OK, so it’s been a while. But every so often a man needs to diversify a little to placate the bank manager, if you know what I mean.
No? Not to worry, on with the news:
Firstly, the fabulous Catherine O’Brien has completed audio narration of ‘The Ley Lines of Lushbury’ – available NOW from Audible/Amazon
Secondly, the awesome Wayne Farrell is, even as we speak, putting the finishing touches to the first in the DCI Brendan Moran Crime series to hit Audio, ‘Black December’ – available very soon from Audible/Amazon – of course, in the meantime you can always read the paperback or Kindle or Kobo versions … spoiled for choice, I’d say. More news very soon …
The Past isn’t over. Yet.
The idea was very straightforward:
Buy some stock, get a small display unit/table, bring the laptop. Use a few posters. print some flyers.
Find a comfortable slot in the town centre. Chat to the public. Sign and sell some books.
Busking, but with books.
The local council said: ‘Sorry, we only have six street trader licenses to give out and they’re all allocated.’
The Oracle Shopping Mall said: ‘Sure, but you have to use one of our display units. We only rent them for a week and the rental price is £1000’.
I’m working on a solution because these licensing and rental restrictions/impositions are crazy. Free enterprise? Where?
Anyone else thought of/had issues with doing this? Let’s talk!
Fellow author Andrew Blackman was kind enough to share the experience of his recent book launch with me, and as I am planning one of these for my new novel ‘Creatures of Dust‘ I thought it would be helpful to share Andrew’s experiences with you. After all, we all need a good launch, don’t we?
Here’s what Andrew had to say:
In several cases I emailed people separately, and they said they hadn’t seen the Facebook invite. So I’d only recommend doing that as a last resort for people whose email addresses you don’t have. Apart from the direct invites, I didn’t do any other publicity, and I don’t think my publisher did either. I think it works better when people think it’s an exclusive event that they’ve been invited to personally, rather than a general thing that you tell the whole world about.
I should mention that Andrew was launching his new novel, ‘A Virtual Love’.
Andrew, many thanks!