LONG GONE hits stores in six days, which means I have less than a week to cross my little (okay, sort of stubby) fingers that you’ll claim your early-purchase bonus.
Last year, I sent keychains. This year, I started with a few clues: 1) It consists of thirteen parts that can be assembled in less than three seconds, 2) You put its parts together with your fingers, but you will not want to hold it, 3) What force and strength cannot get through, this, with little effort, can do, and 4) It is not a car or an iPad. It is something little old me can actually give everyone who
buys a book.
Did you figure it out?
Try one more time?
It’s a thirteen-letter online password! And in this case, it’s a password to a private book club. It’s private in every sense of the word. It requires a key, available only to early supporters of Long Gone.
It is also private because it provides a behind the scenes look at the writing of Long Gone: thoughts about characters, information about the real locations depicted in the book, and other content that I hope will enhance the reading experience.
Readers told me they want something personal and connected to the books. I couldn’t think of anything more personal and Long-Gone related than exclusive content from the gal who wrote the novel. Although the password to this club was intended to be a pre-order “gift” to readers and a small token of my gratitude, it has turned out to be a gift to me as well.
In the past, I haven’t been able to talk about books online with readers because of the dreaded SPOILERS! At the private book club, we’ll discuss LONG GONE over 10 days, starting on June 21. Every post will begin with a page and chapter number, so anyone who falls behind can skip that post and come back later. Faster readers can wait for the rest of us to catch up, then jump into the conversation. I am really looking forward to talking to readers about LONG GONE in real time as they read. Then on July 5, at 9 PM EST, we’ll wrap up our club with a live webchat, open only to book club members with a password.
How do you get a key to the club? Just pre-order a copy of LONG GONE by June 19. It can be an e-copy or a paper book. Either forward your proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org, OR fill out this handy, dandy pre-order offer form, whichever is easier. Then I’ll send you the club location and password. How simple is that?
I’m very happy with this year’s little “gift,” and I hope you will enjoy it as well.