Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

A Delay on Third Shift

4 out of 5 beta readers can’t be wrong, can they?

Well, maybe. Feedback from one of my beta readers has highlighted room for improvement. This is plot-level work, not grammar and typo stuff, which means getting up tomorrow morning and hammering away at major sections of the book. The release date, tentatively set for the end of January, may get moved back a week or so. All of this comes while I’m on the road for movie-related stuff, so bear with me. I really want this series to wrap up satisfactorily for all. I hope you agree!

37 replies to “A Delay on Third Shift”

Take a month, or take two. Ignore the news and twitter. Just do a good job and forget about the fans. You’re not George R. R. Martin, we’re not talking about a five year wait here. :)

+1 to Chris comment.

After all, you may have that problem about the way you play with Donald/Troy identity in First Shift, since that will not work in a movie. But as you said, the fact that you have that problem is itself a wonderful thing :)

Absolutely agree. Don’t let yourself be rushed, daring to go back and change major stuff for the benefit of the story is a great quality in a writer imo.

Ultimately, what’s another month of delay vs potentially a lifetime of knowing how you could’ve done something a lot better?

Good luck!

Publish not until you are entirely happy with the book. If you aren’t happy with it, your readers won’t be happy either. Take all the time you need. We’re not going anywhere.

Aren’t you glad you have awesome betas?

I disagree a bit. If you compare a work as originally released and as re-released a bit later after the author has polished it to within an inch of its life (Star Wars is an excellent example, but there are plenty of others) you often find that the artist polished it so much that he polished all the life and spontaneity out of it, and it turned into a steaming turd. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good!

Dog gone it, Hugh! I don’t understand your lack of putting out your product in a timely manner!

You’ve only published three top-quality novels and a Kindle Single in the past 12 months, negotiated movie rights, found an international publisher, along with moving to a new state.

Sheeesh…what a slacker! ;-)

While I’m disappointed to have to wait longer (for the most selfish of reasons) I can appreciate quality control in all its forms. It only proves how great of a writer you are that you can take criticism of your art and use it to churn out the best product possible. I’m sure I speak for most of your readers when I say that I can hold on to the edge of my seat for a little while longer… but only a little while.

And we woke up today to discover the world did not end…. :) When it’s ready to publish, we’ll be rubbing our hands together as we drool!

WTF… I hate it when I suspect this self-imposed pressure stuff is screwing with our creative brain and craftsmanship. Your stuff takes time to write because the quality is excellent when you concentrate. As an avid fan I get a distinct stomach churning vibe when you are rushing things and it really pisses me off. Slow down and make your work your “passion”.. not your “obligation”. Please.. you owe it to yourself.

A little bummed about the wait, but if it makes the story better, I can do it. Very excited about the next installment…

What! Are you crazy? You can’t delay one day!

That’s what you get for leaving the sunshine state for a while. :)

Good wine takes time.

WTF is a beta reader? How many beta readers are there? Did you have beta readers for all your other Silo books?

OK, thanks for the answer. I was thinking you may have gotten all fancy pants on us. But, if you’re keeping the process the same, I won’t complain. But I would like to apply for a beta reader job. :)

I’m SO excited to read 3rd Shift. I’m in the middle of the Molly Fyde series right now, but I’m anxious to leave outer space and return to the silos. Thanks for all your great works!!

Please take all the time you need. You’re one of the better authors and you must stay true to your art.

No worries, Hugh; I’m still working my way through Wool: Omnibus, so it’ll be a while before I get to Third Shift!

I also wanted to stop by and say, as a newbie Indie Writer, your story is an inspiration. I can only hope that I can work as hard as you do and write stories that folks find enjoyable. Thank you for your wonderful stories; your success reflects well on and raises the profile of the entire Indie industry. Best wishes on continued success!


My Woolie friends and I are soooooooo excited. Thanks, Hugh!!! *turns everything but the Kindle off and reads*

Your wool series has been such a delight to read. It pains me that 3rd shift is the conclusion of this great series:'( Please take the time you need to conclude it properly, your fans are not going anywhere! You are one of my most favorite authors. The only book of yours left to read is I zombie. I’m not a zombie fan, but I’m going to give it a shot because all of your other stories have been so fricken great. Plus it will pass the time until 3rd shift is released.

i really liked the “third shift – pact”.

i do have to say one grammer thing struck me, i wouldn’t even have caught if not for the whole gun control debate. i noticed clip was used instead of magazine when the legacy article gun was referenced talking about bullets and loading a weapon. come to think of it, not sure if gun would be an acceptable term.

i eagerly await your next publication. thank you.

You didn’t even announce it from what I can see. I was reading through comments on another post and someone said they bought Third Shift which led me to search Amazon. How does that not deserve its own blog post? hehe.

Hi, I tried buying Wool8 but Amazon says its not intended for my region? Geesh, the suspense is killing me…

Any idea when Third Shift is released on Amazon in the UK? It’s not showing as available yet although the hard copy of the Trilogy is.

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