I know June 24th seems really far off right now, and knowing myself, I'd probably wait a while myself before pre-ordering a book that wasn't coming out until June. Who wants to buy something they won't even get until summer?
But you see, the thing is, there's a method to the madness behind the pre-order of a book. If you're an independent author like m'self, pre-sales can do the awesome task of building up buzz and generating excitement and all that shiz... But the REALLY great thing that pre-orders do is give the author needed time and resources to complete the book. Basically, the money you pay for the pre-order gives me more time to write and more resources to contribute toward making a killer final product. And that's a really big fucking deal to me. Every pre-order of ALL THE THINGS is a vote of faith and confidence, as well as a big high-five when it comes to this crazy dream of mine to make it as an independent author.
So, since I consider every pre-order an investment in the book, it seems only fitting that I officially thank every investor within the actual book.
Thus, everyone who has or does pre-order the book ALL THE THINGS before May 1st (aka, before it goes to print) will receive a special dedication inside the actual book. Printed. In type. For everyone to see. It's something you can show to your friends and family and brag about around an open fire. "Hey, check this out," you can smugly say, as you slowly pull the book off the shelf and open it to reveal your name in print. "My name's in this totally awesome book." When they ooh and aaah and rub your shoulder appreciatively, you can brush your hair back, shrug, and say, "Yeah. I know the author. No big deal." (Even if you don't know me, this will be the one time when it will be okay with me if you say that anyway).
Think about it - your name in print! And you don't even have to write a book or a super shitty editorial to make it happen! Look at you. You're so smart. Yeah, you are! Why'n't you just put your feet up for a minute, rest your hand back in your hands, and relax for a little while. Congratulate yourself for being a fine human being. A fine human being whose name is listed in many fine, paperback-bound books.