Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Counting down to 21 days or maybe not

One week ago, I would've predicted that my next post would be about counting down 21 days to release. I would've been wrong.

The paperback version of Whisper Falls has already been released. Amazon began shipping it this weekend. B&N and BAM have the paperback version listed as "in stock," which means they're willing to ship now as well.

E-books of Whisper Falls remain in pre-order status. If you want a digital version, you'll have to wait until the official release date, which is November 19th.

Exciting times. It took me a day or two to absorb this change in plans. I had scheduled myself to not be nervous for two more weeks, so it crashed in on me unexpectedly. But I'm over it (I think) and I'm just ready for people to read and love the book!

So here are the cool things about the past week:

  • My author-friend Katie McGarry included me on a giveaway of her last ARC of Crash Into YouCheck here for details on how to enter (offer ends on Wednesday, Oct 30.)
  • Behold the power of Katie. Since she kicked off her promo, my twitter followers have increased 80% and my FB fans have increased 150%. In six days! (I really hope that one day I'll be able to pay this forward.)
  • I am giving away 2 ARCs of Whisper Falls on goodreads. Check for details on my Oct 22 blog post.
  • Amazon ran out of stock on my book Sunday. That was fun.
All right, back to the rest of my life...

Friday, October 25, 2013

Early release?

I've received several reports that the trade paperback version of Whisper Falls is already shipping.

The release date is still officially November 19, which is three weeks away. However, if you've ordered the book and it arrives before then, feel free to view that as an early gift.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Counting down - 28 days

Whisper Falls releases in 28 days. Four weeks. One month.

Here are two giveaways to enter!

(1) My author-friend Katie McGarry is giving away the last ARC of her next book, Crash  Into You.  She's using rafflecopter--and you win chances to enter when you like/follow two debut authors (me and Colette Ballard) on facebook, goodreads, or twitter.

(2) I'm sponsoring a giveway on goodreads! If you'd like a chance to win a free (signed) ARC of Whisper Falls (and you live in USA or Canada), please enter!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston

Whisper Falls

by Elizabeth Langston

Giveaway ends November 07, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

So, what else happened in the past week?
  • I sent my brother a copy of the book. He's in Afghanistan, so he'll have it by release day, if he's lucky.
  • A blogger/book-reviewer asked me for an interview on November 1st. I've returned the questions to her now. (Hint: There will be a giveaway.)
  • Book 3 (Whispers From the Past) is in first-round revisions. My editors said that it didn't need many changes.  Apparently, my editors and I do not define "many" the same way.
  • My freelance editor, Laura, now has a signed copy of the book. She deserves a lot of the credit. So do my publishing house editors. It really takes a village to make a good book...
  • The local library system now has 13 copies of the book to lend. There is already a waitlist.  That is seriously cool. (I plan to donate one more copy. Generous, I know :)
  • I have two more book reviews. I probably should dread reviews, but I don't. Of course, here's hoping that all of them are as lovely as the two I've received recently. 
All right, it's back to Track Changes in WORD. Book 3 is not changing itself.

See you next week, countdown...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Counting down to 35 days

We're 35 days or 5 weeks or 1.1 months from the release of Whisper Falls.

So what's new for the past week?

Firstly,  promo has become a family affair. My daughters, on a cross-country flight, discovered that they were sitting next to a publishing (distribution) professional and proceeded to market my book to her. So, yes indeed, I have this person's contact info. Every little bit helps.

Secondly, I have a new blog interview up with my cyber-friend in the United Kingdom, Kayleigh. If you're curious about my writer's journey or what character I had the hardest time writing, check out Kayleigh's blog.

Thirdly, I attended a writer's workshop on Saturday and learned a lot about self-publishing. I'm not sure if this is a choice that I will ever make, but I'm definitely better informed.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Counting down - 42 days

Yes, we are down to 42 days. Six weeks. One and a half months.

Not close enough but better. Definitely better.

I've had two fun things happen in the past week.  First, I received a long-awaited package from Spencer Hill. 10 copies of the real book. (Not ARCs and not uncorrected proofs!) I could sell these if I wanted to (which I don't.)

The second cool thing is an award. The publishing house submitted my book to a contest, and Whisper Falls received a Bronze Medal in Young Adult Historical/Cultural Fiction!

Good news might just distract me enough not to care that there are still six weeks to go.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Don't Look Back cover reveal

My author-friend Jennifer Armentrout has a new YA thriller releasing next April from Disney Hyperion.  Here is a first peek at the cover for Don't Look Back...and it is animated!

Don’t Look Back release date: 04/15/2014

Don’t Look Back synopsis:
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

Pre-order at  Amazon or B&N .

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Counting down from 7 weeks

Whisper Falls releases in 7 weeks. 49 days.

We signed the contract fifteen months ago. So you'd think I was used to waiting by now. But no. I'm thinking the next two months are going to be crazy-hard.

There are still things to do. I'm trying to savor them and distract myself from the waiting. It's not working yet.

  • We're in revisions for Books 2 and 3.  A Whisper In Time goes to copy-edits soon, so it's time to stop tweaking it. Plus we wrote the blurb, which was horribly difficult to make interesting without revealing too much of the ending from Book 1.
  • Blog interviews has already begun. I've been working on questions for a blogger in the United Kingdom today.
  • I ordered some author promo stuff in the past few days. Bookplates, bookmarks, and some adorable jewelry made from a miniature version of my book cover. Yeah, spending money can be distracting.
  • I did a research trip this weekend with my husband. We drove to the mountains of Virginia, which Mark (the heroine) will visit in book 2 and 3.  Just to make sure... I've been there before.
  • A few days ago, a book-reviewer in upstate New York tweeted about how much she'd enjoyed WF. We ended up direct-messaging for a half-hour, discussing plot points, characters, and sequels. I won't be able to do that with every reviewer, but it was loads of fun for that first time.

Yeah, November 19th, I'm ready for you to get here. Really.