IT’S OUT IT’S OUT! The Killing Moon is officially out in the US! UKians, it’ll be out on Thursday for you. Not sure about Australia or other English-language markets, or the audio version (yes, there will be one), or anything else at this point. Tell you later. Too busy squeeing because IT’S OUT MY FOURTH NOVEL IS OUT!
Of course, the book has been appearing in stores for several days now, so we’ve had what most people in the business call a “soft launch”. Not a bad thing for readers, who don’t have to wait to get their hands on a copy; not the best thing for writers, since soft launches reduce that critical first-few-weeks sales velocity. Velocity is what dictates bestseller status. But I’m content that it already seems to be selling well. In a bit of purely anecdotal evidence, I stopped in at the downtown Brooklyn B&N last night and offered to do a stock signing — and couldn’t, because they had only one copy left. They’d had more, but sold them all. (And the clerk basically palmed the last copy once I signed it, saying that her son had been asking for it. Fortunately there were more on order.)
Chapter 3 of The Killing Moon is up now, by the way. In which we meet Nijiri, the third protagonist of the novel, who demonstrates how little Gatherers are made. (Hint: it involves violence and death.)
And to reiterate what I’ve said at every book launch thus far, if you’re interested in how best to use your dollars to help me (thank you!), here are some suggestions:
- Buy the book if you can. If you can’t, see last point.
- Read the book. (This is kind of necessary for the next step.)
- If you like the book, tell everyone you know. This includes everyone on Goodreads, Library Thing, and all the retail bookseller sites, especially if they let you post reviews. (The Amazon “post your own review” feature should be active now, BTW.)
- Under the category of “tell everyone you know”, blog about the book. Tweet it. Tumblr it. Status it on Facebook. You’d be surprised at how useful word-of-mouth is to authors.
- If you cannot afford the book, that’s OK. Put in a request for it at your local library. Readers often think this won’t help authors, but it does! The more requests a library receives for a given book, the more likely that library is to order more copies of the book. More copies = sales for me, and you get to read it for free. Everyone wins. Then please tell everyone about the book, blog about it, etc.
- And if you’re in a non-English-language country and you’d like to read the book, tell a local publisher! Start with any publishers who’ve imported and translated my other books in your country. Not all of them will be able to buy the rights; I know the recession’s hitting everyone hard, especially in Europe. But publishers are more likely to try if they know there are local people who want to see a book. (Though if you want it in English, you can get it here.)
In the meantime… The Dreamblood is very much a labor of love for me. It’s my homage to epic fantasy — as opposed to the Inheritance Trilogy, which was more my eyeroll at epic fantasy — and I’m hoping it’ll win me new readers from among those who missed or didn’t like the Inheritance Trilogy. But it’s also another of my Quixotic attempts to change the genre that I love so much from within, by putting my money where my mouth is on non-medieval-European settings, diverse casts, women who are strong and not “Strong”, and all the other stuff I constantly bitch about. Most importantly, though, it’s another attempt on my part to write a solid, thinky, exciting story that’ll keep readers hooked all the way to the end. That’s my only real agenda, ya’ll: a story that welcomes all, and satisfies most.
Hope you like this one.