Wednesday, January 29, 2014

This Is How You Do It: Lumiere

Lumiere by Jacqueline Garlick

There is a heck of a lot in the news these days about self publishing.  Heck, I've written a blog post or two about it myself.  If there's one thing I've learned about the industry it's that the Field of Dreams "If you build it, they will come"…., well, that doesn't really work in reality and especially self pub. 

Nick Morgan of Forbes noted last year that "there are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone, depending on which stats you believe.  Many of those - perhaps as many as half or even more - are self-published.  On average, they sell less than 250 copies each. Your book won't stand out.  Hilary Clinton's will.  Yours won't."

Wow, that's a bit depressing isn't it?  Well, for those of us that are okay with sending our novels out into the ether and waiting for things to "happen", it probably is.  But for others like author Jacqueline Garlick, well, she's not going to sit there and twiddle her thumbs, she's going to make things move.

Which brings me to the amazingness of what this author/entrepreneur has created for her readers.  To celebrate the launch of her steam punk novel Lumiere, Garlick offered special limited editions to her first one hundred fans.  I just received mine today and well, I'll let the photos speak for themselves. 

Girl holding up package
A package in the mail!

Special Edition copy of Lumiere and Collector Pieces
Everything you need to start your steam punk adventure.
Eyelet's favourite candy and tea!
Letter from Jacqueline Garlick
Special note from Lumiere's Urlick & Eyelet
Clue piece
A clue to a secret letter.  Check out to
find out the answer!

Contest Coupon
A cool contest for the lucky 100

Limited edition artwork
Original artwork by Jacqueline Garlick and
conceptual art piece by Tanner Fife

The coolest piece - a prototype of Urlick's latest invention -
a pickle stabber!

1 comment:

  1. Very fun. I love the pickle stabber! Too funny!

    I did something similar with my book Mason Davis and the Rise of the Storm Makers. I included a t-shirt, glow sticks (because they are magical in the book), rubber bracelets (because the mc needs them to help conduct his energy), and pop rocks (because they come in handy during a food fight),

    I agree with you. Self publishing is not easy, but it can be fun.

    Best of luck Lumiere. Looks like fun!