Friday, June 06, 2008

Best. News. Ever.

Wednesday afternoon I got two bits of great news, which I was going to mention today and Monday (when I'm on deadline, I like to dole out the blog topics one at a time, purposely stringing them out so I don't have a huge gap of silence, during which people wonder if I've died).

But Thursday night my editor gave me the two words an author loves to hear most:

SECOND

PRINTING

In that order.

So the other news will have to wait until Monday and Tuesday.

Less than a month after its release (23 days, to be exact), Wicked Game has gone back for a second printing. I'm told this is pretty fast.

What does it mean? First of all, it doesn't mean every copy has been sold. That would suck, because then people who want it couldn't buy it, and then people who have bought it would be knifed and punched in the street for their copies, and the last thing I want is for violence to break out because of Wicked Game.

(Okay, maybe it's not the last thing I want. I've got a wee bit of rock 'n' roll ego, after all.)

Anyway, there are still plenty of copies* in stores and in warehouses, but not enough to meet future demand. There are a few possible reasons behind this situation:

1) booksellers have put in new orders, more than originally expected
2) several thousand copies were eaten by termites
3) or fell off the back of a truck in North Jersey
4) or fell off the back of a truck in North Jersey and then eaten by termites

The publishing industry is shrouded in mystery, so really, it could be any of these. (We can probably rule out #4, unless we're talking about the heavily wooded extreme North Jersey, but things are less likely to fall off trucks up there.)

So to avoid the aforementioned shortage and mass muggings, Pocket has decided to print some more copies. Hopefully this will happen again and again and again.

To a publisher, the success of a book isn't so much about raw numbers of copies sold as it is about expectations. They're much happier with a book that sells 12K out of a 15K print run than one that sells 20K out of a 40K print run. I know, it seems weird at first, but when you think in terms of net versus gross revenue and getting a return on investment, it makes sense. (If this is confusing, let me know and I'll do a separate post. This one is getting long and way too self-congratulatory.)

See you Monday for Second Best. News. Ever. (Yes, I'm evil, and I'm okay with that.)

*of what is now officially the First Edition--get yours today before they're gone! I hear it's a bad year for termites.

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20 Comments:

Hi there! Congrats on the good news. I am de-lurking to say that I am going to BN to buy a copy of Wiked Game this morning. I have finished reading the library copy last night, fell in love with your book, went online and listened to the playlist, became your fangirl forever, and decided to get a copy of my own. (BTW, I also bought and loved Requiem for the Devil as well) Thank you for your fantastic book.
Amy

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 6/06/2008 7:58 AM

Yay! Major congrats. This is wonderful news.

(Not that I'm surprised at all)

Posted by: Blogger Ann Aguirre at 6/06/2008 10:57 AM

Amy, you rock, and so do libraries! Thank you so much for your comment and making my day. :-) Be sure to check out the other playlists on the WICKED GAME music page.

Thanks, Ann! It's a great week for both of us, you Locus bestseller, you!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/06/2008 11:50 AM

Effin' SWEET.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 6/06/2008 12:40 PM

#$# awesome!! way to go!!

Posted by: Blogger David J. Williams at 6/06/2008 3:16 PM

You deserve it, Girl!

Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 6/06/2008 4:02 PM

termites in NJ? doubt it--haha, such good news , have spread the word and so did rest of family--Love,MOM

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 6/06/2008 4:40 PM

You rock! Congrats on the second printing. Does this mean my first edition (complete w/ a signed bookplate) will be worth major $$ one day? :-)

Congrats again Jeri!

Posted by: Anonymous Stephanie in Virginia Beach at 6/06/2008 5:07 PM

Thanks, Rob, Dave, Cecilia, and Mom!

Yep, Stephanie, you might want to put it in an acid-free bag and then buy a safe deposit box, to prepare for the day when its worth rises nearly to its cover price. ;-) Books are like cars--they depreciate the moment you take them out of the store.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/06/2008 9:52 PM

Hi Jeri~

Congrats on the fabulous news! Ofcourse Wicked Game went into a second printing because it is absolutely AWESOME!

I can hardly wait to hear Monday's news.

Congrats again!!

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 6/06/2008 9:55 PM

D'oh, I just missed you, Lori! Thanks so much, and have a great weekend!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/06/2008 10:04 PM

Bought the book last week & am lovin' it! It rocks!
Really looking forward to the next one!

Hugs from North Jersey
Cuz Carole

Posted by: Anonymous Carole at 6/06/2008 10:15 PM

Thanks, Carole! Are you sure you *bought* it and didn't find it "by the side of the road"? ;-p

Posted by: Blogger jsmithready at 6/06/2008 10:30 PM

Well, I DO live in Sopranos country!

U dun so gud girl - I'm really proud of you & all you're accomplishing!

Hugs to you & your Guitar Man

Cuz Carole

Posted by: Anonymous carole at 6/06/2008 11:20 PM

Hi Jeri,

Congratulations on the second printing, as the proud owner of a first edition, I salute you. I bought it as soon as I saw it at Borders, read it, and immediately put it in the "Keeper Bookcase" next to your other books. It was an awesome read. Will wait with baited breath the next installment of WVMP.

Love ya,

Debi Murray

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 6/06/2008 11:58 PM

I don't know about that Jeri...when I was in New Orleans I saw a signed first edition Anne Rice novel with a price tag of $5,000. So, I think I'm going to hold on to all your books. :-) You never know....

Not to rush you...but when does Bad to the Bone come out? I finished Wicked Game too quickly and I'm dying for some more Shane. :D

Posted by: Anonymous Stephanie in Virginia Beach at 6/07/2008 10:36 AM

Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Blogger Catie at 6/07/2008 2:12 PM

Awesome news Jeri - good for you!!! :)

Kristin :)

Posted by: Blogger Kristin at 6/08/2008 2:05 PM

Thanks, Debi! I'm so glad you liked it.

Stephanie: BAD TO THE BONE (which I'm finishing as we speak) will be out May 1, 2009. Shane plays a big part in it, obviously. :-)

To tide readers over until then, I'll be posting short stories every other month here on my website. They'll be the true stories of how each of the vampire DJs were 'turned,' beginning with Monroe's story at the end of this month.

Thanks, Catie & Kristin!!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 6/09/2008 8:42 AM

That's so FANTASTIC! Woo-hoo!

Posted by: Blogger Sharon GR at 6/12/2008 3:16 PM

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