Gaiman blogs, ”I think the Ocean at the End of the Lane tour will be the last actual signing tour I ever do. They’re exhausting, on a level that’s hard to believe. I love meeting people, but the sixth hour of signing, for people who have been standing in a line for seven hours, is no fun for anybody. (The last proper US signing I did, it lasted over 7 hours and I signed for over 1000 people. I’d suspect a lot of the signings on this tour will be like that, or bigger.)
So I’m going to try and make this tour the glorious last US book signing tour, and then stop doing book signing tours for good.”
The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be the first novel Gaiman has released since his 2005 British and Locus Fantasy Awards-winning publication, Anansi Boys. Additionally, the new tour will be his first book signing and reading tour since his 2005 promotion of Anansi Boys. Gaiman has been touring since 2005, but without the book signing component.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be released in the United States and the United Kingdom on June 18th, 2013.