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>>>>Part of it may be the timing between manuscript receipt and publication. There are times where the book is advertised and scheduled for release in, say, 3 months, and the manuscript isn't even halfway done

CK: That's certainly possible. I hadn't thought about that. And it would explain why some earlier works didn't have the problem. (The author wasn't yet famous enough to have fans waiting with bated breath for the next masterwork; or the author didn't have as many of the distractions of fame that result in the manuscript being finished late. Look at the latest Harry Potter book: a *year* late to market! I don't know how much of that was due to the book being so much longer than the previous ones vs. all the distractions.)

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