2015 Is Here! And I’m Throwing a Preorder Party!


Surely you’ve all seen this by now, but what better way to say hello to 2015 than this:



While 2015 may disappoint in that there are no hoverboards, flying cars, or power shoelaces like Back to the Future predicted, there are thankfully still books. And I’m proud, thrilled, and kinda still in shock to say that THIS YEAR, mine will be one of them.

Becoming Jinn releases on April 21, 2015. It’s been a long time coming; Becoming Jinn sold to Macmillan’s Feiwel & Friends in May 2013.

In some ways, it’s hard to believe we are approaching the three-month countdown. *cue panic attack*

But we are. So to celebrate and thank all of you who have helped, supported, and followed me on this journey, I’m throwing a…


In case you aren’t aware, preordering is one of the best things you can do for an author, especially a debut like me. Early sales are key for showing a publisher that there is demand for a book and this in turn can help increase support both in bookstores and internally on the marketing side. It even comes into play when authors go to sell their next books to their publishers.

Preorders are SO important that I’m offering a special thank you to the fabulous readers who snap up Becoming Jinn prior to release. And if you’ve already preordered Becoming Jinn, first THANK YOU! And second, I hope you held onto that receipt because you’re gonna need it!


Two Ways to Win


Writer or Reader? Choose Your Preorder Thank You!

I’m running two preorder campaigns*: one that will appeal to writers and one that will appeal to readers (or anyone who loves FREE things).

*one per receipt


Preorder Thank You for Writers: Runs January Only

Are you a writer? Querying? Polishing your final draft? Let me help you! A former copyeditor who has done countless critiques for aspiring writers over the past two years, including during the last two Pitch Wars (which resulted in a book deal for my mentee Laurie Elizabeth Flynn!), I’m addicted to critiquing! The closer I get to publication, the less time I have to offer them, but I’m squeezing in one last round.

If you preorder Becoming Jinn by January 31 from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt at, you will automatically receive a free query or first-page critique. Your choice!

Not enough of an incentive? Well, how about this: you will also be entered into a raffle to win a FULL MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE. For free. Free! (Max: 90,000 words)

What? You want MORE? MORE? Okay, you got it: Two lucky writers will be chosen at random to have their work critiqued by my fabulous, insightful, whip-smart agent, Lucy Carson of The Friedrich Agency. She’s offering one query critique and one first chapter critique. Getting agent feedback like this is a RARE opportunity you don’t want to miss!

All you have to do is preorder Becoming Jinn, but hurry! To quality for the free query or first-page critique and be entered into the raffle to win the full manuscript critique and agent critique, your receipt must be dated no later than January 31, 2015.


Preorder Thank You for Readers: Runs Until April 25

Not a writer, but already a Becoming Jinn fan? Then simply e-mail me a copy of your receipt, dated no later than April 25, 2015, and you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one of several gift cards to places like Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more in amounts ranging from $5-$25. The more preorders I get, the more gift cards I’ll offer! (I may even toss in a $50 one, so spread the word!)

To qualify for the gift card raffle, preorder or buy Becoming Jinn by April 25, 2015, from any online or local retailer and e-mail me a copy of the receipt at Winners will be chosen at random on April 27 and notified by e-mail.

As a special bonus, and to support my favorite local indie, if you preorder or buy from Porter Square Books by April 25, you’ll earn an EXTRA ENTRY in the raffle. Plus, you can then also get it SIGNED by me!

To order a signed/personalized copy from Porter Square Books, after you add Becoming Jinn to your cart, just enter “signed copy” and the name to make it out to in the comments field on Porter Square’s online ordering form. Then send me a copy of the receipt and you’ll earn two entries in the gift card raffle.

Here’s to a great 2015!










Official Rules

Critique giveaway open internally. To be entered into the full manuscript and agent critique giveaway, no purchase necessary. Deadline for entry: Jan. 31, 2015. Winners chosen February 5, 2015. Queries, first pages, and manuscripts do not have to be ready immediately upon winning. They are to be critiqued on a deadline set jointly by winner and Lori Goldstein and Lucy Carson. Gift card giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and U.S. territories. No purchase necessary. Winners chosen April 27, 2015. Winners notified by email and announced on Web site. Winners have 30 days to claim prizes by responding to the notification about winning the prize otherwise they forfeit entry. Mail entries to lori at lorigoldsteinbooks dot com. One per person. Void where prohibited by law.

2 Responses to “2015 Is Here! And I’m Throwing a Preorder Party!”

  1. leslie zensky says:

    Can’t wait to read Becoming Jinn! We are reading book for club in July , I am so sure I will read it before. Thank you