Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And it begins!!

Awe ya, come to mama!
The aftermath of launch day was awesome - I spent some considerable time toasting with a new-author gift I got... OBAN!! Yum!!

For those who have already downloaded and read The Legend of Lady MacLaoch just a heads up check back regularly as this blog will start to morph over the next few weeks to feed your need of all things Scottish and Rowan related. Your welcome. :0)

This week we have the first set of FRESHLY printed books arriving, and once I'm done smelling them I'm gonna get my pen out and start signin'!! Who wants the first one?!?!
Btw - if you would like an autographed copy and not sure your name is on the list - send me an email at beckybanksonline(at)gmail(dot)com.

Let the journey begin!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today, Here, Now

It's here!!! For all of you that were waiting with baited breath -  wait no more! On the Store tab above you will find the paperback and Kindle versions of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch, click and enjoy!

Now for that dram of whisky . . .

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

9 Days Left...

That's right folks! Only NINE days left! Woohoo!!

TRIVIA WINNER: Lacey Beck!! Lacey wins a 1st edition autographed copy of The Legend of Lady MacLaoch - well played Lacey! To everyone who participated in this last week's trivia - excellent job it was a nail biting finish!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Behind the Scenes

Ever wonder what a new author does a week and a half before her book launches? Well, let me open that door for you. She has panic attacks, like mini timed explosions, with each new item that she discovers needs to be handled before launch. Then, when the husband offers her, during one of these diatribes, a few kind but meaningless words, "You'll be fine." She unfortunately gobbles him up and regurgitates him to the Kindle gods as a sacrifice.

Yes, things are a bit hectic at the moment. Especially with the last minute game changer with the printer (left Lulu's for Createspace - a surprise I'll have to share at a later date) and it might be a tad tight to get the manuscript approved for release by the 27th. Enter panic attack #44. However, despite the possible lateness of the paperback, the Kindle version is still on track and there are rumors flying around that it might be available before the 27th. But then the automatic converter from InDesign to epub caused my system to crash we had panic attack #45. But then today the husband showed me a plug-in from Amazon (tell all your publishing friends this) for InDesign that direct converts the InDesign manuscript to Kindle format. And damn skippy if that didn't just work like a dream.

Yes, chaos reigns. Realistically though when all the items that are left to do are laid out, this whole process is moving forward like a well oiled machine. Its engineer however feels oddly like a chain-smoker pounding red bulls in the ops room. The reward however is worth it all, and next week while y'all are luxuriating the pages of Legend know that I'll be sprawled on my couch with a well deserved whisky in hand.  :0)  

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


The trivia portion of this release starts today! Go to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch's Facebook page to play!

Rules are in today's email. Not on the list? Sign-up here: http://tiny.cc/bntvi

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Question Answered - Pre-Order

So, many of you have asked about pre-ordering Legend. Pre-ordering from Amazon something that you, me, and everyone else has done at least once in their online shopping life. So it should be easy and fully automated right? Wrong.

This morning I dove into the subject with some depth on the Amazon forums and discovered that pre-ordering is on a case by large-publisher case basis. >.<  This in part due to that it's a MANUAL process. Yes, I said manual, as in Joe-Bob goes into your account and personally sets it up on the back end of the website for pre-ordering. He probably signs his name in there somewhere too: Joe-Bob was here.

Well, no worries! Millions will be made on this round and Ha'iku Press will be able to negotiate for pre-ordering to be available for the next novel! Yaaay!

But before the millions are made, if anyone knows a C Level manager in Amazon, give 'em a jingle and let them know you'd like Legend on pre-order. :0)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Smart Bitches

Ye-up, this is a blog about a blog: Today's Friday video on Smart Bitches Trashy books. Go get this awesomeness  HERE.

I'll quote Sarah from SBTB: "From Sunny comes this majestic pile of awesome..."

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Legend of Lady MacLaoch Comin' to You Live on May 27th!

That's right folks! On May 27th it's comin' to you LIVE!! I've got a series of emails that are coming out in the up coming weeks - tons of fun for build up to the BIG DAY. Next week starts the trivia!! If you want to get on that email gravy train, get the hook-up here.