So apparently, when a book gets published, it either has a hard publication date, or a soft one. I don't know if these are technical terms or not, but that's how I've come to think of it....
When my book came out a year ago, it had a hard sell date. They even stamped the boxes with it. I wonder if I can still find the picture I took of it, back in the day.
Yeah. Here it is....
When I first saw this, I remember thinking, "Wow. They must take this release date thing pretty seriously."
Then I remember thinking about what someone would say if they had to call this number. "I need to report a violation?" Sounds dirty. Personally, I would probably go with something more dramatic. Something along the lines of screaming "Help! My book has been violated!"
So anyway, I was at a signing in Seattle this weekend, and I got two lovely surprises.
The first was that a lovely young woman showed up and described my book as, "a literary orgasm." Personally, I think that's something we should put on the cover.
The second cool thing was this....
(I'm talking about the one on the right. The hardcover is just there to provide perspective.)
Yay! The paperback! Isn't it just the cutest thing?
Now, the official release date is April 1st. But, apparently, this is a different sort of release date. I know this because when I was on my way home from Seattle, I stopped by the airport bookstores and saw copies on the shelves there too.
I just thought I'd let y'all know that it's out there.
Hmmm.... Now I feel like I should say something sales-pitchy in order to encourage people to buy it. But I can't think of anything halfway serious.
"The Name of the Wind: even in paperback it will still stop a bullet."
"Now with 100% less naked man chest!"
"Ladies, all the literary orgasmicness of the hardcover, conveniently travel-sized!"
That's all I've got. If any of you have any flashes of marketing brilliance, you can leave them in the comments section below.
Hugs and Kisses,
posted by Pat at 2:11 PM