Today’s post suffered a minor “delay of game” due to travel (and my brother’s birthday) but I’m finally in front of the computer and ready to debunk some popular release day myths. Myth #1: By the end of release day, I will be a NYT-Bestsellling author. The reality: Not most of us. Many, if not most, debut authors approach release day with the anticipation that accompanies overinflated expectations. Expectations, and dreams, aren’t bad, and it’s perfectly fine to dream of hitting the New York Times Bestseller list (or any other dream you can imagine). However, it’s also important to keep your expectationsRead more
Release Day Buzz … and Release-Day Fear
Today’s publishing law and business installment looks at both sides of the release-day coin: the instant high and the valley that sometimes follows. On release day, your book goes “into the wild” and onto bookstore shelves (virtual ones, for ebooks, and physical ones for printed tomes). Most authors approach release day with a strange combination of excitement and terror. (Enhanced for debut authors, but seasoned authors feel it too.) When release day comes, an author often feels as if Christmas, a thousand birthdays and the apocalypse have all arrived at once. This is normal. Expect to freak out before release–everyone does,Read more
Happy Release Day, JOSEPHINE!
Today marks the release of BECOMING JOSEPHINE, a fabulous debut novel by Heather Webb. BECOMING JOSEPHINE tells the story of Rose Tascher – better known to history as Josephine Bonaparte (Napoleon’s first wife). I loved this book for many reasons. I’ll address them in more depth in my review (look for that a week from Friday) but the book is beautifully paced, tightly plotted, and takes a close, personal look at the life of an extraordinary and complicated woman. People know Josephine as “Napoleon’s wife,” and many books on Josephine focus on her years at Napoleon’s side. Heather’s Josephine starts out asRead more