It’s been a long wait, but the official news is finally in: UK and NA historicals will merge next year and be simultaneously released on both sides of the pond. So no more will you see a book on one side of the Atlantic have a cover which then appears on a completely different book on the other side. Not sure whether the UK or NA “style” will be used, but as of May 2012, only one cover per book and the English-language paper and digital editions will appear simultaneously in the UK and NA markets.
The first part of the year will be taken up with “evening out” books that have been released on one side or the other but not both; then in May, all new releases will make their appearance in both locales at the same time. Because of the shift-over, Max’s book, completed and approved this spring, won’t come out until after May and still doesn’t have an official release date. Probably it will be released soon before Will’s book, on which I’m working now. Historicals Senior editor Linda Fildew said final details on the 2012 schedule are now being sorted out, so I’m hoping to know something by summer’s end.