GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400Thought I’d share some links to a couple of the early reviews for The Spaceship Next Door

From Dani Builds a Library:

Honestly, this is absolutely everything that I ever wanted in a Sci-Fi novel that I didn’t know I wanted. But let’s start from the beginning. From the first page, I was immediately reminded of J.K. Rowling’s humor. Now that is not to say that this book will read like a Harry Potter book, or that it’s the exact same sort of humor, but Mr. Doucette has a unique writing wit that is just such a pleasure to read. The kind of humor that has you giggling under your breath. Constantly…

From Koeur’s Book Reviews (some spoilers):

Annie is a great character and develops nicely with the story line while rendering a somewhat glib, funny and sarcastic commentary on the people (past and present) of Sorrow Falls. This was hard to put down but a man has gotta sleep.

From reader David Bowman:

Gene Doucette took the idea of First Contact and put a clever spin on it that honestly made me laugh more often then not. Following 16 year old Annie and the other wonderfully crafted characters on the hunt for why the spaceship landed where it did and for what reason reminded my why I keep coming back to everything Gene Doucette writes.

Things that may surprise only me

  1. Amazon reviews are coming in really slowly.  (This is an observation, not a complaint.)  There are three there this morning, while by comparison Goodreads has over 20 starred ratings and five reviews, and iBooks has nine starred ratings.  Amazon mandates that a rating comes with a written review of at least X number of words, and they’ve been buckling down on review provenance, on top of which this is a 400 page book with lots of potential for spoilers, so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised.
  2. I’m currently selling more copies per day of The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks than I am on Amazon.  This is fantastic, but very confusing.  I’ve been measuring my sales success by Amazon sales rank and units for so long I don’t know how to deal with this.  It doesn’t seem real.  If Apple posted rankings the same way Amazon did, maybe it would.
  3. I’m getting reports that about halfway through the book readers lose all interest in doing anything but read.  This has led to sleepless nights and jobs being missed and children not being attended to.  For this I can only apologize.

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GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400The most important day of the month is here!  Yes!  Christmas The release day for The Spaceship Next Door!

I’m excited!  Are you excited?  Good!  Go get yourself a copy if you haven’t already, and tell me what you think!

Download a copy at one of these fabulous vendors.

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Nook

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play

 

If you want a print edition, you can pick one up from these retailers:

The Spaceship Next Door at Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door at Barnes and Noble

The Spaceship Next Door at Createspace

 

GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400We are one week away from The Spaceship Next Door, and let me tell you… I’m a wreck.

Here’s the thing: I am currently the only human who has read the book.  I was pretty okay with that arrangement for the novellas, because I’m solid when it comes to Adam and his voice and all that.  It was slightly more terrifying when it came to Eve, because I’d never visited Adam’s world in third-person narrative before, and because it was a different kind of story in a lot of ways.

The Spaceship Next Door is very different, and a lot more complex than anything I’ve ever tried before.  One reason–and if I did this right, none of you will care or even notice–is that I’m balancing omniscient narration with third-person POV narration.  I appreciate that most of you don’t know what the difference is, and to be honest I didn’t think about it at all when I was writing it.  But it’s a stylistic departure for me.

This is sort of ironic, actually, because I’ve been trying to write versions of stories about the town of Sorrow Falls (which is where the spaceship lands) for a little while.  That’s the topic of my latest Huffington Post article, When Twenty-Seven Years Equals Five Months.  In a lot of ways, this isn’t actually a new style at all; it’s the style that pre-dated a certain immortal man.

Pre-order your copy of The Spaceship Next Door below… and tell me what you think!:

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play

The print edition of The Spaceship Next Door is available right now!  GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400

Here are two links to it.  I’ll give everyone a minute so they can run over and buy a copy.

The Spaceship Next Door print edition on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door print edition direct from Createspace

Are you back?  Cool.  So: why did I do this when the official release date isn’t until 12/22?

Christmas!

Well, that and it takes like four days for a proper page to go up, so if I hit that ‘distribute’ button on schedule the book wouldn’t have seen the front of Amazon until 12/26.  When it will be available from other retail outlets remains an open question.

But mostly, Christmas!

Now you can:

  • add it to your wish list
  • add it to your shopping list
  • buy it for friends and family
  • buy a copy to go along with your ebook edition (did you know if you buy both from Amazon the ebook cost goes down?  Save $3!)
  • use it to level that table leg
  • have something to show off on the subway, even if you actually have your tablet reader hiding inside
  • an extra doorstop is always handy! (It’s a large book)

and most importantly, you can:

  • read it before anyone else does!
  • except for me!  I’ve read it!
  • lots of times!  (It’s really good)

Meanwhile, if you haven’t pre-ordered that ebook copy yet, there’s still a couple of weeks to go, so get on it.  Here are the links:

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play

 

A shelf made of books? #newrelease #thespaceshipnextdoor #novel #books #bookstagram #elfontheshelf #christmas

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If you’ve been hanging around here for long enough, you likely GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400appreciate that my publishing career probably would not exist were it not for the ubiquity of the ebook.  Most of my sales come from ebooks, and in some instances–the standalone novellas of The Immortal Chronicles, as well as Eve–it’s all from ebooks because no print edition exists.

The Spaceship Next Door is a first for a couple of things in my career.  It’s my first novel since I finished The Immortal Trilogy.  It’s my first novel to exceed 110,000 words.  (For comparison, Immortal is about 95,000 and Fixer is about 103,000.)  It’s the first time I’m publishing something larger than a novella without the involvement of a publisher. And it’s the first thing I’m able to publish in both ebook and print format at the same time.

