Good News & Thank You!

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 under Echoes of Betrayal, Good News, Marketing, Reader Help, the writing life.
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Editor emailed this morning to let me know Echoes has gone back to print another 3000 copies.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a hardcover sent back to print that fast before.   Very happy dance of writer.   Wowza and all that.

And it’s you folks–the readers–who have made the book popular enough for this to be needed.  THANK YOU.   

Also, asked Editor her opinion of bad-guy POV sections, since there is one in the new book.   She’s generally not in favor…so, since the drive to/from San Antonio presented an alternative possibility, I’m going to use someone else to hint at (he can’t reveal as completely)  bad guy’s deep dark secret.   She suggested I write the alternate, and she’d look at them both.   Thanks for the nudge to keep looking for a better way.


  • Comment by Jenn — February 23, 2012 @ 11:19 am


    This is great news. Congratulations!

    How are titles going for book IV? I’ve noticed they all have “of” in them. I have a siily wish that you can keep the continuity.

    Congratulations again on 3000 more books and readers!!!!

  • Comment by Dave Ring — February 23, 2012 @ 11:19 am


    Congratulations on the second printing! (And I haven’t even made it to the bookstore to buy my copy yet.)

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 23, 2012 @ 11:33 am


    Jenn: The 3000 more books are for sure–the 3000 more readers are what we hope for!

    I’m hoping to keep the same kind of title. Haven’t settled on one yet, but have a couple of possibilities.

    Dave: At least, with the second printing, if they’re out of the first shipment they’ll be able to get more.

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 23, 2012 @ 11:34 am


    Oh, and now I’m going to work on the alternate viewpoint chapter.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — February 23, 2012 @ 12:07 pm


    Second printing is good!

    They only had them in the “new release” section and not even next to your other books or in the SFF “new release” section at my local B&N.

    Hope they sell out. I pre-order for in-store delivery (rather than mail to home) so that it’ll get them to think about sending more to the store right away.

  • Comment by Wickersham's Conscience — February 23, 2012 @ 12:36 pm


    Well, congratulations on the second print run and thank you for the very quick response to my direct emails.

    /Wickersham’s Conscience

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — February 23, 2012 @ 1:05 pm


    My audio version of Echoes of Betrayal came today – Yay.

    I noticed a curious phenomenon as I drove home from the post office.

    The world of Paks is not Earth. Certainly it’s civilization is not similar to ours.

    Now then: the word Echo is based on a Greek myth.

    Would then Paks et al call this rebounding of sound an echo? If not then do I perceive a problem with the title?

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 23, 2012 @ 1:32 pm


    No, Paksworld isn’t Earth, and its civilization differs by having a different world from the rocks up to work with.

    As for your other observation: I don’t think that’s a problem for two reasons. A) Titles are for readers, not the characters in the book. The characters would be familiar with the concepts, but not the actual words used, in any of the titles. They don’t speak English; there’s no way they could. All our words have histories that do not relate to events in Paksworld. B) Echo is much better known from its use to describe a reflected sound (or, metaphorically, idea) than from its origin. Many people understand that meaning without knowing the origin (which some of us do, but usually set aside when reading, knowing that’s not the intention.) In addition, there’s no easy way to convey the meaning of “echo” without sliding into more technical language that’s a worse anacronism.

    So that’s why I don’t see a problem with the title. The same title could be used on a book set in this world and its origin still be unfamiliar to readers who knew its commonest meaning. No difference.

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — February 23, 2012 @ 2:00 pm


    Of course my comment concerning the title is to some extant tongue in cheek. But it is really nice to consider words and the meaning of words. The more we know the richer we are for it.

  • Comment by Laura BurgandyIce — February 23, 2012 @ 2:59 pm


    Woop!! Congratulations!!

  • Comment by Annabel (Mrs Redboots) — February 23, 2012 @ 3:26 pm


    Congratulations, Elizabeth! I have just read it and it’s brilliant, and I’m about to re-read it because it’s too good not to re-read straight away!

  • Comment by David Temple — February 23, 2012 @ 5:08 pm


    Congratulations on the 2nd printing so close to the first.

    My hardcover arrived just as I finished my Kindle copy (at times, I’m impatient; I pre-ordered both!)

    I have but one problem … another year before the next book!

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — February 23, 2012 @ 7:35 pm


    If it would not be impertinent, what was the first run? I have listened to the first of fifteen cd’s and find the book a real winner.

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 23, 2012 @ 7:50 pm


    I don’t know what the first printing was–I suspect publishers don’t tell writers because they think we’d whine, “That’s not ENOUGH!”

    At some future point I may find out (sometimes they tell my agent later.) But I’ve had “going back to print” notices for 1500 and 2000 copies–going for 3000 this early is a good sign.

  • Comment by The MooCow — February 23, 2012 @ 8:51 pm


    Great news! Hopefully an-udder trilogy set in the Pak’s World will come as it is evident th world thirsts for moore!

  • Comment by Moira — February 23, 2012 @ 11:47 pm


    Well-deserved congratulations! That’s a great sign, and let’s hope they all sell out quickly. (After everyone here gets their copy, of course…!)

    Coincidence: I saw your Tweet literally 2 minutes after I finished the book, sat in amazed contemplation for a moment, and came to the computer. Pretty wild.

    *brains still mush*

  • Comment by Rune Ulset Furberg — February 24, 2012 @ 1:38 am


    Congratulations on the reprinting!

    I’m only a quarter through my Kindle edition (I’m trying to take it easy because once I finish there’s no new book in the series for about a year 🙁 ), but already I know that it is all that I waited for and more. Won’t say any more about it at the moment, as that would be Spoliers to those that haven’t gotten their copy yet. 🙂

  • Comment by Naomi — February 24, 2012 @ 9:48 am


    Congrats Elizabeth, I’m doing my bit by converting new readers to Paksworld and just heard from Waterstones Brussels that my copy is in – I shall be hot footing it down there despite Saturday awful traffic to get my sticky hands on it asap. here’s to another 3000 after this lot!

  • Comment by s.e. — February 24, 2012 @ 10:13 am


    congratulations:) I bought the book late on the 22nd in kindle format and both my dh and I are reading it and enjoying that we can do it at the same time:)

  • Comment by Fred Zebruk — March 21, 2012 @ 7:19 pm


    I wish to add my congratulations as well. I buy my books in Canada. I had to wait almost three months for Oath of Fealty, two months for Kings of the North but only a month for Echoes of Betrayal. Purhaps with book for it will reach Canadian bookshelves at the same time as they go on sale in the USA.
    I also indicated my sorrow that I’ll try to read the book over two days but then I have to wait a year for the next installment. It’s a good thing that I like to read the books more than once.
    Once again continue the great work.

  • Comment by Ruby — March 26, 2012 @ 4:11 pm


    I would just like to say that this is the ONLY series I am buying in hardcover as soon as they come out, and starting with Book II I’ve been preordering the hardcover. I could not love it more at this point. There’s a big drawback to that , of course: I have a really long wait ahead for the next!

  • Comment by The MooCow — April 29, 2013 @ 8:54 pm


    Just got the latest paperback in the series, Echoes of Betrayal! Can’t wait to read it! I have been eagerly devouring every scrap of Pak’s world since Sheepfarmer’s Daughter came out, PLEASE keep them coming!!!


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