With every new book I publish, I make the same plea: If you are planning to purchase the Kindle version of my new book, please do so by pre-ordering it or at least placing your order on the FIRST day the book is available. What difference does it make to you whether you get your copy of Henrietta's Journal on Tuesday morning or by Friday of next week? Well, there is the small matter of pricing. The pre-order costs $2.99; after Launch Day, the price will jump to $4.99. Think of that price reduction as a bribe if you must. I prefer to see it as a way of saying "Thank You" for supporting my writing addiction.
Why do I care? Because when you buy your copy may determine the ultimate fate of the book. I'm not going to try to explain Amazon's algorithm for determining a book's sales ranking. Even if I fully understood it today, they might well tweek it a bit tomorrow. The general pattern, however is clear:
WHEN you buy a book matters more than the simple act of buying it.
* If nobody buys my new book on the day it comes out, its ranking will be something like #487,352 — and from there it’s a long, hard climb to the best-seller list.
That’s why pre-orders are so important to authors. They are one of the kindest gifts you can give your favorite author. So here's the bottom line. If at all possible, please place your pre-order right now--or tonight, or tomorrow. If you can't do it then, try to order your regular copy early on Tuesday, September 19th. Click HERE to do it right now.
I value all sales, of course. Just yesterday, someone purchased a copy of my first Civil War book, A Scratch with the Rebels, which I published ten years ago. I'm delighted and grateful. All sales are important. But for this one upcoming date, your actions can make an enormous difference in the fate of Henrietta's Journal.
Thanks for being a loyal reader.