Well, hello there.
I need to tell you something.
My book is out. Like, you can buy it. Right. Now.
It's time to share my Lela-girl with the world. Oh, and Malachi, too.
This whole thing is surreal for me, and definitely a little bit scary, but I have to say, my overriding emotion right now is: GRATITUDE.
Yesterday I spent a lot of time with my publishers (Margery Cuyler and Tim Ditlow), publicist (Deborah Bass), and editor (Courtney Miller)--apart from my fantastic agent, Kathleen Ortiz, they are the people who have championed this book and who have made it possible for all this to happen. I don't have words for what their support--and their faith in this story--has meant to me.
So many people in the writerly/bloggerly community have helped me, made me better, supported me, cheered me on, cheered me up ... I can't even begin to name everyone. But to each of you, and especially those of you who read and comment regularly, please know I am and forever will be grateful to you for being part of my life and this publishing journey. I wouldn't be here without you.
Now, I'd like to answer a few questions I've gotten lately:
Where can I find SANCTUM?
Sanctum is published by Marshall Cavendish/Amazon Children's Publishing, so you can most definitely find it at Amazon.com, where the hardcover is currently $8.68 and the e-book is $3.99. The audiobook is about $10 and you can find it there as well. I only mention the prices because I think they are pretty sweet.
How about Barnes & Noble? Can I get it there?
You can find the hardcover and audiobook at Barnes & Noble online (they've matched the Amazon price), but not in their physical stores, because it is currently B&N's policy not to carry Amazon Publishing books. If you're wondering what I think about this, I'll tell you: It is the right of any bookstore to stock what books they like, and it's never guaranteed they'll stock any particular book. I understood this when I chose Amazon Children's Publishing as my publisher. So although I'd love for every bookstore in the entire world to stock SANCTUM, I don't expect it, and I'm grateful to any store that decides to do so.
Can I get SANCTUM for my Nook?
At this time, Sanctum is a Kindle exclusive, which means that if you have a Kindle, you're golden. If you have any device with the Kindle app, actually, you're golden. If you have a Nook or Nook tablet ... what? Hey, don't look at me. I'm just blogging here.
Can I get it at my local indie bookstore?
Maybe (in person) and definitely (online). As I said above, every bookstore chooses what to stock, and some will decide not to stock Sanctum, while some might. If you have a favorite local bookstore, go take a look, and maybe ask if they're going to put it on their shelves (and if they do, by all means, reward them for it!). You can also purchase Sanctum online from your local indie bookstore at IndieBound.org.
And that's about it. Once again, thanks for hanging around. I adore every single one of you.