"I’m really not happy with what I learned today. The release date of The Retribution postponed from October 2013 to June 2014: ok, I can survive this. The release date postponed to November 2014, I can’t definitively or accepted it nor supported it. I’ll die and Mara will lose one of her biggest fan. I miss Mara and Noah greatly for months and I am not able to wait any longer. I don’t know if you are partly responsible for this stupid decision, but please if you could do something to fix it…"
"why have you changed the release date for the 3rd book so many times it makes me sad :("
“It seems like the big distinction between good art and so-so art lies … in be[ing] willing to sort of die in order to move the reader, somehow.”
I’m stealing David Foster Wallace’s words because I’m not sure how else to explain it (though I’ve tried here and here). But let me take these points in order.
First: the book was moved once, from October 23, 2013 to Nov. 4th, 2014. The other dates were just numbers Amazon put into their system because of the way it works or something (like the page count, which isn’t accurate either).
Second: I was responsible for the decision, and it wasn’t stupid. I asked my publisher to move the release date because the book wasn’t good enough for you yet, or me, back in 2012, which was when I would’ve had to turn it in to make the 10/23/13 release date. The book existed then. I could have had it published then. I could have gotten paid then too, which would’ve been nice. Tons of mediocre books are published all the time, for all kinds of reasons. But mediocre wasn’t good enough for me, and it shouldn’t be good enough for you either. Your time is more important than that, and your investment in my characters is more important than that, and I respect it and you too much to finish Mara’s story with an ending that was just okay. Maybe you would have liked it the way it was, maybe not, but I wasn’t moved enough by the story as it was to have let you read it. I wasn’t satisfied with the idea of writing a book that would move you until you turned the last page, that you could close and put back on the shelf and walk away and forget. I wanted to write a story you would keep thinking about long after you finished it, to write about characters you would remember. I hadn’t bled enough for it then, but now I have. And I’m not sorry about that.
“You meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one—and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you’re right.”—Georgie McCool - Landline by Rainbow Rowell
There’s a difference between not dating someone because you’re not attracted to them and not dating someone because society doesn’t find them attractive.
That being said, if you won’t date a fat girl because you don’t find her attractive, that is 100% ok. If you won’t date a fat girl because you’re just scared of what other people will think, you need to grow some balls and reevaluate your life.