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No BEES Publication Date Yet!

Note from Diana’s Webmistress: This blog entry from Diana is from January, 2020! It is not up to date!

Current information about the publication of BEES is always posted on her official home page as well as her official webpage for BEES:


Please bookmark and check the BEES webpage periodically for the latest!

Dear All—

BEES-no-cover-yetGeez. Spend the day in a car driving from California to Arizona, and all Hell breaks loose…

On the Amazon websites (in the U.K. and various other countries!) there is a page purporting to give a release (or publication) date of October 20th, 2020, for GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (with a rather gloomy-looking cover) and providing a link for pre-orders—

NO, IT ISN’T TRUE!!! (but I’ve certainly been getting a lot of apologetic email from publishers…)

First off:

  1. NO, the publication date for BEES of October 20th, 2020, (or the 15th, as another Amazon site had it) is NOT CORRECT!

As I told you, the U.S. publisher (who decides the pub date) tells me they aren’t even going to think about a pub date until they have the whole manuscript in hand. (Which they don’t, though it’s only a matter of weeks now…)

  2. While the Amazon page for BEES popped up on amazon.co.uk (Amazon’s website for the U.K.), amazon.fr (Amazon’s website for France) and amazon.de (Amazon’s website for Germany), and probably a few others I don’t know about, all the announcements pertain to the U.K.’s release of what’s called an “English export edition”:

The English (original) version of the book is allowed to be sold in other countries, by the U.K. (or U.S.; I think both Random Houses in the U.S.A. and U.K. get to do export editions, but maybe to different parts of the market—it’s been a long time since I read the small print in the contracts—I do read a contract before signing it, every time, but I don’t normally need to review them). So all of this kerfuffle surrounds the U.K. export edition—not the translation editions into other languages done by the German, French, etc., publishers.

  3. Not only is the pub date not correct (it can’t be, because there isn’t one yet), the cover is not the one that will be on the book. This was an early design, which I didn’t really like.

  4. Apparently, all the erroneous Amazon pages were posted accidentally—and automatically—by what’s being described as “a systems glitch.” You know how it’s possible to set up tweets and Facebook posts ahead of time, so they’ll post automatically at a set time? It works something like that. It’s common for a publishing company to set up a dummy page for a book and add information as available, then when there IS a pub date <ahem>, set the page to go live for pre-orders. You can see that the erroneous page is missing a few things—like the author’s name….

  5. I’m assured that the erroneous pages have all been taken down. So—apologies for the kerfuffle, but I repeat (again…) —

I’LL TELL YOU when the pub date is known. And it’s not been set yet.

Once a publication date is set, it will be immediately posted here on my official web pages, including on my official GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE webpage, (bookmark it, please) and on my official “home” web page. For those who use social media, of course I’ll post the news on my official accounts there right away, as well.



This blog entry was also posted by me on my official Facebook page on January 15, 2020.

105 Responses »

  1. I sense frustration in the tone of your comments, but please take heart, as you undoubtedly know, that so many people, myself included, appreciate your writing talent because through your immersing way of telling a story, you draw the reader into the print, as if life exists there while they read. It’s like reading a score of one of Mozart’s symphonies and hearing the music in your mind and feeling its beauty in the soul. Life, as I am sure you are well aware of, is all about story telling but sadly most stories that people live sometimes seems to fall short of expectations so they enjoy reading other stories even if they are fictional. Let’s face it, you are exceptional at filling that roll by flling in those gaps. And if I may say so personally, I really enjoy your ability to weave moral issues and religious themes in on occasion just to add a bit of spice and giving challenge.

    I am sorry that the release was sent out falsely, even though I didn’t see it myself. But like so many, my mouth is watering to taste a little bit of honey…so could you go tell the bees…thanks for your wonderful stories

  2. Thank you for the Outlander series. These books have deeply influenced my life and of course am looking forward to “Bees”. It will get done alt the right time. Most important is that you take cate of yourself. Your shoulder break might have occurred because you needed a break. You have a lyre ends demanding schedule. And your body is trying to tell you something. Please don’t let yourself be pressured. All in good time. I Sam so grateful for this series and the Vedic. What a perfect cast. All the actors are perfect for the roles they play. Because of your Outlander series I took a trip to my ancestoral home of Scottland and was never more at home. It didn’t disappoint. And while in Aubury,England, I had a unique experierience with the stones. And being a holistic nurse, I really relate to Claire. So, thank you again for the authenticity and imagination you bring to your writing. Meg W.

  3. Although this response is late I wanted to let you know how poignant I found your comment and wholeheartedly agree. Ms Gabaldon’s writing ability is deeply moving and rich in visualization that we long to devour so we wait as long as it takes for that next installment.

