So, yeah, it’s very weird to see my book up on Amazon.
The Sept 26 date is just to give me plenty of time to completely finalize the book. I’ll release it at the beginning of August.
I put the preorder up for a few reasons:
- I’m on vacation for the next 10ish days so I figured why not. And where I’m going I won’t have much Internet access so I won’t be able to obsessively check it. Which is good b/c there’s unlikely to be many preorders.
- Any preorders that do roll in can help the “also boughts” populate in advance of the actual launch.
- Get me used to the idea of BK1 being done. There’s a certain comfort in saying “it’s almost ready” versus “you can buy it now” — and then waiting to be damned with faint praise. Or awful reviews =D
In launching now I’m also ignoring advice I’ve gleaned by listening to multiple author-focused podcasts: Launch a full series all at once or one book right after the other, spaced out by about three weeks in between.
I’m ignoring that advice b/c I don’t have a full series (yet!) and it’ll take another two years to write & publish the next two books — assuming all goes as planned. I also need feedback from the market. Do most readers like the book? What can I improve? What can I do more of? What might I want to do less of?
Regardless of how this book does or what’s said about it (if anything), my best course is to keep on writing. So, onward!