Scarlet Letters

The not-so-private thoughts and rants of Elizabeth Donald, journalist/author and founder of the Literary Underworld.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm famous!

Well, for 15 minutes, anyway.

Local author is living the dream.

Go forth and click! Drive up the hit counts! Leave comments (nice ones, behave yourselves)!

Now I better really have a good speech on Thursday...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

change of plans!

I am happy-ish to announce we have to postpone next week's booksigning at AfterWords Bookstore in Edwardsville because we're out of books!

As you've probably heard me say 491849 times in other fora by now, THE COLD ONES sold out its first printing in about 48 hours flat. We will not have the second printing in hand in time for the scheduled signing next week, so it has been postponed to, I kid you not, Friday the 13th (November). I'm looking forward to it! Mark your calendars, it's gonna be a great time.

Don't forget I'm at the Glen Carbon (Ill.) Centennial Library at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, to talk about things that go chomp in the night. Whether or not I do a reading will depend on the crowd: if little kids can hear me, I can't read from THE COLD ONES. It's definitely adults-only. We'll have my stuff available for sale, too.

Next month I also will visit with the Ocular Voices book club, but sorry, folks - that one's closed to the public.

I'm really excited about some of the things coming our way. Stay tuned! Same bat-time, same bat-channel.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Lunchbreak Squee

So. Guess who sold out the entire first printing of her new novella in its premiere weekend?

Yup. That would be me.

Thank you to all the wonderful Archon denizens who bought THE COLD ONES! We had a nice turnout for the reading, most of whom I didn't even know. :) The emergency zombie bite kits were a big hit, too! And I didn't get arrested. Always a plus. I love reading THE COLD ONES aloud - it really works verbally. I got laughs in the right places and no one ran screaming from the room with hands clapped over their ears. (It is so not for children. I'm just saying.)

So we sold out the entire print run, setting aside copies for those who reserved copies in advance. See, I always tell you guys I can't guarantee anything if you don't reserve in advance, and nooooobody believes me...

If you reserved a copy, you'll be getting an invoice shortly and instructions. Your book will ship as soon as your payment clears. If you've changed your mind, tell us ASAP so we can free up your copy for other people. First printings tend to be more valuable than later printings, so there may be more folks who want it than we can accommodate.

If you didn't reserve a copy, I will unfortunately be unable to help you for a few weeks. The publisher has informed me he will be ordering another print run immediately, but it may take a couple of weeks to get them in stock. Hopefully they'll be in by Halloween. They will be available on The Literary Underworld and Genre Mall (the main outlet for publisher Sam's Dot). Note: LitUnd will take backorders - as in, you buy it now and it ships when the second print run goes through. That's helpful, because then we know how many to swipe from the publisher, but not required.

If you've read THE COLD ONES, please spread the word! Blog, Twitter, Facebook. Tell people! I'd love to get real buzz going on this one. It's a short novella, but so was ENDER'S GAME when Orson Scott Card first wrote it. I had a blast playing with my team in THE COLD ONES, and I'm thinking seriously about prequels with the same characters. They were so much fun to torment.

A special thanks to my editor, Tyree Campbell, and the gang at Sam's Dot. They made a wonderful, shiny book out of my little novella. I couldn't be more pleased with its quality and layout, and the cover art by Mitchell Davidson Bentley is simply wonderful. I got the chance to meet Mitch at the show and personally thank him for his work.

As always, I thank you for your support and your continued readership. Without you guys, I'm just talking to myself.