  4. Im confused, was the last season of Outlander , that started in Sept of 2019, the 5th season? Was episode number 512 the end of that series ? In November when it starts again on Starz, what Season is it that we will see? We all miss it in our lives, its August 2020 that Im writing this
    Thank You

    • Hi, Carole,

      The year, or season, is the first number of the episode, so “512″ means the 12th episode of the fifth season of the Outlander TV show.

      Season 6 has been approved by Starz, but was delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Over the 2020 winter holidays, some of the actors said publicly that it may start filming in early 2021. But no release date has been set yet by Starz.

      Diana’s Webmistress

  5. I like many others absolutely love your books, I have read all 8 books at least 3 times and love listening to Davina Porter reading them as well (another 2-3 times). I got my wife to read them all and listen to them as well and she is as hooked as I am! I can’t wait to see the pub date on Bees, and must admit it annoys me when I see people asking “when will it be done”. I would love to see an update at some point, letting us know where you are in the final process. I want to start reading the books in order again finishing 8 around the time Bees comes out. I find that after reading/listening to the books 5-6 times I find new aspects every time!

    Thank you for hard work at making the Outlander work come alive!

  6. Ugh when is it gonna be published been waiting quite a long time! Getting a bit Impatient and somewhat fed up of waiting. The “oh it’s coming soon has been going on a bit to long.”
    Certainly hope it lives up to the extra long wait. We need some good news hear in the USA and your book would go a long way to that.

  7. I was presented with books 1 – 7 from my co-workers when I retired last year, as they all knew I was an avid reader – seriously I tune out the work when I have my nose in a book!!!! I couldn’t wait to run out and purchase MYOB, and am looking forward to the next “Bees”….thank you Diana for these fabulous stories & characters….and for the record I have not watched the series as its always been my experience that the books far exceed the movie/series!!!

  8. from the JANUARY 2020 blog: “…the U.S. publisher (who decides the pub date) tells me they aren’t even going to think about a pub date until they have the whole manuscript in hand. (Which they don’t, though it’s only a matter of weeks now…)”

    It’s been months! How are things going NOW?

    (Sorry to be so strident, but haven’t heard any more news in a while)

    • Dear Marie,

      As she says, when Diana finishes writing BEES, it will be announced on her official website and social media accounts. Then it will go through the publishing process, editing, typesetting, etc., which takes months.

      When Diana’s publisher decides on a publication date after that, it will be prominently and happily announced on her official website and her official social media accounts! And her U.S. publisher decides the initial, global publication and release date, NOT Diana!

      We all need to take a deep breath and let Diana do her work, please. It will be worth the wait, IMHO! As will Book Ten and the other books after that she has planned.

      OUTLANDER was first published in April, 1991, I think it was. So it’s taken almost 30 years for her to write these nine major novels, a lot of work and research. Quality takes time.

      Sending a big hug.

      Happy Holidays!

      Loretta M.
      Diana’s Webmistress

  9. Do I understand correctly that you have been working on books nine and ten simultaneously of necessity to tie everything together at the end? Does this mean a slightly shorter release date for book ten? Just wondering how this works. Thanks. Melissa

  10. Dear Diana,
    Have spent the last month rereading all the series finishing this afternoon with MOBY. so because my brain is still up on Fraser’s Ridge I have just spent an enjoyable hour reading all your excerpts from Bees.
    It struck me that this year has made several generations realise how dangerous life can be, with no certainty that any of us will see next year. perhaps this is how earlier generations felt as your books reveal. As a baby boomer with a father in the regular army and a mother who had also served in the ATS I know that the cold war of the 50s felt very real and frightening to our generation but the thought of not seeing our grand children grow up is devastating. It makes your books come alive even more. Am off to read Seven stones standing and await BEES publication with bated breath.

    Many many thanks for your books

  11. Thank you for these books. I was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, a friend gifted me the first Outlander book, and they’ve kept me company in this journey ever since. I’m still getting treatment, I just finished Written In My Hearts Own Blood and I don’t know what I’ll do in the meantime!! I don’t know what series could match up to yours for their ability to just escape. Thank you for writing so beautifully, and with such impressive attention to detail. As the wife of a surgeon, I particularly love all the medicinal and surgical descriptions!! Love from Dublin, Ireland. X

    • Dear Holly,

      I am so glad my books have helped you during your cancer diagnosis and treatment. Thank you for your kind words!

      Will keep you in my prayers and hope you get well soon. Many blessings to you and your husband.



