

          I do wish that I had given my comments more thought before posting. Of course ‘Warriors 3′ as an anthology with numerous other disparate authors contibutions is in a different category to ‘your books’.

          I should have known that anything you had infulence over would be of the highest calibre.

          Now that I am in possession of the facts, and thus enlightened, I will make it my first priority to purchase the ‘Recorded Books Inc’ versions of all your Lord John books to add to my collection.

          With extreme remorse,


          • And you won’t regret it Jane.
            I have all the Lord John audiobooks and the reader is superb. For scottish prisoner it was a little weird after being used to Davina Porter’s incarnation of Jamie, but I imagine the reader is scottish and therefore it’s a delight to listen to this “new language” (my mother tongue is spanish).
            Enjoy ,

          • Dear Jane–

            THERE you are! (For some reason, some comments show up in my “please moderate” queue, and other are just posted–whereupon the software _shows_ them to me, but doesn’t let me reply to them directly (as I can when I moderate. Yours were just posting, so I could see them but not reply, unless I came into the blogpost itself and hunted down your comment.)

            Anyway–[g]–thanks VERY much! Really, you mustn’t feel obliged to rush out and buy the Lord John audibooks, out of a sense of a guilt. As I said, there’s no reason you should have realized that the story in WARRIORS wasn’t read by the same reader(s) who do the Recorded Books novels. And I certainly wasn’t offended–just wanted to make the situation clear, so folk wouldn’t be thinking that the novels were read badly, when in fact they’re marvelous.

            Do hope you enjoy whichever audios you’re able to get, though!


  81. Wow! You could have written a whole other chapter in the time in took to write that blog.

    Can’t wait! But I guess I’ll be patient! Thanks for Jamie and Claire!

    • Dear Angela–

      Hang about. Later this month, I’ll have a new blogpost (one I’ve been contemplating for some time), entitled, “It doesn’t work like you think it does.” This one will explain a little bit about how a book gets _written_ in the first place. As in…it’s not just backed up in my head, and I turn the spigot and it comes out. I could _not_ have written a chapter in the time it took to write this blog, because a) I don’t write in chapters, and b) this is what was on top of my head.


      • I love all your books, but I am interested in knowing when you will have “Virgins” published. I love the humor and give and take between Jamie and the elder Ian.


        • Dear Alice–

          “Virgins” is a short story (more or less [g]), commissioned for an anthology titled DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. The publisher hasn’t set a date for publication, but my impression is that it’s meant to be sometime later this year (2012). Hope you’ll enjoy it!


  82. Your books are wonderful – and while I wait for the next one, I reread the earlier ones, But please know that I pray you stay alive and healthy because I’m afraid if something happens to you, I’ll never know how the cliff-hung character is saved. (Notice that I gave nothing away in case someone has not yet read the last of the series.) While I waited, I even read the graphic novel. I like the other ones better!

    Thank you so much for the wonderful stories; your characters have become like family ancestors!!!

  83. Diana, you have the patience of a saint! Some folks come up with the most bizarre ideas…but you were kind enough to give your readers a behind the scenes look at what it takes to get your story into our hands. I really enjoyed your insight into a seemingly exhausting process of publishing a book. Thank you so much!

    Happy writing! God bless….

  84. To be honest, I like the fact that we have to wait so long for your books, even if this is a long drawn out process for you, because it means that we are reading the best you have done with each book and I am happy about it. I think that it is a wonderful thing to see that your publishers, editors, printers and everyone else involved in getting your novels to me are as dedicated as you are in the perfection of your books. Besides, the teasers are always fun when it comes to you. I am not worried, do what you have to do, and we will see it soon enough!! As long as you continue to write, I am happy! It also gives me the chance to re-read and re-discover fun things from the others, and to find things I may have missed on my 10th re-read *g*


  85. Dear Ms. Gabaldon!

    You have a marvelous sense of humor. You have to in order to do all that. *chuckle* Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance in creating these wonderful works. I look forward with great anticipation to your next installment of Jamie and Claire’s adventures. Again, thank you.

  86. Thanks for reminding us that good things come to those who wait!! We all wait with bated breath for the next book about Jamie and Claire. And in the meantime, we re-re-re-read the ones that we already have. I, for one, can’t count the number of times I have read the series (or just picked up one at random and started there). No matter how many times I read them, they are always spectacular!

    Thank you for taking the time to fill us in on the whole process. It brought insight (and humor).

    So you keep up the writing. Let us true fans SHAME the impolite so-called “fans” for you.

  87. Whew! What a journey those manuscripts have to make! I knew there had to be many checks and rechecks involved, but I wasn’t aware that there had to be that many nor that the art work and text on the dust jackets and other publicity matters could not at least be started in advance. I should think by this time, your hair ought to be pure white!

    I’d been hoping, since I’d earlier heard you mention the practice of bringing the books out in September to catch the Christmas market, that one of these volumes would eventually come out so I could have it for my birthday, but in view of the fact that I’ve been with you. . . . . and Jamie. . . . . and Claire . . . from the very beginning (I got my first hardback copy of Outlander from one of the monthly book clubs–the Literary Guild, possibly), and we are now approaching book eight, I’ve about given up. However, hint–hint–hint, if you might suggest to the powers that be at Random House, that there’s this rabid reader in the Midwest who would very much like to celebrate her 82nd birthday reading MOBY, I’d be most grateful!

    Until then, I will continue rereading the . . . is it ten or eleven books, now, that includes the Outlander Seven plus the Spanish Prisoner, the 2 Martin Anthologies . . . or is it three? All of the Lord John books and watching for your daily lines. . . . well, almost daily, anyway, and occasionally doing a week of quotes on Outlander Gathering just to stay “up” on all things Scottish.

    In closing, I’d like to say I concur with those who’ve preceded me here, in that you are not mean in any way. In fact, after speanding so long writing a book, I should think you’d be so greatly relieved to finally be able to turn it over to others so the publishing process could begin it’s lengthy jaunt, that you’d feel like celebrating, too. Sort of reminescent of at last seeing your yougest child board the school bus so you can gradually resume something resembling your former life again. My thanks to you for all you’ve done so far and, if this should turn out NOT to be the last in the series, do get on with it, dear lady. I’m not getting any younger, you know.

  88. Holy CoW! I had NO idea it was so complicated to publish! Writing the novel is hard enough! I think I’ve just given up the idea of finishing my book to publish it!

  89. Diana, I am eagerly anticipating MOBY’s release. As soon as I get it, I am going to take a day off and immerse myself in the story, as I have done with all the other books in the series! I’m dangling from the tiny root jutting from the face of the cliff!

  90. that was really interesting, I have often wondered what all was involved in publishing a book. I am looking forward to 2013

  91. You forgot one last step. The new linens. lol I can’t wait for the new book to be released but I would sure love it for Christmas 2012. Wishful thinking, I know. So I guess I will have to settle for whenever you can get it to us. There certainly is way more to it than I ever thought. I have a new respect for everyone involved in the process.

  92. Diana, et. al.


    Somewhere (in the blog) I remember a reference to the short story about what REALLY happened to Roger’s father. Can someone please advise; has it been published yet?

    Thanks, Loretta Remington

    • The short story is called “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” and it is in an anthology titled Songs of Love and Death. It is already published, so get it and enjoy! :)

      • I am such a fan! I have in my hands the Anthology Songs of Love and Death and have read “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows” and sitting right next to it The Scottish Prisoner.

        Thank you Diana, for all of your body of works so far and enjoy all of the pieces between the bigger novels.

        I met you in La Jolla last Fall, and enjoyed your readings verra much! I also reread your novels and always pick up a new tidbit that I somehow missed from before.

        So, I too am grateful and patient for MOBY. A great idea from another fan, save up for a trip to Arizona!

        So great to see your responses to fans here on this site!!! :-)

  93. This will be an extremely long year. (or so) I made my husband promise to surprise me with the hardbound MOBY as soon as it is released! Of course I’ll have to tell him when it is out so he can “surprise” me!

    Where are Roger and Buck? What happened to Jemmy? How is William going to react to Jamie being his Dad? How is Jamie taking the news that Lord John slept with Claire? (is the marriage between them legal?) What is happening between Rob and Bree? etc….

    Wow…the anticipation for MOBY is wonderful!!! I am loving it!!

    In the meantime I just finished reading Echo for the third time and now will begin at the beginning and read through the entire series in anticipation. I always discover things I missed in the first or second readings.

    I don’t know when I have enjoyed a series of books as much as Outlander. I have a kindle but also am collecting the entire series in hardcover for my library. I also have many friends hooked on this series now.

    Bless you and may your pen be swift.

  94. Well it is officially a tradition! Your books for the outlander series are always out around the time I am writing the competing continuation for the grant that pays my salary. This will be the 3rd time in a row. They make a painful, sleepless time much more enjoyable. Thank You!

  95. Entertaining to read, as always. As some folks have pointed out, the wait between the main books is a good reason to re-read the series. I was also thrilled to see a post on facebook by BetterWorldBooks asking for nominations for favorite literary couple …. and the overwhelming favorite on the list was Jaime and Claire. :) If you don’t know about BetterWorldBooks, check them out – a great mission-driven company.

    Thanks for your work. Clearly, it’s important to many of us.

  96. Booking tickets to Cape Town in December 2012, will be sorry not to have your book as my traveling companion on the very long flight. However I will go again in 2013 with you by my side. Your series has got me to and from Africa many times. Thanks for providing material that I can’t put down, even after 17 straight hours in the air.

  97. Off topic: Keep up the amazing work, Diana! Love, love, love your stories. Thank you for the snippets you post from MOBY on Facebook. I am not on FB myself so will comment here: I adore LJ, Jamie and William; they are all swoon-worthy and when you have any combination of the 3 of them on a page you can’t pry the book away from me. Can’t wait to see how the relationship between Jamie and William progresses, and what’s next for Jamie and John. Also, would love to read, someday, when you have the time :) another John/Jamie story in your Lord John series, the “what happens next” after the end of the Scottish Prisoner. All the best to you!

  98. Having come late to your novels, I began reading all your books November 2010 – and finished around March 2011 (a most pleasant winter). It was like watching a mini-series – with each book still fresh in my mind as I started the next one. All very enjoyable. You are a master of dialogue. Finished The Scottish Prisoner lately; enjoyed it very much and left a good review on Amazon, etc. Perhaps when your book contracts allow, you might try self-publishing something on Amazon, etc. The process is much more simplified than the one you’ve described with your publisher, and your marketing is already in place. In the meantime, write on, Diana, write on.

    Author The Wolf’s Sun
    A Devil Singing Small

  99. You poor woman! Good lord! What terrible things have these rejects been saying to you? Now that I think about it, I believe that you had to put out a post every similar to this about 6-8months prior to Echo comming out correct? Some people! yeesh!

  100. I loved The Scottish Prisoner. I rationed my reading to make it last as long as possible. Thank you for the “teaser” from MOBY. Can’t wait for book 8 but all good things come to those who wait, right! Hope you are having fun telling us the 8th story in your Outlander series. Take care!

  101. And after all that, we will eagerly grab the book, go home and have read it within 1 day!
    What a voracious beast we are, ignore the idiots and relax, quality is always worth waiting for, and the daily lines are already a massive indulgence for us. We honour and thank you xxx

  102. Dear Diana,
    Thank you for all your creations. I love them all….

    What about your “The Space Between” ?
    Did you finish this one?
    When this one will be available? this year?

  103. Hi Diana,

    I just finished reading The Scottish Prisoner and really enjoyed it. I am a fan of the Lord John books as well as the Outlander series.

    After reading the excerpts of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, I am as anxious as everyone else for it to be published – perhaps more so – since I’m almost 75!

    Keep up the great work.



  104. Thanks for your witty explanation of why the publication of one of your books takes as long as it does… I cannot believe someone would think you deliberately hold your books back… too crazy! I just picked up Scottish Prisoner and can’t wait to read it… I love the whole Lord John side story… it keeps me engaged while waiting for the next Outlander book…. and every time one is about due out, I read ALL of the preceding books, so I am current and caught up on the plot… So 2013 will be great… sometime this fall I will start again on the whole series so I am ready when the new one arrives. Thanks so much for your dedication to “A great read” – you have such a wonderful gift.

  105. I listened to all the Lord John stories then the Scottish Prisoner this past year, which led me to reread Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber because I had forgotten a lot of the plot detail. Now I’ll have to reread the rest of the books, which should keep me occupied until the eighth book comes out.

    Diana Thanks for the description of the publishing process. As a librarian, I was aware of most of it, but it’s quite more complicated than I realized.

    Looking forward to “moby”!

  106. Thank you for your books. You are one freaking amazing woman.

  107. Great! That gives me just enough time to read the entire series again. :o)

  108. Diana,
    I am sure you know what you are about with respect to MOBY. Such sweet anticipation……..
    As always, thank you for the gift of this wonderful series.

  109. I am totally shocked anyone could say anything negative about you ( mean, humbug ) you are the most generous author on earth. I read Dragonfly in Amber first, when my husband was in the hospital, and just HAD to get Outlander to find out how things began.. Now I have ALL the Outlander series ( in hardcover) and re-read them on a regular basis because they are that GOOD! Now I am waiting (with baited *G* breath-) for MOBH.

    Keep up the great stuff.


  110. Thanks for the update. I enjoyed learning about all the steps involved in publishing. I certainly knew that it wouldn’t be available the day after you finished it [g] but didn’t know all the details. One more question though – what about the next Outlandish Companion?

  111. I just had to make a comment about the book of short stories I bought (Down These Strange Streets) just because it had Diana’s latest Lord John story in it. Some of the stories were good, some not so good. (I’m not a huge fan of all things vampirish and there was a whole lot of vampirish in there). As a reward for reading all of the other stories, I saved Diana’s for last. Hands down, it was the best in the collection.

    Thanks for making your characters so believable and your fiction so readable.

    Looking forward to MOBY.


  112. Diana,
    You crack me up!!! you did have enough for V,W,X,Y &Z. I think I would have had to drink a glass of wine for each of the alphabets. lol Make a game out of it. Name it “when the fans get insane drinking game” or something. I couldn’t play…cheap drunk…two glasses of wine & asleep.
    You need to save this Blog and pull it out for each book that we wait for…just a reminder of what you go through. You forgot to mention all the research you do…historical background & such. That’s part of what makes them special. I would say that I can’t believe that someone would say you are:
    “hiding” it from the readers, or keeping it off the market “just to be mean” …Pork bellies was the best.
    However, I do believe they said it and more. I’m just grateful that you write them for our enjoyment. I’ve read them all and now listened to them…It’s not like the books “blow up” when I’ve finished. Each time I get something new from them. So…I can wait. lol
    Just finished with “Lord John & the Scottish Prisoner”. It rocked as usual…I got that one in audiobook format. I love ‘em. As it is, I keep the ear buds in as a permanent fixture. lol
    Please don’t let the whining get to you & if it does, take a night off & play the game.

