The book will be available through the big ebook distributors including Fictionwise in a couple of weeks, and it will be released as a trade paperback this Spring.
In the meantime, I am just riding a high. This is so exciting, I can't even tell you. This may sound corny, but I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone at Hatrack and especially to Kathleen. I've been here for 3_1/2 years now and this place has been a big part of my success. I know I'm not the first and I also know I won't be the last!
My publisher wanted me to add that the ebook is half off for the next week in an attempt to get some good initial sales. So if you're even thinking about buying the book, this would be a good time to do so!
My website has more information than Twilight Times, including the *entire* first chapter. (The excerpt at TT is about 2/3 of it.)
May I ask a question about your publisher? How did you find them? I can't find submission guidelines on their site. I'm making lists of publishers to try and thought I'd check them out. Thanks a lot!
Thanks, everyone! I just woke up and I'm still floating.
Ray -- I'm glad you liked the first chapter. I hope the rest of it doesn't disappoint.
I spent most of yesterday fixing up my web site to put up the new cover art, links, summaries, and chapter 1. I was also going back and forth with my publisher on tweaking the title art before it goes to the distributors (I decided I wanted the title capitalized). I also spent a LOT of time on the phone, calling everyone I could think of. My father in law got the first call because my parents are out of town (what rotten timing!) and he kept me on the phone so I couldn't tell anyone else before he bought the first copy. LOL.
Oh yeah, and I'm trying to get the publisher to make this obvious, but it turns out that you can buy the book without setting up a paypal account. At least, my father in law managed to do it. He complained at me about it for half an hour yesterday about having to go through the paypal link but then just being able to give a credit card number...
Anyway, this has been quite a process. I know I haven't kept you guys as up to date as I meant to. My edits came back two months ago and I made some improvements to the story basd on the editor's suggestions. (I do think they were improvements. I didn't have to make any changes I didn't like.) Then the novel went to a copy editor who actually didn't find all that many corrections to make. (I hope that means they weren't there as opposed to that she missed them! )
The cover art has been interesting. I've actually seen four different cover art concepts, the first at the end of September.
You know, there's this moment. You've sold and edited your book. You're awaiting publication. You're imagining what it will look like from the outside, and in your inbox comes some news -- a cover art concept ready for your approval! Your heart thuds, you can barely move the mouse for excitement, and you click the link.
I don't know if you want me to go into too much detail about the cover art. I'm a little nervous about giving my impressions of the first two covers because I thought they were just plain bad and didn't have much to do with the book. Certain aspects of them, in particular, were contrary to the book. Suffice to say that by the third time I repeatd the above process, my nerves were combined with anxiety.
But I liked it. It, too, was unexpected but oddly appropriate and so very pretty. It is what you see right now.
So here we are today. Electronic "cover" put on an e-book and pretty soon, it's going to get ready to go to the printers. And now, suddenly, I'm nervous and excited all over again!
A couple of people popped in while I was composing that response!
Lynda -- I'm glad you liked the first chapter. I found Twilight Times through "Preditors and Editors" initially. I was looking for small or medium sized presses that they recommended, and this was one.
Their submissions page is a little tricky to find ... you end up having to use the site map to find it. Here it is, though:
Christine - thanks for the link to your publisher's submissions page. May I ask what they meant by "you must have a comprehansive marketing plan"? I thought publishers had marketing plans (I'm still new at this, that's why I'm doing such research!). Thanks for the help!
And thanks, to, for sharing your excitement over the cover art and your feelings about the process - I hope to share that excitement before I get too much older myself!! Nice to know what to look forward to!
Lynda -- publishers do a good share of marketing, but it is a reality that authors will have to promote their own work in various ways. They are just looking for a basic grasp of that concept. They want to know that YOU know that you will have to go to book signings, readings at libraries, do interviews for local and in-genre publications, etc. Twilight Times is not a big press and as such it is very important to them that their authors help make each book a success. Big publishers can afford a flop because they have big names to keep them afloat.
And so far, Lida has been very helpful in helping me with marketing ideas. If you need some help coming up with ideas if/when you submit, e-mail me and I'll help you out.
Christine - thanks for the info! I've been marketing my art myself for years now, so I have a clue about marketing, but wasn't certain what they expected. Book-signings, etc., yup, sure, I can do that! Now I just have to finish polishing my book and get it out there to publishers!!
Thanks for being an inspiration to those of us who are still "aspiring"!
Congrats again Christine. Do you know the publication date for the printed version? I know you said sometime in the spring; any idea around what month it might be? I plan on buying it. And congrats on your nominations.
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Yeah, Spring was what I was told last year when I signed the contract and what I still thought this past fall when the e-book came out. At this point, all I can say about the release is that it will be 4-5 months after I get a proof -- and I don't have a proof. If I get one tomorrow, we're talking early summer and I honestly have no idea when I will get this proof, so I am crossing my fingers and hoping late summer/fall will be correct.
I think I'm getting a little pessimistic about this because everything has taken longer than I expected and longer than the publisher said it would take. In any cas, I will definitely let you guys know when I get so much as a tentative release date...thanks for asking!