The book is being worked on by my staff members the exceptional editor Deborah Natelson and the prodigious proofreader Sarah Awa. It’s a journey, editing, and it takes a lot of back and forth, and rewrites, but I will have the manuscript shipped to the book formatter next Friday.
In the meantime, I put the book available for pre-order on Amazon, but just the ebook. If you want the paperback, you’ll have to wait till next week to pre-order. The official publication date is April 12th, 5 days before I leave for the Netherlands.
However, I still encourage as many people as possible to pre-order the book. There’s a couple reasons behind this:
Really, reason #2 is why I am offering the book cheaper during pre-order than when it will be available to read. All the books you buy now, will show up as purchases for ranking purposes on the actual publication date, April 12th, instead of the date you bought it. The more pre-orders I get, the higher my ranking will be, and the more visibility the book will get, which means more sales in the long run.
So, if you help me, I’ll help you.
My goal is to get 50 paperback pre-orders and 50 ebook pre-orders. The second thing that will help me rise in rankings is if everyone that pre-orders writes or leaves a starred review. I realize this probably won’t happen, so my goal is a quarter of those pre-orders converted into reviews.
Which brings me to my final point on pre-orders. If you pre-order and promise to leave a review the day the book comes out, I will send you an email copy of the book so you can read it before it comes out. You can be an official beta reader for the book. If you pre-order, you will show up as a “verified purchase” on Amazon, which is super important, so I can’t just send you the book without you pre-ordering it.
Lastly, on a different subject, the cover is done! Well, for the ebook anyway. Nada Orlic over at Erelis Designs is still working on the paperback cover, but I’ll be sure to share when it’s done. I decided to go with the map cover for a couple reasons.
I live in Athens, Georgia, with my son, my husband, and an ever-revolving list of exchange students, who are a never-ending source of entertainment and writing material.