Hello friends! Welcome back!!
I feel awful because it’s been a few weeks since I gave a real, actual blog post – what with the cover launch of The Stranger and then last week I was away at a work conference for most of the week! I’m doing a full blog post today, for a few reasons. I won’t have time tomorrow with a few odds and ends I need to finish up at work, Thursday I work away at a satellite clinic so won’t have computer access and Friday I’m off for Easter. So today makes sense and I didn’t want to skip it for three weeks!
So this week’s blog will focus on two main parts.
The first is the directly related to that picture/banner posted there!
This May I’ve decided to celebrate my Favorite Author – Mr. Andrew Pyper. You’ve all probably seen my admiration for him on social media. I could go on and on about why I love Andrew’s work, but I think at the core of it he speaks to in a way most other authors can’t. His Canadiana, if you will, runs underneath his prose and I always feel a connection with his words. Even when it’s set overseas (The Demonologist, The Only Child) I’ve felt that undercurrent running through his stories.
The other reason I truly adore his writing – is that I’ve never found his work to be complicated for complications sake. Andrew writes thrillers and cross genre’s like a DJ mixes musical styles. ‘The Wildfire Season’ is a blistering work about a forest firefighter battling inner demons but also the wrath of Mother Nature in a small town. It had so many elements interwoven – simply stunning.
(My completed collection of Pyper’s physical releases! The Wildfire Season, The Only Child, The Homecoming and both copies of The Demonologist are personally signed by him to me!)
So – this brings me to May and my anointment of the month as PYPER-MAY-NIA!
I’ve read a number of his works already – The Demonologist, Lost Girls, The Damned, The Wildfire Season and The Only Child.
For the month of May – I’ll be reading the rest, in this order; The Homecoming, The Guardians, The Trade Mission, Killing Circle and Kiss Me. I’ll be updating you as I go along and will review them each on their own Pyper-meter!
I’d also love it, if you haven’t, to check out one of his works in May. If you need a starting off point I’d recommend any of the books I’ve already read haha! Although – The Only Child is my all-time fav book, so you could start there. I don’t do group-read along’s, I just don’t function that way, but let me know if you are going to be joining me in PYPER-MAY-NIA!!!!
As a massive bonus – Andrew has agreed to do an interview for the celebration! I’m beyond excited. The questions have been submitted, so once the answers are returned I’ll get it set up and let you know when to watch for the feature!
Can’t wait to celebrate and maybe even introduce some of my book friends to Andrew Pyper’s work!
Now the second part – The Stranger.
I’m actually pretty blown away by the early response already. We had the cover reveal two weeks ago over on Kendall Reviews, and comment after comment, message after message about how awesome the cover art was, was very cool!
So – because of that, I’m entertaining an idea and I need to gauge peoples interest. If you haven’t read the synopsis yet, you can pop over to my Novels tab and take a look, or check it out here on Goodreads;
Now the response as been such that I’m considering looking into doing a very limited edition hardcover run of this release!
It would be slightly different than the ebook and the paperback version of The Stranger.
- It would open with the short story ‘The Tooth Collector’ which directly leads into The Stranger
- It would then have the normal novel approx 230 pages
- It would end with a new story specifically written for this release and will probably never seen the light of day otherwise!
- I would also be numbering and signing each one
- I would also do a new hardcover edition foreword that would accompany this edition only, while still including the normal foreword.
Now – I’ve always been an upfront, open and honest writer for you all. I talk about what a lot of people don’t discuss – sales, costs etc etc.
So – to do the hardcover, I’m looking at each book retailing for $35 US + $15 for shipping and handling world wide. Charging a flat rate is far easier because Canada Post has a small box for shipping that is $15/flat rate world wide! That would be a total of $50 US to order one. From all of that, I’d be looking at making roughly $2-$3/book in profits. So on my own, really not a big money maker, but hey – that’s typically what I make on ebook and paperback sales already!
I’m looking at doing 20 copies of this edition, maybe 30 max, if the interest is there.
I really don’t have a time line for this to be launched as I want to gauge the interest and see who would be looking to get one of these. Ideally I’d be looking at having them ready to ship out closer to release date (June 1st) with people wanting to purchase one sending me the money via paypal or etransfer.
So if you’re interested, please DM me, email me, text, whatever! And let’s make this happen!
What I’m Reading;
Little Black Spots – John F. D. Taff – still making my way through this fun collection of short stories! About 55% done and it’s a collection I think most folks should check out!
The Bledbrooke Works – John F. Leonard – big fan of John’s and this is another companion piece/continued piece in the world and mythos he’s building. 30% in and loving the set up.
Woom – Duncan Ralston – also 30% into this story and so far it’s just starting to ramp up. Feel like horrible, horrible things are happening and I can’t wait!
So I’m going to wrap it up here. I’ve already submitted Tunes From the Crypt Episode #2 to Gavin over at Kendall Reviews, so watch for that coming up!
Otherwise, I’ll see you all here next week!