Release News! How Do You Deal with “Hurry Up and Wait”?

by Jami Gold on May 19, 2015

in For Readers, News

Man adjusting a watch with text: Ever Have to Hurry Up and Wait?

Many times in our writing career—just as with life in general—we have to hurry up… And then wait.

Maybe we had to hurry to finish a contest entry in time, and then we had to wait for the results. Or maybe we had to hurry to send our revisions to our editor, and then we had to wait for their feedback. Or if we’re in traditional publishing, maybe we had to hurry up to submit our book and then wait for over a year for it to be published.

I’m in hurry-up-and-wait mode today. I’ve been getting about 5 hours of sleep a night for the past couple of weeks as I rush to get the next link in my daisy chain publishing schedule ready to go.

But now, everything should be done. *fingers crossed* The retailers should send out the (hopefully correct version) of Treasured Claim tomorrow to those who pre-ordered. The print version is already up for sale. The next book, Pure Sacrifice, is already available for pre-order and linked in the back of Treasured Claim.

Now, I just have to wait…

I hate waiting…

Especially for something as big as this…

Tomorrow, I’ll officially be a published author of not just my free Unintended Guardian short story, but also of a novel.

(Does that sound more official? It feels that way to me, so this release of Treasured Claim makes me feel more like a “real” debut author. *smile*)

Treasured Claim has been my “flagship” book for years:

So I think I’m allowed to be a little bit excited and nervous and freaked out and impatient about its release tomorrow. *smile*

Treasured Claim Releases Tomorrow!
(in Print and eBook)

Getting Treasured Claim ready for print was a whole separate chaotic project last week that was much more stressful than it should have been. But everything worked out, and I love everything about the final result. I want to pet and hug my book. *grin*

Treasured Claim print cover
Desperate for treasure,
a dragon resorts to thievery,
but a knight steals her heart…

A shapeshifting dragon on the verge of starvation…

For Elaina Drake, sparkling jewels aren’t a frivolous matter. Without more treasure for her hoard, she’ll starve. On the run from her murderous father, she’s desperate enough to steal—er, acquire.

A modern-day knight seeking redemption…

Disgusted by his father’s immorality, Alexander Wyatt, Chicago’s biggest corporate titan, is determined to be a man of honor. Yet the theft of a necklace, stolen by an exotic beauty at his latest fundraiser, threatens to destroy all his charitable work.

A predator made prey…

Passion ignites between thief and philanthropist, sparking a game of temptation where jewelry is the prize. But when Elaina’s exposure jeopardizes Alex’s life, she must choose: run again to evade her father—or risk both their lives for love.

*****

Available at:
Amazon | Kindle | Apple iBooksBarnes & Noble | Kobo

(GooglePlay and ARe links coming soon!
You can also add it on GoodreadsClick here for the latest links.)

Treasured Claim is currently priced at $0.99 for the pre-order sale. On Wednesday, the ebook price is going up to $2.99, so order your copy today!

Pure Sacrifice Available for Pre-Order!

I’m also excited about having Pure Sacrifice for sale because its buy links are the next step in my daisy chain plan. If people enjoy Treasured Claim, they’ll be able to order the next book right away. Cool, right?

Plus, Pure Sacrifice makes me a true multi-published author. In mid-February, I had zero books for sale, and now I have three! This year has been crazy insane, and it’s not nearly as smooth behind the scenes as it looks, but… Yay! My plan is working! *grin*

Pure Sacrifice cover
To save his race, he must keep
the chosen virgin pure.
But she has other plans…

A shapeshifting unicorn desperate to save his race…

The last guardian of his kind, Markos Ambrostead must keep the chosen Virgin hidden and untainted. But when an attacker breaches his protective magic, he’s forced to reveal himself to defend her life.

A tenacious woman who refuses to be ignored…

Celia Hawkins wishes the world would get a clue and stop treating her like she’s invisible. Only one man notices her, or is that her imagination? After narrowly escaping an attempted rape, she demands answers from her mysterious rescuer—starting with why he’s been following her.

Rules were made to be broken…

Markos can’t risk being tempted by the Virgin, yet emboldened by his attention, Celia’s determined to become his friend. Maybe more. Maybe much more. Now he must hold onto his crumbling willpower to maintain her purity—or his tribe will become extinct.

