for the Writers

On having a booklaunch on your birthday

As I neared publication of my psychological meta mystery, I realized:

  • Books usually launch on a Tuesday (similar to how movies usually release on a Thursday)
  • My birthday was a couple months away on a Tuesday
  • This opportunity would only occur every 6 or so years (give or take a leap year)

So I seized the opportunity, and you may be wondering: Was it worth it? It’s okay, I’m wondering the same thing…

The cons of publishing a book on your birthday:

It was hectic and exhausting and overwhelming. I didn’t have time to celebrate – I had to fix my website, ship preorders, update social media, figure out why Amazon hadn’t listed my book yet (note: it was my error, newbie probs), organize a blog tour, request reviews, order collector cards, find the best deal on crime scene tape, plan a booklaunch party, and on and on and on.

(Ahem, yes, if you purchase “I Know You Like a Murder” from my site, you get it wrapped with a crime scene tape bow because you’re solving a mystery. Christmas gift idea maybe? šŸ™‚ )

Anyhow, it’s a lot to have going on while also wanting to celebrate your own presence in the world. And yet…

The pros of publishing a book on your birthday:

….What better way to celebrate your own presence in the world than celebrating the achievement of one of your biggest dreams come true?

Sure, we could celebrate my birthday. But would this introvert ever plan a costume party at a coffee shop for her birthday? Of course not.

On the other hand, would this introvert plan a costume party at a coffee shop for her booklaunch? OF COURSE YES! And you all did not disappoint:

I could not have asked for more from a booklaunch party. And, on top of that, my birthday basically became a murderous-booklaunch-themed birthday:

It’s a birthday cake that matches my book title! Eek! šŸ˜€

You don’t need an excuse to have a huge costume party for your birthday. Or a huge party of any kind. You’re worth celebrating just for being you.

But, if you’re an introvert looking for a reason to plan a big shindig, a booklaunch might be just the thing to gather people on your birthday šŸ™‚ I’m not sure if I’d do it again or not, but I will say I wouldn’t have traded that experience for the world.

Stories

Chapter 1 of I Know You Like a Murder

Here it is! For you. For free. I’ve posted Chapter 1 of I Know You Like a Murder on Patreon. Get yo sneak peek there.

Enjoy now [with the sneak peek here]

Detectivize October 23 [by preordering here]

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Countdown to I Know You Like a Murder launch…Ready to party?

Counting down to the release of my book, I Know You Like a Murder.Ā 
Are you ready?Ā Will it be onĀ yourĀ tablet or doorstep October 23? You canĀ preorder now, and I’ll getĀ packing it up for you so it’s not a day late.

Musings

Life is a mystery. You’re the detective.

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“We are all detectives with every good story.” That’s what my friend Amber said when reading I Know You Like a Murder.
It’s true.
Books invite the readerĀ to figure out what’s happening between the lines. And a good story keeps the readerĀ guessing.
In “I Know You Like a Murder”, you as the reader are the detective. You’re quite literally invited into the story. By the murderer. As the detective. It’s very meta.
But that’s more than books. That’s life.
Life keeps you guessing what will happen next. Life invites you into the story. Of wonder and curiosity, twists and turns, fairy tales and monsters.
We are all detectives with every good story. And you’re in one. You’re in a good story (even when it doesn’t feel like it).
This is your cheesy inspirational post reminder:
Don’t just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Get up. Explore. Detectivize. Find out what’s around the corner and on the next page.

Dear reader,
You can detectivize October 23 by preordering #ikylam now at amylsauder.com/product/i-know-you-like-a-murder-preorder
Sincerely,
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for the Bookworms

Book Review: In a Dark Dark Wood

Leave it to me to bring this book on my vacation in a cottage in the middle of nowhere… (is there any other way???)
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And leave it to me to pinpoint the psychopath right away. So I knew the murderer pretty quick, but I was still entranced by the story, wondering how it all went down and wanting to shake the other characters into seeing what’s happening right in front of their eyes.
If you want a book that keeps you guessing as to who kills and who gets killed, a book with a psychopath’s calculated plan, with clues piling up like a map for the reader, with a theater backdrop… this is that book. Oh, and also, my book is that too! This reminded me of I Know You Like a Murder in a number of ways. It’s like my book, but in grip lit or psychological suspense genre. It had characters like Cami’s BFF, Shy Boy (or in this case girl), Makeup Artist, and of course Cami herself. Read both stories and tell me if you see the resemblance.
If you need a gripping read while you wait for my book release, this can take a day or two of your time. But no longer than that, because you won’t be able to set it down for work, sleep, or social obligations. So grab a chai and settle in. It’s gonna be a long night.