Yes, I am warning you ahead of time. I will be throwing a two week BLACKOUT contest starting FEBRUARY 16th. Why so early you say…as BLACKOUT’s official release date isn’t until March 1st? Well, official release dates and actual releae dates are like real life…they often aren’t what you think they’ll be. So BLACKOUT might appear in your store a week or two before March 1st and you’ll want to snatch it up (Cal in a gingham apron…who doesn’t want to snatch that?) But this is the thing…if you buy it before March 1st (the best time is March 1st – March 6th) it won’t count on the biggest rankings. Why do rankings count, you say? Because rankings are pretty much the only free promotion you get in publishing. If I can put NYT Bestseller on the front of my Cal books, that’s fantastic! But I can’t do that without your help. I’m been #26 and #35, and with some publishers that would get me the NYT stamp, but other publishers only count it if you’re in the top #20. So as I make 50 to 60 cents a book, I like free promo. NEED free promo. So if you swear to not buy until 3/1 – 3/6 and enter a comment saying ‘I’m a loyal reaver and I’m a’waiting!’ you’ll be entered to win: SEVEN books (if you win one, you choose which one you want…except Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, it’s still in trade and I can’t afford to buy them as prizes), a poster from Dragon*Con (it has every bookcover and manga…see below for pic…it is STUNNINGLY KICK ASS), a print of TRICK OF THE LIGHT, a print of MADHOUSE, and, donated by superfan Ariel (who won them in a costume contest at a SUPERNATURAL convention dressed as the Trickster/Gabriel) four SPN shot glasses, *AND* DEAN’S NECKLACE (we knew Sammy fished it out of the garbage. No way that didn’t happen.) So sign up (now or on the 16th…like a promise ring. I shall not boink Cal until the official marriage date of March 1st) , slap your naughty hands when they reach for BLACKOUT before March 1st, and thanks so much for all the support. You are my guys, my fans, my reavers, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without the damn lot of you. You are AMAZING–and you and I working together, we can keep Cal around. Right? Now for the pics of the Con poster (you’ve seen Trick of the Light and Madhouse by now I hope)…the pics of the SPN shotglasses and Dean’s necklace didn’t turn out well. Also the week of release, check the website…there will be a CAL VIDEO! No shit! Run, don’t walk!
And to leave your comment (I need them all in one place) and see the poster, go to: http://robthurman.net/2011/02/04/blackout-contestcal-video/