  113. Hi Diana!
    Sounds like the few malcontents are suffering a recurrence of that debilitating scourge of Fraser fever (from which there is no effective cure…)! Love your explanation of the publishing process; my goodness, the entire process goes on longer than an elephant’s pregnancy! Let’s face it folks, we can always re-read the series to remind ourselves how great the next book will be!! haha Meanwhile let’s hope Jem remains patient in that tunnel!! As an aside – am I crazy or does anyone else think that if Claire & Lord John could stop with the jealousy of each other they would realise how ALIKE they are – besides just worshipping the wonderful Jamie I mean…?

  114. Thank you for the daily lines. I was delighted when they appeared on my facebook page after clicking like. I know you hear this all the time but REALY – THANKS FOR THE DAILY LINES.

  115. Pork bellies and pigeons!! Ha ha ha!!

    All good things take time to perfect. I waited just as anxiously for the last 3 Harry potter books, so I can wait for MOBY just the same. Besides, the last thing I want in an author is to rush and pump out books as fast as profitably so. So, thank you and EVERYONE in the industry who does their best to exceed our expectations.

  116. I’ve just finished the series for the fourth time. The first time I galloped through from Outlander to Fiery Cross; the second and third times as breathless run up to the 6th and 7th books being released; and this time just because. My appreciation for Echo was raised with this last reading. And I must say that, even with all the cliff-hanging goin on, I was deeply satisfied with the ending. The scene with Rachel and Ian brought tears to my eyes and a sigh to my heart. I very much appreciate being so moved even upon re-reading. Thank you.

  117. I do believe, Diana, that you have to explain this bit about how a book is published every few years. I chuckle to myself, and applaud you for taking the time to give us such a detail account of the industry. I worked for Borders for fourteen years, and I had to repeat this explanation at least once a week to those who grew impatient with authors. The only sad note out of all of this is….my mother who has been reading your books for twenty years (including myself and siblings) knows that she’ll never be able to find out what happens to Jamie and Claire, or read the last book. She’ll be eighty next year, and for some reason doesn’t think she’ll live much longer. Trust me when I say that she is a very psychic and intuitive person. On a lighter note….I’ve told her that when she knows her time is near, we’ll get in contact with you and you can tell her the ending.

    Thank you for your stories! I can’t begin to tell you what a joy is was to hand sell them to someone new in the store. Over the years, I have introduced the Outlander series to young and old; lawyers and contruction workers; jesuits and harley bikers. Outlander was one of my staff pics for over three years, and let me tell you it flew off the shelf constantly.

  118. And yes…I was teasing about the part where you tell her the ending. It’s just a standing joke in our family when she starts to bemoan the fact that she won’t be able to read the last book. ;)

  119. I certainly hope you have help with the housework and the shopping lists because with everything going around in your mind it would be impossible!
    If this is the last book just keep writing at your pace and boo hiss to anyone who can’t delay gratification! We , your loyal fans will just have to use our imagination for awhile. Half the fun in a series is seeing if you know the author and characters well enough to see what will happen. That said you blew me away with the exerpt of Roger coming to Lallybroch and finding himself in a different time…..we can only imagine. Lets hope he wakes up from a bad dream and is right where he is supposed to be. In that case it would be the ultimate tease wouldn’t it? Oh well time will tell.

  120. All I can say is that I have loved the adventures, and feel a bit guilty that for all the time you take to create them, it only takes me only a couple days (or less depending) to read your creation. But, worth the wait. Thank you for all the enjoyment, laughs, and tears. I look forward to what’s next!

  121. Folks, while I got an EYE OPENER into the world of publishing, do you realize Herself could’ve written a chapter of MOBY during the time she was explaining the above to us?

    Is suáilce í an fhoighne (Patience is a virtue in Gaelic)!

    • Dear MaryFaithPeace–

      I could have eaten lunch, taken a walk, or had a shower in the time it took me to write that explanation. [g]


      • Ha! Shows you how much I know about writing, which I’ll gladly leave to YOU. I hope FL will be included in your MOBY book tours. I’ll even conjure up a silkie for you when you visit!

  122. Your books are phenomenal, much like you I expect. Your devoted readers who hungerly devour your every word, are patient, loyal and loving. Take your time and do what you were born to do. Just let the crazy obsessive fans fade into the background. You don’t need to explain yourself to anyone. I look forward as always to your next book, whenever it comes.

  123. I am rereading Outlander on my Kindle, after first reading them in hardback. I’ll get the hardback for my personal library and then read it on Kindle. Yours is one of the few books that I still buy in hardback. I’m really anticipating “Moby”. Your books are GREAT! As a former history teacher, they really come alive to me. Don’t let the negative people wear you down! Are ya’ll ever coming to Texas? THANKS!

    • Dear James–

      Many thanks! I don’t believe a publisher has ever sent me to Texas, but I have now and then come to do a book festival or lecture at a university; that sort of thing. Trying very hard not to go _anywhere_ this year, though, in order to finish writing MOBY. [g]


  124. As a nurse who subsequently went to med school and has practiced as a gynecologist for 30 years, the Outlander series has warmed the cockles of my heart for many years, and has become comfort food for my soul. Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author, our century’s Charles Dickens, and Davina Porter is my favorite narrator. I have to sing unchecked praise for the Outlander series, and have always given 5 stars at audible.com to both the author and Davina Porter. The Lord John recorded books as a series has been harder to love, although Scottish Prisoner, the story (not the narration) is another wonderful book. I listen driving back and forth to work for 55 minutes/day, so I really need the books and stories to be available in audible. The Lord John series were released out of order, and some of the stories are not available in audible, making it difficult to listen in chronological order. I would greatly appreciate that a chronological Lord John audible anthology be created if at all possible, adding the stories that do not have audible versions, and redoing the narration of Jamie to the same standard as Davina Porter. I have bought the paper versions of the anthologies, and did not find the other stories to be of the same quality or interest, and only bought them to get the Diana Gabaldon story. This is an ongoing frustration every time a new Lord John book comes out, as there is no easy way to review the previous story lines. I have bought the paper and audible version of every book, and will re-purchase the Lord John compiled audible anthology if you’ll do it (as I think many fans might). Thanks for your wonderful story telling. Looking forward to MOHB whenever it comes out.

    • Dear Jill–

      In the fullness of time, I do hope to have all the Lord John short pieces collected, in both book/audiobook and ebook form, to make them more easily accessible (and facilitate having good audio versions). The thing is, though, that when I do a piece for an anthology, there’s a period of time during which I can’t reprint the piece–reasonably enough, as that gives the anthology editors an exclusive period (usually 12-18 months) in which to sell their book, before there’s competition from the short pieces being sold alone.


      • Yay! I was wondering if we would ever see the collected short stories available outside of their original anthologies. Do you have similar plans for the non-Lord John short pieces? I’ve been loving the bits and pieces of Virgins and The Space Between you’ve been posting on Facebook. As a fan who has at least four copies of each novel (yes, I buy the hardcover, trade, mass market *and* ebook version), I would love to add all the short stories to the bookshelf!

        I know you’ve always said the Lord John books are stand-alone, but they’ve added *so* much to my enjoyment of the main series… everytime we see a character cross over (or even referenced), I get a big grin on my face. I strongly encourage those who *don’t* read Lord John (and I know they exist) to start. I know it doesn’t seem possible, but having read them makes Jamie and Claire that much better!!

        Thank you for all that you do for your fans – you really are the best out there!

      • Dear Diana,

        I am a big fan, I love all your books, but in the Scottish Prisoner, the narrator of Jamie’s voice just got it wrong. He just does not sound manly enough and the authority that he always seems to have in the books does not come out with this narrator, it’s like he never read the story of Jamie and Claire.

        Kim S.

        • Dear Kim–

          I don’t suppose he _did_ (read the other books). Why would he? He’s an actor, hired for a specific job. I would have preferred a good Scottish actor myself (and in fact, the Recorded Books people gave Allan Scott-Douglas an audition at my suggestion–he did a really good job with it, btw)–but the casting director explained to me that since we were using two readers, the most important thing was that the two actors have similar pacing and styles of emphasis in their readings. I.e., the same characters are _voiced_ in both readers’ segments–both readers do read Jamie, John, Hal, Harry Quarry, etc.–and while there will plainly be differences of voice and inflection and accent, if the rhythm and pacing and level of emotionality is similar, the scenes will blend, without being too jerky or jarring. (Allan’s reading was excellent on its own, but he reads much faster than Jeff, and with a more extreme level of emotion–reasonable, as he’s a singer).

          Anyway, while one could quibble with this or that, I thought overall it was a fascinating audiobook and worked really well, once you got used to the voices.


  125. Hello Diana! I have loved your books for years and am so inspired by you. I was wondering if you knew anything about the process of becoming a copy-editor?

    Thank you!

    • Dear Sarah–

      Well, it used to be that you would write to the Chief of the copy-editing department at one of the major publishing houses, to inquire about their specific needs and program (they did–and probably still do–have a test that potential copy-editors would need to pass before being considered for work). Pretty sure that these days, almost all copy-editors are free-lancers who work on contract, rather than being employed directly by the publishing houses, though.


  126. I love the series and I really liked “The Scottish Prisoner”, too. (The other Lord John novels were well written, of course, but just not that interesting to me.) The cliffhangers at the end of “An Echo in the Bone” make waiting for book 8 all the more difficult, so I can’t say I’m not disappointed that it will be more than a year before I get to read it. That said, it’s amazing to me that you can write such wonderful books so quickly! I managed to wait 20 years to finish reading the “Clan of the Cavebear” series since she was taking 10 years to write each book; I should be able to wait another year for MOHB. My disappointment in waiting is a testament to your skill, not a criticism.

  127. I love your books and I am happily rereading all the books in anticipation of WIMOHB or MOBY. Just finished The Scottish Prisoner, and I am looking forward to more of the short stories. Ignore the weird stuff and keep writing. We’ll be here waiting for it when it comes out.

  128. Take all the time you need, after all, you can’t rush perfection! :)

  129. My 11-yr-old daughter who thinks it’s “weird” that the first thing her mother does each morning it check Facebook for MOBY Daily Lines, was good enough to remind me recently while I was lamenting about how long it is until 2013, “Wow Mom, it would really stink if the Mayans were right and the world ends before Book Eight gets published!” I predict a VERY ugly prom dress in her future in retribution for such a hideous thought the little stinker!

  130. Wow, I can’t believe the nerve of some people! Anyone with half a brain should realise how long it must take to produce books of the quality and satisfying weight of your Outlander series. This was interesting reading though, and I will remember it when it gets to the end of the year and I find myself wishing forlornly that Santa could leave book 8 under the tree. I just count myself lucky that I happened upon the series in the first place, and that you really do manage to write these books astonishingly quickly in my opinion. I am grateful that a) you don’t take 5-20 years between books like authors of some other series I’ve read and b) that you take the time you need to keep the quality of each book so very high. Thank you for writing my favourite books of all time!

  131. Super excited for book 8 your snippets on facebook keep me breathing lol..i’m reading the series again i just started a breath of snow and ashes the other day for the 3rd time, i loved scottish prisoner it was great. I’m thinking of starting on the lord john books as soon as iv finished an echo in the bone. Thank you so much for your books there are great escape from reality :D xxx

  132. I know so many of your fans are patient and know that it will be worth the wait.
    As I do. I guess the one problem we who are older in all these fans worry about
    not living long enough to get to know the ending of Jamie and Claire.
    I had a very dear cousin and friend who so loved the Outlander series. She was
    older than me and she used to say that she hoped she was still going to be around
    to find out the ending. She died a few months ago of cancer. She said that when
    it was my time to get to heaven she would be waiting for me to find out how the
    story ended. I have introduced so many people to Jamie and Claire and they
    all love it. Thanks for sharing your awesome talent at telling a story so well.
    (patiently waiting and hoping to stay healthy) Thanks so much for the daily
    snippits . Love them !!!

    • Dear Cathye–

      As I said to Mary above, my psychic friends do all assure me that there are books in heaven, so perhaps your lovely friend will be able to tell _you_ what happened, when you meet again. [smile]


  133. I can’t believe someone would have the hide to complain about the release date of Book No 8. Would like to see some of them come up with the amazing story lines that you do in the Outlander Series. I am totally addicted to this series and to fill in time until the release I will simply re read No 7 so my mind is refreshed and ready to go. I am dreading the end of this saga, can’t Jamie and Claire go on forever? hehe….I was very happy to read in your post that you won’t say yet that book No 8 is definitely going to be the last book….please, please give us a No 9, I don’t care how long I have to wait. Congratulations on what is an amazing series of books, best I’ve ever read.

  134. I cannot believe there are people out there who have the hide to complain about the release date of book No 8, and to say you were deliberately withholding it, how ridiculous. I am totally addicted to the Outlander Series and can’t wait for the release, but I will fill in the year reading book No 7 again so I am refreshed with the storyline and be ready to go, not complain like those others have. I’m sure they are in such a minority as everyone I know who has read your books, loves every one of them and like me are hanging on the edge waiting for the next release. Jamie and Claire have gotten into my blood for sure, couldn’t they go on forever? sure you can’t arrange that with your amazing story telling. This is the best book series I have ever read, I think your writing style and plot skills are amazing, congratulations on everything we’ve read so far and I am just looking forward to 2013 and your next release.

  135. Ah, Diana! How do we love thee? Let us count the ways! From Mrs. Baird’s industrious Hoovering to Roger’s arrival at Lallybroch to pigeon entrails in Times Square, you have taken us on a journey through the stones along side Claire and company, and keep us ever wanting more. Your grace, wit, wordsmithing and imagination have entertained and educated us, and made us so much the richer for the experience of having read – and reread – your novels, novellas and short stories. And your Daily Lines on Facebook are an incredibly enjoyable way of beginning the day – and providing the fodder for delicious daydreams of where these most beloved characters are headed. Even if those daydreams prove to be wildly inaccurate!

    As Tom Petty sang: the waiting is the hardest part…you take it on faith, you take it to the heart…

    Thanks for the illuminating explanation of the publishing process; like many in your forums, I had no idea how many times a book bounces between author-editor-author-editor-copy editor-etc.

    I just pray that all involved have taken Evelyn Wood’s speed reading course!!

