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Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

It has been a busy month here at the Codex Arcanum! We had five book events in the last three weeks, and so many people came out to show their support. We sold out at several events, and recently passed over 2000 copies sold! Not bad for less than a month in release. 

But the best part of all has been seeing everyone post pictures of their books, and watching young readers enjoy them. It really does make it all worth it. 

But we have another favor to ask. The Goodreads Choice Awards are currently accepting submissions for 2017. SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS wasn’t an official selection (boo), but they accept write-in candidates (yay!). So if you could go to the link below, scroll down to the bottom, type in SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS in the write-in box, and hit VOTE, then we can magic our way into the running!

2017 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS - BEST MIDDLE GRADE

As an indie book, we need all the visibility we can get. It takes less than 10 seconds and we really, really appreciate it! Thanks for all the support --

mh

Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

THE BOOKS ARE HERE!

As you know, we had some delays at the printer, but last week we finally got to see the finished books in person, and they are gorgeous.

 

I was a teeny bit excited. Then yesterday, I traveled up to Inkshares HQ in Oakland and signed 300+ copies to be sent to you. As an extra thank you, I included a special bookmark Juliane the illustrator made just for backers. 


I’ll be honest, I got a little emotional seeing all those books on the table. All those pre-orders -- your pre-orders -- are what led to my first book being published. And now it’s out there in the world, and people seem to be enjoying it. Check out some of our satisfied fans:


If you enjoy the book, let us know! Post a picture on social media, and please leave us a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Every review, even a couple words, helps make the book more visible.

Thanks again for your support. Truly, we couldn’t have gotten here without you.

mh

Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

First off, an apology. A few readers had issues with the Kindle files that went out last week. The Inkshares team quickly fixed the problem, and new e-files will be sent to everyone later today. 

Secondly, books are being printed! There was a slight snafu with the covers so physical copies will be shipping the week of October 17. This has been a tricky book to format and finish, so again, our apologies for the delay. I think you’ll be happy with the finished product, though. 

To thank you for your patience, we’ve put together a special treat that will be included with your physical book when it ships. (Extra thanks to our illustrator Juliane, who did all the work.) Here it is:

Once you read the book, you’ll get the full significance of this bookmark. For now, I’ll just say there’s a secret code on it that’s key to our heroes finding the Codex Arcanum bookstore.

Finally, we’ve had some more great reviews! GeekMom praised the "compelling, engaging characters" and said you should "plan on reading the book twice." Nivi really got the spirit of what we were going for, and this is my favorite review so far.

Also, Ohio.com gave us a nice shout-out, calling the illustrations "refreshing" and the story "exciting and humorous." 

Hard to believe it, but we’re one week away from our first book events! Both Juliane and I will be at the Westlake, OH Barnes & Noble on Friday, October 13 at 7 PM EST, and at Magic Tree Books in Oak Park, IL on Saturday, October 14 at 4PM CST. If you’re in the area, we’d love to see you!

Thank you all again for your support and patience. Keep posting those reviews and pics of the book on social media, it means a lot to us!

mh

Yble Kat Bat · Reader · added 4 months ago
Got the notice that I could download it, but when I click the link it tells me that I don’t have access to it.  Is the ebook release delayed?

Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

Yesterday, you should have received an email that looks like this:


Yes, it’s finally here! Many of you backed this book a year ago, and the finished e-copies have been sent at last. Physical copies will be shipping sometime in the next week or two. We put a lot of love into the finished product, and I can’t wait for you to see it.

But I need to ask for one more favor. Once you’ve read the book (or while you’re reading it, we don’t judge), if you could leave a review on Goodreads and Amazon, it will make a huge difference to us. I’m told that once a book has 100 reviews on Amazon, their algorithm makes it much more noticeable to website visitors. So that’s our goal: 100 reviews!

I can’t thank you all enough. Sorcery for Beginners is my debut novel, and it exists because of your support. I hope you enjoy it!

mh
Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

We are officially one month away from the publication day for Sorcery for Beginners! I know it seems like forever since I first started bugging you about this project, but we’re almost to the finish line. As we head into the home stretch, I have a few more updates for you. 

First, Sorcery for Beginners was selected as a Booklist Notable YA Book for Fall 2017. Since there are literally thousands of YA books publishing this fall, it’s very humbling that we were included among the likes of Philip Pullman (!), Patrick Ness, and Rick Riordan. 

Secondly, we have another book event confirmed! This one is in our beloved San Francisco, so we’ll be bringing the whole family and making a weekend trip of it. If you live in the Bay Area, it would be great to see you!

