This is a short update about the publication of "Everything is Normal."
The book is fully finished. At this stage the publisher is reaching out to relevant authors for "blurbs" – quotes about the book to be printed on the front and the back covers. Here are a couple examples received:
“Like walking through the looking-glass into 1970s-80s Leningrad... funny, shocking and occasionally even tender... prepare to be transported back to the CCCP.” —Lisa Dickey, author of Bears in the Streets “A rare glimpse of life in Soviet Russia before and during perestroika. Everything is Normal is the tender and often funny story of a personal journey paralleled by seismic changes in the country itself. A captivating read.” —Elena Gorokhova, author of Russian Tattoo
In January, the publisher will be sending electronic and physical copies of the book (first off-set print run) to various media players in the book world (editors at the NYT, WSJ, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, etc.), as well as to top influencers, book reviewers, librarians, etc. Fingers crossed, it will generate good reviews and interest.
The book is already getting orders from small independent bookstores in the US almost every day. This is pleasing. It is also already available for pre-orders on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc., and for reviews on Goodreads.
So, so far so good. It has been an interesting journey, which is now coming to its conclusion. Thank you very much again for your support, pre-orders and patience. As planned, you will be receiving the books in March.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy New Year, and Happy Festivus for the rest of us.
This is just to update you on the progress of "Everything is Normal." Last 2 months saw heavy developmental editing: the editor and I advanced the main themes and trough-lines of the book. That also included lots and lots of restructuring and writing 3 entirely new chapters.
But the most painful thing was cutting. We ended up decreasing the original manuscript by 25% or by 34,000 words. (This is more than the entire "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".) Ouch!
Now that this stage is over, copy editing will start. Also, designers have finalized the cover for the book (below). A lot of clever marketing has gone into it. Inkshares has set the official release date for the book for March 6.
I will keep you posted. And thank you all very much again for your support.
This is a quick update on the progress of "Everything is Normal". Since I reached 750 pre-orders a few months ago, first, I was waiting for a couple of months for the developmental editor to be appointed and to be available. Then, we were deliberating for some time on the overall question of what this book is about. Now we’ve turned this page and agreed and are now starting the real developmental editorial work.
It is not a fast process and a lot of things need to be added and redone, but it will surely be a much better book.
At present Inkshares are giving me March 2018 as the official publication date.
Thank you very much again for your support. I will keep you posted.
This is a quick update. It has been 3 months since we started to collect pre-orders for "Everything is Normal" and over a month since we reached the magic number of 750 pre-orders. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRE-ORDERS AND SUPPORT!!!
The last few weeks were taken by filling different creative and marketing forms with the publisher. I expect that the publisher will assign a developmental editor in May and the production process will start. The next steps will be line and copy editing, cover and style design, marketing and getting pre-orders from book distributors and stores.
It all sounds exciting, but it seems to be taking more time than I originally expected, given that the book is finished. At present the publisher estimates shipment of books to you and to bookstores in early 2018.
With thanks and kind regards,
We made it !!!!!
I wanted to sincerely thank each and every one of you for making it happen! Now it is going to be a real properly published book! For me, it has been an important project of almost 5 years and it is hard to describe how happy and thankful I am!
The book is finished, so, hopefully, it will not take too long for Inkshares’ story editors, line editors, copy editors, designers and marketers to turn it into the final real deal. I will keep you updated.
Thank you very much again !
It has been 4 weeks into the book project. Bing, bing, bing! Thank you all very very much for your support and enthusiasm! It has been a very interesting and sometimes unpredictable experience. Often, I got neither help nor interest from people whom I expected to be passionate project supporters. And in many cases I received tremendous attention and involvement from totally unexpected people. There was some media exposure last month:* Article about my book and Inkshares on FinBuzz (in Russian) http://finbuzz.ru/sergej-grechishkin-vspomnil-sovetskoe-detstvo/
* My article about loving and hating Soviet childhood on Republic.ru (In Russian) https://republic.ru/posts/80271Also, I was approached by 3 Russian publishing houses, who would be interested in Russian translation and publication. This is early, but nice to know! Today we already have 555 copies pre-ordered out of 750 target (so 195 still left to go). Now I believe that it can really happen !!! Could you please think about your friends or connections who may be interested in pre-ordering another copy and share it with them! https://www.inkshares.com/books/everything-is-normal-the-life-and-times-of-a-soviet-kid-a33d0d Thank you again and have a great weekend!RegardsSergey
!!! 250 book ordered in 2 weeks !!!
This is just huge! Can you believe that? It is something terrific, folks! That is tremendous!
But just 250 is for losers. Weak. Lightweights. (Sad.) Now we need to get to 750! Believe me. You’ll never get bored with winning. You’ll never get bored! The next 2.5 months are going to be so amazing! You will love it! It’s gonna be huge!
But seriously, people - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you to everyone, who supported. And special thank you to those, who ordered 10,5,4 or 3 copies! Please help me with the next part of the journey! Please send info to others, who may be interested!
Yey! Have a great weekend!