With exactly two months to go before the official launch (Friday, March 19 — mark your calendars), it’s time to get the buzz going so I’ll be blogging with increasing frequency.
March 19 was not an arbitrary date. Joan de la Haye, my publisher at Rebel, originally offered March 26. That would’ve been fine — more than fine, because it coincides with I-Con, my hometown sci-fi/fantasy convention. I’d be able to support the launch with readings, panel discussions and generally shilling like a pimp.
But March 19 is the start of LunaCon. I’ve never actually been there, but I’m told by the literati that it’s the more prestigious, authorly convocation. More of the agents, publishers and booksellers show up for Luna than for I-Con, or so I’ve been led to believe. And I’m sure it’s true.
It’s also academic, no double meaning intended. It doesn’t look like I’ll be able to go to Luna anyway.
I have this day job. It involves a lot of long-distance, long-term travel. I’m not complaining. There’s this piece of paper hanging on my wall that says I’m a master of international business. But it looks like I’m going to be out of town, out of state, out of the country, out of the hemisphere for Luna.
But we should go ahead with the March 19 launch anyway. I’m sure I’ll have some friends at Luna. Maybe one or two of them would be willing to stand a prop for me. And I’ve already made the date announcement; we oughtn’t go back on it.
So March 19 will be a soft launch, but a launch nonetheless. As of that date, you’ll be able to download LTIL from Amazon, iTunes and/or Mobipocket. (I’d be surprised if we fired on all three cylinders on that precise date, so I’ll keep you posted.)
Mut March 26, as long as nothing serious goes wrong, I’ll be at I-Con reading excerpts and talking up LTIL. Hope to see you there!
If you have any other ideas for venues, please let me know. SF conventions are good, but so are coffeehouses, social or fraternal groups, bowling alleys, I don’t care. No bookstores, though. Not yet at least.