As those of you who are familiar with my blog know, I have long been on the winding path to publication, ever since the Indie publisher, Unsolicited Press first notified me back in September of 2021 that out of thousands of submissions, my manuscript was selected as one of 40 projects to fill out their 2023/2024 list.
From that initial euphoria to signing a contract, to multiple angst-filled edits and settling on a cover, to the gally proof I now have in my trembling hands, it has been an arduous process. But, all of a sudden things are happening. Fast! So I come back to you with an update and the big news that Let Evening Come is now available for pre-order!
A BRIEF SYNOPSIS
Let Evening Come is the love story between an Indigenous person displaced from his family's ancestral home on the Tar Sands of Canada and a motherless farm girl from Michigan who struggles to overcome loss while navigating the pitfalls of young adulthood. Together they combat prejudice on both sides of the border and the cultural differences that separate them.
Preordering helps the author like this: When you preorder a book, it seeds excitement. It tells bookstores people want this book, which makes them typically stock more copies of the book, which of course means more people see it and buy it. Not only do publishers look at preorder numbers to determine their print run, but early sales are key. Experts say the first two weeks of a book's shelf life are the most important.
So, if there is a book coming out from one of your writerly friends 😊 via traditional publishing, or one that sounds interesting and you plan to purchase it anyway, the best way to support them is to preorder.
I never used to know any of this. I never knew anything.
I appreciate all of you who make up this vibrant blogging community and, truthfully, I would have faltered on the path if not for the ongoing encouragement and generous sharing of time, support, and ideas.
(Because in these times I think that needs to be said.)
P.S. I have a newsletter sign up form on my website and there will be a drawing from the first 50 subscribers for free signed copies!! 💖💖
P.S.S. The Friday prompt from Poets and Writers is to be inspired by Don McLean singing Starry, Starry Night, his lovely song about artist Vincent Van Gogh. There might be a heavy cloud cover overhead but it's a starry, starry night for me and I hope for you, as well.