Originally Posted by El Pistolero
Official Pub date for A Dance With Dragons
is July 12, 2011 according to GRRM's website
He has had several "official publication dates" on his website that came and went with no publication. I can recall when he said he was absolutely going to have it done by "no later than June" in 2005. The same book we are discussing now, by the way. I mean we are talking people buying preorders on Amazon, etc. Then he sheepishly changed the date, and the whole thing happened again. And again...
This is the same guy who said it was going to be a trilogy. Then the third book came out and he said, "whoops I meant four volumes". Then it was expanded to five. Now it is supposed to be seven.
I'm not saying this to badmouth him or anything. I am just saying you cannot trust any publications dates he gives you until you actually have it in your hands.