Monthly Archives: January 2014

Forsaken Dreamscape Preorder Details

If you’ll look to your right, you may notice that I’ve added a countdown to the release of Forsaken Dreamscape, and every time I look at it, I feel the pressure! 30 days, 29 days… ack! It’s coming up soon! But while this is a stressful time for me it is also glorious. Another of my books is going to emerge!

I was finally able to get the manuscript finished and formatted in enough time that I finally submitted it to be reviewed and set up for preorder like I wanted.

So, since I’ve done this (and I’ll link you there shortly) I’ll talk briefly about how this works and why it’s good.

Preordering

A preorder book is set up like any other you might order online. You just find the page on major ebook retailer sites, such as Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks – then you just order it like usual. Your card won’t be charged until the release date, but on that day, you will automatically get the book sent to your device! (Magic!!)

Benefits of Preorder

Okay, there are two major benefits of preorder orders. One is for you, and one is mostly for me, but I hope it’s something that you all want FOR me!

1. Lower Price – Yes, the preorder price is going to be lower than usual – but only for preorders and first day sales. Then the price will go back to what is intended. So, the starting price will be 3.99, so you’ll save at least $2 if you preorder, or order on the first day.

Unfortunately, there is no way to offer preorders through Kindle for indie writers, so it will not be listed there until the day of release. Still, you will be able to get this lower price on the first day if you purchase through Amazon.

Also, while some ebooks often have days when they are FREE (on Kindle), this one will not. I have to be registered in a certain program for that to happen, and since I want wider distribution, I’m not in that program, so I don’t have any days when I can offer the book for free. So, that being said, to get it for preorder will be your best deal.

2. All my sales will hit at once and it will move my book forward in the best seller charts. Basically when you preorder a book, you won’t actually pay until the day of release when the money will be collected, and then all the sales come out at once and the book gets a sudden jolt to move it forward in the bestseller charts. For Nevermor, I tried to focus all my sales on Amazon in the beginning, but this time I’m scattering it out because I know some readers want it through different formats.  This may not be the best thing for me to do, but that’s what I’ve decided this time. 🙂

3. (bonus) Since the preorder listings are set up early, the book will be available through all sales channels on the day of release instead of having to wait for delays! Sometimes there are weeks of delay in being able to get the book through certain retailers, but listing it for preorder has given the book a head start.

Here are the links for the different sites where Forsaken Dreamscape is currently listed for preorder:

Barnes and Noble

Kobo – (don’t know if they offer preorder, but it should be available here on Feb 11th)

Smashwords

iBooks – (Just search ‘Lani Lenore’ and you’ll be able to find it)

Sony – (May not offer preorder, but should appear on Feb 11th.)

Kindle – (no preorder, but it will be available here Feb. 11th)

And don’t forget to add it to your ‘Want To Read’ list on Goodreads! It’s listed there now!

Print Book Details

Unfortunately, the release of the print book is going to run just a hair behind schedule unless I can get a preorder page going (2 totally different processes). If not, the book will be available to purchase in print through the CreateSpace store on the first day, but there will be a delay for the book to be listed in print format on other sites, even Amazon itself.

As for the price, I can’t offer it any cheaper than it already is due to the manufacturing costs and the way the middle men take a chunk out of it; however, it should be available with the special deal that if you purchase the print book, you can also get the Kindle ebook version for .99.

So I wanted to give you a preview of what the print version looks like in all its glory. It really does look great next to the first one! I’m proud of it.

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A New Year…

So, it’s 2014 now. I’m not so sure I was ready. I think for the first time ever as the clock was ticking down last night, I sort of wanted to stop it. For some reason I wasn’t ready for a new year to begin and I don’t know why. Maybe because I thought I was just getting a handle on last year, or because it went by so fast, or even because I have some regret (??) which I don’t know how to recognize.

So now it is 2014 and while I’m not sure how I feel about that, I can’t exactly be disappointed with what I accomplished last year. I was brave with my writing and learned a lot of new things – had some good publishing and editing experiences. Now I’m trying to focus on what I want to accomplish this year, make some resolutions and get myself on track to my dreams.

One thing I know that I did well last year was that I really did move forward with my books. I brought several of my books to the published world, and while I can’t say I made a significant amount of money, it helped me feel better about my situation as far as how much time I spend writing vs other things I could be doing (like getting a ‘real’ job). So in that way I was satisfied. I haven’t given up on my dreams yet!  This kept me busy all year, and at least kept me out of the throes of depression over how I hadn’t been acknowledged. I gathered courage and I moved forward with my life. I’m proud of myself for that.

Okay so speaking of my books, of course you know that Forsaken Dreamscape is going to be released in February. I’m still working on it just a bit but I’m 90% done with my last edit, and after that I can set it up for preorder. (Again, I’ll talk about the preorder benefits once it’s actually available, but I’ll give you a hint and say that there are several benefits for you and for me, including a lower price.)

In the meantime, I’m gradually posting chapters of the new version on Wattpad as a preview. I think there are 4 chapters posted right now, so if you haven’t, go check that out. HERE

I know that this year has many new things in store for me and also a lot more work on my books, but I’m still feeling pretty good about it and I’m ready to do it again! I hope you’ll all be there with me as I continue on with the Nevermor trilogy and advance with my other works as well.

Thanks for a great 2013 full of support and love!