Diana Gabaldon explains her copyright year: Will we get Outlander Book 9 this year?

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In the Fourth of July Daily Lines, Diana Gabaldon included her copyright notice (as she always does). One fan asked a question about the year and whether that means we will get Outlander Book 9 this year.

At the end of most Daily Lines post for Outlander Book 9 and previous books, Diana Gabaldon includes a copyright notice. It is a simple statement of who the copyright belongs to and the year that the content became copyrighted. In the U.S. (and many other countries), words are copyright to the author the minute they’re written down. Of course, unless you’re in the publishing world or a writer yourself, you may not know that. That’s why the author explained the date in the copyright.

On the Fourth of July post, which was a snippet from the upcoming Outlander Book 9, Diana included this year in the copyright notice. One fan took the chance to ask about this. Does it mean “Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone” will actually be published this year?

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Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. While she is still working hard on it and is aiming to get it finished this year, Gabaldon believes that the published copyright will be 2019, which suggest that it’s going to be released next year. Still, at least we have some sort of timeline for those still patiently and eagerly waiting for the ninth novel in the series.

The 2018 date is just to currently state that the work is her own. It’s standard when sharing any snippet–the year given is the year that the work is written and published online.

#DailyLines #BookNine #GoTELLTheBEESThatIAmGONE #ForTheFourthofJuly #DreamsOfBattle #ThingsWorthFightingForI…

Posted by Diana Gabaldon on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A lesson for today is not to jump to too many conclusions when you see dates and hashtags. Diana Gabaldon also says that she gets tired of using the #NotDoneYet hashtag all the time, but that doesn’t mean she’s not done yet! We’ll have to wait for the #GonetoPrint or something similar to let us know we’re that one step closer to getting Outlander Book 9.

With any hope, the novel will be ready for when Outlander Season 4 comes to an end, giving us a way to get through the next Droughtlander. That would be awesome!

Next: Will Diana Gabaldon pen an Outlander Season 5 script?

Did you think “Bees” was almost done? Are you excitedly waiting for the ninth novel? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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