It is with both pleasure and a little depression that I announce that EMPIRE OF SALT has sold out its U.S. printing. (Note: at the end is a special note to all fans.)
On one hand, I'm thrilled that readers have been eager to read this title. From Buffalo, N.Y. to Los Angeles, CA From Vero Beach, FL, to Bonanza, OR I've had emails and pings from readers and sellers telling me how much they loved the book. Makes all those lonely nights sitting at the computer wondering if I knew what the hell I was doing all worth it.
Yep. Selling out is a dream.
But it's also scary. The world is in a tough economy. Everyone wants to move forward, not backward. We have a tendency to look for the next winner, rather than concentrate on the winner we have. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that Abaddon Books will do a second printing. After all, there are more places I want to sign. There are more places who want me to sign. Yvonne's new book Highborn is coming out at the end of the month and she wanted us to do a whole bunch of joint signings.
And here's the depressing part, and as all of you who have novels on bookstore shelves can attest, there's nothing like the feeling one gets when they go into a bookstore and see their paperback on the shelves. Selling out means no more Empire of Salt on the shelves. It means no more Weston in bookstores.
Now that's a sad thought.
But enough of that self-commiserating nonsense. Hey! MY BOOK SOLD OUT! How awesome is that? So let's focus on that awesomeness and give a shout out to Ben Smith, Abaddon's U.S. Distribution Coordinator; David Moore and Jenni Hill, editors; and Jon Oliver, Editor in Chief of Abaddon and Solaris. Thanks very much to you all for giving me a chance and letting me play in your books. It's been awesome so far. Hope we can continue having more fun together.
Now for the FANS! And this is pretty serious because I need your help. Do me a favor and drop a line to the folks over at Abaddon and let them know how much you appreciate Empire of Salt and how you want more books from Weston. It won't take but a second and it will make you feel good. You can either contact them on their blog here or on Facebook here.