Book Launch - Tonight

My début novel launches here, tonight (so my friends in America and Australia will be awake too). Wear fancy socks. Pour a glass of something bubbly, or grab a cup of tea. A few things you might want to know:

  1. Even if you have a Kindle and are used to the idea that the e-books you buy are only rented (which is how it works at Amazon), if you buy my book, you will own it.
  2. The book will be available in a Kindle edition (Kindle optimised mobi-format. It has been tested on Kindles in the UK and US, and on Amazon's free Kindle for PC reading device); Sony Reader edition (ePub optimised for Sony Reader); and PDF edition. If you want to read it on your computer, you may choose to buy the PDF, or buy the Kindle edition, and download the free Kindle for PC reader.
  3. I have not used DRM. I want to treat my readers like adults. You know I'm not a faceless corporation, and every sale matters to me, so I trust you not to pirate my work. In fact, I trust you so much that I'm allowing you access to your file 5 times, so that if you screw up the download the first time, you won't lose your book. I may be naive, and you may all steal from me, but I like the idea of readers and authors respecting each other, rather than eyeing each other with suspicion, so I'm going to chance it. :) If you all fleece me, and I can't pay for food, I'll change it. You're book lovers as much as I am though, so I know you'll support this. It would be cool if lots of authors did this, so let's make it easy for them to do so. What do you say?
  4. I look at the way publishers do things. The first people to the till are charged the most, then the price goes down. That seems odd to me. Aren't the first people to the till your best customers? Aren't the ones who rush to buy book the ones you want to celebrate? Again, I could be missing something here, but it seems to me that my need to recoup any expenses is less important than happy readers. If I'm wrong, I'll take the hit so that none of my aspiring writer friends have to. I'll keep you informed. Anyhow... I want to leave pricing this at its normal rate for a couple of weeks. About a week before the royal wedding - 20th of April - Palaces & Calluses goes up to its normal price. Until then, as a thank you for everything my wonderful Word Nerd Army chums have done for me over the years, I'm putting it up at an Early Word Nerd Bird Rate.
  • From 20th April, Palaces & Calluses will cost: £4.99
  • Early Word Nerd Bird Rate (until 20th) = £2.99
US Translation: The exchange rate changes all the time, of course, but the eventual price is around $
8.14, and the price until April 20th  is $4.87

I open the shopping cart tonight. Check back here then.

The next part of the journey, after that, is not in my hands. It's in yours, my friends. Once the book leaves me, how well it does is up to you. This is your part of the journey. If the book becomes a huge success, you'll have bragging rights. I know you well enough to know that, if my writing inspires you, you will spread the word. I'm very blessed to have friends like you. Thank you.


Rachael said...

I am so excited for you that I just got goosebumps! I had an argument with my phone and couldn't download the chapters after the first one, but decided it didn't matter as I'd be buying it tonight in any case. I'll be having a glass of wine at your book launch!

Michelle Vandepas said...

congratulations! Looking forward to you putting it all out there and stirring it up!

Rebecca Woodhead said...

Thank you Rachael and Michelle. I've got goosebumps too. I'm not really worried about what people think of it any more, that's not really any of my business, I'm just thrilled to think of the people who it WILL resonate with. Hubby's home soon, but I'm going to wait until some more of my American chums are awake before I launch. Mary's half English and half American, so it's only fair. :)

Anonymous said...

I just had to post a comment, I am so hugely proud of you my darling and all that you have overcome to arrive at this thrilling moment!! Congratulations angel, much much love and huge respect for your courage and determination to survive. Mum xxx

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of all you have achieved and no matter how much adversity you have faced you have always not only survived but excelled. Best of luck with the book launch. Love Dad XXX

Rebecca Woodhead said...

Oh! Thank you Mum and Dad! :) xxxx

Anonymous said...

I love the messages from your parents... where is this book already?!
Maura x

Rebecca Woodhead said...

:) The night is young! Everything's ready to go any minute now. xxx

Michele Anderson said...

Great timing for me if it's only a few minutes now! I'm sure all is well... and I wish the Most!

Rebecca Woodhead said...

The book's published - check the top of the page - Palaces and Calluses. You can also click on the badge in the sidebar. Grab one for your blog if you like. :)

Lisa said...

Was very much exited, thanks for taking me to amazon! Parents

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