25
Feb
10

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms are GO!

It’s Launch Day! Launchy Launchy Launchy Launchy Launch!!!

I’m sorry. Here I am popping up after two months of silence, only to babble incoherently because HOLY CRAP MY BOOK IS OFFICIALLY OUT! I tried to think of something intelligent to post here, but my brain is pretty much full of WOO HOO WOO HOO right now.

So. Rather than try and rein in the Loony Tunes in my head, I will direct you toward a couple of posts over on my author blog that I think Magic Districtians might find interesting. The first is from a couple of days ago at the start of my Launch Week countdown, wherein I mention a few things that readers can do to help me out this week, if they feel so inclined:

  1. Buy the book.* (Please. Mama’s got student loans to pay.)
  2. Read the book. (This is kind of necessary for the next step.)
  3. If you like the book, tell everyone you know. This includes everyone on Goodreads, Library Thing, and all the retail bookseller sites, especially if they let you post reviews. (The Amazon “post your own review” feature is active now, BTW.)
  4. Under the category of “tell everyone you know”, blog about the book. You’d be surprised at how useful word-of-mouth is to authors.
  5. *If you cannot afford the book, that’s OK. Put in a request for it at your local library. Readers often think this won’t help authors, but it does! The more requests a library receives for a given book, the more likely that library is to order more copies of the book. More copies = sales for me, and you get to read it for free. Everyone wins! (Then please tell everyone about the book, blog about it, etc.)

To this I’ll add one more suggestion. I live in New York, as many of you know — and while I’m not doing a schmancy Big Name Author book tour or anything like that, I am willing to travel to places within a 2-3 hour drive to do readings, signings, etc. So if you’d like me to do a reading/signing in your town and you’re relatively close by, and you make the arrangements — no private homes, please; public places only — and you can promise me a crowd of 20 or more, then holla, and let’s see if we can work something out. (In fact I’m doing just such an event next week, at Flights of Fantasy up in Albany. If you’re in upstate NY or western MA, come by for a visit!)

The other post I’ll point you at is a thinky one on what constitutes epic fantasy — i.e., how should we define it? Some interesting answers there already.

Anyway, I’m off — got a launch party to prepare for, guests in town, guest blog posts to write, and miles to go before I sleep. But since you guys have been with me pretty much since we started this blog, I just wanted to pop in and share a little of the WOO HOO WOO HOO with you. WOO HOO!!

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4 Responses to “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms are GO!”


  1. 1 Terri-Lynne
    February 25, 2010 at 11:14 am

    HAPPY RELEASE DAY, NORA!!! My copy should be arriving from Amazon today. 🙂 I did a post on my own blog a few days ago, citing your cover art as my current favorite. I can’t wait to read it!!! Unfortunately, I have a stupid book to read for stupid book club. grumblegrumblegrumble. But I will be taking it to Myrtle Beach with me in April. 🙂

    Congratulations! I wish you many more such days, and a lifetime of feeling exactly as you do today.

  2. February 26, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Just finished the novel and I loooooved it. Such a great job! (and I will now go write an amazon review saying as much). Also, did you see the lovely things Devi said about you over at the Orbit blog? (http://www.orbitbooks.net/) Looks like this is going to be an awesome year for you! Congratulations, you’ve earned every bit!!

  3. February 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Congrats, Nora! I’ll be adding this one to my pile — I *love* the cover, too!

  4. 4 Travis B
    May 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I just finished the hundred thousand kingdoms. I’m utterly blown away by how awesome of a book it is! The twists oh the twists! I’m gonna have to re-read it now with new perspective on everything.

    No contest, this book is in my top 10 favorites of all time.


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