  12. I have established a family Christmas tradition of giving my kids (now adults) a book for a Christmas Eve gift. Christmas 2019 I purchased an advance copy of Bees for my daughter; we are huge fans. With all due respect to the challenges of 2020, is there any information regarding a publish date?

    Thank you.

  13. I know a lot of Outlander fans are chomping at the bit for the book to be finished, but as an American I’m ok with the progress so far. Our country has been devastated by poor choices that even people who have saved for years to cover 6 months, even a year of unemployment are starting to lose everything – their cars, their homes, their lives. The release of “Bees” will be a long-awaited celebration for many Outlander fans, one that will hopefully take place after this period of time has passed and people will once again be able to pull themselves up to a safe, comfortable place where they don’t have to make a choice between buying a book or feeding their family for a day.

    • I could not agree more. I think it sometimes escapes people that Diana is a person with a family and responsibilities, who has given much of herself bringing us books to enjoy. In this trying time, more patience is needed across the globe. I’m much more concerned with George R. R. Martin being able to complete the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, as he’s getting older and I personally wouldn’t blame him for being reluctant seeing what happened in the television version.

      Diana, if you ever see this, do whatever you need to do to keep yours healthy and happy. Enjoy life, especially your grandchildren! The majority of us can wait, if I can wait this long for our “new normal” I can certainly devote my patience to this.

      Loretta, thanks for all you do.

  14. so done with the waiting

  15. I am ready to read about my favorite family. Jamie, Clare, Brianna, Roger, Elain, and little Jamie. I love this series of books the history is just like you are really there. Knowing you research all of your books are beautifully written. I write poetry. So hoping it will printed and release date.Shirley

  16. You may not have an answer to this question because it may not be up to you, but do you know if the first printing of your book will include the tall paperback version? I know that a lot of books are printed in hardback first, and I have a feeling that that is up to the publisher; however, all of my copies of the Outlander series are in paperback, and I like my series of books to be the same height on my bookshelf… because I’m weirdly particular about my bookshelf organization haha. I will be reading this book asap when it is published either way; I’m just curious if you know what form it will be in first.
    Also, just curious in general which aspects of the publishing process are up to the author and which are in the hands of the publisher. I am studying English and dreaming of being an editor someday.

    Happy writing and Merry Christmas.
    LN Stark

    • Hi,

      The first printing of a new book by Diana has always been released in hardcover first in the U.S.A. and BEES will be no exception. This is common for best-selling authors.

      Publishers in Canada, the U.K., Germany, and perhaps a few others where her books are bestsellers also publish new books by Diana in hardcover first. It can vary in different countries, however. It is up to the publisher in a particular country or publishing region to decide.

      As to paperback versions and when they are released, usually it is a while after the hardcover.

      Diana goes over the publishing procedure in her blog essay from 2015, “What Finished Means To An Author,” available at this link:


      The publishing process and what is up to the author vs. what is up to the publisher is complex. The publisher does definitely decide on the publication date.

      Diana’s Webmistress

  17. hope you & yours are well & safe.

    For the TV series a couple of things:
    Grampian Mountains are the mountains they are using but nothing like the Blue Ridge Mountains where this is supposedly taking place. I have seen both and live on the TN side of the TN/NC state line (30 miles from Boone, NC). The Grampian Mountains don’t look the same from the ground or the air as the Blue Ridge. Given all the money the show is creating maybe they could do a few shots of the Blue Ridge just to be authentic.

    Lynchburg VA: I was born in & raised 3 miles from the city and my family was in the area way back so be careful how you depict Sir John’s “home”. There were scattered farms & plantations but it was a ferry crossing about 1757 & didn’t become “Lynchburg” until 1787. All I ask is don’t try to use Popular Forrest or Red Hill as Sir John’s home. Lynchburg was a trading town/transportation hub with a few plantations. (I still own some of the land from the original land grant from Charles the 2nd)

    BTW I would really like to read “Bees” before I cock up my toes so please get inspired & finish it.

    • Hi, Elizabeth,

      Thanks for submitting a web comment. Diana is busy working on BEES so I am helping with replies to comments from readers.

      Diana does read all comments, including yours, that are submitted to her web blog entries.

      About the TV series, it is an adaptation of her books to video, which means that Starz bought the rights from Diana to make the series, and Starz decides the issues such as where episodes are filmed and what mountains are visible. She is an executive producer, which means they ask for her input, but final decisions are made by the producers, director, and writers of the series. So I’d suggest you send your input to Starz and Tall Ship Productions. Both have a large presence on social media such as Twitter and Facebook, including the producers. Or use contact information on the Starz corporate website.

