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For those who don't already know...
HP book 6 is finished.


Whoa! I didn't know it would be so soon. That's great! But I imagine the release date will be a long time in the future.


ps, when do you think the release date will be?

Officially, as of this morning: July 16, 2005.

that's so far away!!!!!! :( why so long!?

Rowling's finished the manuscript, but it doesn't mention whether it's been edited, what form the manuscript is in, etc. If she writes in Word, it gets to be poured into some kind of page layout program, and the pour checked, and all the design elements (the art at the beginning of each chapter, anything in 'handwriting', etc) put in, checked and double-checked, the whole thing turned into PDFs, sent off to the printer, printed, bound, sent off to all the places that have ordered them so they're available by the official release date.

Er, based on the publishing I work in, that is. I don't know their precise editorial route, this is all just supposing.

that still takes too long :( dont they know there's millions of fans waiting eagerly to eat up that book??? :(

But this gives them so much time to accept advance orders!
*wry smile*

And fanfic authors time to complete stories before they get jossed.

Comes from Joss Whedon, who created Buffy. It's what happens when a living canon contradicts or makes impossible something in fanfiction. After book 5, for example, any stories that had Sirius be anything but a Pureblood, or had Narcissa *not* be Sirius' cousin (or had him living happily ever after in some little cottage with the character of your choice) were jossed.

it also makes fans CRAZY!