About Thorolf’s Day

Serpent's Kiss, a paranormal romance and Dragonfire #10 by Deborah CookeWednesday will be Thorolf’s day this week, the day that Serpent’s Kiss goes on sale. Because there aren’t pre-orders available at every portal, I thought I’d run down today’s plan for you all here.

First, an aside. Many of the names for the days of the week in English come from the Norse pantheon. Wednesday actually derives from Odin’s Day, while Thursday derives from Thor’s Day and Friday from Freya’s Day. It’s kind of funny to have Thorolf’s day on Odin’s Day, but there you go.

Serpent’s Kiss is already available for pre-order at All Romance eBooks, Apple and KOBO. The book will go live automatically on April 30. I’ll guess that the transition will happen at midnight Eastern time for KOBO (since they’re in Toronto) and midnight Pacific time for Apple (since they’re in California). I believe ARe is in the midwest, so it might be midnight Central time for that portal. We’ll see how it all shakes out.

Serpent’s Kiss is loaded and ready to be published at B&N Nook, Amazon, and Createspace. I will publish at 6 PM Eastern at all three portals. The time it takes each portal to process the book will vary—I believe there’s also a variation based on volume at every portal. Amazon has been comparatively quick for me in the past year, so I’ll guess the book will be live for sale there between midnight and 2 AM Eastern. B&N varies wildly—it could be available around the same time as Amazon, or could take up to two days to process. They’ve been quicker this year, so fingers crossed.

The print edition will be available for order as soon as I publish on Createspace, then its information will perk through to other portals. I expect it to be listed for sale on Amazon by the next morning. There’s no telling how long the print edition will take to be listed at B&N and other portals. This is a trade paperback edition, the same size as The Dragon Legion Collection.

The upload to Overdrive will be done later this week. Again, there’s a processing period, but I’d expect Serpent’s Kiss to be available from Overdrive by the middle of the month, and from the portals to which they feed content (like Waterstones) by the end of May.

Let’s hope that more portals set up pre-order capabilities by the time The Frost Maiden’s Kiss is ready for publication.

Remember that Serpent’s Kiss will be discounted from $6.99 US (or equivalent) to $4.99 US (or equivalent) for two days only – April 30 and May 1. That’s because not everyone could take advantage of the pre-order discount offered on Apple and Kobo.

Once the Amazon and B&N links are live, I’ll send out my May newsletter (on the 30th of April!) There will be a special contest for subscribers in this issue, so if you haven’t signed up for it, please use the link in the right sidebar to do so.

8 thoughts on “About Thorolf’s Day

  1. Yay I can’t wait to read it Deb. It’s on my wish list but I’m waiting for the print copy it’s still hard to “treasure” something on my nook 🙂


    • Jessica – at 6 PM I’ll click PUBLISH. The file will have to be approved before it goes live for sale and the timing of that varies. My hope is that it’ll be available everywhere tomorrow morning – we’ll see.


  2. Hello…is this self published? Is that why isn’t available already in print? This means it won’t have the same size as the previous installments…how sad, I like my series all looking the same…well, I hope it won’t take too long to be available in print. Series I really like I prefer them in print.
    Thank you.


    • HI Sonia –

      Yes, I’m finishing the series by self-publishing it. Trade paperback is the only format available – as much as I’d love to have all the books in the same format, the alternative is not to have these stories at all. I chose the size closest to that of the Dragon Diaries trade paperbacks, and they look pretty good together on my shelf. 🙂


      • Hello ms Cooke and thank you so much for replying so promptly!
        Yes, I also prefer you can publish anyway you can!! But why isn’t it possible to publish as paperbacks? Is it a “rule”, a sort of convention, is it price related? I’m not trying to offend, just to understand because I’ve bought a lot of self published books and will continue to do so if it’s by authors whose work I follow, but at the same time I’m curious…I always thought the paperback format was perfect to economize?
        I hope I’m not offending you.
        Eagerly awaiting for Thorolf to be in print! 🙂


      • Hi Sonia –

        A mass market paperback is an economical format, provided that the publisher can print a certain number of copies at a time — often more than 10,000. It’s great for national print distribution, when bookstores, drugstores, grocery stores etc all shelf the title on the same day. Indie authors, though, have no way to warehouse and distribute all those books, never mind to pay for them up front. What’s happening with indie publishing instead is that the books are printed individually, which is called Print on Demand. This means that there’s no national distribution but that books are manufactured as they are ordered. Because this is a more expensive process, the format of choice is trade paperback – the math just works better for everyone. Even when big publishers print trade paperbacks in quantity, the list price is often $15.

        I do think that some company will set up a service to print and warehouse mass market paperbacks of popular indie titles, then distribute them etc., but that hasn’t happened yet. One of the other contributing factors is the disappearance of physical bookstores, which means there are fewer places to ship books.

        I hope that makes sense. We’re in the midst of big changes in publishing right now, and I don’t think things are nearly settled into a new routine. 🙂

        btw, the trade paperback of Serpent’s Kiss is now available for sale on Amazon.


  3. Thank you so much for your explanation and the time you took to reply. I’ll look for the book for sure. Thank you again!!


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