Having been well and truly punished for the hubris of announcing the publication date of Dead Woman Walking - which is still not available - at least I now understand what's happened.
The book is being published by a small firm, Cornovia Press, which specialises in books with a Cornish connection. Mine is that I have lived in Cornwall for most of my adult life, and am married to Cornishman, Charles Thomas. Cornovia produced my husband's most recent book beautifully. Gathering The Fragments is a collection of miscellaneous articles and essays that originally appeared in obscure places or, like a couple of funeral addresses, were never printed at all. Incidentally, it's a perfectly delightful volume!
The Cornovia Press, like many other small publishers, is not using conventional print methods, which involve a big outlay of capital and require storage space for the books. Instead the books are produced by Lulu, i.e. print-on-demand. Lulu then offers small publishers a Distribution Deal, which gets supplies of a new book to shops and distributors. Cornovia's experience has been that these distribution deals have always been active a few
days either side of the six week mark, and planned accordingly.
Well, you can guess the rest........next episode to follow!