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QUINTESSENCE is almost here!


And that means it’s time to launch The Quintessence Preorder Campaign!

Some of you may be asking, What is a preorder campaign?

For my purposes, a preorder campaign is a way to say Thank You to friends and readers who have supported QUINTESSENCE. And that Thank You comes in the form of—


What kind of swag? 


Everyone who preorders QUINTESSENCE or requests that their library order a copy for their collection will receive:

  • Bookmark

  • Sticker

  • Four Points Postcard

  • Signed Bookplate (for preorders only)

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Plus everyone will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to my local indie bookstore, Books & Books!

So how exactly do you get these wonderful prizes? Excellent question! All you have to do is:


1. Order QUINTESSENCE in any form (hardback, e-book, audiobook) from your independent bookseller or retailer of choice by August 3, 2019 (this includes the week after the publication date of July 28). Click here to purchase! 


2. Email your mailing address and proof-of-purchase to:

What is a Proof-of-Purchase?

Proof-of-purchase is a photo/scan/screenshot of your receipt. You can order from any book retailer, but preferably your local indie! Click here to go to QUINTESSENCE's page on the Macmillan website for full links.


And library requests count too?

Yes, library requests count too! If you didn’t know, most libraries allow you to request a book to add to their collection, either through a form on their website or a paper form at the location. If you complete one of these, please send a photo/scan/screen shot of the request. That’s your proof-of-purchase!


When filling out a request form for a library, you may need some of this info:


  • Author: Jess Redman

  • Publisher: FSG/Macmillan

  • Publication Date: July 28, 2020

  • Language: English

  • ISBN: 978-0374309763

  • ISBN-10: 0374309760

And that’s it! That’s all you have to do.

These are strange times to be bringing a new book into the world, and preorders are important now more than ever.  I’ve been so amazed by the support and interest the story has received already from educators, librarians, kids, and other very wise adult readers who love middle-grade fiction.  I hope that you'll support your local bookstore and support this story—and then I hope you'll let me say "Thank You!" by entering the campaign.

TL;DR: Send your mailing address and proof-of-purchase/library-request to, and I’ll send you fun things in the mail!

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Detailed Giveaway Rules:
» Any North American edition of QUINTESSENCE, including hardcover, e-version, or audiobook, purchased via a bookstore or online book retailer by 11:59PM PT on August 3rd, 2020 qualifies for the preorder campaign. Any request for QUINTESSENCE made to a public library by this same date also qualifies.
» For a valid entry, proof-of-purchase and/or proof of library request and entrant’s mailing address must be emailed to preorder campaign admin (Jess Redman) at by 11:59PM PT on August 3, 2020.
» Following a valid entry, the reader will be mailed a swag pack consisting of one (1) QUINTESSENCE sticker, one (1) QUINTESSENCE bookmark, and one (1) QUINTESSENCE postcard WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. Preorder entrants will also receive a signed bookplate.

» One (1) grand prize winner will be randomly drawn from all valid entries (including library requests) on or after August 3rd, 2019 and will receive one (1) gift card worth $100 to Books & Books.

» Pre-order campaign is open internationally to readers 13+.
» By entering, you are confirming that you are 13 or older, and giving the admin (Jess Redman) permission to contact you via email and mail you your prize.
» Fulfillment will be on a rolling basis.

» Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm PT on 8/3/20.

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