It seems like only yesterday when my agent told me that Amazon Crossing wanted to publish The Oddfits. (Stay tuned for a post on how I felt/feel about being published by Amazon.) Since then, time has passed at once terribly slowly and incredibly swiftly.
And now, wonder of wonders, The Oddfits has been born. Or at least, its head is out. Shoulders and the rest of the body are soon to follow. (Yes, that was a reference to giving birth. Yes, feel free to erase it from your memory because, having been through the process myself recently, it was not very fun. Worthwhile, but not fun.)
I received a box of authors’ copies the other day:
And though The Oddfits’ official release date is February 1, a pre-release Kindle edition is now available on Amazon through their Kindle First program…with the result that people have already started reviewing it. This made me nervous. But then, as the overwhelming majority of the reviews turned out to be very favorable, I began to grin madly whenever I thought about it.
What’s made me happiest about the reviews so far is that people seem to be thoroughly puzzled by the book, yet really like it.
I was obviously overjoyed that some people absolutely loved the book, not to mention touched that they took the time to say so. (Apologies for the small font. This blog’s template is inflexible.):
I was tickled that a good friend of mine from Wellesley undergrad days wrote a really positive review and didn’t tell me she did so. (Though I guess I could be wrong and it could be another Jo besides the Jo behind The Concrete Gardener.)
If one writes a novel that brings enjoyment to one’s friends – those whom presumably one admires and loves – then what greater happiness is there?
And of course, there were the small handful who hated the book. But I got the sense, from reading their reviews, that it was fated not to be. I don’t think I’m the author for them. But it’s okay. I don’t mind.
But why not end on a high note? This one is one of my favorite reviews so far:
“…a breath of strange fresh air.” Thank you, Muffin Butt. From the bottom of my heart.
And now for the annoying, fiddly “how to buy the book” bit:
If you’re based in Australia or the UK, the book is available on Amazon’s Australian and UK websites for pre-order. (You can also join the Kindle First program and get a pre-release Kindle edition for $1.99. You don’t have to pay anything, but you’ll start receiving a monthly newsletter from Amazon.)
And for those who want a paper copy but don’t live in the US and would like free shipping, The Oddfits is available for pre-order on Book Depository, which ships free to a lot of places in the world, including Singapore, Australia, and Indonesia.