*****

Available at:
Amazon | Apple iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

(Google Play and a print version coming soon!
You can also add it on GoodreadsClick here for the latest links.)

Pure Sacrifice is currently priced at $0.99 for the pre-order sale. When it releases, its price will be going up to $3.99, so order your copy soon!

*whew* That’s it for all the promo stuff, and obviously, I’ve been busy. But now I have to keep myself busy while I wait for tomorrow. *drums fingers*

P.S. If you’ve read Unintended Guardian, have you left a review on Amazon or Goodreads? *smile*

Have you noticed the “hurry up and wait” issue in publishing? What about in other areas of your life? When have you encountered it? How did you handle waiting? Do you have any questions about my books or my publishing plan?

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22 Comments below - Time to Add your own.

Carradee May 19, 2015 at 6:18 am

Congrats on the releases, and lovely covers! 😀

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Jami Gold May 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

Thank you, Carradee! 😀

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Lara Gallin May 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

Congrats 🙂

*sends bestselling vibes*

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Jami Gold May 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

Hi Lara,

My expectations are super low, so I don’t expect bestseller status. LOL! But I’ll take all the positive vibes I can get! 😀 Thanks for the congrats!

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Amanda May 19, 2015 at 11:46 am

Yay! So exciting!

I try to distract myself from whatever I’m waiting on – whether it’s to get notes back from the editor or to hear back on a submission. I’ll work on a different project, or give myself a break and catch up on all the TV I’ve missed. It’s a rare evening when I don’t turn on the laptop! Simple, but it works for me. I may also whine to my CP every so often about how long I’ve been waiting on something (but it’s mutual whining; she does the same thing).

I decided to try something different for this newest patch of “hurry up and wait” – between releases I’m posting a short novel chapter by chapter to Wattpad. Keeps readers interested (hopefully; first chapter went up today!) and keeps me busy 🙂

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Jami Gold May 19, 2015 at 11:59 am

Hi Amanda,

LOL! Glad to know I’m not alone. 🙂

Yeah, I might watch a movie tonight. Today, I’m doing mundane things like going to the grocery store to keep me busy. 😉 Oh! And thanks for the reminder about WattPad–I meant to get that started. LOL! Thanks for the comment!

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Renee Regent May 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

Congrats! I admire you for waiting to release all three in succession, and I know that makes the waiting more difficult. But I am considering the same trajectory for my debut, so I will be watching to see how it all plays out for you. May I ask where you had your covers done? The guy on the last one is HOT! Wishing you much success.

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Jami Gold May 19, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Hi Renee,

Yep, I’ll be providing updates to let everyone know how it works, and if anyone has specific questions, I’m happy to try to answer. 🙂

Laird Sapir of Memphis McKay did my ebook covers so far (but she’s leaving on sabbatical and might not do book covers in the future). The print cover (back and spine) for Treasured Claim was completed by Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs. We’ve gotten all the images just off regular stock photo sites (paid, obviously). Griff (from Unintended Guardian) came from HotDamnStock, and Elaina (Treasured Claim) and Markos (Pure Sacrifice) came from DepositPhotos. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats and the kind words!

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Renee Regent May 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for the info Jami!

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Jami Gold May 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

You’re welcome, Renee! 🙂

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Julie Musil May 19, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Jami, this is SO exciting! Congratulations. You are on FIRE!

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Jami Gold May 19, 2015 at 6:04 pm

Hi Julie,

LOL! Well, Treasured Claim is about dragons, so fire is appropriate. 😉 Thanks for the congrats!

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Sophie May 19, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Awesome news! I may have only popped up recently, but to hear an author finally get some work out and for sale is really good! Congrats!

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Jami Gold May 19, 2015 at 11:50 pm

Thank you, Sophie! It took a while, but it can happen! 😀

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Serena Yung May 20, 2015 at 4:51 pm

Yay I’m so happy for you, Jami! 😀 It sure feels awesome when you’ve published a NOVEL and later even become a MULTI-published author with a backlist. 😀 Backlists are very exciting!