    And as for those who accuse you of holding back – or being ‘mean’ – REALLY, people?? Get a grip, learn the art of delayed gratification like the rest of us grown-ups have, and savor the anticipation. Sheesh!!

  136. Wow, I’m surprised that we only get charged $35 for the book with all that work. Is greatly appreciated though, thanks to everyone. (I can’t believe someone said that you were withholding the book to be mean!?!?!)

  137. I just picked up Outlander for the first time this past October and, as most do, instantly fell in love with the history of the book and its characters. I’ve become obsessed with researching Scottish history, which is absolutely fascinating in and of itself. Currently I am on book 5, The Fiery Cross, and I’m trying to read it slowly knowing there are only two more after this before I will have to wait…

    In book 8 you say all cliffhangers will be answered. Does this mean we will finally learn why and how, from page 18/19 of Outlander, it is that Frank catches Jamie watching Claire brush her hair through her window in 1945? I should take your word when you say allll cliffhangers will be answered, but I must know for sure if that one will be!

    • Dear Lindsay–

      I meant I’ll pick up the cliffhangers from the end of ECHO. [g] However, the ghost _will_ be explained–but it’ll be the last thing in the last book, and I don’t yet know whether the next book _is_ the last (am thinking maybe not, but not positive yet).


      • I have always wondered about the ghost and looked for him in each of your successive books!!! It amazes me that in the first book you can plant a seed that you know is going to wait that long… =)

      • I’ve often wondered about Frank and Jamie’s ghost as well. That would be a wonderful way to tie up the series with a big, plaid bow! (Not that I’m in a rush for the grand finale, mind you; keep writing!)

      • Oh my goodness you’re killing me! However, I can wait if that means that book 8 may not be the final book, and it sounds like it may not be, which is more of a relief than the answer to the ghost. Thank you for these books. The writing is so wonderful. Even when there is no action I am never bored because the way you write about their daily life is so fascinating and the simple exchanges between characters are very endearing and insightful.


    • Oh thank goodness someone else remembers this passage about Frank getting a glimpse of Jamie in 1945!
      No one else I have heard of has mentioned this before. It is a question that I have always asked!

      Diana your books are always worth waiting for and the wait is the best reason to start over again with Outlander and bring yourself familiar with the entire story and characters, so that you are fresh to carry on with the story when the new book comes out!

      I am an original reader from when Outlander first came out and have lost count how many times I have
      read the series over…..but will never complain, as aparently some fools do….

      • Dear Joan–

        Actually, people ask about the ghost all the time. [g] The answer is that I _will_ come back to that–but it will be the last thing in the last book, and I’m not there yet.


        • I have enjoyed reading all your books, first in sequence {when a friend suggested it to me four years ago), then going back to my favorite parts (which invariably [sp?] leads to a total reading of the series but not necessarily in order), and finally to supplement my other reading when it gets a bit too thick or diffucult or boring. This long entry is in a way anapology for getting things mixed up. My question (or just comment) is I thought you had addressed that ghost when Jamie was telling Claire that he had dreamed of her brushing her hair by electric light. He didn’t recall her hair color (and I thought Frank) because he was so focused on her doing an activity he enjoys watching but remember that part be cause he was kind of surprized that he was seeing her in a different kind of light.
          I enjoy the history both in your writing and about your research. I thoroughly enjoy you sharing and taking us along in the process, even your good humored but justifiable anoyance with some of us. I have laughed till I cried, cried till it hurts (all the way threw “Dragonfly in Amber” everytime! [I still drag my feet when I feel compelled to revisit it]), been informed, and just engeneral and absolutely pleased! Kind

  138. Two years between publications is really quick! Think about how many pages are in these books and try to imagine writing and editing all that yourself…

  139. Hi Diana,
    I really enjoyed reading and learning about the book publishing process … it was amazing!! Thanks for sharing that. :)

  140. Thank you Diana for all this precision, but you don’t have to justify yourself, take the time that you need, during that time, Jamie and Claire are still in my mind. I am the one who has to be patient because I live in Canada (Quebec) and have to wait until it is traduce in french before reading it. So now I am waiting for the Scottish prisoner to be traduce. The problem is that since I have finish the last book The ECHO last spring, and the Lord John series in the summer, I can’t read anything else ! So I decided to start over again all the books, while I have to wait for the MOBY book, and that for me should be in 2013 !

  141. I am exhausted just reading what goes into publishing a book. I am grateful that you go through the trouble. I LOVE<LOVE<LOVE your books and read the series every year…Thank you for your vision and creativity!

  142. This blog had me laughing. I love the #3 comments. Great job on pointing out the process of a book being created!

  143. Diana, Please enjoy your much earned glass of wine maybe two your books are wonderful and worth waiting 10 yrs for ! Those people who critizise you are just jealous of your talent and have nothing better to do so write on girl and enjoy your wine ! Oh btw I love your outlander books I fancy myself traveling through time right along with all your charecters and try to guess who traveled and when they came and if they are good or bad. Thanks for keeping at it and stay safe ! Marcia in Texas

  144. Diana: You crack me up. You can take any topic and
    A. Make it long
    B. Make it hilarious
    C. Make it informative
    D. Make it entertaining…and the list goes on.

    Will be very excited to see the new work.

    Best Wishes.

  145. I love your books, and am happy to wait as long as it takes. You are a wonderful storyteller <3

  146. Diana,

    I have been a big fan of yours since I read Outlander xxx years ago :) One of the things that makes you unique is the level of detail, history and complication of characters you weave into your novels. True genius takes time… We have to be patient and let you do what you do best.

    On a side note, I, too, will be devastated if MOBY is the last book in the series… I canna bear the thought!

    Anxiously anticipating MOBY,


  147. Thank you for that education on the world of publishing. Wow, who knew so much went into getting a book out. I can’t wait for the next book and I do follow you on fb. Thank you for all your hard work:)

  148. Diana, I enjoy your books so much, and I came to them later in life, not reading them when they originally came out. I especially like the last few which have taken place in America. I have nothing against Scotland, just like these better. I’m curious to know if you think a woman just page the age of Social Security and a breast cancer survivor, can/should attempt to write a book and have it published.? I know it may be a silly question, but I’m serious. I have approximately 20,000 words of a first draft done, but keep thinking I should write more, write faster, etc., and go to this conference and that workshop, but don’t because….well, I just can’t do that that way. But, enough of that. I anxiously await the publication of MOBY, whether it’s white or not. Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Dear Christine–

      Why _shouldn’t_ you write a book? Once you have, you can decide whether you want to try mainstream publication (the rather tedious process I outlined [g]), or perhaps go the self-publishing route, which is a heck of a lot faster. But it’s the writing that’s important. Good luck!


  149. So thankful for all the info. What an amazing process! Was sad to find out we won’t see the next book until next year, but know for sure it will be worth the wait. I’ll just keep rereading the older parts until the new one comes out… I’m addicted!

  150. Diana,

    That’s my girl! Good-humored response to a ridiculous gripe and at the same time, who knew all the steps involved! Thanks for explaining the grueling process of publication… like a tennis match in slow motion.

    Here’s what I want to know. I want to tell my fourth-grade writers how some authors plan their stories.

    How do you manage to keep track of events throughout your novels and short stories? Your eight anchor novels move sequentially (while moving back and forth between centuries) while your other pieces fill in gaps. What tool do you use to lay out the plan? Or do you have a flawless memory or both? J.K. Rowling used post-its on a wall.

    (I also wish I could ask Michelangelo how he painted the Sistene Chapel. Are there any stones that go to Italy?)

    -Laurie B.

    • Dear Laurie–

      Errr….well, to be honest, it’s all just in my head. I mean, it’s more complex than that [g], but I don’t have a tool other than my brain, and I don’t write things down, beyond the MFILE (master file) that I use to catalog the disparate scenes so I can find the one I want when I come to a place where I think it joins up with something else. Stay tuned, though–later this month, I plan to post a long piece explaining what happens _before_ the publishing process; i.e., how I get to the _first_ step of “Finished.” [g] I’m afraid it won’t be a lot of help to your kids–except insofar as making it crystal clear that there is no One Way to write, and there are no Rules. [g]


  151. Diana,
    Thank you for setting these people staight. You take whatever time you need to make the next book the best ever! I’ll be waiting no matter what.

    Kindest Regards

  152. Yes… it’s “Sistine” Yes… spelling in American schools is taught every day. Yes.. I want to go to Italy some day.

  153. Dear Diana, I’ve read your books since they had been published in Germany first in German, later – because I couldn’t wait for the translation, in English. Now – after this long time – I started again with buying the audiobooks and I still loooove them. I hadn’t realized how much I had forgotten and they are wonderfully read.

    Funny – the ghost thing was one I was wondering if I ever read about the why and what – so waiting paitently.

    Just finished the Scottish Prisoner on audio and honestly – I loved it, too. Okay, I love Lord John anyway but Jamie and John in one book and the fragile balance/friendship between them…wow…and I thought it was wonderfully read, too, especially the narrator of Lord John did a very good job, emotions gave me shivers while listening….

  154. Thank you for your update. I had no idea! I’d like to see the look on Copy Editor face(s) when your books comes through the door for scrutany. Such a process – but worth every minute.

  155. I’ve been a reader of this series since 1991. Really looking forward to the next one — and grateful to DG for the snippets she posts, as these keep me going until publication of each new book.

    (Besides, I didn’t really expect the next one before 2013. DG has been on a 4-year writing schedule for the last several books: TFC came out 4 years after Drums; ABOSAA came out 4 years after TFC; Echo came out 4 years after ABOSAA. Stands to reason that MOBY will come out 4 years after Echo…and that puts it in 2013. Seems to me that Diana’s right on schedule.)

    • Dear Nifty–

      Indeed I am. [g] EXCEPT that the readers got ECHO in 2009, then _also got_ THE EXILE in 2010, THE SCOTTISH PRISONER in 2011–and will get at least two or three novellas or short stories in 2012, to help time them over.


  156. I for one am GLAD your MOBY will not be published until 2013! I now know I have at least a year to start at the beginning….again. Every time a new book comes out I like to have the stories fresh in my mind so off to Outlander I go!

    Also, Poisened Pen is just the greatest. I have ordered almost all of your books (signed, of course!) from them. They are always prompt, courteous and speedy shippers! I am so glad they are there for both you and us fellow readers who do not live in Arizona.

    One question-does this neverending story always float around in your head? Does a day go by that you do NOT think about the characters in one way or another? Well, OK. 2 questions ;-)

    • Dear Wendy–

      If I’m sick or really, really tired, then I mostly don’t hear anything from the Other Side. Otherwise, bits and pieces kind of drift through; it’s like background radiation [g]. It’s only when I’m actually _working_, though, that the magic really happens.


  157. With my deepest (!) apologies (!!) to them, I’m guessing you could skip the marketing department ‘s job, post a teeny tiny note anywhere, and poof! all gone.

    Hard cover, yes, Kindle, yes, AND paperback for the uninitiated. A friend took Drums in Autmn on vacation with her, and when she gave it back it was missing a huge chunk from the middle. When I politely inquired as to its whereabouts, she dug through her car trunk and handed the pieces back to me. Fortunately they were all there and it is now rubberbanded.

    Thank you, Diana, for hours of reading pleasure.

    • Dear Sally–

      Oh, no! The marketing and sales reps are _very_ important in the process. I don’t–as an author–usually see any of what they do, though, and am not personally involved in that part, so I didn’t include it in my outline. A nice sales rep left a message upstream, though, explaining about what they do, and so I’ll have that information to include, next time I post something like this. [g]


  158. I wanted to say “Thank You” to Diana for writing such wonderful books. You bring characters to life for me and they have become my friends. It seems from the reading the post that sometimes you feel to be under pressure to be a writing machine. Well, this fan says, “Take all the time you need, Honey!” I want each book to be as good as the last and to do that takes time. Keep up the good work and I’ll wait patiently!

  159. Out of all the people in the world, the one person I would love to spend a day (or evening, or even an hour) talking to would be you! Anyone who can write such an entertaining outline, which had me laughing out loud by the way, is someone I’d like to befriend. I’m sure it was no coincidence that letter U) in your outline was You (the reader), right??? :) Absolutely love your writing! I don’t have the proper words to explain it but the best I can say is you write “emotion” better than anyone else I’ve read. As the others have said, I’m axiously awaiting book #8, but don’t rush…it will be well worth the wait!! Maybe you’ll get to the Seattle area after the book comes out and I’ll actually get to meet you and experience your amazing wit in person!

  160. I don’t ever want the Outlander series to end. Is that unrealistic, if so, I can’t help it. I read my first one of the series (The Fiery Cross) after purchasing it used. I had never heard of the series before that and was instantly hooked! Of course, I then had to backtrack and start from the beginning. That first book is the only one I have found used, and it’s no wonder as most of your fans could not part with a single one of the books. I too have a Kindle, but I could never be satisfied with the Kindle version of your books, I want the feel of the book in my hands and the physical book in my liabrary. I am axiously awaiting MOBY, and hope, hope, hope that it is not the last of the series! THANK YOU DIANA – YOU ARE BLESSED!

  161. I am probably the only fan who is fine with waiting for MOBY to be published because I don’t want the series to end. The daily lines are fantastic and are perfect to keep me happy while waiting for MOBY. I have heard you speak twice at the Decatur Book Festival and believe you may have said you wanted to write a story (anthology?) about a 50 year marriage. Because of that I am hoping that means MOBY can’t possibly be the last book in the series!

  162. Add to all that, the process of all the writing and research that go into all the rich historical detail of every book, it’s always well worth the wait. Besides, I read so slow now, the next book coming out is always a good push for me to go ahead and finish the previous one. I still haven’t finished Echo In The Bone and The Scottish Prisoner is started. I’m patient.

  163. Jeez Louise it’s a wonder any book ever gets in a reader’s hands…

  164. Danke für die Erläuterung. Was für ein Hin und Her!
    Das macht das Warten zwar nicht einfacher – aber was bleibt uns übrig? ;)

    Wir warten ungeduldig, aber wir warten – und freuen uns auf Band 8

  165. I understand it’s a long process, but I can’t help but be impatient for #8. Just finished The Scottish Prisoner. (Read it within a 2 week period during my lunch hours) Wishing it was longer.! Thank you for writing such wonderful books, and I hope that the series continues after Written in my Own Hearts Blood.

