I’m an inherently impatient person. Over the years, I’ve mastered skills to keep my impatience from getting the better of me, but the frustration caused by long waits or a slow process, is always there. My editor knows this about me. It was established early on in my relationship with MLR, that I like to turn things around quickly, once I’ve submitted a manuscript.
MLR and my editor have always been exceptionally accommodating, never making me wait over long for release dates, and for edits to be turned around. Of course, this means that I have to work quickly on my end of things, as well. I’ve spent years learning and practicing, in a serious effort to perfect my craft. As a result, I submit very clean manuscripts for the first round of edits. I make each round of edits a priority. I work on them immediately, exclusively, and quickly.
Working in this manner keeps my impatience at bay, but what’s even better is, my books are available for my readers as fast as we can get them out! It takes me longer to write the longer books, than it does for us to get them released to my readers. From the time I submit the original manuscript, right up until the day of release, someone (me, an editor, or Jared) is doing some sort of work on that story. It gets the books onto readers’ devices as fast as possible.
I don’t know all of the details, but I do know that the excitement and enthusiasm for Strength of the Wolf created a number of difficulties for some of the staff of MLR Press, in the weeks leading up to its release (Sept 2013). The number of requests for review copies of the book spiked significantly. Initial requests were followed by reminders of the request. In the final week to ten days before the date of release, staff began to receive inquiries as to the availability of the review copies. Some reviewers began to demand status updates every few hours. Again, I’m not privy to details. MLR Press releases multiple titles each Friday, making that, and Saturday, very busy days. Ensuring that a quality product is available for readers to purchase on the day of release should be, and is, their priority.
Requests and demands for reviewer copies of titles began to interfere with the necessary work on the two most important days of release. To keep the chaos to a minimum, to keep the process fair, and to ensure the e-book formatting is clean and correct, MLR changed their policy for distribution of reviewer copies. Requests for copies for review are now fulfilled 24 hours after the title is officially released on MLR’s website. I don’t even receive my author copies until the last moment, because work is being done on them until the last moment. It may be different for other authors, but this is life in Kendall’s World! Requests for review copies can be made through the MLR Networking Coordinator, and they will distribute copies 24 hours after the title is released on their site, as is their policy.
So, when June 20th arrives, if you purchase a copy of Strength of the Mate, and you’re one of those INSANELY fast readers who consumes 125,000 words in less time than it takes to drive the length of California, and you like the book a little bit, please feel free to write a glowing 5-star review on your blog, on Goodreads, on ARe, or just say something nice on Facebook, or even just drop me a kind email. Better yet, convince friends and/or family members, who haven’t yet discovered me, that they need to treat themselves to my wonderful stories filled with action, suspense, humor, and hot, hot sex!