Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Book is Here!


It's like Christmas.

For the past eighteen months since I signed the contract for "Elliot and the Goblin War," it's been all anticipation. Great things.

Seeing an edited manuscript. Seeing cover art, internal art. Reading blurbs. Book 1 sold to a Turkish publisher. All great things.

But today it's Christmas.

If I'd known the nice UPS man was coming today with my books I'd have rolled out the red carpet for him, offered him a cookie or something while I opened the package to show him what was inside. As it was, I was hurrying out the door for errands, running late, and hurriedly took the package which was certain to be for the husband since I hadn't ordered anything. When I saw my name on it, I knew, and all the errands fell away.

So I'm thrilled to announce that I have my author's copies in hand, which means it can't be that many more days until they start to appear on bookshelves everywhere. They're also available online at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/2b3t5jp

I also want to share a little of my Christmas with a blog visitor. So go ahead and leave a comment - any comment - and it'll put you into a drawing to win a free signed copy of the book.

24 comments:

Martha said...

Ooh, if only being the first to comment guaranteed you'd pick me!
Congratulations, Jen! I can't wait to read it....free copy or not!
Hugs!

Emanhaud said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!

Mark Siegal said...

Congrats on the book release! I enjoyed reading the first chapter on Amazon.

Ellingson's said...

I know since I'm your cousin it's not likely that I'll win... I never win anything. But I'd seriously LOVE it! My 5 year old is an up and coming excellent reader & I'd love to read this with him!!

Mike Jung said...

Hooray! Congrats Jenn! I already pre-ordered my copy, but I'm gonna be selfish and greedy and eeeeevil by entering this contest because I would love a signed copy too. Woohoo!

Jen Gardner said...

I am so happy for you Jen! If there's any way I can get my hands on a copy a few weeks early, I'm there! ;)

Splat the Lobster Girl said...

Hey there Jen,
I know it's been......21 years since we saw each other, but I still really really really really really wanna read your book!

I'll probably never be able to say I know a famous author ever again! hehe. ;-)

Adam Cannon

Michelle said...

Congratulations Jen! How exciting to see your new published book! What a great accomplishment! :)

I'd love a signed copy to read with my kids - PICK ME! PICK ME!

Are you still wanting to visit elementary schools? Send me an email: payrollplus@msn.com and I'll talk to the principal at my kids elementary school (Knowlton Elementary in Farmington).

Ann Jensen said...

I have pre-ordered my copy of your book but what a special gift if I could pay it forward..... I am so ready to order several more for christmas for my family. (Hey, the husband says, Does this come in the audible format as well for the blind?) It would be great if it did! Thank you for putting out such a cute titled book.

Shauna said...

Jen there has never been a prize that I have ever wanted to win. . . until today. Now I want your book signed and given to me first. I want to own your copy from your "special 25 box" and I think that this is such a dang cool thing you get to do.

Jen said...

Ann, there has been a little talk about an audio book but nothing yet. I'll let the publisher know there's been interest, though.

Did you know the Redwall series was begun as a teacher wanting to create books for his blind students? So he wrote a book as visual as he could so that they could "see" the story as he wrote it?

Zach said...

Signed copy for my little girl, nope not gonna pass up a chance at that. Congrats on the release! My wife, daughter and I have loved what we've read so far and can't wait to read the rest. We've already decided what we're buying the nieces, nephews and cousins for Christmas. =)

GMR said...

Wow..those are little bookish beauties aren't they? *gazes at picture* This sounds like a perfectly wonderful beginning to the new series...would love the chance to read/review it on my site. Count me in, please! (and best of luck on the upcoming release date!)

grgenius(at)gmail(dot)com

Leslie said...

Jen this is so GREAT! My girls and I are so exsided to read the rest of it. I think the 1st chapter was a great teas. WE NEED MORE!!! WE NEED MORE!!! We can't wait. Pick us we are FAMILY!!! lol.. If not we will still be getting it for sure. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. LOVING IT!!!

TamraW said...

There's nothing quite like receiving that box of books, is there? ;0)

Congratulations Jen, and I wish you luck on "The Goblin War" release.

Anna said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to read this. :-)

Kristin Wolden Nitz said...

Hurray, Jen! Many more such great day are undoubtedly on the way.

Becca said...

This is just awesome for you Jen! Way to go! I would LOVE a copy! Serious, congrats!

Marian Schembari said...

Congrats! Just stumbled across your blog yesterday and you're such a great example of a writer who's kicking butt on social media. Keep it up! Oh, and also? Would LOVE to read your book :)

The1stdaughter said...

Oh wow! I actually saw your book in a recent issue of Shelf Awareness, I believe, and I can't wait to read it. It looks fantastic! Congratulations!

Shy said...

Congratulations to you! Seriously speaking, the cover alone has manage to make it drool. Totally cannot wait to read this one. Count me in, pretty please!

Shy
shy8629(at)gmail(dot)com

Laura Resau said...

Yay! COngrats! I wouldn't mind a copy... ;)

Rachel said...

Don't know if it's too late or not, but I'd love a copy of your book.
Congratulations!

Jen said...

Rachel - Sorry, I used a random generator that chose GMR to receive the free book, but I'd still love it if you ever felt like picking up a copy on your own. Thanks everyone for leaving such nice comments.