  166. You know, Diana, your stories are like those kitchen accessories from Joie! — Boily, Whiskey, Slicey and all the rest — once you pick up the first one you have to have all the others! Since way back when a fellow chatter put me onto Outlander I have spread the word every chance I could get. Imagine my surprise years ago when I visited my sisters in Canada and found they both have the collections going! Yours are the only ones I really like to re-read, and yes I await patiently for whatever “bones” you toss our way :-)

    Speaking of which, I bet you could make a short story or Novella about Rollo and make it interesting! Keep up the good work — although I do hope it remains a joyful thing to do, for you personally :-)

  167. While reading this I internally say UGH, 2013 but I would much rather you take your time and be happy with it, then rush the story and we be disappointed. We have plenty of time to re-read and remember all that has previously happened (which is a lot) before we can dive into MOBY. Thank you Diana for such a wonderful series. I stumbled upon the Outlander series in 2010 and instantly fell in love!

  168. Diana,
    My family would like to thank you. I am not a reader like they are, not at all but your books sparked that bug. They were excited to see me read the Outlander series last year while I was laid off, then when I asked for a book for Christmas (THE SCOTTISH PRISONER) but they are tickled pink that I am so excited to be waiting for the 8th book and I am. For my husband I think he is most excited that I actually started researching history. I am not a history fan at all or at least I wasn’t. :) I also have been researching my family and have found out that I actually have quite a bit Scottish blood. I can wait, that is what it is all about the anticipation of a new book. So while I wait patiently I am going to reread the series and of course The Scottish Prisoner. So I just wanted to give you from a non- reader to now a read a BIG heartfilled Thank you. Oh and I hope “MOBY” will not be the last. :)

    Thank you,

    • Dear Andena–

      Hooray! [g] I’m always _so_ pleased to get a letter like yours, from someone who really never read, but is now enjoying the wonderful world of books. One of the very best things about writing–thank you!


  169. So, what I got out of this long piece, is that:

    1) I need to start a book review blog that may concentrate on books of multiple genre. (in hopes of a pre-copy for review purposes of course)

    2) A LOT of that process can be avoided and they could release the digital versions way sooner than the actual hard back books

    3) Maybe I need to make friends with Davina Porter

    4) Thankful either way for the story and the work

    Jen <—- who is off to start my blog and find out where Davina Porter takes tea

  170. hi Diana,

    I really enjoy reading every word and appreciate how much hard work and dedication it takes on your part to make your wonderful novels a reality. I find it sad that you need to constantly explain yourself and your process to those that are supposed to be your “fans”.

    You are so much more accessible to your fans and spend time every day to not just share a line or two of your current work but whole passages. You have a style that is beautiful and at times heart wrenching, heart warming and humorous.

    Thank you for bring us into your world of Jamie and Claire and spending the time to be accessible to your fanbase.

    I have only been a devotee for a short time, but I assure you that you have me hooked for life.


    • Thanks, Michelle!

      It does sometimes seem as thought I’m constantly re-explaining–but in fact, it’s just the effect of having a more or less constant influx of new readers, and I can’t complain about that. [g] (I could wish some of them would take the time to browse through the website before asking me questions, but what the heck…).


  171. Patience is not one of my strong suits; however, that’s why I re-read. :) Take your time. I know you’ll give us the best story you possibly can. And I do hope it is a whale of a book. Maybe it will take me more than a couple of days to read. :)
    My mother and I both eagerly await Book 8 and the further adventures of Jamie, Claire, Bree, Roger, Lord John, William, and every other character to which we have become so emotionally attached.

  172. My heart goes out to the author who probably has their own problems remembering, but next in line is the copy editor. How does he/she ever keep it all straight? Kudos to BOTH of you and a big thank you to all involved in the process. I expect your books when they appear, knowing how much you and other put in to them. Best thoughts everyone’s way!

    • Dear Jean–

      The lovely copy-editor who does my books makes informational grids for each one, and keeps the old ones to compare. That’s how she always knows when people were born and what color their eyes are.


  173. You should have someone read your mail for you and toss the haters. Your books are very long, very thought out, and we, your loyal readers, wait with baited breath for the MOHB. Write On!!!

  174. To say I love your books is an understatement–I have read all of Outlander series at least 3 times in order and several titles individually out of order. I refer everyone to the series as “my favorite books of all time” and I am waiting (trying to be patient) for MOBY. So long as the end of the world doesn’t happen on 12/21/12, I’ll be thrilled to get MOBY in 2013.

  175. Thanks for the update. I am using the time to reread the rest of the series and am rediscovering details I’d missed the first time around. What fun to pull out the Companion and double check my assumptions! Looking forward to picking up where you last left off, but will remain entertained by the earlier volumes until then.

  176. What with the number of readers waiting for your books to come out, I don’t understand why anyone would be so stupid as to think you are sitting on a completed book. Must be that instant gratification thing working. I admit, I’m chewing my nails over the “Daily Lines” and I can’t wait for the new book (and hoping that it won’t be the last one, by the way) but I continue to reread the series and believe it or not, as many times as I’ve read the books, I still seem to pick up something I missed in a previous read. Thank you, Diana, for all the work and time you are putting in to tell these stories. If simple gratitude and knowledge of the pleasure you are giving all of your readers could be made into $ – you’d be rich beyond your imagination! I’ll be waiting, not always patiently, but I will be waiting.

  177. Like in my child bearing days, when I discovered I was going to have a baby, I was so happy to want to see my child but very impatient waiting. But, once my child came into the world, the long wait and pain was forgotten and you rejoiced in the moment at hand. This my friend is somewhat of that joy we’ll feel when book #8 is released. So, enjoy the ride, it will be worth it in the end.

  178. Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work – your books have found a place in my heart. I have recommended them to every woman who would listen to me. I have read the series twice so far and I’m sure my well-worn copies will be much more worn in a few year’s time. Your writing is a treat to the eyes and soul. No wonder so many of us are eager to read more of your talent. Take your time – all good things are worth waiting for.

  179. What a process! Thanks for the description!
    And… I hope you never stop writing about Jamie and Claire and the rest of them!
    Thanks you!

  180. Diana – It will be worth the wait. I’m just as anxious as everyone else to find out what happens to our beloved characters, but I’d rather the book be FINISHED prior to publishing – haha. My husband is an aspiring writer and I see (and unfortunately sometimes, experience) all the time and effort he puts into his work. It’s not an easy job!

    Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration,

  181. Mòran Taing! Thank you also for explaining the interesting process of getting a book out. I like to know how things work. :)

  182. Thanks for the update, Diana. All of your loyal followers are anxiously awaiting book 8 and meanwhile stay busy with various “methadone” lists. I just discovered Outlander in July 20111, finished Echo in August, and had Scottish Prisoner sent to my kindle on opening day, November 29, so a new addict , here. I plan on visiting Scotland in 2013 with my copy of MOBY in hand, making a Claire and Jamie pilgrimage to the Highlands, and fulfilling a family goal of researching my Campbell heritage which your books have sparked a keen interest. Thanks again!

  183. What I wouldn’t give to be able to copy-edit that book! It’s always amazing what goes into publishing and you can really tell the books where the publisher was lax because they lack continuity, sophisticated grammar, and decent formatting.

    Plus, I’m going to need a few months to reread the other seven books in preparation for book 8! :) One of my favorite things is that every once in a while, I need to bust out the dictionary to find out exactly what a word means here and there.

  184. I’m sorry to hear that people can be so bothersome.. and that is using a nice word.
    I would hope, that there are people like me, who out number those comments.
    Readers who truly admire your books. Readers who have made your books a part of their lives.
    I started to read the series when I first moved back home to take care of my aging mother. They let me escape into another world. The world of Jamie and Clair. A time a place that held me captive.
    Your books helped me get through long days in the hospital when my Mom had pneumonia.
    She is better now, and I look forward to reading the last book, when ever it comes.
    Thank you so much, for all the hours of hard work and devotion to your readers, even the not so nice ones.

  185. Dear Dianna, God Bless you woman! I loved everything you had to say about the process of getting your wonderful books into our hot little hands. You’ve mentioned that you don’t write your stories in a straight line and I can see your brilliance in that. I would love to know what kind of writers software you use if any.
    Thanks for all you do!

  186. Hi Dianna.
    Thank you for your explanation of the process of writing-printing-publication. It definately gives one a better appreciation for the entire process. In preparation to more fully appreciate the new publications, and upcoming ones, I have been re-reading the entire series and thoroughly enjoying every page…. again. I think your creative process is brilliant! Blessings on you and your family. Be well.

  187. Thank you Diana for the update and taking the time to fill us in on the progress.

    I remember the first time (many rereads ago) that I read outlander and fell in love. I have recomended this series to many of our book group readers and I still chuckle when a few days later I get the calls ” ooh why cant we find a man like Jamie” :)

    We are planning a “girls trip” to Scotland in 2013 and I can tell you, a lot of ladies will be standing by the standing stones anxiously hoping for any type of buzzing to meet their dream man :)

    Thank you Diana for all your efforts. Your “true” readers need no explaination, we see it and feel it every time we pick up your wonderful work!

  188. Ooo! Can I be an editor, please?! LOL! Only half-kidding here! Thank you, Diana, for explaining all of this too us. I am trying to be patient, because all good things take time, but it’s good to have a round-about idea of when our waiting will be rewarded. ;) Blessings!

  189. Wow I had no idea how much went into getting a book to us the readers! Thanks for the explanation. Love love the series & can’t wait for the next book but will do my best to be patient by reading everything else you’ve written amongst other good books. There just isn’t enough time to read everything I want to. Good luck with finishing the book this year & the pub process.

  190. Diana,

    I’m just glad you are keeping us all in the loop. Best wishes to you, and write on!

  191. Can’t wait for the next sequel and certainly hope there are additional volumes! One question, what happened to your email assistant? I have not received email updates for a long time? Thanks for all the fun reading.

    • Dear Diana–

      Oh–we changed/rebuilt/updated the whole website about a year ago, and Rosana (who built the original site and did a marvelous job for _years_ in maintaining it) chose to retire at that point, since the new site was set up in such a way that I could manage it myself. I _think_ that you can still get updates; on the home page of this site, there should be a box that lets you follow me on Twitter, find my Facebook page, or receive RSS feeds–I think that last one is probably what’s most similar to the earlier email updates.


  192. I have been reading series since the beginning and am always amazed that Diana has to explain this process each time. However, on the bright side it also means so many more people are reading them that another explanation is needed. ( at least I hope that is the reason) Happy writing!!

    • Dear Vicki–

      I do figure it’s the result of new people finding the books–and I’m happy to explain as needed (though I admit that I mostly ignore the ones who keep asking about movies and casting, and leave it to the kind souls who know the answers to provide links to the newcomers). One of the unexpected side-effects of longevity [g], but I’m not complaining!


  193. I eagerly look forward to the next book whenever it arrives on the shelves. Each of your Outlander series books is an incredible reading treat and worth waiting for.

  194. Diana I have worked in publishing for over 13 years and I have never read a better explanation of how a book gets written, edited (again and again), laid out, designed and printed! Amen!

    It is a thankless process and people are typically astonished to find out how long the process actually is for an author/editor and production staff. For my own part, I came in at the design phase (layout and cover) , through to the printer (bound galleys and all). WOW!

    It is a ton of work that probably does not seem easier even after doing it as many times as you have.

    Thank you for taking your time and for doing the research that is needed to make these books so unique. I just finished Fiery Cross and spent much of my time last evening brushing up on my Gaelic (ha!) with the help of your companion guide (thank you for this as well).

    People are just to bloody impatient these days with all this new technology. I for one am going to read the next 2 books…slowly, and then read Scottish Prisoner.

    Je suis prest, when you are…

  195. Major thankies for the blog post. Really Cool.

  196. I patiently await MOHB and all the other short stories you are working on. I love your daily lines, they keep my interest running at high gear. :)
    Moran Taing!

  197. You make me laugh (“It ain’t pork bellies, people!”)! But you’re awfully sweet, making a genuine effort in response to the goofballs with the conspiracy theories about your twisted ‘just to be mean’ or ‘driving up the price’ plots. I can’t think of another author that would take the time. It indicates to me that you’re a person with a lot of empathy. Thanks. :o)
    P.S. You might want to refer them to Jean Auel–she’s left her readers dangling for over a decade before!

    • Dear Kelly–

      Yeah. [g] George RR Martin is a friend of mine, and over a recent breakfast he asked me, “Do you have ANTI-fans?” Evidently he does; people who actually make a _hobby_ (apparently they have an official website, of all things) of reviling him in public for taking too long to write the next book, or not writing it the way _they_ wanted it, or some similar…er…line of reasoning. [cough] Was really pleased to tell him that 99.99% of my fans are Really Nice, Highly Intelligent people–and while I don’t seem to write the kind of books that attract nuts [g], even the odder of my readers tend to be pretty benign.


  198. Hi Dianna,

    I always re-read the series from the beginning before reading the newest so I appreciate to no end when you give release dates so I can plan my reads. By the way, with every re-read I find something new. Must be the stage I’m in? I read the first book at 23 on maternity leave and now it sounds like that same baby will be in college when I read the latest! That’s awesome legacy-type stuff!

    Thanks for giving us another book (and don’t give thought to the inpatient crazy people)!

    A fan,


  200. Diana……….

    No matter what Your books are always worth the wait, and always worth the re read or listen. As Much as peole can’t wait to get their hands on them, we will all be upset when the series is over.

  201. Wow you’d think people would be less ignorant. If I were you, I would probably ask them,” Did your mother drop you on the head as a child?” I love your books, it gave me insight on Scottish, Irish, and English culture as well as history. Plus, reading the series allowed me to escape a lot of problems I’m dealing with and to run out with Jamie and Claire is sometimes the best thing that happens to me all day. Thank you and I look forward to reading your next book!

  202. Diana,

    Thank you so much for taking the time and energy to explain the publishing process. I am amazed that books even get published at all when hearing that. :-)

    Your books have always brought to me great joy. I love the anticipation of waiting for the next installment of the book. I am glad to hear that book 8 may not be the last book. My Dad may not be so glad to hear it. At 80 and in failing health, he may not be alive for a book 9. But you have brought him great joy in these books as well

    Thank you again for all of your patience and understanding. I am sorry for the complaints that you get. Don’t let them get you down. Some people aren’t happy unless they have something to complain about.

    Best regards,

  203. Thank you for taking the time to explain this process. I have a teenage daughter who’s desire as an adult is to be published author. This has offered her great insight. I so enjoy the snippets you put on your Facebook page. Till any of the new titles become available I will continue to re-read all of your work as they are all a great source of relaxation & escape.

  204. Diana: Thank you for sharing your exhausting publishing process. As an avid reader and fan of your books, I look forward to the next installment. In the meantime, I will re-read the series and enjoy every minute of it.

