Impaler paper copy squee!

Kate Paulk

After lo! these many moons (and months, too, and why are you looking in my window anyway? Anyone would think you wanted to get mooned), divers misunderstandings (and diverse ones too), and processing times, I am finally in possession of the author Grail: an actual, physical copy of my first novel.

After I’d hauled out the drool-catcher so I wouldn’t drool on the Precious, I hugged it and squeezed it and…. Oooooh, preeeeettieeeee….

Right. Yes. As you can tell, I’m a wee bit excited about this, and only marginally less embarrassed by knowing that other authors do the same thing when they see their book in actual physical form.

The official stuff before you call for the jacket with the extra-long sleeves and those nice young men in their clean white coats:

Create Space has it now.

Next week Naked Reader Press should have it.

Amazon should have it within a week or two.

After that, sod if I know.

Go buy it. I don’t want to be responsible for 90% of my sales (I’ve promised copies to rather a lot of people, for one thing and another… I think I’m up for something like 10 or 15 copies just as gifts I promised assorted folks).

Here endeth the squee.

14 comments

    1. Much as I love my kindle, I’m still old fashioned enough to see the paper copy as a bigger validation. 🙂

      A book in the hand feels much more real than one on a kindle.

  1. :: Lights fireworks, stands well back ::

    Congrats! Way to go.

    Now where’s the next one? :: Loud boom overhead, ducks for cover as multicolored sparks rain down ::

    1. Negotiations are happening. I’m told sales justify the sequel, but my priority at the moment is getting ConVent through the last-round edits.

  2. SQUEEEEE! That is GREAT, Kate!

    And, what’s so great about paper copies? People can see what you’re reading!

    I spen some time at a con we were at simply sitting around, alternating reading “Darkship Thieves” and the first “Monster Hunter” book. Deliberately. To show off the books. I had a lot of people ask me about them, and several made notes. I had even more people look intently at the covers.

    Don’t know if it helped with sales, but it was *visible* 🙂

    When I lose the weight I’m working on and add a skimpy costume, we’ll see if my do-it-yourself advertising program works even better 🙂

    1. Lin,

      Cool tactic! I’d need a miracle to be able to do the skimpy costume thing, but actual physical books make for good advertising 🙂

    1. Rowena,

      Thanks! It’s one of those big milestones. You can only ever have one first novel after all.

  3. Okay lissen up yous. Buy-dis-book Okay. ’cause udderwise yous gonna end wid English like mine, and da habit o’scratchin in da imbrassing places in publick. And da spellin’ ishues! 😉 (Waddya mean ya doesn’t what accent dis is? It’s uneduma-kated language. Eduma-kate yourself!)

    Seriously, congrats Kate. Long overdue, in my opinion, and good on you! And yes, folk, order the book. Your lack of sleep may regret it, but otherwise you won’t.

    1. Thanks, Dave. I’m surprised you didn’t invoke the fearsome Guido Paine in support!

      I can testify that there are few sweeter compliments to an author than “You bastard! I stayed up all night reading your bloody book!”

  4. Kate, I’ll make ya a deal: I’ll buy it, and you’ll get back to Raven to autograph it.
    Okay, yeah, I’m buying it anyway … but it’d be awesome to see you again. 🙂

    Pam — don’t just *stand* back from dem fireworks. Keep da *books* back from ’em …

    1. Stephen,

      That reminds me. I need to email the Ravencon folks and tell them I’m coming back and I’d like to be really on the program this time. (I asked too late last time around).

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