In print

The print edition is coming to you by way of Createspace.  (I used them once before, last year, for a short collection of the first three Chronicle books.)  I’d like to talk about that edition because, when I held the proof copy in my hands for the first time, it reminded me how much I love physical books.

GeneDoucette_FirstFolio1400I’m not really sure why this is the case right at this moment.  Every author, at one point in their lives, dreams of the day they can hold a copy of something they created, see it on a shelf, find it in a bookstore, and so on.  I’ve gone through that many times already.  The first time was back in 1999 (!) when a collection of my humor columns was published in a volume called Beating Up Daddy.  It was a thrill.  I got over it, though, because after holding the book, putting it on a shelf and seeing it in a bookstore, I was still a mostly-anonymous, struggling author.  There were no seraphim.

But then I got the proof copy of The Spaceship Next Door.  Proof copies are sent out in order to perform a final check of the manuscript and make sure the formatting is okay and everything lines up right, so when the book goes out to people who’ve actually put down money on it, they’re not disappointed.  When I received it, I skimmed the contents to look for any glaring problems, and didn’t see any.

Then–perhaps because this happened to coincide with my catching a cold and being unable to do all that much else–I decided to read it cover-to-cover.

Now, aside from discovering about ten minor errors that would have driven me insane had I found them after the release date, the two things that kept thinking were:

  1. Holy shit I wrote a 400 page book!
  2. This is a really good book!

Point number 1 was my rediscovering that feeling I had the first time I held one of my own books in my hands.  Point number 2 was my seeing the book as a reader for the first time, instead of as a writer.GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor_POD

It’s hard to get to point number 2, which is why self-editing is not only difficult, but almost never recommended.  For the most part, writers are just too close to be able to step back and look at the entire tapestry, because we’ve been focused on the color of the threads for so very long.  I think one of the reasons I was able to was that I had the physical book in front of me.

Timing

The timing for the release of The Spaceship Next Door is just about perfect in many ways, because there is such a thing as Amazon wish lists and there happens to be a lot of gifting going on right around the 25th, three days after the book is available online.  There will (I am assuming) also be a number of people receiving new ebook readers and similar devices at around that time, looking for things to download and read.

The release date is a little less perfect for the print edition, because there’s no way a book available for purchase for the first time on the 22nd will be obtained for gifting purposes by the 25th.  (It will be ready for all you folks who just got gift cards from Amazon for Christmas, though…)

I’m wondering if I should consider releasing the print version prior to the 22nd, though, for anyone who wants to ask for it for Christmas or who wants to give it out for Christmas.  It’s hefty, pretty, and only $20.  And, oh yes, it’s a really good book.

How many of you readers out there are ready to see a print copy of The Spaceship Next Door?  I just need to hit a button to make it so.  Should I?  Let me know, in comments or by email.

They're reproducing! #thespaceshipnextdoor #bookstagram #yabooks #books #novel #newrelease

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It’s possible I’m just too impatient to get to the 22nd already, because damn, the book looks good.  Or maybe I’m just not looking forward to the part where I have to figure out how to deliver an audio version.  Let me know your thoughts.

 

Pre-order your copy of The Spaceship Next Door below:

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play

GeneDoucette_TheSpaceshipNextDoor1400I’m running a signed print edition giveaway of The Spaceship Next Door!  You can enter for a chance to win right here on Goodreads.

I received a copy of the print edition last week on the day before Thanksgiving, and have been bringing the book around town ever since, which seemed appropriate, since it’s huge.

I mean it, take a look:

Seriously it's huge #novel #bookstagram

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also, maybe I should mention I’m on Instagram now.  Follow me for quality content like this:

Pre-order your copy of The Spaceship Next Door below:

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play

As you (probably) know, the print editions of books need full covers, which can actually be super-annoying, because full covers are A: more expensive, B: require words to be put on the back, and C: have to match the dimensions of the physical book once it’s been produced.

That last one is particularly annoying because book size isn’t something you can just estimate based on word count or whatever.  You have to actually take the book, drop it in a template, and format the bejeezus out of it.  (There are professional Bejeezus Formatters out there.  Google it.)  Also necessary is the height and width, and there are a ton of options.

To commission the full cover of The Spaceship Next Door, I went to Createspace and dropped the .doc version into it to get a rough page count.  The number it gave me was 266, so I told the designer that number.  Then, a couple of days ago, I finished the final draft and did my bejeezus formatting, and got a new number.  THAT number was 424.

As you can imagine, a cover designed for a 266 page book isn’t going to line up correctly on the outside of a 424 page book.

Lesson 1: always wait until you’ve really completed the book and formatting before commissioning a cover, no matter how anxious you are to get to that part.

Lesson 2: always work with a patient and understanding cover designer.

Here is what the full cover of The Spaceship Next Door looks like.

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(The .PDF version is prettier, but also too large to insert.)

Expect the print edition to be available on or slightly before 12/22/15, for a sale price of $19.95.  Createspace is annoyingly unaccommodating when it comes to setting up pre-orders, so to make sure it’s there on the 22nd I might just go live early with it.

There will be a Goodreads giveaway of a signed copy, which I’ll announce as soon as it’s up.

Pre-order your copy of The Spaceship Next Door below:

The Spaceship Next Door on Amazon

The Spaceship Next Door on iBooks

The Spaceship Next Door on Kobo

The Spaceship Next Door on Google Play