Thursday, April 08, 2010

It's Almost Here!

It's been a busy week as I gear up for the release of The Clearing next Monday.

The funny thing with this book, as opposed to Never Cry Werewolf, is that the publisher shipped the book early – so it’s in stores already and available at Amazon. On release day for Werewolf, I had to persuade the bookseller at B & N to look in the back for the unopened box of books. This release day, my book will already be on shelves.

It was super excited to see the book for real. Here’s a picture of my mom by my two novels at my local indie store, Queen Anne Books, which is hosting my launch party on April 16th. It was really cool to see The Clearing on the table with Werewolf. I feel so lucky to have two books out there in the world. In fact, I still can’t believe it.

When I first had the idea for The Clearing, I was living in a mountain town of four hundred people. The mist in the field next door to our property was where the book began. Some days the mist was so thick the big red barn at the end of the field would nearly disappear. And then one day, Henry Briggs came walking out, a boy locked in an endless summer. It was several years before I wrote the book, but the genesis was right there in that field.

The official date of the release is Monday, April 12th. So, in honor of the release – we will be having a special giveaway week. Check back in on Sunday for details…

So, I’m wondering if you guys think it makes a difference whether or not a release day is a firm date or not. In some ways I’m glad the book is shipping, but on the other hand, I wonder how it affects the buzz for the book. What do you guys think?



Never Cry Werewolf – HarperTeen

The Clearing – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Wherever You Go – Fall 2011 Harcourt


TinaFerraro said...

Congrats, Heather! I've never had a book arrive in stores early, but my feeling is better early than late. Because on its release day, many people go looking for it--and you want it THERE.

bookaholic said...

Congrats Heather!! I think having a book out in stores earlier is a better option :)

Bidisha said...

Congrats, Heather. I'm so happy for you!
I loved Never Cry Werewolf and I wanna read everything you write (see, you already have a fan in me!). Besides, I totally love the premise of The Clearing. Can't wait for the giveaway :)
Oh, I think it's great to have a book out before the official release than have it boxed up.
Keep up the good work :D

Heather Davis said...

Thanks, guys! And Bee and Bookaholic, I hope you guys stop by next week for The Clearing week!

Christie said...

Congratulations, Heather!

The bookstores in my area rarely have books out by release day so if they had them early I’d be thrilled.

Also wanted to mention that I finished reading an advance copy of The Clearing last night. It kept me up past my bedtime ;) I absolutely adored everything about it.

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