  205. Silly people!!! You can’t rush art (in any form)!!! I for one am using the time to re-read the first 7 books. It’s like visiting with old friends. And I want to thank you for re-igniting my interest in my Scottish heritage! Researching now for both my husband and myself as we plan a 20th Wedding Anniversary trip to Scotland! : )

  206. You have been my favorite author since Outlander. You provide great historical information and the only author I know of that provides insight to characters in your short stories/novellas. Love it!

    After hearing you speak at the book fair on the Mall in Washington, I liked you even more, and the book you signed is treasured. Please don’t listen to the complainers, there are more of us that truly respect, enjoy, and appreciate all the effort you put into all of your books.

    Patiently awaiting MOBY.

    God Bless!!

  207. Diana, please don’t listen to those, shall we say, challenged people that accuse you of such nonsense as holding back a book on purpose. We, your loyal fan base, know what’s going on and the only we might try is to send you your favorite sweets to hasten up the process, knowing full well that it won’t make a different. LOL. Just saying that when you love a series that much it’s hard to wait, but whaddayagonnado, right? All the Best to you.

  208. Well I must say, that is quite a process to get a book published. We will always want your books done faster and more often. But truthfully we are all just whiners. I consider myself blessed to have found your amazing books. The series will continue when it is due time.

  209. Thank you so much for all that you write and blog for us, your devoted readers! I am eagerly awaiting the 8th book of your Outlander series and know it will be as good as all the others.

  210. Thanks for the update! I will wait as patiently as possible for MOBY, meanwhile hooking as many people as humanly possible on the series! Jamie and Clare are old friends by now and if necessary, I’ll just re-read the series (again!) and visit with them that way while waiting…..

    • Dear Sarah–

      Sorry, I approved your last comment (I _think_ it was yours) about the short pieces, by accident–meant to hit REPLY AND APPROVE. Anyway, yes, I do intend to collect all the short pieces into Gabaldon-only [g] books, in the fullness of time. The thing is, these short pieces are written under contract for the anthologies in which they first appear–and those contracts specify an exclusive period (usually 12-18 months) during which the piece can’t be reprinted. Once that period expires, I have all the rights back, and can do whatever I want with the piece. At the moment, I have back the rights to “The Custom of the Army,” and we’re thinking of publishing it as an “e-short”–i.e., an ebook version–that people could have right away, and then as other pieces come back to me, include them in a volume like HAND OF DEVILS. (The first two novellas in HAND OF DEVILS were originally published in anthologies; I wrote “Haunted Soldier” specifically for that book, so we wouldn’t need to wait for another story’s reprint rights in order to publish the book).


  211. Diana, first let me preface this by saying HOW VERY MUCH I LOVE ALL OF YOUR BOOKS!!!
    This is where I have a problem though! There are some of your books (the added books that
    help to flesh out the characters!) that I just cannot find, and or that I am wont to spend the
    money on! I truly want to read ALL of the books that you write, but, when these shorter books
    are included in an anthology along with other authors, or genres, that I don’t read, it makes me
    sad! I am the type that when I love a book written by an author, I like to keep all of them so that
    I can re-read them at my leisure (making notes in the margins or on the back of the covers, so that
    when I find myself reading the ‘bigger’ books and wonder about a detail, I can go back and read the
    chapter or the few pages that refer to and / or answer my own query.
    Will there ever be ONE (or prefably TWO books!!) that may one day contain ALL of these short stories?
    Don’t get me wrong, I would definitely buy the books containing all of these short stories (at any price!),
    to love and to cherish them. It’s too bad however that your short stories are not part of books / anthology
    books that are in the same genre, so that your fans would want to perhaps discover other authors who write
    about time travel / romance (present / medieval times) and enjoy them as much as we do your books!
    Please don’t think of this as negative comment (which it is NOT meant to be at ALL!!), just as ME putting in
    my two cents (for what it’s worth!!).
    OMG!! Can’t wait for your next book!!

  212. as my mama always says, “you can’t rush perfection.”

  213. Dear Diana, my husband wants me to tell you to take all the time you need to write that book….He is so happy to have me back ;) Hahaha. Seriously, I can’t wait to read number 8. And it’s totally true, I have NO life when I’m reading one of your book. They are like a second life for me. Please, please, pretty please, don’t let it be the last one. Just be sure to post the release date so I can take my vacations…

  214. Thanks for the update and explantion of the publishing process.
    I know you are spread thin but are you ever going to be on Google+ like you are on Facebook and Twitter?
    I’d love to see your Daily Lines over there.
    I’m starting to see other authors there, too. And Hangouts would be a great way to promote when a book comes out.

    Melody :-)

    • Dear Melody–

      You do know there’s only one of me, right? [g] I’ve never even heard of Google+, but will go have a look as soon as I have a few spare minutes. IF it looks like something I can handle like I do Twitter and Facebook (i.e., about ten minutes a day, each), then sure. Thanks for telling me about it!


  215. These are probably the same people who call the customer service desk where I work and expect the person who answers to have the company’s entire merchandise inventory committed to memory AND of course know whether our location has some in stock.

    Geesh! Would they rather she go “Willy Wonka” on us like some authors and refuse to engage the public?

    And Diana is SO mean, that rather than ignore them as she certainly might/should, she instead took valuable time (away from writing!) and made it a teachable moment and enlighten everyone.

    Thanks for putting up with the bad eggs for the sake of the rest, Diana!

  216. While I am rather anxiously awaiting Book8, and quite willing to do whatever I can to assist, I am pondering how I could contribute to the process. Do you need me to catch a pigeon for you?

    • Dear Marsha–

      Much obliged! [g] Actually, though, the pigeon-killing is the province of the publishing people, not me.


      • Reading entrails is for gutsy publishers. Bet Outlander kitchen could come up with a yummy recipe for pigeon pie for the leftovers. No need for squab-bling.

    • Phew!!! I knew If I read enuff of these someone would have made the offer! I could hold it…or perhaps say a pray? Thank You Diana. ;).

  217. Dear Diana-

    Very educational, thank you! I wanted to comment on the lovely picture of you above. Quite pretty!


  218. Hi Diana,
    I don’t think I can add anything to all the lovely comments above except to say “Amen everyone”! I would like to say I love your daily posts on FB and to tell you that as I read them (or as I reread the books) I have this song playing in my head. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of “Straight No Chaser” but they sing their own arrangement of “Like a Prayer.” I can easily imagine this song playing in Jamie’s head when he’s missing Claire so much in “Scottish Prisoner” with Lord John listening in the hall or maybe when he hears her say his name again after they’ve been apart for so many years. You can listen to it on their website, SNC.com, if you’re interested. Anyway, thank you for all the hours of enjoyment you’ve given me as I’ve read your books. One of my greatest pleasures in life is when I get to experience a master craftsman’s work in their field of expertise. Obviously, writing is yours and I’m honored to have experienced it.

    Pam (or if you prefer “Patiently Waiting Pam ) lol

  219. Honestly, people: stop haranguing Herself about the timetable! You like the books the way they are, yes? Well, do you think for one nanosecond that they would be that way if any of the above processes or steps were rushed or skipped?! Of course not! So let Our Lady do what she does in her own time, if you please. Has it occurred to you that she might get so fed up that she stops writing altogether? Doubtful, but you never know.

    Dear Diana, I do hope you get to sleep and eat now and then. Take care ~

  220. Very nicely summarized lesson on book production/publishing … a gem just like your books :>

    To continue in the vein of shared knowledge I came across a couple of tidbits of information you may find of interest related to the regions of NC you highlight:

    John Bartram, King George’s Pennsylvania Quaker Colonial Botanist, and his son William, who at 18 left PA to move to Cape Fear and operate a trading post here until 1765, made a botany expedition through NC-GA-FL in 1765. It was neither the first nor last time the two famous (botanist/horticulturalist/natural historian)’s would be active throughout this region. With Claire’s penchant for ‘green leafy bugs’ as my husband calls all things with leaves – much to my inner naturalist’s great dismay – this may provide fodder for an interesting encounter in MOBY.

    Another green leafy bug related item of interest is the Camellia. As tea always holds some interest to the far flung Brits/Scots it may be of interest to highlight the introduction/availability of Camellia Sinensis (shrub that provides tea) and Camellia Japonica (the beautiful flowering shrub that is found throughout Southern gardens) – Introduction/availability of both these plants would be appropriate for the Outlander series in NC/SC. Both have a variety of possible edible applications that include the leaves for tea, flowers which are rather tasty, and seeds that can produce a fine oil.

    Finally, through my own long term love of history and my continued relationship with Fort Bragg/Fayetteville/Cross Creek/Campbellton/Cumberland Cnty and it’s surrounding areas I spend a good portion of time reading local history. From my reading I think you are well acquainted with the engagement at Moore’s Creek Bridge, along the same line of local Revolutionary War history I’d also recommend the book written by Rev. E. W. Carruthers, in 1854 entitled ‘The Old North State in 1776′. In particular you may find his description of the Piney Bottom Massacre and its aftermath of interest as in this area it played out as much a Civil War between families as a Revolution. The 1918-1967 version of the ‘History of Fort Bragg’ includes an excerpt as well as information relating to the Revolutionary period here and people of interest. One family you may be interested in further research, if you haven’t already heard of them, is the Blue family – of Scottish origin (Duncan and Margret Campbell Blue emigrated vic Lakeview, NC 1768) the family grew to be major land holder’s here and their significant holdings were largely to become today’s Fort Bragg.

    While I discovered and became enamored with your writing through the Outlander series I love all of your writing. I look forward to one day seeing all of it put together in one place even though tripping over samples such as ‘Dream a Little Dream’ and other short stories here and there is always a delightful surprise. Perhaps if it could be arranged for the books you have contributed to to be available near your outlander books it would be profitable to all :>

    Best Regards and Happy Writing – I keep telling myself 2013 isn’t so far away – as I suppose do you;>

    Vanessa R. Kovach Bowman

    • Dear Vanessa–

      Thank you so much! This is fascinating information–and I love the “green leafy bugs.” [g] Claire hadn’t (as yet) made the acquaintance of the Bartrams (she only returned to the past in 1766, so would have missed their expedition), but has quite possibly heard of them. I’ll see where they were in the summer of 1778. [g]


      • John Bartram, the botanist, had a brother William who settled here in Cape Fear. John Bartram also named his own son William. It is the John Bartram son – William who was most active in traveling/living in this area (when he moved here at 18 it was to join his uncle’s family at their plantation). His various regional studies known generically as ‘The Travels of William Bartram’ (there are sub divisions/publications) were published in 1791 from material that was collected throughout the preceding two decades. In 1778 William Bartram actually returned to PA to his father’s home and already well recognized gardens at Kingsessing. John Bartram passed away in 1778, but the father and son did enjoy a few months together in that year before that. William remained in PA 1778-1823 when he himself died. William never married, his brother and sister and their families who had remained in PA welcomed him home. William’s publications achieved great literary success and are recognized today as one of the foundation pieces of 19th century romantic movement.

        It is so much to correspond :> I would never make it from research stage to writing – it’s too hard to put books down once you’ve got them open :> I’m glad you are able to make that leap :>


        • I see in today’s daily lines that Kingsessing will be the place to acquire asafoetida and ginseng root :> Fantastic, fun, and exciting – a splendid surprise!

      • Dear Diana,

        I went back to this original post as I’m guessing it is best to keep things are organized as possible. I just wanted to say it has been a real treat to see the Bartram information blossom;> I’m so glad that worked out for you. I am, as always, eagerly looking forward to the next book. I also have my fingers crossed for the mini-series. I just watched the BBC mini-series: Call the Midwife, created by Heidi Thomas. I recommend the series on its own entertainment merits, but in addition the lead actress, Jessica Raines is excellent, has the right look (almost as close as you can get in real life to the portrait of Claire by Hoang Nguyen), is about the right age (b. 1982), is British, and of course is a working actress with the perk of already having time-period (almost) appropriate work (plays a nurse in 1950s England) to her credit. Here is her imdb profile for easy reference: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3565962/Some day I hope that fate and timing work together that I can actually attend one of your public appearances. The Army conspires to always have a mandatory event that places me as far away as possible whenever there would seemingly be a time in my schedule or a location that is not all the way across the country. I hope this post doesn’t get fully buried in my effort to keep continuity by posting this near the original. Best wishes to you and yours.

        Vanessa R. Kovach Bowman

  221. Thanks Diana
    Even your response to complaint makes great reading!!!!!
    Waiting patiently….. gives me time to re-read AGAIN the series in preparation for MOBY

  222. I’m another person who thinks your books are wonderful! I reread them a lot. My daughter shared your first book with me and I’ve been hooked since. I have introduced a lot of other people to the books too. I’ve read a few of your “sneak peaks” but have vowed to stop…… Looking forward to the next book!!

  223. I love your work. And given the things you published and the attendant processes to get to the public, I figured you work 23 hours out of 24, so that you have that one hour to sleep, eat, note spouse and children, breathe for all of six seconds and then back to work! I too wait with baited breath for the next installment of anything you write, but life is real and I think we are all lucky that you do write these (often) huge books to devour and then pray for more. Does anyone think you can do more than you are? Line up to be painted absolutely stupid and have your writing fingers and mouth sewed shut until the next book comes out.

  224. Thank you for the update! I hope people will take the time to check here and read this because it seems like you are constantly getting all of these questions everywhere you are — Compuserve, Facebook, Twitter, etc. You must be a very patient soul to continuously answer the same thing over and over and over again… Speaking of being a patient soul, I’m pretty flabbergasted that you get mail accusing you of purposely hiding or delaying the publication of MOBY. What a very odd thing to accuse you of, though there is certainly no shortage of strange conspiracy theories in the world.

    To those experiencing withdrawals, I wholeheartedly agree that the Lord John books are a great way to “deal” in the time between the Outlander books. In fact, I have grown to love them just as much as the main series. LJG is one of my absolute favorite characters in all of fiction. The most recent LJ book, The Scottish Prisoner, is absolutely fantastic. And, yes, the audio versions are very good too. (To those complaining about the Warriors reader — audible.com lets you listen to an excerpt before buying a book, or you can check it out at your local library first! So do your due diligence before committing to an audio purchase.)

    Diana, one thing you didn’t address in this post is the short story about Joan and Michael. I noticed you’re not posting excerpts of it anymore on Facebook. I’m wondering if it’s because you’ve put this project aside for now, or if it’s because it’s getting close to publication in some anthology, or something else? Can you share any details about where that story is in the process?


    • Please let me publicaly apologise again for my ignorant and uncircumspect comments about the narration of the ‘Warriors’ anthology.

      I greatly regret the naievity of my previous comments, and am ‘attempting’ to purchase the highly recommended audio versions of all the stand-alone ‘Lord John’ books.