      By instructing Diana to “get inspired & finish it,” implies that she is not inspired and not working on BEES, which is not true in any way. Plus, direct evidence of her hard work which you can see and read includes the more than eighty (80) excerpts, aka “Daily Lines” that Diana has released from the new book, which are accessible from her official BEES webpage:


      Once Diana finishes writing and researching the book, it will then be up to her publisher in the U.S.A. and publishers in other countries to typeset, design covers, and publish the book. The release date is always first in the U.S.A., and that date is decided upon BY THE PUBLISHER, not Diana. The release date specifies when the book may actually be purchased, or if you walk in a bookstore, you can walk out with one if they have it in stock. Release dates in other countries, languages and formats might be the same day as in the U.S.A., or could be later.

      As to whether or not you “cock up your toes” before BEES is released in the country where you live, all I can say is please eat your veggies and think positively! Diana cares about you and all of her dedicated readers, which is why she works so hard every day.


      Loretta M.
      Diana’s Webmistress

  18. I have enjoyed books 1-8 immensely as well as the DVDs of the TV series but I refuse to wait 10 years between books for any author. Having waited this long, the thread of the story is long gone and I am no longer interested in buying the last 2 books. I can’t believe your publishers are so foolish as to let you procrastinate this long. I doubt that I am alone in my feelings.

    • Hi, Melissa,

      Of course you can decide to do whatever makes you happy.

      WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, Book 8 in the Outlander series, was first published in hardcover on June 10, 2014 in the U.S.A. That’s about five and a half years ago, not “ten” years.

      OUTLANDER, the first book in the series of major novels, was first published in hardcover in 1991, almost thirty years ago. She began writing OUTLANDER about three years before it was published.

      Since BEES will hopefully be published in 2021, it has taken an average of three to four years for her to write the first nine books in the series and for them to be published. Just divide 33 years by 9 books, and you’ll get 3.67 years on average. And yes, BEES has taken longer.

      Each of Diana’s major novels in the Outlander series is 700 pages or more, the equivalent of three or more average-sized novels. And her books are chock full of history which she interweaves into her stories, and all that historical research takes a lot of time.

      In addition to the nine major OUTLANDER novels, in the past 30 years Diana has written numerous pieces of Outlander and Lord John short fiction, and a Lord John novel.

      I’d say Diana Gabaldon has accomplished a heck of a lot in 33 years, with more good things to come!

      Happy Holidays,

      Loretta M.
      Diana’s Webmistress

      • Actually, Webmistress, that’s six and a half years ago, not five and a half, and it seems it will be seven or more before the new release. It is a long wait for us fans. But, what choice do we have? Looking forward to the new book!

      • Kim,

        I stand corrected! From June, 2014 to December, 2020 is six and a half years, not five and a half.

        Thanks for pointing it out!

        Diana’s Webmistress

      • Well said Loretta! I can’t believe true fans would respond in such a way. I am longing for the release of Bees so very much but I am also so very grateful for the time and effort that Dianna puts into her work for all of us that I will wait a lifetime for it if I must!

    • You understand that authors aren’t at your bidding? This book will arrive when it arrives. And, if you’re going to kick up a tantrum, it makes me curious how much of a fan you really are. If she’s taking this long to produce a new book, I’m excited. She could rush it, sure, but that rarely equals a good book. Instead, she’s been working a way at it, and I’m thrilled to see the research and quality. I can’t believe you’re this foolish and anyone who shares your public display is actually a fool.

    • I agree with you Melissa. I am now in my mid 70s and at this rate won’t live long enough to read the last two books.

      • I guess I’m just a “glass is half-full” type of person, but if I kick the bucket tomorrow, I am so happy and grateful that I got to read and enjoy Diana’s books and those of my other favorite authors–like Ursula K. Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, and Shakespeare, while I was still on the planet.

        Be glad you are alive in the great space-time continuum now. Think of all of the individuals who lived in the last 200,000 years of our species’ history and did not get to read anything! Perspective, my dears.


        Diana’s Webmistress

    • It is no hardship to re-read books 1 to 8 to pick up the thread again before book 9 comes out! In fact it is a positive joy to be able to immerse yourself in the lives of Claire and Jamie in our Covid-19 riddled times.

  19. I have already ordered my signed copy from The Poisoned Pen. I was really hoping to have it for Christmas, but any time will do. Her books are always worth the wait.

  20. I too have waited patiently for #9. However, rather than complain that it’s not out yet and we’ve had to wait SO long, I have just gone ahead and read the whole 8 again from book 1. I never fail to enjoy them immensely, and I realize each time I read them that there is a new detail or two that I have missed! I have read the whole series 3 times and am on book #4 of the fourth go-round. I LOVE it!

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