More than a month ago, I told my editor's assistant that I hadn't received this envelope. It certainly wasn't Emily's fault--if you click on the photo and enlarge it, you'll see that she mailed it on September 20.
I live in the midwestern United States. This came from New York. The envelope was addressed correctly and legibly. C'mon, U. S. Postal Service--is it really that difficult?
When I turned in my "author alterations" on the line- and copyedited manuscript for this book, I missed my deadline by one day because the envelope I'd paid extra to have overnighted to New York City (via USPS Express Mail) took three days to arrive there. "The AAs are in the mail," I sheepishly explained to my editor when her own busy schedule was disrupted by the delay.
But maybe you're wondering about the photo. These are mock-ups of the "cover flats" of my March book. They're printed on glossy paper, and are given to booksellers to encourage them to place orders. I'm planning to frame one of them. When the book is printed, I'll get more of these on heavy card stock. Those will be the actual cover flats--the wrappers that go around the book pages.
Many authors use cover flats for promotions. I'm not sure I get the appeal, but some readers, librarians, and bookstore owners like to collect autographed cover flats. (If you want one, ask me later. I have only four of these things and I don't expect to get the actual cover flats before February.)
Weeks ago, I told Emily this envelope had apparently been lost in the mail. She said there were no copies of the fake cover flats (what do they call these things?) left to send me. Although she e-mailed a .jpg file so I could see what the front cover looks like, I was equally interested in the back cover; I wanted to see what had been written on it to entice people to buy the book.
So I was glad to (finally!) get this packet. I laughed at one line of the blurb, which is charmingly appropriate: The hero is described as "a knight in a bike helmet." The guy is, of course, a semi-pro cyclist.
Click on the pic to read the blurb, and then and run and mark your calendar: The on-sale date is February 28.