Here is an update on Moccasin Tracks (Book Four) and Footsteps (Book Five) of the Threads West, An American Saga series. If you are into frustrated amusement, or grinning through gritted teeth, check the release dates up on the various dot coms. Barnes and Noble has Moccasin Tracks releasing July 31st. Amazon still has the novel making it’s debut on June 12th. That’s two days from now. And there are other dates on other sites out there also.
BN has it right, give or take a few weeks. Unfortunately, Amazon and other dot coms, though furnished the correct information more than a month ago, have it wrong yet again. Somewhere out there some rumor has begun that none of the future books will be coming out on Kindle. Big sigh. Slight grin. Wrong. ALL books have been and will be on Kindle, Nook, iPad, and a host of other digital platforms! No exceptions!
Here is the skinny–and we will be blowing the threads west locomotive whistle weeks before any release–if paying the least bit of attention, none of our great readers will miss the hum in the rails!
Yep–the anticipated date for Book Four was indeed the end of May. Unfortunately life sometimes interferes with the best laid plans of mice, men, authors and publishers. Part of the extension of the release date lays on my shoulders, quite honestly. I have lost the last four weeks dealing with a tsunami of water out here on the ranch, and when there is a water wreck happening, there is no putting off dealing with it, or the damage will be ten times worse and the clean up three times longer. In the worst situations, water will rush out of control everywhere, except onto the fields resulting in retardation of the hay or alfalfa crop–and every day lost is a day that can never be recovered in an area that only has an eighty nine day growing season.
Perhaps more importantly, however, the distribution of Uncompahgre was not handled properly. Folks who reserved their books on the Threads West site got their books within days of the March release thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Publishers. On the other side of the coin, Amazon shipped a number of books early, and then ran out of books leaving long time preorders unfilled. Many other readers literally waited several months for stores, and even dot coms to get enough copies to reach equilibrium–where stock up equaled demand (the point at which they were not continually sold out). I will not dive into the weeds and bore you with details. We care about our readers and invested huge amounts of unforeseen time in trying to let folks know where there were books, which outfit was not yet sold out, and getting books into reader’s hands. Suffice it to say, the distribution problems were/are flatly unacceptable to me as the author and to the publishers (who did a superb job stepping up into the vacuum of distribution, shipping countless unanticipated books out to grateful series fans and coordinating with numerous bookstores who were screaming for shelf copies!!) The singular outfit in our team wheel responsible for the distribution hiccup is getting cleaned up for Moccasin Tracks, so when books release, readers can get them with only typical unavoidable delays in the book industry (a week or so for sold out #1 bestselling, in demand books)–not months, or some folks early, and other folks late.
We will be achieving our promised three books per year minimum release schedule this year, both digital and print. First time ever we have brought out more than one book of the series in a twelve month period! I apologize for having to move the date of Book Four back, and hope you understand the reasons. I think all you readers are GREAT :-), and am truly honored to pen this huge historical tale for you. Thanks so much for following the characters that live in the pages of this epic saga of America set in the West.
Hope your spring is going better than great!!