UPDATE, March 7: Never in a million years would I imagine that you, HAGC Nation, would be so strong! Thanks to you, Duck, Duck, Goose is ranked No. 981 in ALL books on Amazon.com this morning; we’re also No. 1 in Game and we cracked the Top 100 in Cookbooks. That is an astonishingly high rank for a duck and goose cookbook that won’t even be released until October 1. It’s better than I could have possibly imagined, and I want to thank you all. Keep spreading the word to all the duck hunters and duck enthusiasts out there! ~Hank
Look what I found.
With six months or so until Duck, Duck, Goose: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking Waterfowl, Both Farmed and Wild will be released — details such as actual page count, final editing, etc. are still a work in progress. Hell, we might even tinker with the cover. But, if you are so inclined, you can pre-order the book and tell the big booksellers that yes, you want a copy when it does come out on October 1.
Why bother doing this? Why not wait until the book is released? Those Who Know These Things tell me that if we get enough pre-orders, Ten Speed (my publisher) will print more copies, the booksellers will be more inclined to feature the book, book reviewers more likely to review it, and so on. A rare few books generate so many pre-orders that they hit the bestseller lists immediately upon release. Now that would be pretty damn cool, wouldn’t it?
I will certainly have books in my truck as I crisscross the United States this fall. But if you want to help me kick the tour off with a bang, consider pre-ordering a copy. It’ll arrive at your door the day it’s released — in time for duck season. Then, if you want me to sign it, meet me on the road and I’ll be more than happy to.
How to go about it? You can pre-order my book through Amazon.com here, or, if you’d prefer, through Barnes & Noble here. I haven’t seen the book show up on other online booksellers yet, but if you notice it, let me know.
I know this feeling. I was a track and field runner in a former life (a miler, mostly), and what I am feeling now is the same feeling I had before each season. Had I prepared enough? Will I be good enough? It is the calm before a maelstrom of driving, talking, eating and meeting all of you. Finally, Duck, Duck, Goose is edging toward something physical, something I can hold in my hand.
What’s more, I feel like I’ve been harboring a secret all these months because so much of the book is new material I’ve never published here on Hunter Angler Gardener Cook — and I can’t wait to share that secret with you.
Only a few more months to go…