As far as we are concerned hes at work on a sequel and it will be published and we will be publishing it, Barrow said. There is never any clause from publisher to a novelist that they have to deliver at a certain time. We would not impose such a thing on a contract.
Yes, she really said that.
For the record, publishers "impose such a thing" all the fucking time. I've been in the book publishing business on both sides of the editorial desk for 15 years now, I've seen, written, signed, and/or processed literally over a thousand publishing contracts, and all of them had a due date for delivery of the manuscript.
Thanks to jaylake via suricattus for the link....