I am very busy with a move at the moment, my friends, but will catch up with everything and everyone soon.
Meanwhile, I am thrilled to let you know that one of the most hilarious books I have ever read is now on sale worldwide.
Chickens, Mules and Two old Fools by Victoria Twead. Do visit her website for a taster of chapters, Spanish recipes and much more.
Till the next time…
Julian Thomas said:
I introduce myself as the author of Zita, and more recently The Delicate Magic of Life both published by YouWriteOn.com. By chance were you at the Get Published Masterclass at Earls Court on 17th April? There was something peripheral about Print on Demand when there should not be, that the wonderful prospects for this kind of publishing was not emphasized enough, that main stream and bookshops place our books in a division lower than their ranking demands. In short, there is a need to raise the profile of Print on Demand, not necessarily for graceless financial gain, but because many of the books deserve a much wider readership. It is heartening to find a quality website like yours, which embraces many of the aspects of Print on Demand, and with positive links to YouWriteOn.com. Something should be done—at the moment I’m not sure what. Waterstones do not have the courtesy to reply to letters. Through family I got a ladies Book Club in Exeter to take on Zita, which was well worth it, and in September I have ‘expectations’ of a Book Club in Cheltenham. With kind regards, Julian
Hello Julian. It’s great to make your acquaintance. I have been unable to do much in the way of promoting my fellow writers or my own work of late, due to ill health and a very sick daughter. I have Zita and think it looks very intriguing. Interestingly enough, one of my characters is called Zita! It is on my list of YWO books to read and review. I am glad you are getting it ‘aired’ at Book Clubs. I wish you luck with Cheltenham.
I didn’t attend the Masterclass, but it does sound like something dear to my heart. I can’t remember how many times I have heard POD spoken of with scorn. Don’t people realise that many of the large publishing houses such as Orion are using POD to save on paper, warehouse and logistics? We do indeed need to find a way to raise the profile. At present I am not sure how, either.
As for Waterstones, I think you will find they are very willing to do book signings and get stock in. I know of many of our authors who have done this. Have you sent out a press release or done any interviews yet? That is something I have yet to do. I don’t know if you already know but Allan Mayer has a list of things to help us promote our books. He’s a great chap and done much to help others in every way. Do keep in touch. All the very best, Lucy. aka Gwenda