So I already preordered Pure Sacrifice, but am looking forward to the print version of Treasured Claim released on Amazon.ca (it will be released there too, right? 🙂 ) since I live in Canada and shipping would be cheaper or I could qualify for free shipping if I buy over this certain amount. 😀

Ugh I understand this hurry up and wait feeling too. I’ve talked more than once about my anxiety over how long my story is getting–2,274 pages so far and still not nearly finished, sigh. Yes, I’ve accepted at last that my story will inevitably be very long because I have too many main characters, too many subplots, too much dialogue on non-plot-related stuff but that develops characters and character relationships (these also happen to be some of my favorite parts in the story), and also there are TWO stories within my story, where at least the first one’s done (it was the hero’s favorite book) but Yang Mingshan still needs to finish writing his story. (He needs to hurry up too, lol! Good, at least I’m not alone.)

So anyway I keep feeling the hurry up pressure especially as it’s so long. Hurry up and finish writing! I still need to edit, get beta reads, edit again, publish it in both print and ebook form, then translate it into English and do that whole process again. 😛 (I might have to resist editing the English version or else it wouldn’t be the same as the Chinese version, haha, and that would make it confusing.)

Oh AND I have to write the sequel series to this story, and do ALL of the above processes again too. XD And don’t forget that I have so many other novel and series projects I put aside and have to get back to, sigh. I really want to edit some of my already finished works too, even the already published one, lol! (I also want to change my book cover design, haha. Especially the fonts.)

That’s a lot of hurry up indeed. As for the waiting, I remember that excruciatingly long wait (it wasn’t that long, but it felt long) when I waited for CreateSpace to deliver me my paperback books of my self-published novel.

On other things: I love how you mentioned that Treasured Claim made you connect more deeply with your characters and made you realize that pantsing was more your style than plotting! 😀 The very long story I’m writing now also developed my ability to connect with my characters, and made me get better and better at pantsing. I’m even doing “long distance pantsing” less and less now. (Long distance pantsing is writing down future events that come out of my subconscious, sort of like predicting the future, though often my predictions are wrong.) It has been about four months since the last time I did long distance pantsing, and I write at least 2,000 words a day, so you can tell that it has been several hundred pages since I last long distance pantsed/ tried to predict the future. Yay!

It’s lovely that Treasured Claim helped you find your voice too! I’m not completely sure about my voice, since few of my stories are written in Chinese, but I guess gradually I get a sense of the kinds of words and phrases I like to use. Don’t think that’s quite the sense of a voice, though. 🙁 I have a clearer idea of what my English voice is like, though it can change depending on what story I’m writing, haha! So my voice isn’t quite stable yet though maybe that’s normal since we can’t expect all our stories to have the same tone and feeling, right?

😀 On the not playing it safe! I will see how I like Alex. 😉 (But as I said before, I already like Elaina! 😀 )
My not playing safe includes having really long dialogue scenes (that I want to break up or shorten though), lots of dialogue unrelated to the plot, having tons of characters and subplots (which is a breakthrough for me personally, maybe not for other writers), and writing stories within my story especially when my character himself is writing an action-adventure romantic comedy inside my action-adventure romantic comedy story. 😛

Lots of risks taken there, that the reader would be impatient with the length, with the “irrelevant to plot but are character and relationship developing” dialogues, the many many zero conflict and just happy and lighthearted scenes :O. Readers may also get baffled by the complexity of it with so many subplots, and be psychologically overwhelmed that there are TWO stories within my story that are so detailed. To make it worse, there were a few times where inside a story in my story, this character is talking about a story about a guy who tells a story. Omg my head!!! XD So eek. I cringe because I think LOTS of readers will hate what I’m doing because they won’t be used to it, lol. Yet I personally really like these new styles and want to keep them in my story, lol.

And finally, congrats once again for so many contest wins and finals for Treasured Claim!! I remember that you had a perfect score on one of them too. 😀

Oh I do have a question: how do you get books published on Amazon.ca as well as Amazon.com, for both ebooks and print books? I’m not sure if Kindle Direct has services in Amazon.ca too (I need to check this), and I don’t think CreateSpace distributes it to Amazon.ca? It’d be great if the latter is possible so I can qualify for free shipping, hahaha.

