Release day!

So the official release day for The Jane Austen Guide to Life is here!  Excited to see this baby go out into the world.  This day has come faster than I thought it would.

Amazon’s actually been shipping for a couple of weeks, and some bookstores may not yet have the title on shelves (sometimes it takes a little longer), but officially, the book is “real” now.  Kindle and Nook versions aren’t yet available, but I’m hoping they will be soon. Just waiting, at this point, for Amazon and B&N to process those files.

Yesterday I stopped by Barnes & Noble in Fairfax, by Fair Oaks Mall.  They had the book, and I was thrilled to discover that it will be placed on the front “New Release” table. (Sad truth — publishers pay for that kind of placement.) They went ahead and put them out a day early, after I signed them.  I’m thrilled!  Took these pics on my little phone.

As a writer, I can’t tell you how much it means to have a publisher invest to get your book this kind of placement. The reality is that often bookstores get one copy of your book and it gets shelved somewhere in the back.  Seeing it up front made me feel like I needed someone to pinch me.

This morning I went to the Barnes & Noble in Reston, and there it was, right in the front of the store!  Signed those copies, too, and got the sales guy to take a cheesy pic.

Came home to a delivery of these gorgeous flowers from mom and dad.

Now crossing fingers and toes and praying these books sell!


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  1. We are so happy you started your blog tour at Austenprose. Why? Because I think Laurel Ann, Austenprose, and the rest of our reviewers there are a cut above. Wishing you much success!

  2. Hi Lori,

    I don’t know if you remember me from CBC 20+ years ago, but it’s great to see this! My wife is a big Jane Austen fan and I’ll plan on getting a copy once the Kindle version is released.


  3. LORI! Congratulations! Looking forward to reading your book. May you sell lots. Kind regards, your former neighbor.

    1. Thanks, Robert! Miss you all here in the neighborhood. (Fyi, edited your comment slightly because I didn’t want to put my street name out on the Internets.)

  4. Congratulations sweet friend! I can hardly wait to begin reading this book!!!! Praying you enjoy the adventure and joy of your hard work! Yeah for you!!!!

  5. Congratulations Lori!! Perhaps I should order a copy through my left-leaning local bookstore, and request a copy from my local library, and mention it over at Pemberley.com (haven’t been active over there in a while – is it on your blog tour?), and, and, … c’mon everyone, what are other ways we can get the word out about Lori’s book?

    1. Thank you, thank you!!! All of that would be wonderful. Pemberley.com is mostly message boards. I offered a review copy to the lady who runs the board about spin-offs, but didn’t hear back. So anything you could do there would be *fabulous.* Thanks for making my day!

      1. There you go:


        I posted an announcement on their “Milestones” board. 🙂 Glad I could do a little something to promote your book. I’ll have to wait until I get a few more pennies to be able to buy it myself. I know I’ll want this book in my hands and on my Jane Austen shelf (I know, I know – only *one* shelf?) right next to _A Walk With Jane Austen_. Thank you for your work, Lori!

        1. Thanks so much! There will be several giveaways coming up — hope you can win one!

  6. I am expecting my amazon package to arrive tomorrow with my copy. However, if I’d realized that I could have gotten a signed one at the Reston store, I totally would have delayed and hopped on over there to get one of those! Can’t wait to read it! I’ve already alerted my 2 Jane Austen e-mail book club friends about the book and linked them to the Austenprose review, in addition to my personal review of the first book. Are you doing any Book Talks in the area?

    1. Thanks so much, Karen! I’m sorry you didn’t get a signed copy, but I hope I’ll get to sign yours! I’m doing a book event with the local Jane Austen Society on June 8 (I’ll post that info) and I’m working on setting up some others. I think I owe you an email, too — forgive me! Hope you’re doing well.

  7. I received my book from amazon on Tuesday and I’ve been stealing a few minutes each day to sit out in the sun and read it. I’m up to chapter 8 (okay, maybe I stole hours instead of minutes) and I’m really enjoying it. I thought I knew everything there was to know about Jane Austen but I’ve been surprised by a few things. And the wisdom you’ve gleaned from her writings is really wonderful and thought-provoking. I hope to see you again soon (it’s been way too long) and get the book signed in person!

    1. Thanks, Shelly! It’s so good to hear from you! I think of you often. Hope we can get together soon. I’m so glad you are enjoying the book! Hugs.

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