Um, no. And even if we did, with our different timings between books, eventually the month would come when things align in just the right way to have a week with a LOT of new releases. This is that week.
Did you notice? If not, look to the right ———-> Not only does February have more than its fair share, March is coming up fast with a couple more.
What this means is that a group of your goddesses are spending today making sacrifices to Fortune and Apollo and Hermes and every other deity, major and minor, who might have some influence on all the things that have to come together to make a book successful. Please, no natural disasters. We don’t want any of our readers to suffer, or anyone else, of course, but it is too selfish for us to see reports of blizzards this week and also think “there go the sales in that state”? Please, booksellers and clerks, get the books out on the shelves. Please, online vendors, don’t mess up our meta data. Please, Wal-mart and Target, don’t lose the boxes of books shipped to you.
Please, readers, buy our books!
Here are some tidbits from authorland about experiencing release week as a writer. Did you know that some of us are superstitious about the month our books come out? Many of us have “oh, goodie, I love that month” months, and also “no, no, no, not that month!” months. You would think that these months would be the same for all of us, wouldn’t you? That some months are just better for book sales than others and we would all want the good months. Instead, for every month, there are writers who think it is a great month and others who think it is a lousy month. Go figure.
Also did you know that we obsess over something called the “laydown.” That is term given for when the books are actually put out in stores. If they are all there when release day rolls around, it is a good laydown. If it takes several days or a week for them to be put out in some stores, that is a bad laydown. If they are put out too early, like last week, that is a bad laydown too. The laydown is important to how bestseller lists are calculated. First week sales are the sales in the first week, and a book has to be visible as much of that week as possible to get the numbers to make bestseller lists. So, too early— sorry. Too late—sales are lost.
Finally, release week is a stressful week for an author. She worries. She watches the Amazon rankings. She worries somemore. In case you have not figured out yet, we worry about this because (1) we are all somewhat neurotic about our books’s reception and (2) we are too nervous this week to do anything productive, so we worry and hope our mental energy will somehow influence the sales.
We do other things besides worry. Like what, you may ask? Well, like this:
In honor of the release of the newly revised By Love Unveiled, almost twenty years after it was first written under the pseudonym Deborah Martin, Sabrina is giving away an autographed copy on her website [ http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/fun-stuff/contest/ ], along with a famous pair of Restoration lovers reproduced in the form of Christmas ornaments–Charles II and Nell Gwyn!
Join Goddess Madeline and Goddess Julia, as well as their friends Jennifer Ashley, Anne Gracie, and Juliana Grey for a round table videochat, February 27, noon Eastern http://www.spreecast.com/events/hot-talk . RSVP today and receive reminders. Book giveaways, and one very nice grand prizel
Madeline is running a FaceBook giveaway for her readers called Lady Cassandra’s Jewels. https://www.facebook.com/MadelineHunter/app_143875619109226 In honor of the collection of jewelry that is the catalyst for the story in The Conquest of Lady Cassandra, the prizes are jewelry too.
Looking forward to The Last Debutante? Here’s a video featuring some of your favorite historical authors as they gush over Julia’s masterful technique. http://julialondon.com/extras/book-trailers/
And don’t forget that Christie’s BUNGALOW NIGHTS is out today! Publisher’s Weekly gave the contemporary a starred review, saying it’s “everything a romance reader could hope for.” At Crescent Cove’s Beach House No. 9, a combat medic fulfills a promise to the commanding officer who died in his arms–he’ll give the man’s pretty, twenty-something daughter a month of sunshine-filled memories. Oh, but what about those summer nights?!
I know that Karen Hawkins new release yesterday will not get lost in the deluge today! Karen’s voice as a writer will never be drowned out. Her e-novella, Princess in Disguise is humorous, hot and just long enough to wile away an evening.
Do you know when books are normally released? Do you plan your buying around the last Tuesday in the month? Or do you wait until you see it in the store and pick it up then?
Do you have an organized way to remember which books you want to read? A list, or a shelf at Goodreads?
What about the ones you have already read? Do you have any system for keeping track of those?