P.S. This is unrelated but I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite so yay I can finally buy books from Amazon.cn! And even the Chinese books I buy from Smashwords no longer have weird squares instead of proper Chinese characters for their book titles, yay! (I did email an Amazon.cn agent after all, and indeed they only let you buy their kindle books if your kindle is a Paperwhite or an even more advanced version. D: )

P.S. 2: I am currently still reading Between Angels and Humans (the book I think I already told you about), but I will read Treasured Claim after it. 🙂

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Jami Gold May 20, 2015 at 11:20 pm

Hi Serena,

Aww, thanks for all the kind words. 🙂

Hmm, I don’t think Amazon/CreateSpace has a print-on-demand partner in Canada, so as far as I know, Amazon Canada won’t have the print version. However, I’m looking into what I can do for print distribution beyond Amazon, so I’ll let you know if I figure something out. 🙂

Oh! And that’s a good question about voice. Each story is a combination of our voice and our characters’ voices, so I think it’s normal for it to change a bit from book to book (or even from POV to POV).

As far as publishing, KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) will automatically publish in their stores around the world if you tell them you have worldwide distribution rights. So the Kindle version of an ebook in Canada is nearly automatic. The print version, as I mentioned, is much trickier.

It’s not just Canada either. Amazon has 13 stores for international Kindle products and only 6 for international CreateSpace products (if I’m doing the math right–LOL!). Many people use LightningSource/IngramSpark for non-U.S or non-Amazon print books, and that’s what I’ll be looking into. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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Serena Yung May 21, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Yes, very true that our voice is composed of our characters’ voices as well as our narrator’s. And even with the narrator it’s fun to switch, e.g. from a funny and naive voice, to an embittered, cynical, and sarcastic one, to a melodramatic and overly poetic one from story to story, haha. And yeah if our story is all in first person POV, it’s all our character’s voice and not ours, unless our voice happens to be very similar to our character’s (which often happens.)

Oh! That’s great, I’ll like to look into Lightning Source and IngramSpark so that it can be cheaper at least for me and my Canadian buddies. Plus, the Canadian dollar is dropping whilst the USD is rising, if I remember correctly, meaning U.S. books are even more expensive for us now, haha, though maybe it’s not THAT big of a difference.

I don’t think I’ll be able to put the print version onto Amazon.cn, though as I got the impression that Amazon.cn is very strict on these things and I’m not sure if they sell self-published works there either. 🙁 Which is a shame, since all of my family and relatives reside in HK and are the vast majority of my possible audience who can actually read Chinese! Shipping fees would be much cheaper to Hong Kong if it’s Amazon.cn rather than Amazon.com or .ca. D: And I believe most of them don’t have e-readers either.

Oh another question: do you know what people think in general about the self-publishing company Lulu? I heard that it’s quite popular too (along with Lightning Source and CreateSpace.)

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Jami Gold May 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Hi Serena,

I know LS/IS isn’t as user-friendly for setting up books, but I’ll have a guest post here next month by a friend who’s been through the system. 🙂

I don’t know anything about the Amazon.cn store. Even ebooks on KDP don’t go there, so I doubt there’s any way to get print there–at least not easily. I suspect China forces Amazon to keep everything separate, and they don’t want a flood of non-Chinese books in their borders.

I’ve heard of Lulu, but don’t know anything about it. The reason I’m looking at LS/IngramSpark is because of their distribution in addition to their printing services. I’m not sure if Lulu has distribution or is just printing/publication. I hope that answers most of your questions. 😉

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Serena Yung May 21, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Yes, you answered them, haha. I look forward to reading that guest post on Lightning Source and Ingram Spark!

Aw no distribution of even ebooks to Amazon.cn, sigh. I don’t think there’s an Amazon.hk either, unfortunately; maybe a .hk version would allow Kindle and even print book self-publishing, haha

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Jami Gold May 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Hi Serena,

Nope, no amazon.hk either. It’s a shame, I agree!

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Ashley May 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm

I didn’t put the book down all day and have just finished it, and came over here to say:

Congratulations! The book is definitely worth being proud of, and from my point of view, manages (first time ever?) to avoid my #1 complaint about romance novels: being too shallow and obvious with the plot and too one-dimensional with the characters. Selfishly, I’m sitting here hoping writing slowly works out for me as well as it has for you!

I left a positive review for you on Amazon but wanted to come over and offer my congratulations in person so you don’t have to wait any longer for feedback on the actual, published product. 🙂

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Jami Gold May 20, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Hi Ashley,

Wow! Thank you! 😀 *whew*

And I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you too! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know! 😀

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