We’re moving right
along toward release day on December 7, 2016.
1. Here’s a quick peek at the final cover design, all ready
to send off to the printer.
2. I’m holding in my hands the second (and final) printed
proof of the new book's interior layout. I just need to read it one more time to make sure
we haven’t missed a typo or two.
3. Watch for the official trailer early next month.
4. For those of you who have read “Damned Yankee,” but not
the second book in the trilogy, Amazon will offer a free day for “Yankee Reconstructed”
next week. The Kindle edition will be available at no cost from midnight on
Wednesday to midnight on Thursday, November 3.
5. If you’ve already read books one and two, it’s not too
late to get in on this deal. I will be happy to send you a free PDF copy of “Yankee
Daughters” if you agree to write a short review and post it on Amazon on
release day, December 7. Here’s what’s required:
a. A star rating (one through five). And I’m not asking for
all five-star reviews, either. They are nice, but not everyone believes them. Readers and purchasers want to hear
your honest opinion. The perfect book
has not yet been written, and this is not it. Even the Bible does not get all
fives, and most critics have learned to look at those perfect reviews with
b. A title. You don’t need to be creative here. “Good read”
or “Fun” or “Liked it” will do.
c. At least twenty additional words about your reaction to
the book. And that’s not many. This explanation has twenty words.
d. The important thing to remember is that you can’t post
your review until the book goes on sale on December 7. But it won’t
help me as much to have your review posted on Dec. 8 or 9.
For the greatest impact on the book’s
rating and sales, your review needs to appear on that first day.
e. You will also need to include this statement. "I received a free ARC of this book." (ARC stands for "Advance Review Copy" and you can state it that way if you prefer.)
f. So . . . read the book, write your comment down
somewhere, and try not to lose it until Launch Day! And I’ll remind you.
Happy Reading, Everyone. And since today is National Chocolate Day, have a piece of Halloween candy while you read.
Katzenhaus Books has some breaking news about Damned Yankee, but let's introduce it correctly:
Now then, the first news is that sales on Amazon's Kindle page are going swimmingly. The book has been available for five weeks, and each week has seen an increase in sales. Last week over the week before? A 300% increase. This week over two weeks ago? 400% increase. Somehow the word is getting out!
Today I received one of those e-mail promotions from Amazon; at least they've noticed it's available.
The trade paper version is available in other locations for those who would rather not do business with Amazon. Residents of South Carolina's Low Country can find the book in the Museum Shop at Middleton Place, where they are pushing it because several of the Middleton family members appear in the book. We also hope to have it on the shelves in the bookstore at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island shortly.
For everyone else, you can now find the trade paper edition on Barnes and Noble's website at:
They are also offering it at the reduced price of $16.37.
A couple of other reminders: I have a Pinterest board up for Damned Yankee
. It contains photos of the settings of the book as well as maps and portraits. Find it at: http://www.pinterest.com/roundheadlady/damned-yankee-a-civil-war-novel/
And right next to that board, you'll find another with useful information for book clubs who are reading Damned Yankee
, including topics for discussion and menu ideas to give you a taste of the lives Jonathan and Susan lived.
If you want an autographed copy with matching bookmark, send an email message to me
and I'll let you know how to order one directly from me.
I'll soon be opening negotiations to make this book
available as an audiobook to complement the paper and electronic
versions. If you'd rather listen than read, let me know and I'll keep
you posted on our progress.
I'm so pleased with the way things are going. What can I do to thank you for your interest in this new story and for continuing to read and enjoy our books? Do you have questions you'd like to ask? Comments? Send them to me at the email link above, or put them in the blurb you write when Amazon asks you how you liked the book. I'll do my best to respond. Remember, an author sinks or swims depending upon the reactions of readers, so let's keep the conversation going.