I am gathering the material for a series on the community of local libraries that I went around to as a child. I will start with the closest one and work my way out.
So an update on the Amazon drama!
It WASN'T Amazon's fault the book went up. Not was it *exactly* the publisher's fault. They ( the publisher ) were trying out a new review policy and someone with one or two copies of the book - not a major store - put it(them) up for sale individually. So an annoyed Amazon and a little egg on everyone's faces later it is really no big deal...but... it means that the link is legit and reviews can start going up now on the page with no loss of previous reviews.
In other happy news "Dying Embers" has moved from position 9 on page 2 of Amazon Search to position 4 page 1!_
Alright folks! The first print copies, the ones for the bookstart rewards, of "Dying Embers" shipped on Monday, April 28, 2015.
Again, many thanks to all of those who supported this project in those first stages and gave encouragement, advice, and money.
Now the other side of the coin. They are being shipped what I assume is USPS "book rate". This is the cheapest method for the publisher and it makes sense as they are, well books. But as far as I can tell this involves digging up one of the original Pony Express riders and ponies, reanimating them, and having them deliver the package. I surmise the because the Express could deliver a package in 9-12 days and "book rate" seems to take 2-4 weeks...
Ha, ha and WHOOPS!
Apparently someone, somewhere along the line messed up rather big time. "Dying Embers" was not in fact slated to be released for pre-order on Amazon due to some rather complex marketing math about first day sales. So that page I was so excited about might be coming down soon. Thanks for the reviews. :)
On a better note I was approached by a store owner who is very excited to review my book and can't wait to get her advanced review copy. Yay for networking!
Waldorf Books, based out of McMinnville, OR.
BIG news tomorrow for my Bookstart Bakers. :)
AND the "Dying Embers" pre-order page is live on Amazon!
There are already two reviews, THANK YOU! You know who you are. The more reviews the better. If anyone else wants to rate and review go ahead and please do be honest. Science has spoken and Amazon reviews with a few negative hits convince people that the reviewers are being honest about the book. And yes there are scientists who study that sort of thing. At no less an institution than Yale, at that.
As amazing as it is to get a book accepted by a publisher for the first time it is not the be all and end all for an author. At least not this author. I was walking on air for several months. But Reality came back in due course and I had to warm up the keyboard again for the less glamours realm of commissions and magazine contests.
Freelance writing has so far not paid overly well but is has kept me in internet and Netflix so I can't complain.
To all of those who pledged at the higher levels in the Bookstart campaign good news and bad news. The bad news is that there had been a little trouble with one step of the early printing process. The good news is that is will not delay the printed copies of "Dying Embers" for very long. The publisher has informed me that both the higher level reward books and the advance review copies will be available "soon". So time to start getting your hopes up.
Well I finally got around to trouble shooting the comments section. For some reason I still don't understand the "short name" for my Disqus account had to be reset. But I got it done and now all of the previous reader comments are available again through Disqus and new comments are being accepted again.
The days are ticking down to the time this author heads back out to her main source of information. Namely the wide open spaces of the Great Northwest. The only thing that stands in my was is...paperwork...the HR department for my day job is up to their old tricks again. Well here's hoping.
"We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."
I really think that the old man really had a point here. Ever since I started writing for "Dying Embers" I have been learning more and more about writing. Mostly things that simply are too complex or specific to a situation to show up in a writing class no matter how advanced, but a good portion is things I once knew but had forgotten. It is astounding how much there is to forget about commas.
Betty Adams is an up and coming author with a bent for science and Sci-fi.