18 November, 2017, 2 pm - 5pm 
Books, Inc. SF Opera Plaza

Finally, Inkshares made a little video of me talking about the book. You can check it out below. Feel free to share on various social media platforms. This is a grassroots campaign we’re running, so any exposure is huge for us. Thanks again for all your support!

https://player.vimeo.com/video/228882356

mh

Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

A short update this week, but a big one: 

Behold, the finished cover (front, back, and flaps)! Special thanks to Mike Rich for the amazing blurb, Mike Corley for the cover design, and Juliane Crump for the author illustrations/back cover layout. I’m really pleased with how this turned out. If I had seen this in a bookstore when I was 10, I would have freaked out. I hope you all are as excited as I am. 

Secondly, I have a favor to ask. SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS was nominated as the October pick for a YA Readers Group on Goodreads. The two titles with the most votes will be exposed to nearly 10,000 readers, which would be huge for a debut title like ours. If you could take a moment to go here and vote for SORCERY FOR BEGINNERS, we’d greatly appreciate it!

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/84810.Indie_Author_Group_Buddy_Reads_at_YA_Buddy_Readers_Corner

More updates coming soon. Thanks again for all your support!

mh

Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

Much has happened in the last month. We’re about six weeks away from publication, and the momentum is increasing. First, we’ve booked several more signing events in October. You can click on the links below to attend. It would be great to see as many of you in person as possible!

13 October, 2017 - Westlake, OH

14 October, 2017 - Oak Park, IL

18 October, 2017 - Redlands, CA

21 October, 2017 - Burbank, CA

30 October, 2017 - Pasadena, CA 

We will let you know as more events are added. If anyone knows people who work at bookstores, libraries, or middle schools, especially on the West Coast, please let us know. We’d love to set up as many events as possible to build buzz, and personal connections are incredibly helpful in such a crowded marketplace. 

Secondly, reviews have been coming in from early readers on Goodreads and NetGalley. Some highlights:

“Absolutely amazing! After reading this book, I didn’t want to put it down, even when I reached the last word.” (5 out of 5 stars)

“I could not put this book down … hopefully the author will expand on the universe.” (5 out of 5 stars)

“I loved the way the story was peppered with spells and footnotes…I can see this quickly becoming a cult classic and I hope this becomes a series with more volumes to follow!” (4 out of 5 stars)

“JK Rowling meets VE Schwab. Highly recommend!” (4 out of 5 stars)

It’s really humbling and awesome to see people we don’t know enjoying the book, especially since everyone involved worked so hard on it. And speaking of hard work…the final cover is FINISHED. I will be able to reveal that in about a week or so, but it looks really amazing and unique. My first thought when I saw it was, “If I found this in a bookstore when I was 10, it would have blown my mind.” 

And honestly, that’s my real hope with this book—that some kid I don’t know will pick it up and be as excited as I was to discover the Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Dark is Rising, or Harry Potter. (Not that I expect to sell anywhere near that many copies, I just want kids to enjoy it.) 

If you haven’t yet, please put Sorcery for Beginners on your wish lists at Amazon, Goodreads, Powell’s, Walmart, or wherever you buy books. It really helps us in terms of bookstore preorders. Thanks again for all the support, and we’ll have another update soon!

mh

Friends, Readers, and Sorcerers All,

This week has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster. First, Sorcery for Beginners was placed on NetGalley to solicit reviews. For those who don’t know, NetGalley is a website that gives out books to influential reviewers and readers for free, in exchange for honest opinions. Good reviews lead to positive word of mouth, which hopefully leads to sales. 

So basically, my little word baby that I nurtured for five years and tried to raise as a decent manuscript has just been dropped in the middle of Times Square on a sweltering afternoon in July. Was I worried how people would respond to my earnest, adorably doe-eyed creation? It’s the Internet, you bet I was worried. 

But then a few hours later, less than 24 hours that the book went live on NetGalley, the Inkshares marketing department sent me this:

Amanda Scheel (Reviewer) has just reviewed Sorcery for Beginners. To add this review to the book page on NetGalley, click here: 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Full Text:
I got this ebook arc copy for free from netgalley and I must say this is absolutely amazing! Fell into the world of magic and after reading this book, I didn’t want to put it down, even when I reached the last word. Such an incredible book, any Harry Potter fan will fall in love all over again!


Additional Questions:Would you purchase this book for yourself or a friend? Yes

WOW. Amanda, I can’t thank you enough. I know all the reviews won’t be this awesome, but these words mean a great deal to me. The fact that someone I don’t know enjoyed the book and finished it in ONE DAY is humbling and gratifying. As they say in E.T., I’m glad Sorcery for Beginners met you first.

Oh, and something else came in the mail yesterday:


For the first time, I held Sorcery for Beginners in my hand! My first reaction was how weighty the book is. It has heft, y’all. I think it could stop a bullet. 

We have a couple more tweaks before we send the final final version to the printer, but this thing is real. It is coming your way. And no matter what kinds of other reviews come in, we’re already bulletproof.

mh

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