Well my friends, here it is: the day before official release day. We are off to Neverland. But, while official launch is still a few hours out, I have to admit that it's been an "unofficially" thrilling week thus far.
Yesterday, The Acorn Tattoo hovered between #7 and #12 on Kobo, ultimately hitting #7 in Fiction - YA and appearing alongside some impressive titles on The Top 50 Fiction (Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children was a few beats behind me!).
Sites are going live across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and more. I finally got my Goodreads page up, and started experimenting with their super nifty author widgets. Ahem:
But as glorious and heartwarming as yesterday was (and I hope today to be!) tomorrow is when all the real fun begins. Shades of Rose Media kicks off a three-day online book tour, hitting 13 blogs and reviewers along the way. And, a few of my friends and fellow authors have generously agreed to host a release for The Acorn Tattoo on their blogs, too. I can't wait!!
But, before all that, I have a debt of gratitude to deliver...
As excited as I am about my debut novel's brilliant emergence into the YA Fiction world, there are a few people that without whom neither the story nor I would have made it this far. Writing a book, as I have learned along this journey, is a difficult and challenging path (of course, we write for the love of writing...and most of us don't learn our lesson but instead start more projects that we can finish, or start new projects before one is even totally finished (teaser)).
I'm not the type to be too sappy (sniff), so let's do these thank you's with some class.
And, most important, to Melissa, for giving a first-time author a chance on her label, and handling my 30,000 questions with grace. I am looking forward to many years - and titles! - with InkSpell Publishing.
As I toast the success of The Acorn Tattoo to you all, may I borrow a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald himself who wrote, not in The Great Gatsby but in Gatsby Girls (sorry Leo):
"Never miss a party...good for the nerves - like celery."
Fiction writer in New York. Chai enthusiast. Lover of all Internet cat memes.