Two months from today…my first book comes out! It still seems like just a wonderful dream.
I’m busy planning my book launch, to be held at my local library on August 14 (more information coming soon). In the meantime, I wanted to take a moment to encourage anyone who plans to buy the book to pre-order it! You can ask your local bookseller to order it for you, of if you don’t have a local bookstore, you can order via Indiebound. And yes, it’s on Amazon, too.
Before I became an author, I never thought too much about pre-ordering books. I did it sometimes if it was a book I really couldn’t wait to get, but I didn’t consider what impact it might have on the author.
Now that I’m older and wiser (Maybe? I’m definitely older.), I’ve learned that pre-ordering really helps! Pre-orders are a great indicator of a book’s potential. When a bookseller gets a bunch of pre-orders, they really take notice. They won’t want to be without copies, so they may increase their initial order from the publisher. This all creates more buzz about the book, which filters through the store staff and then to customers. It’s a wonderful snowball effect! Also, pre-orders count toward the first week’s sales for a book (which are likely the biggest week of sales). If a book has a chance of making it onto a bestseller list, then adding those pre-orders to the first week sales can give the book the boost it needs.
In short, if you’re planning to buy the book anyway, pre-ordering my book (or any author’s book!), is a pretty awesome thing to do.
p.s. If you can’t order it, that’s okay! You can also help an author by telling your friends about the book!