Monday, June 30, 2008

That was fast!

I was doing my morning browsing and it looks like Emily & The Silent King has already been entered into the amazon database! I'm so excited to finally see it there! I had to upload my own image though as they did not have one provided yet. I thought there would be more of a discount on the price of the book as well, I'm a bit concerned that the high price may keep new readers away. That is the problem with print on demand publishing, you have very little room to reduce the price. I'm hoping that if the volume picks up, Amazon will be able to negotiate a lower rate. We'll see what happens, this is all still new to me and I'm learning as I go along.

If you've read my book please take a few minutes to stop by the amazon page and leave me a rating and or review. I hope only positive reviews are posted but it is out of my control now. Be kind!

And so the watch begins! If you spot my book on a site, please let me know and I'll post the sighting info here and give you credit for the find! It should start popping up at more and more places as the databases are updated across the intertron.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's Official!!!

I just wanted to share this email I received with you!

Your assigned ISBN has been accepted by Bowker and listed in the Books In Print database.

ISBN: (978-0-6151-7239-2}
Title: {Emily & The Silent King}
Publisher Name: {Irven Keppen}

That means the information on your book is now available to all the companies in the book world that access Books In Print. (Trust us, that's a lot of companies.)Plus, as part of the Published By You service, we're in the process of sending details about your book to our own network of print partners – not to mention other major international databases that provide information and services up and down the book supply chain. All the way up, in fact, to places like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ingram Book Company, Nielsen BookData in the UK and others!You can expect to see your work listed on retail sites within the next six weeks, but remember that each bookseller controls its own process.

Now you're an officially recognized published author. And you're global!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Book Three Still In Progress!

I have a few things I wanted to write about. The first being that I am still working on book three. I've finally caught up on some of my summer projects around the house and I'm starting to have more free time on the weekends, now if I could only figure out how to go without sleep I'd be able to get more done! Curse that summer drowsiness spell! I'm on chapter fourteen and the story seems to be flowing along so I anticipate I will pick up speed and start churning out the chapters faster. I'm juggling a lot of characters in the story and I hope it doesn't get too confusing for the readers. I have a new tentative title for the book but it could change as the story progresses: Brianna & The Perils of the Darkwood. Not sure if I will stick with that title, but it will do until a more obvious one appears (which usually happens as I near the end of a book.)

The second thing I wanted to mention was that I've entered Emily & The Silent King in a book contest. It has been well received by friends and family. It has also received some kind words from readers outside of my circle of friends, so I'm very curious to see how it does. I'm not too optimistic right now, it was my first ever novel and I feel like I've learned so much since I wrote it. But I figured it wouldn't hurt to submit it and see what happens! The hard part is waiting for the judging, it is going to be some time in October!

As for getting the first book into the distribution channels, it has been a nightmare. I have my fingers crossed hoping for the best regarding the latest version, but Lulu has let me down in the past so I'm anxiously waiting for something to go wrong again. It seems like the file gets corrupted or a format error isn't found until after its been sitting on their file servers for three weeks. Then I fix the problem and the whole process starts again. I feel like the book is at least four months behind where it should be, but hopefully I will iron all the wrinkles out with the process and get the other three out much quicker!

Oh and Emily I was right! That guy on the Incredible Hulk movie named Sterns is probably going to turn into this guy in a future movie!