Hats, ARCs, and a Cover Peek-a-boo

Fizwilliam DarcyFitzwilliam Darcy, in His Own Words. The book is done, and I can hardly wait for its debut on May 4th. I’m super excited about the gorgeous cover too (inspired by this still from the ’95 mini-series), which is scheduled to be revealed on April 14th. But that’s still over 3 weeks away!

So, what am I doing in the meantime? I’m trying to get a strategy together for promoting the book, for how I’m going to get the word out about this new story!

When I started in this game over a decade ago, I figured that my job was to write a great book. After all, that’s the part where my skills and interests most applied. Then, I imagined I would pass my baby off to others who would handle the actual publication and promotion process, no doubt sending me off on on a glamorous book-signing tour. I would have enjoyed that.

Didn’t happen. That’s not how things are done anymore. For most of us at least, there are no actual book-signing tours and no big-budget publicity teams either. Nearly everything is done online by the author him/herself, who must wear many hats. Some of those hats fit better than others, and a few are downright uncomfortable.

I bought some Japan ink likewise, and next week shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend. (from a letter)

For example, I’m not all that comfortable with technology. I’ve learned what I had to to get the job done, but it’s definitely not my strong suit. However, I have recently started playing around on Canva, creating some graphics I can use in the promotion process – things like the graphic above, which I made all by myself! Also a peek-a-boo from the cover (below). So maybe there’s hope.

I’m also not great at self-promotion. “Hey, look at me, look at me! Isn’t my book amazing?” That’s not my style at all. So I’m hoping to get some help with that (You see, I’m perfectly fine with other people bragging about my books!). Reviews (on Amazon and Goodreads, etc.) are critical, and especially the first ones to get the ball rolling. So I’d like to recruit a few of the subscribers of this blog, who would be willing to promptly post reviews about Fitzwilliam Darcy in His Own Words, to receive and read an ARC (advance-reader copy) of the book. Are you interested?

To help you decide, go here to read the Prologue. And here is the official book blurb:

What was Mr. Darcy’s life like before he met Elizabeth Bennet? – before he stepped onto the Pride and Prejudice stage at the Meryton assembly? More importantly, where is he and what is he doing all the time he’s absent from the page thereafter? And what is his relationship to a woman named Amelia?

With Fitzwilliam Darcy, in His Own Words, the iconic literary hero finally tells his own story, from the traumas of his early life to the consummation of his love for Elizabeth and everything in between.

This is not a variation but a supplement to the original story, chronicled in Darcy’s point of view – a behind-the-scenes look at the things Jane Austen didn’t tell us. As it happens, Darcy’s journey was more tortuous than she let on, his happy ending with Elizabeth in jeopardy at every turn in his struggle between duty and his heart’s desire, between the suitable lady he has promised to marry and the woman he can’t stop thinking about.

If you’re ready to sign on to my unofficial “publicity team,” email me here: shannon(at)shannonwinslow(dot)com, subject line “ARC.” Tell me why you’re perfect for the job! Like I said, I don’t have a big publicity budget, but I’m planning a small thank-you gift for those who successfully complete the assignment. Plus you’ll get to read the book before anybody else!

Untitled designAnd now, as I promised, here’s that graphic I created to give you a peek-a-boo look at the cover. What do you think? – not the bricks, of course, but the pair of eyes looking at you between them. I have to admit I had fun putting this together. 😀

Have a great day, and watch for the cover reveal post at Austen Variations on April 14th. Or follow this link.

Fitzwilliam Darcy - KINDLE4/14/21 UPDATE: Here’s the finished cover! I hope you like it. Everything is on track for the May 4th publication of Fitzwilliam Darcy in His Own Words in Kindle, KU, and paperback. It’s available now at Amazon for Kindle pre-order too. Audio begins production soon and should come out sometime in June. The incomparable Harry Frost will be the narrator.

About Shannon Winslow

author of historical fiction in the tradition of Jane Austen
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10 Responses to Hats, ARCs, and a Cover Peek-a-boo

  1. sheilalmajczan says:

    I would be interested in reading an ARC and leaving a review. I know I have enjoyed many other of your stories.

  2. Hi, Shannon,
    I would love to read your book ( arc ) of Fitzwilliam Darcy in his own words. First off, I think the idea is truly fascinating and intriguing from his point of view. His expectations that he was born to, must had been so difficult for him on deciding to marry Elizabeth. The turmoil and the difficulties to actually get through to me would have been phenomenal and I would love to read your perspective on how you felt he would view his options. In my head I’ve always thought it dauntingly difficult as well, in that time where class distinction was everything and people followed protocol to the letter.
    Anyway, I’d love the chance to read it.
    Thanks for that!
    Ruth Roberts-Telford

  3. caroleincanada says:

    I like Mr. Darcy’s eyes behind the bricks! Looking forward to the reveal and I will send you an email to try and promote myself to receive an ARC!

  4. deborahanne2 says:

    The cover looks interesting. I love the intensity in Darcy’s eyes. Did you paint the cover?

    • Guilty as charged. There are 2 paintings, and my graphic designer has done a wonderful job of melding them together, translating the image I had in my head into reality. It will be a very different look from any of my others.

  5. Marie H says:

    Looking forward to reading this! Wishing you every success with it. Your inspiration photo is one of my favourite CF images. Darcy in his own words sounds wonderful!

    • So glad you’re intrigued by the premise of the new book, Marie! Yes, CF will always be Darcy in my mind, and I love this picture. It seems to show some of the torment JA and I put him through. Haha!

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