Coming January 17, 2017
Ebook available for preorder now: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Kobo
Other stores should follow with their preorder links.
You can’t be Rapuzel forever.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel is a collection of poems, a fairy tale of modern life, growing up and falling in love. Or not.
Divided into five different parts, Rapunzel, Rapunzel explores the impact of anxiety and bullying, and the strength of love, for others and for ourselves. It muses on the difficulty of discovering who we are and how the masks we wear affect our lives and relationships.
Most of all, Rapunzel, Rapunzel is about embracing all aspects of yourself, even the ones you’re scared to show, and finding strength in who you are as a person.
Look! It is done! It is finished! And it has a cover! (Disclaimer: I may still tweak the cover slightly.) Rapunzel, Rapunzel is… a book which I still haven’t quite figured out how to talk about it.I was going to subtitle it A Modern Epyllion, but decided against it on account of the fact that most people wouldn’t even know what an epyllion is. I mean, I didn’t until I looked it up and decided it suited this as a modern version of it. If you’re curious, an epyllion is defined (according to Wikipedia) as “a comparatively short narrative poem (or discrete episode within a longer work) that shows formal affinities with epic, but betrays a preoccupation with themes and poetic techniques that are not generally or, at least, primarily characteristic of epic proper”. Which, I admit, probably doesn’t quite fit, but that’s why it’s a modern epyllion?
You see why I dropped that subtitle idea, yeah? Great! So what do you need to know?
Well, you need to know it’s quite short. It was supposed to be. Also you should probably know that, apparently, I really like verse novel structures. But that doesn’t really have anything to do with this book. I like the QA/FAQ structure for these posts, as we all know, so let’s get to it!
How much is it, Lynn?
The ebook is $2.99. There are no preorder discounts, no price hikes once it’s released or anything like that. None. It’s a flat $2.99.
When is it out?
January 17th, 2017. That’s comfortably before the inauguration so USians who want to use it for comfort reading can have it on hand for comfort reading. I make no promises that it’s super-comforting, but it does centre around coming to accept who you are and finding strength in yourself. You might want to skip the first two sections and dive straight into the more obvious fairytale retelling. It should be possible to read each section as a standalone piece if you choose.
It was going to be January 20th because I like round numbers (and Fridays), but honestly I don’t want to be making sales pitches to USians on that day and did I mention that if people find my work soothing I would like to have it available to them prior to when they might actually want said soothing. I don’t know if this is a good idea or if it’s going to prove effective, but I hope so.
Will it be available in print?
Yep! Eventually. I use CreateSpace so getting Amazon to do print preorders is… a hassle I am not brave enough to try and tangle with. I aim to have the paperback ready at the same time, though it may take a few days longer to show up properly connected and everything. That said, if you’re interested in the paperback and the ebook, only preorder the ebook if you want to give me a little extra money and an initial sales boost. I submit all my books with print copies to the Matchbook program so people who bought the paperback get a free ebook copy too.
Before you ask, the print edition will be priced at $6.99. That is literally the cheapest I can make it and get a little more than more pennies from extended distribution sales. Sorry. T_T
Why isn’t it available for preorder on Amazon in my country?
I don’t know! It should be! I’m hoping it’s just something that still needs to percolate through, but if it’s not cleared up in a few days I’ll look into it and see if I can’t fix it. I’m so sorry! I don’t know why it’s not available to you. I’m sure it should be.
Is it really a retelling of Rapunzel?
Loosely, yes. It’s not the most conventional retelling, you’ll see. I hope you’ll still enjoy it, though! There’s actually very little romance in this one. It’s… more of an aromantic retelling? Sort of. Mostly. Just don’t go into it expecting an on-screen cuddles or romantic scenes. If it’s about romance at all, it’s about a break-up, but not in an overly sad way.
This is why I struggle to talk about this book. This right here. I do not know its themes in a way I can easily word. I AM MARKETING FAIL. (We knew that already, but great to know that it continues?)
Is this #OwnVoices?
This is #OwnVoices in the sense that I have an anxiety disorder, was bullied growing up and this whole book is about the process of healing from the latter and dealing with the former. So, yes. Not sure if there’s anything else that applies. I mean I suppose you could call it #OwnVoices for ace spec if you wanted to, but I personally wouldn’t really think of it that way.
I have another question!
Ask away! ^_^
Oh! And, lastly, keep an eye open for the promo posts. I’ve got a bunch of promo posts lined up for this book that’ll be going live between now and January 17th. I hope you’ll enjoy those too!