‘The Winds of Winter’ Release Date: George R.R. Martin Says, The Book "Will be Done When it's Done", But it Definitely Won't be in 2015 According to his UK Publisher

2:30 PM EST 2/3/2015 by Kara Michelle, Celebeat Reporter

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Back in September last year, Jane Johnson, George R.R. Martin's UK publisher, already announced that "The Winds of Winter" will not be released in 2015. And on January 6, she confirmed this with a tweet that reads "it's not in our 2015 publishing schedule as it stands - I know no more than that at the moment."

Still way back further, an update dated March 2014 on the Winds of Winter Release fan site was posted which reads: "Call this one a hunch. With The World of Ice and Fire scheduled to come out just before the holiday season this year, I'm feeling confident that The Winds of Winter will be released in October (maybe November), 2015. The stars just seem to be aligning right for this one.  GRRM has been quiet, which means he is writing.  Less promotional tours, less conferences, more writing.  If he continues to spend his time in New Mexico, he could easily complete the book by year's end and start the final editing and promotional process for a fall release."

Officially, "The Winds of Winter," the much anticipated sixth installment in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" seven-book fantasy epic still has no definite release date. However, some expect the book may be ready by 2017, assuming that Martin will work at his current pace of writing about 250 word per day. The author himself admitted he doesn't know when he will finish the sixth installment in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" seven-book fantasy epic. "I don't know," George R.R. Martin told Digital Spy. "I have days where I make lots of progress, I have days where I make next to no progress, I have days where I think I'm going backwards because I don't like what I wrote yesterday. So I've given up making any predictions on that. I'm just writing it and when it's done, it'll be done."

Martin who has been contributing one "Game of Thrones" script per season for the last four seasons has even decided he won't write one for Season 5. Neither will he make any set visits this year. He will finish writing "The Winds of Winter" book first. "I'm not writing a script for season 5, but I'm still a co-executive producer, so I'm still involved on that level, he said to Digital Spy. "It takes me about three weeks to a month to write a script, and with all the pressure to finish and deliver The Winds of Winter, I decided my time was better spent finishing the book than taking off three weeks to a month to get a script done."

Clearly, the 65-year-old author is now under a lot of pressure from his fans to hasten his work. But "the more readers you have, the harder it is to keep up, and then you can't get any writing done," Martin has said in an interview with the New Yorker. As Martin puts it: "People are analyzing every goddam line in these books, and if I make a mistake they're going to nail me on it." And he has already made some: "My fans point them out to me. I have a horse that changes sex between books. He was a mare in one book and a stallion in the next, or something like that."

Despite his writing workload, Martin is scheduled to make appearances on February 26-27 at the Texas A & M University Libraries to join in the celebration of its 5 millionth volume and on February 28 at Nacogdoches in Texas for the Nacogdoches Film Festival, according to his website.

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