Sightwitch Call to Arms!
UPDATE: On Dec. 15, I was hit with some personal news on top of all the business-side problems that I lay out below. To say that I am devastated and grieving feels like an understatement. I am, at the moment, a mess.
I really, really need your help. All the energy I had to turn the book release lemons into lemonade, has just evaporated. I will, of course, keep working because what else can I do? At the moment, it’s the only anchor I have.
But please, any help you can spare at this time to promote Sightwitch, I will take. Thank you so much.
Remember how I told y’all a situation had unfolded, and for once, I couldn’t pivot and fix it on the fly? And remember how I told you guys I might have to ask for your help? That moment has come.
Basically, the Sightwitch release has been delayed 3 weeks.
This delay was completely unforeseen and has thrown off everything. All our plans for promo and outreach and shelf space and…well, everything is having to be reconfigured — and a lot of it might just be gone for good. (You can read more about that here, if you’re interested.)
I hate feeling useless. I hate feeling like I can’t fix a situation no matter how hard I work. It sucks. So…I’ve come up with a plan.
Basically, I’m asking all of you, if you would be willing to help me spread the word about Sightwitch. I have graphics and sample tweets and preorder links, excerpts and summaries, and all sorts of other stuff (some still to come!) below.
Anything you’re willing to share on any platform, I will take.
And IF you help, then you can enter the Thank You Raffle! So don’t miss that.
And thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
Info about Sightwitch
Tweets, Links, Etc.
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Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch…
Before Merik returned from the dead…
Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight.
Years pass and Ryber’s misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she does not know what might await her inside the mountain.
On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever.
Sightwitch—available February 13—is an illustrated tale set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber’s journal entries and sketches. Please enjoy this excerpt.
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to you yet, Asia!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.
She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch, and when not writing, she’s usually slaying darkspawn (on her Xbox) or earning bruises at the dojo.
She lives in the Midwestern US with her French husband, two spoiled dogs, and two grouchy cats. Learn more about her wild thoughts and even wilder cookie-addiction on her blog, newsletter, twitter, or instagram.
SO excited for #Sightwitch by @stdennard!! Be sure to preorder your copy before it hits stores 2/13/18!
Want to get a sneak peek of #Bloodwitch a year before it comes out? Buy the @BNBuzz Exclusive Edition of #Sightwitch by @stdennard! In stores 2/13/18!
Illustrated #Witchlands adventures? YES PLEASE! Preorder your copy of #Sightwitch by @stdennard from your local indie bookstore!
Read an excerpt of #Sightwitch by @stdennard! It’s the fully illustrated next installment in the #Witchlands series, featuring fan favorites Ryber and Kullen! https://torteenblog.com/2017/11/15/read-the-first-chapter-from-sightwitch/
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To say thank you for helping me out, I’m giving away 5 e-galleys of Sightwitch every 3 weeks! All you have to do is…well, anything that helps me get the word out about Sightwitch! A tweet, an IG post, an email to your librarian — I will take WHATEVER you can give.
Thank you, friends. Thank you. 💜
I first had the idea to do Sightwitch in 2014, but every attempt to write it (and there were many) failed. I just could not get this story or Ryber’s voice to come. Fast forward to 2017, and my publisher asks, “Hey, what about that novella you’d mentioned forever ago? Want to do it to tide readers over for Bloodwitch?” And I was like, “Sure! Let me take a stab at it.”
Well, after 3 years of marination in my brain, the idea was THERE! And holy moly, it wasn’t what I’d thought it would be. Ryber’s voice was first person (surprise!), and she wanted me to tell her story via journal entries. Which…whoa. Then the more I wrote, the more I realized, okay, she’s an artist. She draws everything, so this story also needs illustrations. And wait — what’s this? Eridysi, that Sightwitch from a thousand years ago also wants a POV? And the story also wants world documents and small snippet from other people’s journals and oh boy, lots of illustrations.
Tor Teen, being fantastic, agreed to my off-the-wall idea, and over the next few months, we worked together to bring this story to life. BUT, what neither of us saw coming, was how much more time the production of a book like this would take. And that’s what happened.
Last week, I learned that there was a snag on the design and production end — that none of us could have seen coming — that meant Sightwitch wouldn’t publish on time. At least not if we wanted it to be as good as it can possibly be.
Which likely makes you think, SO WHAT? It’s just 3 weeks! Why all the panic, Sooz? But here’s the thing about publishing: it’s like a really complicated line of dominoes. Release dates are chosen waaaaaaaaaay in advance of a book, and they’re dictated heavily by bookstores. Does the store have shelf space that day? And if so, how many copies are they willing to buy for those shelves? And fancy store placement — what’s available and what is the story willing to do?
It’s all dictated by what other books are releasing, and publishers + stores spend a long time getting the perfect date that works best for everyone. These choices and negotiations take time, and they have to be done across all vendors. So…changing the date at such a last minute point in the game affects all of that. We’re still figuring out just how much it’s affecting it.
Then there’s advertising and promotional roll-outs that, again, were decided well in advance. Those are all thrown off. Tour dates. School visits. All set up, all dependent on availability. And bam — all thrown off course. Then there’s all the behind the scenes stuff, like the printings and the warehouses and on and on and on and on. To say this unexpected delay threw everyone into a panic, is an understatement.
Bless the people at Tor, who have been working around the clock to get it figured out while I sit here, a useless slub who can do nothing but watch as all our hard work comes apart at the seams.
I hate feeling useless. I hate feeling like I can’t fix a situation — and I know you all know that helplessness. It sucks. So…I’ve come up with a plan. To ask for your help. Which…I never do because I never want to impose. I’ve worked hard to build a relationship with all of you that’s founded on trust. You have come to me for writing advice and life advice and cool extra content for the past 5+ years, and I haven’t ask for anything in return.
But like I said last week: I can’t fix this on my own.
I’m still in the process of setting everything up for you all because, of course, this is all happening in real time as we scramble to pick dominoes back up. But the general gist of what I’m hoping you can do for me is all shared above.
Anything you can do to help me spread the word about Sightwitch, I will be so grateful for. Thank you. Truly.