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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Mark Your Calendars: October 7th Amazon Blitz! And Book Release Parties Announced!

Hi, all! The immediate threat has passed, so I thought I'd take a moment to announce a new promotional contest. You may or may not know that the first month's sales of a new book can make or break a book long term. Publishers look at those first month numbers and make decisions on how much marketing and advertising they are willing to do for the book.--including placement in bookstores. The bookstores themselves also make decisions based on those number, perhaps even as soon as a couple of weeks worth of sales have been reported.

So, Christopher and I are asking, if you are planning to order Curse of the Spider King from Amazon anyway, please consider ordering on October 7th. Your order that day will drive Curse of the Spider King higher and higher up Amazon's bestseller list...which, in turn, will allow TONS of other people to see the book on the bestseller list. And that...leads to new sales. ;-)

For anyone who orders that day and emails me the Amazon receipt, I'll send you an Official Curse of the Spider King Bookplate Sticker signed by Christopher Hopper and by me! To order, you can click my Curse of the Spider King Amazon ad on my sidebar or go directly to Amazon.

Christopher Hopper
and Wayne Thomas Batson are planning a series of huge release parties for Curse of the Spider King. The book isn't supposed to be in stores until November, but we've arranged to get copies available for four HUGE events--two in upstate NY and two in Maryland.

What to expect? Sword battles, dramatic readings, music, prizes, giant spiders, and much more!

Here are the dates and times:

In Maryland

Friday, October 16th: Barnes & Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, Ellicott City Maryland. Time: 6:30 to Close.

Saturday, October 17th: His Way Bookstore, Ellicott City, Maryland. Time: 6 to close.
(410) 465-7546

In New York State:

Friday, October 30th: Borders Books, Watertown, New York. Time: 4pm to 7pm.
(315) 779-0006

Saturday, October 31st (Special Halloween Creepy Signing), Barnes and Noble, Pittsford (Near Rochester) New York. Time: 2pm--5pm.
(585) 586-6020

Even if you can't make it, tell friends and family who might be able to come. We want to blow the doors off these stores!


Wooton said...

would that mean I would have to cancel my pre-order?

Israle Surrnak said...

Ahh man, wish I lived in Maryland or NY. Well, I'll spread the word anyway : ]
BTW I loved both of your books.
Any chance you can make it to the West coast again?

Cloe said...

oh no,I already pre-ordered it too!

Unknown said...

So just to be sure, we need to order it on the seventh, we SHOULDN'T preorder? Am I right?

R.P.H said...

I also have already Pre-ordered a copy :) So is Curse of the Spider King coming out October 7th or in November? :) The Parties sound like a lot of fun unfortunately I will not be able to make them since I live on the west coast... bummer.
Best wishes and many blessing to you two... I will be praying for you guys :)


Rachel Kimberly said...

I wish I lived out East. I also wish I lived out West. I missed BOTH fantasy fiction tours because I live in MINNESOTA!

Nobody remembers Minnesota. *sob*

And I still don't know if I can forgive you for the terrible fright you gave me with your last post. But I'll try to set aside some moolah to order a book on Oct 7th, just because you're still an awesome writer and I love to read awesome books. :)

Storm Marie White said...

Shucks. I wish I still lived in Maryland.


Nisly_Family said...

Arrghhh! The closest book signing is five hours away. So near, but yet so far... I don't think I can convince my parents to drive that far.

Shane Deal said...

We might be able to attend the one near Rochester. I hope so, it'll be fun!


Storm Marie White said...

Second to last party is on my birthday . . . hmm. I wonder if I can convince someone to take me there as a birthday present . . . :D


Cloe said...

I wish I lived close enough to go to one of those parties!
I agree with Evergreena, people should remember Minnesota for once.

Katie said...

I will totally order my book on Oct. 7th! I live in NC, so I won't be able to make either :( .

WayneThomasBatson said...

Hi, Chris, Cloe and others who have posted a similar issue about PreOrders.

I'd hate to have you cancel preOrders, not sure how that works. But what we're trying to do is get a concentrated number of sales on October 7th, so that we drive the Curse of the Spider King's bestseller number on Amazon up, up, and up.

Again, I apologize if you already preordered. Christopher and I REALLY appreciate the fact that you jumped right in.

Storm Marie White said...

I hav successfully convinced someone to buy Curse of the Spider King on the 7th. I will not be buying a copy myself, unfortunately, I am still broke.: (

Unknown said...

I'm going to do it on the 7th, it sure will hurt to wait though :(

Anonymous said...

I realy wish I could go, but I live in North Carolina. My parents wouldn't drive that far for a book signing even if the person who is signing them is the best author in the world. Oh Well. *Sigh*

Emma said...

I wish I lived closer to Maryland or NY:( But I will try to gather enough money to order the book on the 7th of October.

-Emma D.

Wooton said...

Okay, I guess I'll have to wait :(