Apologies if you are a newsletter subscriber and have already read this. It felt too important just to share once.
I got word on Monday that hardback sales for May B. are dwindling. My publisher has decided not to order another print run.
I absolutely cannot complain. This verse novel editors and agents weren’t sure what to do with* has found its place. It will continue on as a paperback and ebook. The story is read and is loved. What more could I ask for?
Well, there is one thing. I’d love to give the hardback edition a hearty send off filled with all the love it deserves. There are just under a hundred books left in the Random House warehouse. Wouldn’t it be beautiful if every copy found a home? The book is currently on sale at Amazon. It’s $9.33. That’s 42% off the cover price. As of yesterday, books at Amazon were temporarily out of stock, but orders can still be placed. Hooray and thank you! Let’s keep those babies moving.
If you’ve never read May B., this is your chance. If you know a school or classroom library that might enjoy a copy or has need of a set, please consider passing this on. If you’re looking for an early holiday gift, May B. is the perfect winter read. And if you know a child who loves reading (or even one who doesn’t), May B. might be of interest. The white space verse novels employ makes the reading active and swift. Over the years boys and girls have contacted me, saying May Betterly feels like a friend.
Most recently I heard from a teacher whose mother-in-law loved the book. Like May, she grew up in an era where dyslexia wasn’t understood. May’s story brought her comfort and courage.
It continues to amaze me that this imaginary girl has resonated with so many readers.
If you’re interested in receiving a signed bookplate and bookmark to go with your purchase, please send a self-addressed envelope to Caroline Starr Rose, PO Box 93941, Albuquerque, NM, 87199. I’ll be happy to personalize the bookplate in any way.
Thank you, friends, for loving this book as I have. If May were a real girl, she’d be amazed at the influence of her quiet bravery. I know she’s given me courage. I hope you can say the same.
*Is this the beginning of a picture book? an editor asked after reading my first ten pages during a conference critique. It’s good, but I don’t know how to sell something like this, a handful of agents informed me. When May went on submission, one editor felt kids in this “plugged-in age” wouldn’t be able to relate.