Book Deal!

Posted by on November 13, 2013


Over the past few years I’ve had people email me or ask me how they can buy my books and my answer has always been a sheepish — um, yeah, well, you can’t.

Well, finally, you can!

I’m beyond excited to announce that HarperCollins will publish my debut mystery novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, on June 10, 2014. And the second book in the Gabriella Giovanni mystery series, BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, will come out July 8, 2014.

A two-book deal. Yippee!

And here’s where I lost my mind this morning, freaking out, making noises like Rosco P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard — you can pre-order the books on Amazon RIGHT NOW. This minute. (I’m sputtering like that sheriff again!)

Here’s the link to pre-order BLESSED ARE THE DEAD and BLESSED ARE THE MEEK on Amazon.

And here is a little bit about my first book: here.

I have to apologize to anyone who is not in the publishing business, but seeing your name and your books on Amazon for the first time is crazy because all of a sudden, it is REAL. Hence the Rosco-like noises.

And THEN I thought the excitement was over but I went to Goodreads and HOLY SMOKES, my books came up there so I immediately clicked WANT TO READ. And then sat back down and relaxed before I gave myself a heart attack.

Now, here’s a little bit about my book deal.

My book will be published as an e-book only — at first.

It’s a title in William Morrow/HarperCollins’ Witness imprint. Witness features mysteries and thrillers in digital-first format. Later, in many cases, the books will then be released in print format.

I’m always optimistic, so I have every hope that readers will love it enough for it to go to print.

Here’s what mystery writer James Hayman said about going with the new mystery imprint and why I think he’s right and it was a smart move.

“I decided to go with Harper Collins’ after learning that, while roughly 25% of all books sold in the U.S. are sold in e-book format, in genre fiction such as mysteries, thrillers and romance, the number is closer to 60% and rising.”

Yeah. That.

The press release announcing the new imprint says that Witness is modeled after the publisher’s successful romance imprint, Impulse.

“Authors published by Witness will have a dedicated team, ensuring they receive full editorial support as well as an individualized strategic marketing and publicity campaign. Dynamic, market-responsive pricing remains a cornerstone of the Witness/Impulse e-book pricing strategy. Even though these books are digital-first, the HarperCollins sales group is always seeking out opportunities in print, working with key retail accounts to execute tailored promotions in physical stores. To date, more than 60 percent of Impulse titles have a print format, with thousands of printed copies sold for each of those books.”

Witness will also release all of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot short stories as digital singles.

I’ll thrilled to be joining other authors already signed with Witness, including James Hayman, internationally-bestselling author Stephen Booth, CWA Dagger-winning authors Frances Fyfield and Rory Clements, bestselling author Judi Culbertson, and Sunday Times “Top 10” bestselling author Emlyn Reese.

23 Responses to Book Deal!

  1. Kristi

    Thanks so much A! Hope you are well. Miss hearing your thoughts on living the good life. xoxo

  2. Amigh

    Congratulations! It has been such a pleasure following your journey all these years and I’m thrilled it all going to happen!

  3. Kristi

    Thanks Giovanni for catching a typo. I’ve been meaning to go into this post and also correct a redundancy, so thank you for motivating me to do that! : )

  4. Kristi

    Thanks F.T.
    Your books look great! Will totally check them out for me (and my kids!)
    Thanks for saying hello.
    I’m beyond excited about being with Harper!

  5. F.T. Bradley

    CONGRATS!!! So excited for you. I’m a Harper author too–it’s a good place to be :-)

  6. Giovanna

    Yes I am well and writing, thank you! Thrilled for you for your well earned success, I will now be able to tell that I ‘knew’ you before you were famous ;)

  7. Kristi

    Thanks xoxox

  8. Your Brother

    Whooop ass. Got my copy pre-ordered.

  9. Kristi

    Thanks Lucky – love you lots

  10. Kristi

    What a nice surprise to hear from you! Hope you are well!
    Thanks so much for taking time to comment! Best to you, my friend!

  11. Giovanna

    CONGRATULATIONS! It must be exhilarating to see your name on the author page…WTG, enjoy and remember this moment: a TWO book deal, I am so happy for you!!

  12. Lucky

    On behalf of the entire Belcamino family – we could not be any prouder of all your accomplishments – ciao Bella

  13. Kristi

    Thanks so much, Stephanie! xoxo

  14. Kristi

    Thanks Catherine! xoxo

  15. Catherine Staat

    I was so happy to see this post! Congratulations and Well Deserved and Exciting! I hope you open a bottle of bubbly or a really nice wine to celebrate! ;)

  16. Stephanie

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! How so very exciting! I look forward to reading them both.

  17. Cynthia

    Congratulations, Kristi! I cannot wait to read it! xo

  18. Kristi

    Thanks Bethany!
    So happy to be on the same team as you … and a book birthday! Sheesh! We definitely need to celebrate!

  19. Kristi

    Thanks David! Can’t wait to buy your book!

  20. David Pennington

    I believe I was one of those people who asked you how I could buy them. Wow, was that over 2 years ago? I know your journey was much longer than that. I love seeing dreams come true. Pre-ordered!

  21. Bethany Neal

    This is so crazy beyond exciting. Not just a book deal, but a TWO BOOK DEAL!!!! Not enough exclamation marks in the world to express how awesome that is for your debut. Also, we now share a book birthday as well as an agent. Does this mean in the near future we’ll be taking over a portion of the world…? CONGRATS!

  22. Kristi

    Thanks. Carol. Can I pre-order yours now? If so, send me the link and I’m all over that! Woot!

  23. Carol Pavliska

    Oh. My. God. CONGRATULATIONS! My debut is also being e-pubbed (May 2014). It’s exciting, no? So thrilled for you and I’m going to pre-order :).