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Star
04-21-2008, 05:42 PM
Greetings Fellow Writers,

If your book is set to come out in September, when would it be available for preorders on Amazon, etc?

Susan Breen
04-21-2008, 05:52 PM
I think about 3 or 4 months before. (You'd think I'd know for sure, since my novel just came out, but I'm losing my mind.)

Will Lavender
04-21-2008, 05:57 PM
My book was released in February. It was on Amazon in June or July, so about six months prior.

Star
04-21-2008, 05:59 PM
Susan, don't lose it! :)

Will, okay thanks! :)

Just curious. Does pre-pub sales have any bearing on your publisher's forecast about the success of your book?

Claudia Gray
04-21-2008, 06:34 PM
It can be as many as several months prior -- my November release, Stargazer, is already available for pre-order on Amazon and B&N.com, and has been for about a month now. (OTOH, that's the second in a series, and maybe they put series titles up a little earlier? No idea.)

Pre-publishing sales are a good sign, naturally, although lack of pre-pub sales probably doesn't count against you to any great degree; plenty of books take a while to gain traction.

Star
04-21-2008, 07:09 PM
Thanks Claudia!

Will Lavender
04-21-2008, 08:26 PM
Just curious. Does pre-pub sales have any bearing on your publisher's forecast about the success of your book?

As Claudia says, they're not going to hold poor sales against you before the book comes out. How could they? The people who buy the book before it's released are your family and friends.

After it's out and a little publicity is generated, it's a different story.