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Saturday, January 15, 2011

I'm on Amazon!

Wow, until Steve mentioned it in the comments, I didn't even know this was available as a pre-order on Amazon! Heck, I didn't even know the price! It never even dawned on me to look on Amazon because I didn't know how far in advance a book was listed.

This demonstrates two things. One, how much in the dark an author can be about a lot of the details associated with getting a book out. And two, the amazing amount of hard work and planning by the publisher that goes on behind the scenes. I once read another writer's comments that WND is one of the best and most professional publishers he's ever worked with, and while I have no experience with anyone else, I couldn't be happier with how I'm being treated.

I didn't show the book cover on yesterday's announcement because I wasn't given direct permission and I don't want to do anything to mess up my status. However since it's on Amazon, I guess it's no longer a big secret. So here's a closeup of the cover. Ain't it gorgeous?


The dear fellow who pulled this cover together had a dickens of a time figuring out what to do. For a book on simplicity, he said, it was one of the most difficult covers he's ever designed. After all, how can a cover distill the concept of simplicity? I think he did a marvelous job. Even the font pleases me. It's evocative of the early reading primers used in the 1600's (hence the tie-in with the book title).

I'm laughing with giddy delight and thankfulness at your warm and wonderful reaction to this announcement. It's been bottled up inside me since early September and I'm SO glad to be able to share this with you.

23 comments:

  1. That's a great cover, but to tell the truth I was hoping your lovely lantern-in-front-of-barnwood photo would have been used instead. Nonetheless, it's exciting to see it on Amazon. Surely that proves beyond any doubt that it's a done deal.

    Let us know when you'll be doing the book signing circuit. I'd enjoy traveling to one of th locations to buy a copy, get your signature, and to say "hi."

    Start working on the next book, Patrice, because this is the start of something big.

    Anonymous Patriot
    USA

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  2. Gratz on the book, can't wait to read it!!!

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  3. Well, we had a WOW on Friday, a double WOW on Saturday. Can't wait to see what Sunday brings!

    Will we get three in a row? You are the one that mentioned triplets.... Maybe it just wasn't children.

    Terry
    Florida

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  4. Beautiful cover, and congratulations! That's so exciting!

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  5. The cover is wonderful, and SUPERBLY well photographed with all those tiny touches you wouldn't notice unless they weren't there. First Class, Patrice.

    I think the Designer did a wonderful job of, um, pearing it down to the essentials of simplicity.

    Bill Smith

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  6. Patrice, The cover is absolutely beautiful! And I agree, the font is perfect.
    Lisa

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  7. Save the Canning JarsJanuary 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    My daughter, who is in to photography, said she really liked the photo as it could just have easily have been a classic painting.

    Even if I did not know who you were, I would eagerly pick this book up to investigate further.

    Congratulations!

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  8. Already marked it to buy. And mind you this is our "we are not buying a thing that is not needed until we are out of debt" year. Consider it a big compliment!

    And Congratulations Patrice!

    Ouida Gabriel

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  9. Patrice, did you have an agent? Or were you already so famous through WND, and HERE of course!, that you didn't need one?

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  10. Oooo, I like the lantern idea....

    But I also love the colors and font on the real one......lookin good!!

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  11. Kris, the history of this simplicity book is, well, complex. Be patient and I'll do a post about it shortly. I don't want to flood the airwaves with too much book chatter all at once!

    - Patrice

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  12. Patrice,

    I think the cover looks great and I can't wait to buy the book. Do you know if it will be available through WND's online store? I try to support them when I can.

    Thanks!

    Angela

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  13. I'm sure it will be. And I'm positive WND appreciates your support.

    - Patrice

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  14. That is GREAT! Congratulations. I can't wait to read your book!
    Jenny in Alaska

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  15. Wow, congratulations Patrice! The cover design is well done, classic and simple. I'm looking forward to hearing about your journey to published book writer.

    Shelly

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  16. I, too, would like to know when you go on book tour (as I'm certain WND would like you to promote the book), because I would love to have it signed and say a big hello!

    :)

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  17. Wow!!! Congratulations. That is just awesome. I'll be looking for you on a book tour too when you come to Oklahoma City! :-)

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  18. Patrice,
    I've been waiting so long for the surprise and I'm so excited for you about your new baby, er um, book, that you gave birth to.....watch the rumors now!! I just ordered it on AMAZON and it will be shipped when it is in stock. Stop by when you are in Tulsa!
    Beware Homeschoolers On Board.....I read your blog and WND every day.
    Thanks!
    Karen in OK
    PS. On Amazon you are Lewis Patrice not Patrice Lewis.

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  19. Good catch, Karen in OK!

    I kind of like that transposition of names. It has a certain nom-de-plume quality.

    -AP

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  20. Patrice,
    Well, I like the 'Lewis' as a last name better as you are then in the fine company of C. S. Lewis of Chronicles of Narnia, y'know a small book that took a small spot as one of the latest,greatest 3D movies recently. Your name could be P.C. Lewis or would that be non P.C. Lewis?
    Karen in OK

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  21. It looks absolutely beautiful! I've added it to my wishlist. :)

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  22. This looks so great! I would love to take a peak. About the only books I buy are how-to books, and then my daughter steals them and reads them cover to cover.

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