Well I asked for topic suggestions for my 200th blog posts and all ya'll have left me to my own devices. So...
I came up with a really good one.
For my 200th post at Pitch Slapped, I would like to officially announce that my novel, GODSPEED, is now available to download from Amazon.com.
Right now, as in this minute right now.
I know! Can you believe it? I can't believe it. Squee!
Okay, now that I have that 'squee' out of my system (though I warn you there may be more, this is big stuff) I want to add that the print edition will follow very soon via Lulu and then Amazon (my proof copy is being printed up as I type this) so please keep an eye out for that announcement if you'd prefer print.
Why no big huge build up to a release date later in the month?
Simple. Life has taught me one lesson if it's taught me anything: now is the time. Soon as you can do something you want to do, you should do it.
I decided that since I was definitely keen on an early May launch and the formatting was finished much earlier than I expected (Thank you, Matthew...) that I didn't want to wait on the print edition to be ready before I set the ebook free.
What, you say? It's April 30th? Well it's already May 1 in half the world so I'm going with it :~D Especially since it's May 1 in the part of the world where the dear person who formatted it for me is (thank you again, Matthew.)
I never (truly never) thought this day would come and I am grateful to a lot of people.
I named a LOT of those people in the acknowledgements of the book (if you do read it, don't miss that, you might find yourself in there!) but if I didn't personally name you, please know that I had so many amazing people that fell under "Blogging/Twitter/Facebook friends" that if I'd named you all the novel would have been double the length. I know who you are, and I will thank you privately the first chance I get.
I am so grateful for the offers people have made to help promote the book, and there seems to be a little informal mini-blog tour shaping up because a handful of VERY kind friends have approached me and offered to host stops. I can't tell you how blown away I am by that. It means so much more than I can explain. (If anyone else is interested in participating in that kind of thing or talking to me about the book, just send me a note, I'm not hard to find.)
So, that, my friends, was my 200th blog post.
How far I've come since the first days when I knew nothing about the industry. Now I know more than I ever thought I'd know- and I am completely at peace with the choices I've made. For me, with this novel, indie was the only way to go :~D (I just wish I knew why Amazon estimates the length at 199 pages- in Word it was 250. In the print version (small book, I wanted it that way) it'll be 406 pages! So there you go. It's roughly 70K words for those who are curious about that sort of thing.)
Anyway, happy 200th post to Pitch Slapped: looking forward to many more posts here, and hoping you'll still be here beside me.
Oh, before I go: I am thinking of giving away a few print copies of GODSPEED when they are available, and maybe a couple other nifty little items as well. The ideas are still percolating. When I know, you'll know.
When I do give them away (however I decide to give them away...) I'll let the winner decide if they want it signed or not, and either way you will see this gorgeous back cover when you turn the book over...
I told you it was gorgeous. (Thanks, Paul Brand!)