One month from today Look Past will be published. As exciting as this is, and as much as I look forward to seeing people at my events, I also know how important pre-orders are.
“Pre-orders hold the magic. For media, publishers, retailers, and consumers, they represent your book’s potential. Those early sales numbers truly set the stage for how momentum will build and whether sales will skyrocket” (“Why Pre-orders Matter…“).
I don’t write pretty stories. I don’t even necessarily write happy endings. I write stories that I believe in with all my heart. But writing a solid story and selling an abundance of copies are two different things. Bottom line: I want both. And Look Past is a stunner of a story. One worth pre-ordering for yourself, for a friend, for a colleague, for that student who you think will benefit from reading a copy. The time to do so is now. Let my publisher, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and all of the people who pay attention to these numbers know that this is a worthwhile book to stock. Put it on librarians’ and teachers’ radars. Pre-ordering starts a chain of events that leads to more people knowing about this story and my work.
If this seems like a greedy pitch, trust me, it’s not. Selling through (earning back my advance) is a very difficult thing to do, and so please don’t think that I’m looking to earn more money than I’ve been paid. Not. Even. Remotely. Close. To. The. Point.
I want Look Past in as many teens’ hands as possible, and that starts with you saying to whomever or wherever you purchase your books, “I want it now!” Feel free to bring that book to one of my signings. I won’t be offended. I’ll sign it and thank you for getting the ball rolling.
Trust me, I don’t like to raise my hand and say, “Look at me! Pay attention to me! Buy my book!” That just feels awful. What I have no problem saying is that if you pre-order, you are helping raise awareness, which could ultimately result in a teen who is in desperate need of reading this story having a copy fall into his or her hands. That makes you a damn saint in my book. So, don’t pre-order for me. Do it for yourself, do it for those who need to know this story.
P.S. Here’s my current list of events. Come see me with those pre-ordered books in hand 🙂