My friend Amy from *gasp* My Friend Amy’s Blog (does that joke ever get old? I didn’t think so) is having a party for the release of Nothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart. This past week she’s been encouraging people to buy Nothing But Ghosts and on June 30th, the actual party will happen with Beth Kephart doing a reading and then at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST, Beth will do a live chat at Amy’s blog. Check out Amy’s post, “A Nothing But Ghosts Party With Beth Kephart“, for more details.
Did you notice that Amy’s encouraging people to buy Beth’s book, Nothing But Ghosts? Now why would Amy want people to buy Beth’s book RIGHT NOW? One reason is because first week sales for a book are very important. Often, the buzz created in the first week of a book’s release will dictate the kind of momentum the book will have.
Another reason is because an author has to sell A LOT of books to make a living. Even if we assume all authors have the same deal and they get 15% of each book sold**, that’s A LOT of books to reach, oh, say $2,000 a month, in which case you could probably afford to live with your mom. (JOKING! I’ve made less than that and still lived on my own, but you get the idea. And the joke. Right?)
I know, you’re like, “Um, why should I buy this book?” GOOD QUESTION.
First of all, what’s the book about? Here’s the blurb from the publisher:
Ever since her mother passed away, Katie’s been alone in her too-big house with her genius dad, who restores old paintings for a living. Katie takes a summer job at a garden estate, where, with the help of two brothers and a glamorous librarian, she soon becomes embroiled in decoding a mystery. There are secrets and shadows at the heart of Nothing but Ghosts: symbols hidden in a time-darkened painting, and surprises behind a locked bedroom door. But most of all, this is a love story–the story of a girl who learns about love while also learning to live with her own ghosts.
Can I get a WOO HOO for a good love story? And yes, the book is a young adult book, but this genre is HOT right now, and by no means unrelatable to those of us of drinking age.
Is the book any good? I haven’t read the book yet, but I know a couple of people who have.
Lenore from Presenting Lenore said this in her review of Nothing But Ghosts: “Beth has done a beautiful thing here – she takes us to the truth of what it’s like to deal with loss (the too-big house that feels empty, the withdrawing from friends, the keeping busy to dull the pain) and then lets her characters (and her readers) find comfort and a renewed sense of purpose.”
Amy from My Friend Amy said this in her review of Nothing But Ghosts: “But what I loved most about this book is the simple truth that we are all a bunch of people who have loved and carry around aching loss in our hearts, and yet there is hope to be found somewhere, often in each other.”
Sounds good, no? Head on over to the Amy’s book drive to see about buying the book. And there’s even prizes for each tier she reaches up to 200. Prizes, people, prizes! Also, you need to buy the book by July 3rd to be qualified for the prizes.
I bought the book for my Kindle. Will anyone else go buy the book? Bueller? Bueller?
**I just pulled 15% out of thin air. I don’t know what Beth’s contract is, or what any author’s contract is. But I saw somewheres on the intarnets that some authors get 15% of each book sold. Dunno if that’s true, but hey, I saw it on the Internet, so it MUST be true! Right?