Sorry for the late notice, but today I will be appearing at a local author event at the Chelmsford, Massachusetts Public Library from 2 – 4PM. Really hoping some of you locals will stop by! I will be giving a brief talk about my books then I’ll be selling and signing print copies of Reckoning Daze and Book of Shadows.
Both books will be just 10 bucks, cash only, which means you’d save 4 bucks off of Book of Shadows, which sells for $13.99 on Amazon.
Now, here’s the 411 on the Book of Shadows sequels…
First of all, Book of Shadows 2 was twice the length of a longer young adult book. I asked readers if they’d prefer I leave it that way and just release the whole thing soon, or if they thought I should divide it in half, less the sheer length of the book overwhelm people. Well, each person who got back to me about this wanted me to split it into two shorter books. “I like books I can read in a day.” “Really long books put me to sleep.” “If you can get two books out of it, you might as well.” Those are a few of the reasons you guys and gals gave me.
So, per your guidance, I have found a great spot in the middle where I could split it and I’ve done that, but now I need to write a stronger end for book 2 now that it stops in the middle of it. And I’ll have to write an opening for Book 3, less it just start where 2 left off with no introduction explaining what went on in the previous book. So, that’s going to take a bit of work. I’m still aiming for an August release of Book 2, which I plan to make available for pre-order on Amazon soon.
I’ll be trying out Kindle Unlimited with Book 2, so if you have that you’ll be able to read it for free. Otherwise, I believe it will be priced at $2.99 for the Amazon e-book.
Ideally, I’d like to sell it for less, but the royalty you make for up to 2 dollars is insulting. So, they make you charge 2.99 before they give you the nice royalty rate. Besides, you have to keep in mind that if I wasn’t doing all this myself, a publisher would be selling the e-book for at least 9.99, so I think 2.99 is still a great deal.
When your book is in Kindle Unlimited it has to be exclusive to Amazon, so that’s the only place you’ll be able to buy it or read it for free if you’re a KU subscriber.
Now, since I’m splitting Book 2 into Book 2 and Book 3, the volume names for each has changed. Here’s what they will now be:
Volume Two: Surviving
Volume Three: Hunting (This was previously going to be the Volume Two title. There’s more hunting in the second volume though, hence my now using it for 3.)
Volume 4: Missing
Now for the great giveaway that I’m co-sponsoring!
Here’s the 411:
Back by popular demand! If you love L.J. Smith’s enthralling romantic paranormal stories, this is your second chance to win her upcoming Night World Collection boxed set featuring gorgeous hardcover editions of all nine books in the Night World series. As a bonus, you’ll also get a replica of Katherine’s anti-sunlight necklace and a Salvatore hoodie from The Vampire Diaries. Open worldwide (see rules for details)!
This giveaway is sponsored by YA authors Dorothy Dreyer (Entangled Souls), Michael Beaulieu (Book of Shadows), Kayla Howarth (Losing Nuka), Kari Lynn West (The Secrets of Islayne), Katlyn Duncan (Darkest Dawn), Cordelia Castel (Cendrilla), Kira Lerner (Night Wolf), Sabrina Ramoth (The Curse of the Bruel Coven), Robert Jeschonek (Unbullied), and D. M. Guay (Jess, Rising). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear book news from each of them.