So … May 1, the official release date of We Hear the Dead quickly approaches. And yet, several people I know already have copies of the book on the way or in hand. and apparently received shipments early and have already mailed out pre-ordered copies! I know that a few books are due to arrive at their destinations on Monday, and one of my students emailed me on Friday night with great excitement to tell me that her copy had shown up that afternoon!

I haven’t seen an official copy myself yet, but my editor tells me they look and feel vastly superior to the ARC copies (seen above) – which I thought were pretty darn good! I emailed my student to ask her what the book looks like, and this was her reply.

Mrs. Salerni,
It is shiny.

O—kay. I thought I’d instructed my class on writing more verbose descriptions, but I guess I will just have to curb my curiosity until Monday when she brings it into class … and expects me to sign it.

I hadn’t actually thought about signing them yet. When I self-published under the title High Spirits, I signed all copies with the tagline: Enjoy a spirited read! I guess that’s still okay, but I’d like to come up with something that matches the new title better. The best I have so far is:

I hear the dead think you’ll like this book.

Pretty lame and kinda long. Can anybody help me out?