      I write ‘attempting’, because as an Australian, it is very hard to purchase e-books, let alone audio versions of any of Diana’s books. International publishing restrictions limit our access, (by recognising our IP adresses), and deny us the ability purchase many titles easily purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Nobel, etc. in the U.S.

      To add further weight to my status as a thoughtless ignoramus, I must also acknowledge that I had no idea that one could conduct ‘due dilligence’ and access preview audio examples prior to purchase.

      I appreciate you advice, and hope that other less informed individuals like myself will benefit from your insights.

      That is the beauty of this collective of ‘Diana Gabaldon’ devotees; through our shared passion, shared knowledge.



  225. Ms. Gabaldon,
    Thank you for sharing the world of publishing, as I had no clue what the loooong process was!

    I’m so excited it will be a “Big Book”! Of course we are a society that expects things fast, i.e. fast food, fast info on the internet, etc. Good things take *time*. Anyone who is a true fan has a great respect for what you give us in each and every one of your books, and how long it takes to do this. (Doesn’t mean we can’t whine when we have to wait!! haha)

    You have spoiled me for any other author! I *pray* this will not be the last book, as it’s my favorite world to “escape” to. Every character feels like an old friend, with different personalities and quirks that I enjoy.

    Your biggest fan
    Sheri in CT

  226. Diana,

    Wow, that’s a LOT of work after you are done writing! It makes me wonder how you’ve managed to publish so many books already! You look fairly young, and it seems like all that would take at least 10 years for each book! ;-)

    I greatly look forward to this next one, I just can’t stop thinking of the cliff hangers which you mentioned. I’m sure we’re all wondering what’s going to happen. I really like this series, the mixture of time travel, the descriptions of life in the past, and romantic parts make great books.

    Keep up the great work! I love the books.

  227. Diana,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us all about the process a book goes through after the author finishes the story. I found it fascinating…I love learning something new.

    So the moral of the story is …….. The book will come out when it comes out. Because there are a lot of people working to make sure the product we buy is as perfect as it can humanly be made to be.

    Thanks for giving us all such wonderful stories that we can all take to our hearts to enjoy and love. At least for me it is greatly appreciated. Your books are placed on my bookshelves that holds my most treasured stories and books. To be read over and over!

    Take care,


  228. Thanks so much for the update. I really can’t believe that people would make those kinds of comment to you. I appreciate your hard work and will continue to anxiously await MOHB

  229. Dear Diana,

    I admit to being impatient for the next book, but only because I am so enthralled with the series. They are so well researched and compelling. I will try to contain my impatience, because I know that the wait will only improve the final product and increase my pleasure in reading it.

    I must beg you, however, not to make MYOHB the last book!!! Ending the series would break my heart, as well as that of so many others. Jamie and Claire are a part of all our lives by now, and losing them would be a serious loss and heartbreaking. There must be so much more to their story that you can share with us in future books. PLEASE!!!!!!

    Love your books. Stay well, for your own sake, as well as that of your many, many loyal fans.



  230. Thank you Diana, Any time you get this book in our hands is great with me. You do have a LIFE! And I appreciate your writing a lot.

    Thanks again for the info.

  231. So good of you to take the time to update us and give us some insight into the “process”. I was interviewed by the local Santa Barbara newspaper last month about what book I’d been reading. I said, “Echo In The Bone” and that “As much as I admire what you do write, I am in awe of what you leave out because it always leaves me wondering what the characters are doing and wanting to know more.” … Thank you again Diana for creating such wonderful characters. Jamie & Claire have become as dear to me as my life-long friends. I will always want to know about what they are up to. Best aye’

  232. Thanks for the input, Diana ! And I hope it will make the People, who are so out of place, keep their Comments to themselves.Why do people find time to insult but no time to commpliment…Your writing is some thing I enjoy and have lots of Fun reading it..or even re- reading it..Would love more than Eight, but Hey! i don’t write it so I will let you get on with it…Thanks a lot for the Fun and Enjoy reading it…

  233. Hi Diana

    I hope you don’t worry too much about the complaints as most of your avid fans appreciate the time and effort you take to publish your wonderful books. I myself am a huge fan and will always wait as I believe you are the best Author going around.

    I also really appreciate you coming downunder for all your avid readers.

    Keep up the good work and I will wait for as long as it takes and hope you will never stop writing.


  234. Hi Diana – looking forward to the next book – thanks for the insights. Thanks also for the methadone lists you’ve put together in the past for the waiting period in between books! I’m currently reading Dana Stabenow (beginning to end) and it’s a wonderful series. I’m also thankful that there is a lag time between when you finish writing and when it gets published – gives me time to re-read the series so that I can jump from the cliff-hangers right into the new book!

  235. I have just finished “The Fiery Cross” & “An Echo in the Bone.” I live where you are writing about!!! I must admit I’m confused about some things, & impressed about others. You mention Black Mountain, Spring Creek, Asheville, & the Cherokee lands. I live in Madison County, NC near Marshall, the county seat. Black Mountain & Spring Creek are an hour away by car; Cherokee is farther. Wilmington is a-l-l the way across the state, probably 7 hrs. by car. You make it sound like they just got on their horses & trotted off there! I finally figured out where Salem is (there’s also a Salem–a wide place in the road–near Weaverville, 10 mins. from Asheville), & it’s not nearly as much in the mountains as where I live. Just curious as to how/why you chose that location…
    Also, you mention “hordes of bloodthirsty mosquitoes” to the extent that Claire & Jamie sleep with mosquito netting around their bed. Unless things have changed a lot since 1772, there are practically NO mosquitoes here! Hordes further inland & on the coast, yes, but the mountains have never been bothered by more than a few now & then.
    I find it fascinating that you know so many arcane things about living in the mountains & the way things were done in the old days! You also have an impressive grasp of medical protocol, herbology, etc.! I’m planning to reread the earlier works, as I’ve forgotten so much since reading them. Can’t wait to get the next installment!
    P.S. Madison County, NC is home to a number of musicians & “balladeers” who have preserved the old Gaelic ballads to the extent that they actually travel to England, Ireland, & Scotland to teach them there! You should come visit us!
    P.P.S. I want some of whatever it is that keeps you looking so young! Your recent pictures still portray you exactly as you looked on your first dustjacket!!

  236. I love that you explained the entire process for publishing. See, we “Diana Groupies” will read anything and everything you write, and enjoy it!

    Happy writing, and please do hurry!

  237. Thank you for your books and can honestly say they changed my life. I was working in Canada and my roomate gave my the first three books to read. I absolutely loved them. Shortly after I met a Scotsman who had come to Canada on holiday and as soon as he said he was Scottish I was smitten, perhaps thinking a bit of Jamie, lol. Nine years later we living in Scotland, married with two wonderful daughters and another baby on the way.

    Will happily wait for book number eight. I think I will start reading from the beginning again.


    PS – I just finished The Scottish Prisoner and really enjoyed it. Thank you for your creativity and hard work.

  238. Are Ian and Rachel in this new book?? I am so hooked on the Outlander and all of the characters.
    I wish I had a small part of your imagination!!

  239. Good things come to those who wait!

    Seriously, in much long-awaited anticipation of MOBY, I started re-reading the series again for the umpteenth time. I decided to slow down the reading process – enjoy and really savour the flavor of the characters and the story. I’m only part-way into Voyageur, but with any luck I can drawn this out into next year, taking into consideration working and play time, reading other novels in between,etc! Perhaps I’ll just be finishing Echo in the bone by the time MOBY is released!


  240. Good Afternoon Diana:

    It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that there are that many people with OCD’s out there that would take things to the next level and – actually – critisize the author that they so dearly love to read…REALLY?! Honestly peeps, get a hobby!

    As for the eagerly anticipated arrival of MOBY; I will gladly wait in line and get my copy when it makes an appearance on the store shelves, no matter when that happens! (I – for one – had no idea the amount of happenings that had to happen before your adoring fans could get their mitts on one of your beloved books…CRAZY!)

    BTW…I thoroughly enjoyed THE SCOTTISH PRISONER.

    Thank you for all that you do Diana! Just know that there are fans out there that do appreciate your hard work and effort…no matter what!

  241. Hi Ms. Gabaldon. I’m an aspiring novelist and hmm, a lot of work there, I see. I’ve bought a ton of “how to” books (How to write bestselling book proposals/Getting the words right/How to write science fiction and fantasy, etc.) and I think you should consider writing one yourself. The short article “The Shape of Things” (page 633, Outlander 20th Anniversary Edition), it’s really interesting, helpful, insightful. May I also suggest that, if you have the time (and after Book 8 is released ((oh no, I wouldn’t want you distracted or sidetracked)) perhaps you could also write about all your book recommendations and why.

    And, I’ve a question. The Outlander series made me really, really, LOVE Scots Gaelic. I love it! I Googled the same bookseller you mentioned in the anniversary book and I’m guessing the Gaelic-English dictionary you purchased so long ago was the one by Angus Watson? If not — and although I’ve researched other titles (Scots Gaelic-English Dictionary) — is there a dictionary you can recommend?

    Thanks so much and 2013 is just a year away, thank God for Moby!



  242. Hi Diana. I just finished reading through the series yet again, and have to say how much I love the books. I appreciate how much time, and thought you put into these wonderful stories, and am eager to read the next book in the series. However, I love that you put that time and thought into each book, as the stories are so incredible. You have such a way of making us readers care about the characters and what happens next. You are a very talented writer, so please don’t listen to the critics who want you to write faster. We know that good things come to those who wait! Thanks for bringing Claire and Jamie’s story to life!

  243. Hello Ms. Gabaldon,

    Just a thank you from an old man (81 years old) for some of the best reading material that these old eyes have seen. I found you in VOYAGER where someone had left a pocketbook at my gym. Since that day I habve read everyone of your books. I amwaiting for MOBY and hope to still be on this mortal coil when itcomes out in 1913.


  244. Diana,
    I adore you. Your books have got me through my darkest hours, and provided me with years of pleasure. I am thrilled that you keep going and I hope the next four books in this series are extra long. I love being in the world you created.
    Blessed be,

  245. Can’t wait for the next installment, don’t think I have ever read a better series of books!!

  246. I have to stay away from these websites and the facebook page! They are such teases and it makes me feel claustrophobic…as it puts me back in a tunnel…on a train…in the dark…with Jem!

  247. Diana–
    I just discovered you and the Outlander series a few months ago but, thanks to my E-Reader, I am just about all caught up. There is something delicious about downloading “the next book” at 2:00a.m. for immediate gratification. Whee!

    I have to tell you that I haven’t really recovered from Roger’s hanging and his difficult recovery afterwards. I had to stop reading to get tissues–it’s one thing to cry through a movie but crying through a novel completely interferes with seeing the printed words.

    I really want to see Roger get his moment. He follows Brianna through the stones only to to endure being beaten by Jamie and Ian, enslaved by the Indians, and held under suspicion by Bree for quite a while to prove his true love. I never felt he got the proper sympathy. Then his vision problem makes him a weaker outdoorsman than his own wife and again he feels not good enough. Then the hanging! Something about that sequence of events–the injustice–he was tricked–he was gagged–he hung for an hour–he lost his singing voice! And the way Bree treated him afterwards, like damaged goods. I really wanted to throttle her.

    To top it off, you pushed him through the stones at the end of Book #7 and Jemmy isn’t even there! How will he ever figure out that it is okay to travel back and stop looking for his son? When will Bree ever appreciate him and stop competing with him? This is when I appreciate Claire who is strong and independent but allows herself to admit that Jamie is her world. Gak!

    Okay, so that is my plug for Roger. Please do not abuse him anymore in Book #8–I think he has suffered quite enough.

    Love, love, love the books for all the usual reasons.

  248. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. To think that folk can come up with some of the bizarre scenarios Diana has mentioned just boggles the mind. Their suggestions are almost worth it, though, in order to see Diana’s feisty response. Love it.

  249. I found your books by chance some five years ago, looking for something to read over the summer. In Norway( Where i am from ) The publisher had divided the first four books into eigth and called them the witch ring.! I bought a couple and was imidiatly hooked. After finshing all eight i couldnt find out when the next one was going to be published so i sendt an email to the Norwegian publisher and asked when is the next comming out? ? Wereupon they replied that they would not be publishing any more of your books from that series..!! I couldnt belive it. Apparently it had not sold as well as they hoped i guess. I told a friend of mine of your books though, she read them and loved them also. Anyway, i met a hansome english man who swept me off my feet shortly after this, and i relocated with him to the Uk where i have been living since. Here i have obtained the whole outlander series and i have read the whole series three times now. Best books i have ever read. It is like i dont want to read anything other books than in this series. Probably going to read the whole series again before book nr eight is published. Diana- I thank you for writing these books.You truly are an amazing writer.

    I have read a few of the Lord John books as well wich i really enjoyed as well.

    Best wishes

    • Dear Gunnvel–

      The poor sale of the books in Norway undoubtedly had much to do with the insane way in which they chose to publish them. Judging from the one or two author’s copies they sent me, they not only hacked the books in half, but omitted roughly a third of the material in each one–then gave them covers like bad Civil War fiction (one featured an old (American) plantation house with a tree with hanging Spanish moss–I assume they thought this a good depiction of Lallybroch), and apparently issued them at intervals rangings from six months to two years.

      Perhaps sometime a better Norwegian publisher will have a go at it, but for the meantime, I’m glad so many Norwegians can read in English!


  250. I am not very computer literate. Where do I get Daily Lines? Thanks for the help.

    • You’ll need to go to Facebook and look up Diana Gabaldon. On her page there is a section called the “Wall” and you can sort it so that only her posts show up by clicking on her name right above where the comments start. Usually there are a couple a day, and they’re a real treat! Good luck.

      • Happen to know if there’s a way to just read “DailyLines” and skip through all the posts from fans?

        I’m new to Face Book and now have a good reason for hanging out there if Diana is posting regularly.

        • Dear Jerry–

          Yes! In fact there is. At the top of the Facebook page, just under the row of little photos, there’s a line that says “Diana Gabaldon” and “Everybody”. “Everybody” is the default, but if you click “Diana Gabaldon,” you’ll only see my posts.


  251. WOW I am tuckered just reading all of that…lol and need wine :) So we get it when we get it….and be happy!!

  252. Diana,

    It has taken me a whole year to read all the “Big Books” in the Outlander Series. I have enjoyed everyone of them.

    When you publish Book 8 – MHOB – I will be the first one in line (or in the crowd) to get it!

    People tend to think very harsh things at times, most not making any sense at all. People with true common sense knows that the next book will be finished, barring any unforseen mishaps, aroung the time you have told us all along.

    I wish you the best in completing this book in the time you need to do so.


