Constancee 'Dusty' Miller
My new romantic short story, The Immigrants, is now available for pre-order on various platforms. The book will go live on July 26, 2015 and pre-orders will be charged and delivered on that date to customer accounts from participating online bookstores.
It’s a first for us here at Long Cool One Books, and in terms of publishing, it’s easier than we expected. The only exception would be Kobo, where publishing assistant Ivan P. Krumholtz says he can’t find a delayed publishing or pre-order button. He got around that by basically entering all the information and then just saving it without publishing, (see: save and go back to library button on Kobo Writing Life.)
In the past, we sort of shied away from pre-orders, which was basically just a case of negative thinking. The assumption was that no one was going to order it anyways, and so why do it?
We were basically just opening ourselves up for heartache and disappointment. If you read this Smashwords blog post, you’ll see that there are plenty of things an author can do to support a pre-order. There’s also some flexibility. If something’s a real pain in the ass, we just won’t do it. If something, (chapter reveals for example) promises or shows effectiveness, then we’ll focus on that. That’s an opportunity, and pessimism goes out the window. That’s a step forward on our own personal journey, no matter how many people pre-order the book.
This time around we’re going to challenge some assumptions. Why not start right here at home, right?
We’ve been thinking about this for some time. What decided us was getting an email notification of assetless pre-orders from Smashwords. We’re a bit leery about promising something we haven’t finished yet, but it was interesting to fill out all the metadata, upload and check the formatting, knowing the book wouldn’t come out for over a month. In the past, we basically published it and it came live right away. That way we got some instant feedback, and maybe that was the attraction in terms of author satisfaction or something.
They also say this is a business.
Here’s our sales copy:
Maria sets out on the adventure of a lifetime. She’s leaving France, now decadent and corrupt, and heading for America, which is still young, and strong and vigorous. Travelling on the S.S. France on the Atlantic crossing has its own perils. She’s been getting an awful lot of male attention, and she’s realistic enough to know that it’s a ship. They have six days and six nights, and then none of them will never see each other again. As for a certain Monsieur Yusuf Khoury, there’s something just a little bit different about that one. Dusty Miller’s The Immigrants is a short and romantic story of young love and long odds.
This is a romance of about 15,000 words and is priced at $0.99.
The Immigrants will become available for pre-order on the following platforms after internal review:
Readers will be find it at other fine bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Oyster, Overdrive, etc.
Thank you for reading.