I was hoping to get the Kickstarter for The Lycanthrope Club: Book II up and running by December, but some (not all, mind you) of the artists I commissioned to draw the preliminary illustrations have proven to be less than reliable. I haven't lost any money, but have lost nearly a month's time. I've gotten a hold of some replacements whom I've worked with before and are dependable, but they're busy over the holidays so the Kickstarter, let alone the book proper, probably won't be ready until the end of the year.
Let me take this opportunity to address any would be artist out there - professional, semi-professional, or hobbyist - who takes commissions. I've dealt with a lot of freelance artists over the years and, everything else being equal, I'd take a decent artist who is dependable over a fantastic artist who is unreliable and uncommunicative any day of the week. I realize good art takes time and that delays can and do slow you down. That's fine. But if problems do arise, it's critically important you keep your client updated! Do not go dark for a month or longer after accepting a commission, especially a commercial one but especially if you've already been paid in part or in full! And respond to your clients' inquires! It literally takes less than a minute to reply to an email asking for a status update, so as long as you aren't being bombarded with them daily (in which case you're well within your right to ask them to back off) there's little reason not to respond!
...And yes, if your client, for whatever reason, is fine with unreported delays, communication blackouts, and general unprofessionalism so long as they (eventually) get their artwork, all of the above is waived. But otherwise, it's a given.
Bitter? Me? Nah, not at all.
EDIT: Bit of good news, the artist who did the cover for the first book (look to your left) has agreed to draw the cover for the second: ashkey.deviantart.com/