In 4 months, it will have been more than 2 years since I placed that order.
The text below is by the author of the book in question. Now in fairness, he probably has gotten a lot of scathing commentary from folks who are getting sick of the wait.
As for those of you (only a handful, thankfully) who seem outraged that I continue to collect toy knights, read books by other people, travel, teach, speak, and make appearances (as evidenced by my website)... sorry, but I have a life beyond A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. You should get one too. I am sorry if the long delays on A FEAST FOR CROWS have made you lose interest in the series, but believe me, your frustrations cannot possibly hold a candle to my own. For one thing, the way the book biz works, I don't get paid until the novel is (a) delivered, and (b) published.
It is worth remembering that Jack Vance published the third volume of his wonderful Demon Prince series (THE PALACE OF LOVE) in 1967 and the fourth volume (THE FACE) in 1979. And need I mention how long J.R.R. Tolkien worked on THE LORD OF THE RINGS or THE SILMARILLION? Does anyone now wish that he had knocked them out faster?
In the end, the only thing anyone remembers about a book is how good it was. I won't tell you that A FEAST FOR CROWS is going to be great. That's not my call to make. But I will say that I am doing my damndest.
Hang in there. I'll try to make you glad you did.
—George R.R. Martin, June 16, 2004
So I just happen to be reading the third one as of last night, and happened to look at the copyright page. The book was copyrighted in 2000.
Okay, it's over 1066 manuscript pages. Maybe it's time to start breaking it down into smaller books, when one's overseas publishers publish the 3rd book in 2 volumes?
And fun as these books are- Tolkien & Vance are some pretty fucking tall ships to choose as far as a comparison to your own vessel. Tolkien published The Hobbit in 1937; Fellowship & Two Towers in '54, and Return in '55; Silmarillion in '77- posthumous publication, by 4 years. Edited by his son, too, which to my eyes suggests that it wasn't even intended for publication in the first place. So four books in 17 years. Okay, that's a slow record.
Those four books were also not even a fifth of what he published in that span, though; go here for a bibliography. It bears note that Tolkien also chaired the Old English department at a major university while writing all that.
As a Lucas character contemporaneous to the publication of The Silmarillion might say, I Got a Bad Feeling About This.