Yesterday was a crazy busy day. I went to Costco – no aliens – and when I came home, I found this.
Archives for November 2014
Drum roll, please!
New York Times Printed #14
New York Times Ebook #17
New York Times Combined#18
USA Today #27
USA Today reports overall sales for all titles, which means we had #27 book in USA last week. 🙂
Thank you so much to the awesome team at Avon and thank you so much to you guys for taking a chance on our new series.
When I found out yesterday, I was so relieved it didn’t flop, my head started to hurt. I was going to do the whole leisurely evening with wine celebrating thing, but somebody had to cram for a history quiz and I helped. I know way too much about Bantu-speaking people and the Great Kingdoms of Central Africa now. If you want to know about salt and gold trade through Ghana or about the rise and fall of Great Zimbabwe, I’ve got you covered.
I am so happy the book launch was successful, I can’t even tell you. Our Avon editor, Erika Tsang, even called and told us we were awesome. Thank you, guys. Here’s hoping Burn For Me will keep going.
Now, wait this gets better!
Quote: “When I kill Vader and take his place…”
You go, little Sith.
I’d like to run the first half of Magic Shifts by a Muslim beta reader to make sure we did not mess up. There are a couple of incantations against evil spirits and some discussion of swords from India and Persia. If you feel up to it (Isabel?), please comment here. Make sure to fill in the correct email address in the comment form so I can send the file to you. We are going to pick only two people, because otherwise we may get confused and overwhelmed. The manuscript is very rough.
Don’t worry, a wider beta read will be coming.
“You see, the mailman saw your husband during one of his walks.”
“He’s my fiance,” I told her. “We are living in sin.”
Heather blinked, momentarily knocked off her stride, but recovered. “Oh, that’s nice.”
“It’s very nice. I highly recommend it.”
I don’t often do this – and Avon might not be too happy with me – but I wanted to quietly share something with you. I thought this would be fun. Don’t tell anybody.
People often ask how much input we have into covers. The answer is very little. Here is how the cover process goes: the editor discusses the book with the art department. The art department creates a cover, and then everyone from publicity to marketing gets to weigh in. To put things into perspective, if BN’s representative hates the cover – and by hate I mean doesn’t feel it would sell, not personally dislike – the cover will be changed. Several other major retailers wield a similar veto. Walmart, Target, etc.
The cover of BFM you see on the book was actually the cover number two. Today I am going to show you the original cover, which we loved with mad, mad love. Unfortunately, during a sales meeting one of the retailers vetoed it because they felt it was sending the wrong message to its customers. So here you go for a limited time only, the original cover to Burn For Me.
We like the new cover as well, but I thought it would be a shame if nobody saw this beautiful first try.