  253. Diana,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your series is absolutely wonderful! Compared to the other good people here I am a baby having only started the third book. A co-worker told me about them and shared their books with me and now I am hooked! I am a fast reader and it is so nice to read a book that I cannot get through in a few days time. Having your book to look forward to everyday before work, over my lunch hour, etc is a wonderful thing.

    I also have to send thanks your way because you inadvertently helped me to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I have always loved history and even more so I have a great love of genealogical lines, your great attention to the historical details of these novels, the diction, the landscapes even the myths and legends whet my appetite and of all the things in these wonderful books the historical details are my favorite. At 42 years old you would think I knew what my path was but I had been so busy tending to the needs of my family, children and my sweet husband, that I hadn’t had the time to put thought into what I wanted. With the children all grown up now I have had more then enough time to consider the thought however I really had no clue as to where I should begin. Enter Outlander. These novels have cemented my love of history, blood lines and gaining lost knowledge of a person. I now plan to pursue either a degree in history or something involving genealogy. I am not quite sure where to begin but at least I have a path now to begin the journey. For that I thank you very much.

    As I said earlier I am now enjoying book three of this series, I thank you and look forward to every one that follows.


    Kimberly S. White

  254. Finished the outlander series in 9 weeks and I loved it!!!!! I didn’t know you went through all of that as a writer. Makes me very appreciative that you share your talent with us readers!!! I bought all of the wonderful books from my local independent bookstore, booklovers. They are the best! I want to hear the Scottish accents, so I will definitely buy the audio collection
    Keep up the awesome work!!!!!!

  255. Diana, I hate to think of people pressurising authors in the way you outline. Do they want a wonderful book or not? Though the idea of you ‘hiding the manuscript’ made me smile. Your explanation of the whole publishing process was fascinating. I’d no idea of what was involved.

    Amazon is already advertising pre-orders for the next book , apparently out in 2013 and I am sure it was not called MOBH. This is naughty. Nothing to do with you but extremely naughty all the same – I am being polite here- because I imagine people may think information printed there is authoritative.

    I have loved the Outlander series: all the books so far have been re- read a number of times and as daft as it may sound, I really wish it never had to end! These are books I can ‘disappear’ into and ‘live in’,they captivate me as no others have. As an avid reader of your books, I can only say – you write them and I will read them!


    • Dear Jill–

      [blinking] Really? I wonder what they’re calling it?


      • Sounds illegal.

      • It seems to have been removed, ‘creative’ title and all. Interesting. I had learned from before [not sure which of the books it was now] not to get excited when Amazon do this sort of thing! I shall look forward to MOHB: your work is unique in its ability to affect me.And to make me re-read time and again, still finding differetn things.And to replace scruffy and falling apart copies of books.Jill

  256. Ohhhh, I have to wait another year………….. seems so far away!! I have VERY much enjoyed each and everyone of the Outlander series and anxiously await book 8
    Thank you Diana for the hours of enjoyment you have provided me with through the awesome adventures in the Outlanders I concur with the response below me, ‘Anything worthwhile is worth waiting for’
    Hurry Diana……….. because you’ll have to get started on Book 9!!!!!!!!!!!!

  257. I’m an avid reader but had never read your books. How could I have missed them!! My sister suggested Outlander and I am now hooked and playing “catch up”. I immediately bought the other 6 and am having trouble getting any work done-all I want to do is read. The characters have become members of the family.

    Reading the books has had a side affect- to research more of the Scottish side of my family-of course I’m sure I won’t find a “Jamie” there but the journey will be an experience non the less.

    Thank you for your wonderful stories and I look forward to MOHB whenever it comes out-just please keep Jamie and Claire alive!

    • I agree. These books definitely inspire a person to look into their own family history. Genealogy research is a lot of times a great experience. I have actually done something like that, myself. Well, I did not find Jamie in my family tree because he is fictional, of course. :p However, one day when I was really bored and had far to much time on my hands I did some research on Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat’s line since he was an actual historical figure and a relative of mine. If my calculations are correct, give or take a few removes, and Jamie was not a fictional person, Jamie would be my sixth cousin eight and eleven times removed.

  258. As impatient I am for the next book (every other one i read, i just keep missing jamie, claire, and the entire cast) This post is wayy too funny! It’s amazing how people don’t realize the amount of work it takes to publish a book.

    On a side note, even GRRM said that he knows the ‘basic’ plot of his books but they are faaaarrr from being written in entirety. Lots of love.

  259. I finished reading The Scottish Prisoner not long ago, and am now into The Fiery Cross. It is the last book of the series for me, and I just want to thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure you have given to me. I will soon be sixty-six years old, and I am so glad that someone recommended you to me as an author I might enjoy reading. I am waiting patiently for MOHB. Also, your picture is beautiful.

    • Dear Kercelia–

      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the books! Do you mean that you’ve been reading the books out of order, and that THE FIERY CROSS is the last one you haven’t read? Or did you not know that there are two more books following that? (A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, and AN ECHO IN THE BONE)? Either way–I hope you’ll enjoy what comes next. [smile]


  260. Please Diana, feed the beast that is your readers another exerpt, or better yet 3! Love your books and the world you have created. I am looking forward to revisiting it when the new one comes out.

  261. I have read the entire series twice through by now, and not sure I could manage a third time to wait out the newest book. I had stumbled across the third book in a store, loved it, and had to start at the beginning, so actually read book 3 three times! I think I may take up a Lord John novel in the mean time. Diana, thank you so much for you truly unique, and addictive, works. Seriously, as others have said, anything worthwhile is worth waiting for.
    Waiting on the edge of our seats for the next installment! By all means, do enjoy another glass of wine, you’ve certainly earned it!

  262. I love waiting for the next Diana Gabaldon book… When I even catch a whiff of a rumour that the next book is in progress I start the whole series all over again…

    I can’t think of a better excuse to reaquainted with Jamie and Claire than the anticipation of a new book… and what better way to get requainted than to start back at the beginning.

    With each read I pick up different nuances about the characters and new details come to light that I have somehow managed to miss in the past – These books are a pure delight to read. I have now finished reading Outlander for the 8th time and each time I amazed at the scope of work that is involved in writing a novel – a work of fiction is just that – work!!! It requires tedious and copious amounts of research and I for one appreciate the effort that goes into each book to ensure accuracy and continuity…

    I have only had one complaint ever… the books are soooo heavy (because I can’t wait for them to come out in paperback… I must have them hardcover as soon as they hit the shelves) that they are difficult to read in bed :) But I just recently solved that problem as well… While I own all 7 books in hardcover – I know also own them all digitally… My Kobo is so much lighter to hold!

    So thank you Diana… for your dedication, committment and tenacity, ensuring that every read is exceptional and amazing!!!!

  263. This sort of bears, I think.

    I have a subscription to Audible.com; $15 a month and for that, I get one audiobook and a discount on others. I’d heard so much about the audio versions of your books — and how wonderful Davina Porter was — that I figured, what the hey. So, I got Outlander and started listening. (She really is that damn good, but that’s a bit of a digression from the real point.)

    Kind of caught me off guard when I heard the phrase at one point, when Jenny comments about Ian being “my heart’s own blood.” I’ve forgotten exactly where, now. Somewhere near the end of Part 3. I thought to myself, “aaaaah, that’s probably where it came from.”

    Am I way off the mark on that?

  264. Hi,
    I Just wanted to echo, underscore that I am not patient and do look forward to MOBY as soon as I can snatch it off the shelf ( or pre-order of course)!!!

    I really, really can’t wait!!! Ha, Ha…which is testimony to the excellence of the books and the writer.

    Thanks for keeping us updated. I will send some good Scottish energy and some of their “saints” that you can finish it asap for all of us!

  265. I just finished reading An Echo in the Bone. This is the most enjoyable series I have ever read. I thank you for your time and talent invested in this series. I have never had any other books elicit the emotions I have experienced while reading this series.
    I verra much look forward to the release in 2013…THANK YOU!!!

  266. I love your books and am rereading them again. I stumbled on the audio version of Voyager (very abbreviated) and just had to find the print copy to find out what they had left out. I then proceeded to read the whole series and then found the Lord John books which I gave to my brother (he is gay). I cannot get him to read the original series but he loves the Lord John books. I do not yet have a copy of the “Scottish Prisoner” and have not seen it at my library. I am on a fixed income and have limited space so I do most of my reading from the library although I am trying to save up to get a Kindle so I can put my favorite books in it’s memory. Your books will definitely be in the memory.

    I love your research. I am a history buff (I used to be a member of the SCA) and get very upset at poor research. I figure if I know it is wrong, the author has been very lazy and not even tried to do it right. I am in awe of the effort you have put into these books. Keep up the good work.

  267. Just checking in for the latest update, re: timing of MOBY. I am gratified to hear that it will be sometime this year. I would hope it was more in line with the summer, laying-on-the-beach reading season rather than the fall, get-it-for-Christmas reading season. The idea that ANYONE would allow this book to be purchased for them, and then allow it to lay IDLE in a box under a tree is unthinkable. I can’t imagine a family member of mine that would do that to me and it would NOT result in a stressfree holiday season.

    Perhaps if the publishers, artists, editors, et al could work in parallel rather than in series for at least SOME of the steps, a summer release might be possible . . . . . . please . . . .

    • Dear Paula–

      Um…you might want to go back and read this post a little more carefully. [g] I _said_, “Even IF I finish it by December 30, you WON’T GET IT on December 31.” That’s an if, not a when. I HOPE I can finish the manuscript by the end of the year, but I know better than to guarantee any such thing. And as to the notion of the book being out this summer….if I may quote John Lennon, ‘It is to larf.” [d&r]


  268. Hi Diana, I am willing to wait but I do hope you are concentrating. I am one of your (ahem) older readers and I hope to finish all the books you want to write .. I love them all. Lord John is not my favourite, however, but Claire and Jamie are my “go to ” books whenever I feel stressed , anxious , tired or all three or just want to visit them for pleasure. I do hope the short stories get put in one book .. I am beginning to like Lord John better after having read The Scottish Prisoner.. I think he is getting less stuffy for an 18th C gentleman. Or maybe I just understand him better.. Write away.. Blessings, Julie

  269. I don’t know if I can wait that long!!! My husband and I are both so addicted to this series. Thank you so much Diana for writing it. We feel like we’re part of the Fraser family.

  270. diana,

    To wait till next year will be excrutiating–BUT well worth the wait. I am hoping the story will continue through the to the end ( :( ) of their lives–in the FAR FAR FAR distant future. Jamie and Claire are very much apart of everyday here–as I read and re-read them often. I did enjoy The scottish Prisoner, just not as much as the Outlander series.

    I am having touble getting to the excerpts on facebook; I don’t get there very often because of my work schedule (I’m soap maker at our local SMALL factory.

    Keep up the terrific writing and I shall be here to the end–whenever it happens—–long time off :).


  271. Sixteen years ago I was spending a beach weekend with my (at the time) boyfriend. I dashed into a local bookstore grabbed what appeared to be a Scottish historical fiction novel and plopped down on a beach chair to read the paperback version of Outlander. When I realized Outlander had a time travel premise I thought I had made a bad decision. Seven books, three children and sixteen years later I know that my decision that fateful summer day was the right one. As will many, I will wait patiently for Book 8, as I am not anxious for such a wonderful series to come to an end. And the boyfriend? Now my husband. We got engaged that weekend over a romantic dinner that we were very late for – not for reasons you may think, but because I simply could not put down a book I had picked up on a whim on a hot summer day.

  272. Good luck with finishing the books. I am enjoying the little snippets you post up via facebook and it keeps me wanting more, whether it is MOHB, Virgins or the scottish prisoner.
    I am trying to keep myself occupied with other novels in the interim and occassionally I will just go back and re-read the other books in the series and I will always pick up some small detail that I missed the first time.

    I appreciate you keeping us all updated with your progress at least we all know there are many things to look forward to and not just one novel.
    Keep up the good work.

    P.S any idea where I may find myself a loyal Scot? haha He doesn’t have to be a clone of Jamie but you have made be set the bar extremely high there! :-)

  273. I have so enjoyed reading all the notes, responses, etc. Like everyone else, I am anxiously awaiting the next volume about Claire and Jamie. I am curently reading ‘The Scottish Prisoner’, just began it today . I sincerely hope I am still around when the’Written In my Heart’s Blood’ is available. These books are my very favorites.

    Sue A.

  274. Diana, I’m new to your website. (Though, why, is beyond me since I’ve been withy our devoted fan since Outlander was first released.) I understand there will be no movie. Is that because such a huge saga would just be too hard to condense? What about a TV miniseries??

    • Dear Mona–

      Where do you understand _that_ from? (I’m constantly boggled by all the assertions–in every direction–regarding movies/miniseries,etc.–NONE of them a) coming from me, or b) having the slightest reality, so far as I can tell.) Just wondering.


  275. Dear Diana,

    All great things (i.e. ALL of your books!) are worth waiting for!!!

    PLEASE do not let M.O.B.Y. be the last book of this series!!!

    Thank you for your wonderful books!!!

  276. I have a good edition to your Methadone list. Have you read the Saxon Chronicles by Barnard Cornwell? They are written in England during King Alfred’s time and involve the wars between the inhabitants of England and the Danish invaders of the time. If you have squeamish stomach, the description of battles may be difficult but the story is entertaining and the hero is often amusing. Just thought I throw this set of books out there for consideration while we wait for the “real thing”. Thanks.

    • ive read the Bernard Cornwall books and you’re right they are worth a read whilst waiting for the next book. I read them at teh same time i discovered Cross Stitch x

  277. I absolutely adore all of your books!! The Outlander series being my favorite. But I do love Lord John. I own all your books including the graphic novel. I have read the series multiple times. My poor Outlander book is falling apart:)! Guess I will have to buy it in hard back. I am a nurse and am constantly amazed at your medical accuracy,fabulous job. I recommend this series to everyone. I have got several of my coworkers hooked.I am thrilled that this may not be the last book. Glad to hear that M.O.B.Y is going to be a rather substanial book:)The bigger the better! Thank you for creating such beautiful characters and phenomonal stories. I recommend that everyone of your fans give a copy of Outlander to a friend. Your books are such a gift to the literary world!

  278. I have just finished Echo in the Bone and stupidly thought this was the last in the series. I immediately hopped on your website. Phew! So so glad the next one follows and I will wait (patiently) for number 8. Your books are amazing and I am so happy my friend recommended them. Thanks so much for what you give us!

    • Dear Sharon–

      How could you possibly read the end of ECHO and think it was the last book?!? [g] Still, congratulations for coming to the website to see!


