Monday, June 28, 2010

Bad News for The Stone Traveler’s July Release

Last week I was in the pit of despair.

My editor called and said the printer was having trouble with the ink for the cover of The Stone Traveler, which would delay its release.

Have you seen the beautiful cover?
I mean, look at it.

Such a cover needs the ink to be right. I’m so glad my publisher is looking out for my book and wants it to look great. I asked my editor what the new release date would be, and she told me they were looking at NOVEMBER!!!

After summer is over.

After school starts.


She explained that they have another author, who is a very big name in the LDS, YA time-travel genre, and his book is being released in September, so they didn’t want to release The Stone Traveler in August, because that wouldn’t be fair to my book or to his. Plus, they wanted to give his book September and October to sell, which left November for my book…but even that is iffy.

I’m very hopeful the release of The Stone Traveler will be in November, the month to be thankful for all your blessings.

So here’s the deal, I’m cooking up a really fun blog contest to coincide with the release of my book. Something I think you’ll enjoy. AND there’s a wonderful grand prize in store that would make an awesome Christmas present.

PLEASE put The Stone Traveler on your Christmas list.
You are making a list now, right?
I have already started mine.

 AND I remind Santa of it often.

So these are all the people who are excited for the release of
The Stone Traveler
Come join the party in November. 

But stop by here any time, day or night. ;)


  1. The cover is absolutely gorgeous! Sorry about the delay, but I know it will be worthwhile. As a former magazine editor, I saw more than one cover ruined because of printer error. Always sad when it happens.

  2. Sorry to hear they've push your publishing date back. But the cover is beautiful and will definitely grab attention.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. Aww! Man, I'm sorry, Kathi. That really is not something you want to hear.

    But on your happy note, I'll be here for the par-tay and will put the book on MY Christmas list for sure! :o)

    Have a great week!

  4. November will be a great time for your book to come out (even though I know you wanted it sooner), but I just love fall. It's always the best time to p/u a good book! =)

  5. Aww, Kathi...I'm so sorry that your book is being delayed. But you want it to be the wait will ensure it!

    Chin up...You've got a bit more time to plan your marketing scheme...

    I can't wait to see what you've got planned for November!

  6. Portia,
    Thanks! The designer did an awesome job. It helps to know that you've seen printer problems in the magazine world, too. I am grateful that my publisher wants the book done right. Thanks for the words of encouragement. :)

  7. Mason,
    Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers cross that the cover will grab attention and that my story will make my readers want more. ;)

  8. Carolyn,
    You're right. November is a great time to have a book come out. Thanks for the encouraging words. :)

  9. Jackee,
    Yes! A par-tah is exactly what I'm going to have. A BIG thank you for putting my book on your Christmas list. :)

  10. Sharon,
    I'm so excited for the contest that I'm going to hold come November. Since I thought the book was coming out in a couple of weeks I've already lined things up, and it's going to be fun! Thanks for the encouraging words. :)

  11. Kathi: I'm sorry it was such discouraging news, but ... it's a fantastic cover! I love it! And one good thing about it being released in November is that it's just in time for the Christmas rush, which might actually be to your benefit.

    Oh, before I forget, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the "patriotic humor." :)

  12. Cindy,
    Thanks for the encouraging words. And I enjoy your blog. :)

  13. Publishing is such a slow process but I'm sure it will all be worth the wait in the end :)

  14. So sorry for the bump. But November's a great month - it's my birthday :)

    And just in time for the holiday shopper, too :) :)

    I'm thinking about my list and have purchased some things but nothing is committed to paper yet.

  15. I think the wait is totally worth it! This cover is gorgeous!

    And, you got an award at my blog =)

  16. Your cover is so beautiful! It should get the attention it deserves so this change may be a blessing in disguise! I can't wait to read it!

  17. Hello Kathi. I love how you have laid this post out, and sorry to hear your book release has been pushed back, but gosh, look at that beautiful cover! I am glad your editor is going to go with a printer that will make the book shine, it really will. I'd pick it up!

  18. Carol,
    You are right. November is a good month. And let me be the first to wish you a happy birthday this year! :)

    Early Christmas lists are a good thing. After talking with my sister-in-law I realize I have to start my Christmas shopping soon because come November my time will be booked (pun intended).

  19. Thanks, Laura!
    I'm really hoping the delay is a blessing in disguise. Encouraging words from my bloggy buddies have helped me see that. :)

  20. Thanks, Jayne!
    I'm glad you think my cover is beautiful. And I'm very grateful for my editor. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it all works out. Thanks for the encouraging words. :)

  21. Thanks, Clara!
    It's the wait that tugs at me. But that's ok. It will be worth it.

    And thanks for the award. I'll hop over and pick it up. :)

  22. Lynda,
    You're right. Publishing is a slow process. This book, though, has had a difficult journey. Some day I'll have to blog about it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all will go well come November. :)

  23. Wow, that cover is amazing!!! Sorry it's going to be released later than expected though. *hugs*

    ps: I received my book and wanted to say thanks xo!!!

  24. RaShelle,
    Thanks for you encouraging words.
    I'm glad you received the book. It was the last one for my blog drawing. Though, I'll come up with another contest soon. And, of course, there's the contest I'm having when The Stone Traveler is released in November. :)

  25. I'm picky about covers, and I love yours. I'm sorry your release has been delayed. But just in time for Christmas, that's awesome. :)

  26. MT,
    I'm glad you love my cover. And if my book can't come out when it was scheduled, I'm happy to have it come out during the Christmas season. :)

  27. BUMMER Dudess!
    They should have tested the ink ahead of time. Well, November is my birth month so I'll get is as a present to me!

  28. Matthew:
    Yeah, it's a bummer. But like you said November is an awesome month! You rock for wanting my book!



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