  279. Diana
    My mother & I love everything you write and we both agree that the Outlander series is the best we have ever read. My mother, however is 81 and asks that you do your best to get the books out before she leaves this world. Smile.

  280. Diana, clearly your avid readers are starved delusional awaiting your next book- the wait is literally driving us mad! I adore your writing, and hope to someday meet you in person:)

  281. Dear Diana,
    as well as being very instructive, this has been almost as much fun reading as one of your books!
    Not that I can’t wait to get my hands on the eighth! the best thing is to read that you MIGHT write
    another!!! Like everybody else I just love to hear from J+C and all the others!!!

  282. Diana,

    Both my husband and I enjoy the Outlander Series.

    You are one talented, exceptional writer!
    We Thank you!

  283. Diana,

    I read The Scottish Prisoner this week and apart from some minor reservations enjoyed it very much. (Actually, I read it between 11pm on one day and 1pm on another. With 3 hours of sleep somewhere. I think. Whoops.) Lord John has grown to be my most favourite character and I’m always looking forward to his books (and any appearance he might have in the Outlander series, in fact I was absolutely delighted with his growing importance in Echo. I wondered if there are any plans, however vague, for a fourth novel to fill the gap until his appearance at the end of Voyager? I like the short stories and novellas well enough, but I’m more of a novel reader and would welcome another addition to the Lord John series.

    Thank you for these lovely and addicting books!

  284. Thank you for writing these incredible books. In order to quench my thirst for Moby, I’m re-reading 1-7 and finding I enjoy them almost as much as the first time, and I pick up clues I missed. You are an ace when it comes to story-telling!

  285. I LOVE that your books come out usually in Octoberish. It’s my birthday month and to me it’s like getting a personal birthday present from you Diana! I’ve been reading from the beginning and all because of a fateful day my mom sent me to the library to get Outlander and I started reading it on the way home, and couldn’t put it down! I don’t think she ever did get to read it during that first checkout from the library! LOL Thanks for the update!

  286. I find it unbelievable that people would accuse an author of ‘witholding’ her books! That’s sheer stupidity on an enormous scale, thats like a taxi driver starting the engine and refusing to drive anywhere – kinda defeats the point of the job!!! Seriously, you’re generous to even respond to such idiots!!!

    I got into these books when i was at University in the Lakes District, England in a little village called Ambleside which is close to where the Dunsany’s were meant to live. I was very excited when the books themselves went there for a while! You managed to capture the effect of the mist coming down the mountains there very well, it is extremely frightening when it just comes upon you, thankfully i had a good guide. Have you ever been to the Lakes Diana?

    I have got several people to read them and they all have said to me ‘ doesnt sound like my kinda thing’ but then are hooked, one friend’s husband is extremely annoyed with me!! the books dont need classifying, i only have to say Jamie Fraser to someone who has read it, and they know exactly what i mean!!

    keep up the good work (and im liking the notion it might not be the last book!!!)

    kate mc x

  287. Not that I wish to distract you from writing book 8, and with all the Lord John books and short stories to write there just must not be enough hours in the day, but was wondering if there will be a 2nd companion book any time soon? I found the first one excellant and really helpful in sorting all the characters, timelines and many, mant different plotlines. Happy Writing!

    • Oh yes, please, although rather than a companion, what I know I (and I suspect most fans) would really appreciate would be some kind of brief synopsis of the entire series, perhaps on a web page, as well as a glossary of all but the most minor characters with their back story. The long wait between new books in the series means I forgot a vast amount of what has happened before, and unlike all those amazing people who seem to have all the time in the world to reread the entire series each time a new one comes out, I don’t have time to reread books. Hell, I don’t have near enough time to read all the new books that come out all the time by other authors that I’d like to read. My reading list is a mile long. I’ve actually had to resort to keeping my own notes on the series so that when I pick up a new title I’m not completely lost. I have a very poor memory for a lot of the details. So do us all a favor, somebody, and write a web page with the details on all of the books in the series!

      • Dear Mark–

        Actually, [cough] there are synopses of _all_ the books on this very web site. They’re under the “Writing” tab. But yes, there will certainly be a second OUTLANDISH COMPANION (complete with the Cast of Characters listing. I appreciate your wanting this online, but frankly, it’s immense–there are literally hundreds of characters, with thumbnail biographies–and it would be unwieldy as a file. Not saying we might not eventually make it a searchable index, so you could look up a specific character easily–but really, it’s much more easily manipulable on paper). It won’t be out until after WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD (since that book will be included in it), but I _am_ working on it (along with everything else [g]).


  288. How soon, in conjunction with the publishing of MOBY will the audio version be released?…..AND….will Davina Porter be narrating this one too? LOVE LOVE LOVE her narration! You couldn’t have chosen a better narrator!

    I’m re-listening as we speak, in prep for MOBY!

    I’m sure you’ve been asked myriads of times….however….what possessed you to write about the highlands? Just curious…


    • Dear Tari–

      The audiobooks come out simultaneously with the print version, unless the deadline is too tight–i.e., the Recorded Books people need to have a final book/manuscript version to read from, so they can’t begin their production until they have that. Ergo, if the manuscript is delivered too close to the publisher’s deadline, the publisher can still get it out on time by “crashing” production (they hate doing this, and it’s expensive, so they try not to, but it _can_ be done)–but in those circumstances, it’s not done in enough time for the audiobook to be reocorded, produced and released simultaneously. They usually manage it at the same time, though–THE SCOTTISH PRISONER audiobook actually appeared in bookstores a couple of days _earlier_ than the print version! [g]

      I certainly hope Davina Porter will be available to do WRITTEN, when the time comes!


  289. Diana,

    Congratualtions on your daughter’s upcoming wedding! (Read about it on your Appearances page.) So while writing MOBY, you will be a MOTB! (Mother Of The Bride, a term frequently used to describe the style of dresses many such ladies wear on that day.) How exciting that she is marrying a Scot from Edinburgh! Did Mom have any influence in that area? Will they be living in Edinburgh or in the US? If I had a chance to live in Edibnugh I’d move there in a flash, it’s the most beautuful city I’ve ever seen!

  290. Diana,

    Just started reading The Scottish Prisoner. WOW!!!! The first sentence should be remembered forever with all the other great novels.

  291. Just read the run-down of this and it made me laugh. But is was also very informative, who knew all this had to happen?! Would you mind telling what the process for the audio book is? I love to read your books but always listen to them as well read by Davina Porter, who is just simply awesome. She is so talented in voices and accents, love her.

  292. Sooooo – bags I be a reviewer then! I’ll write it now if you want, just to hurry things along a bit!

  293. OMG! Who knew it took all that work just to get a book out!
    Diana, go ahead and take your time.
    I was recently introduced to the Outlander series and in just a few months, I whipped through the entire series, including Lord John Grey.
    Everything you’ve written is truly amazing.
    I’ll be patiently waiting to continue my adventures with all the Outlander characters.
    Please make it a whale of a book. The books are never long enough. I keep wanting more and more.

    P.S. This can’t be the last one. We need more, well as least I do. ? Will we hear anymore from Thomas Christie? I like a challenge for Jaime, in regards to his affections for Claire.

  294. OMG! Who knew it took all that work just to get a book out!
    Diana, go ahead and take your time.
    I was recently introduced to the Outlander series and in just a few months, I whipped through the entire series, including Lord John Grey.
    Everything you’ve written is truly amazing.
    I’ll be patiently waiting to continue my adventures with all the Outlander characters.
    Please make it a whale of a book. The books are never long enough. I keep wanting more and more.

    P.S. This can’t be the last one. We need more, well as least I do. ? Will we hear anymore from Thomas Christie? I like a challenge for Jaime, in regards to his affections for Claire (Not that Claire has feelings for Thomas).

  295. Diana,
    You crack me up!! (“kill a pigeon in Times Square and examine the entrails in order to determine the most advantageous publishing date for the book”)

    I also love to listen to the audio books. I get so much more involved
    with the story and delight in the Scottish accent of the narrator.
    If you see me driving along and talking to no one imparticular, I’m responding
    to whatever I’m hearing on the Audio book. Neither Jamie, Claire, Ian or William
    seem to be listening to me though. haha
    Waiting with the usual anticipation,


  296. WOW weee! And all that for around $30 a book – seems like a bargain now!

  297. I have to add my name to this list of followers. I discover your books throug Julie Garwood that also writes about highlinders. I must confess that at the beginning I was afraid to start reading something that keeps going and going. I like to know the ending. But you got me hook. I love to watch TV and since I started reading the Outlander series, I have been recording my shows, but have no idea when I will get to them. The books consume my life. I am on the last one – Echo… and will start with the Lord John series as I finish.

    I just finished readin an Echo in the Bond. I am so in shock that I have been dreaming and analising the book for the past two days. It is going to kill me to having to wait so long to solve all the issues that you left open in this book and to see Claire and Jaime together again.

    I think that you have a great imagination and I love it. I don’t know how you do it, how you can come up with all this small stories surrounding the big one. It is amasing. I love Jamie and Claire, and Roger and Brianna, and every body else. If I have to picture Jamie I have to say that it is Gerard Butler, specially in this older years, and with his reasent picture at the grammys.

    Thanks for your wonderful writing. I can barely wait for the next one

  298. Dear Diana,
    I was watching an episode of House Hunters International recently on HGTV which was about a Scottish family relocating to Australia. The husband had black curly hair, was a history buff w/ a huge library of old books, nicely built, tall, etc. I looked and him and went, “It’s Roger!” Truly, he could play the part. It just kind of blew me away. I have never thought of Scots as being dark haired, and on TV you couldn’t see the color of his eyes, but there he was, in living color! Ah, yes, Outlander invades everything around here.

  299. Let me guess, Diana – you have written articles and done research for major scientific journals! I love your step-by-step explanation of all that goes into getting your next exciting sequel to us – thank you for quieting the Impatient Ones. Do carry on in your own inimitable way, and thank you so much for sharing your talents with us.

    The Scottish Prisoner was an excellent “fix” for those of us hungry for news of our friends. Thank you.


  300. I live in Germany and last November I went into my local bookstore to check out the english books.
    “A Breath of Snow and Ashes” grabbed my eye and as I was reading it at home, I realized that it was part of a series. So I checked it out – and bought the 5 books before it and of course also the seventh book – and read from November ’til February :-). I’m looking forward to “Moby” .. and I don’t mind the wait. (Thanks for the “roadmap” from writing to arriving at the bookstore. It was very interesting.)

  301. I feel like cheering at the end of reading that! It’s like a three-legged-obstacle-course-triathlon-relay-race! Hooray!

  302. Hi Diana –
    Thanks for letting me in on how the whole publishing thing works. I knew it took a long time between the time the author finishes to the time it was published, I just never realized how agonizing the process is. I just wanted to let you know I think you should take all the time you need. I will wait and wait and wait. The anticipation is part of the experience. The crazy part is that as soon as the book comes out, I’ll read it obsessively until I finish. It’s like a wedding….. The planning should be enjoyed as it takes much longer than the half day of the event!! ( And then you’re left with the reality). So take your time – I’ll be here when you’re done!

  303. Holy Moly! I was about to write “Oh gee, Diana, don’t let that silliness bother you one bit!” But then I got lost in your lesson about publishing and almost forgot what got you going. Well, in any event, know that the vast majority of your fans are not idiotic. Just thoroughly obsessed. :)

  304. Dr. Gabaldon,

    My question is when are your series going to be made into a movie?! I see these lesser novels like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games that fly of the shelves just as fast as your stories, but no prospects of ever making it big screen?

    I’m dying to see what these characters would look and sound like.

    Your loyal fan,
    Caitlin Crowley

  305. Hi! Thank you so much for the info about publishing… I had never thought about how long the process can really take! I just finished “An echo in the bone” and can’t wait to read what happens next, but I’ll have to :-) I absolutely love the story and the way you write. It’s amazing! I feel totally transported to a different world… Thank you!

  306. Dear Ms. Galbaldon,
    I believe I read somewhere that you said you were not a writer. I think the same thing. You are surely not. You are, however, a storyteller. And a great one at that. When I read your books, I feel you are right here with me, telling me a story. And it makes me feel wonderful and comforted having someone tell me a story. Thank you so much for many years of great story-telling. And boo-hoo to anybody, anybody at all who critizes you or your apparent lack or anything that they may take as greed or anything else that prevents their getting the next Outlander book out at their earliest conveniece.
    Again, Diana, from a warm-hearted, grateful, and thankful fan, that you enjoyed telling stories to you sister, that just made you want to begin writing so much, that you just up and did it, to the enjoyment of the rest of the world, I thank you.

    • Dear Suzan–

      I’m delighted that you enjoy my story-telling–though fwiw, I was a professional science/technical writer (with a few Walt Disney comic books to my credit) for a good ten years before I began writing novels. [g]


  307. Dear Ms. Gabaldon,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much! I love your stories; your descriptions make me feel like I am there. I work in the medical field and love your descriptions of the medicines Claire used and the medical equipment that was available at the time. I bought your whole series all at once, and read them all in a year’s time, along with the many other author’s that I am faithful to. My husband got very annoyed with me because all I wanted to do, when I got home from my 40+ hour/week job, was to read your books. His mother, a Claflin, was of Scottish descent and really into her heritage so he should be pleased that I am learning about Scotland! His father was of Irish descent. I really would love to visit Scotland now that I have read your books, but don’t foresee it in the near future, (unless I win the lottery! Ha! Ha!) I have turned my 25 year old daughter, my sister, and my friends onto your books, and they love them, too! We can’t wait to see the movie! Hope you are pushing for a box office movie rather than a miniseries; I think a series of motion pictures would be much more profitable for you.
    You seem like a very down-t0-earth person and so au fait with the history of not only Scotland and Europe, but with America also. I would be so pleased to meet you someday. If you are ever in the downeast Maine area, let me know. My husband’s a lobsterman; I’ll get some lobsters and we can dine and enjoy a tete-a-tete!
    Take care.

  308. Your books are tooooo entertaining and engaging to rush through the 8th book. You response was appreciated and appropriate.

    As an English tutor and student, your writing is very clear and concise. Ergo, awesome.

    I patiently await your next book.

    Thank you.

  309. Please, I beg you, don’t let it be the last book…. I’d love to read it for the rest of my life.

    “It ain’t pork bellies, people”
    —- LOL


  310. Dear Diana
    I just wanted to say…..Thank you.
    Waiting patiently for book 8…

    Take care

    Nathalie from Germany

  311. Pleeeaaaseee DON’T let this be the last book. I couldn’t bear it! I know that is very dramatic…but I so love Jamie and Claire et all. They are like family. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us.