Exciting News. I’ve got the paperback version of my book - The Guest Who Stayed. It arrived this morning - published by FeedARead. (www.feedaread.com ) And I have to say I’m really very impressed with the quality. Better in my view than many bookshop paperbacks.
The cover is a beautiful high definition version of the design I commissioned all those many months ago. It has a gloss finish and feels good to the touch. Inside, the quality of the paper is excellent – I have chosen an off white / cream and I can’t fault the quality of the print.
SO – well done FeedARead. I can really recommend you.
OK – so you can tell I’m a bit high on this – cradling my book like a new born infant.
So what’s the point? Why not just leave it as an e’ book?
Well OK – there is some vanity involved. I promise you it’s a great moral booster to see the physical outcome of all that effort. But there’s more to it than that. I think it’s hard selling an e’ book. You’re selling an idea rather than a product and many people like to feel, hold, caress and love. There’s been a limit to how fervently I can sell the idea of visiting my web page on the Amazon Kindle site.
Now however, with my beautiful offspring clutched in my hands, I feel empowered to go out and engage in the raw and harsh world of selling. Why not? I’ve got something I’m proud of.
My resolution this year is to start thinking out of the box. ‘Piff’ to Twitter and ‘bosh’ to Facebook. I’m going to do it ‘my way’ (Sorry Frank Sinatra).
Perhaps my barber (well hairdresser actually) can be persuaded to have a copy on the table – and then a few under the counter that he can sell when the enquiries start.
“Yes, he’s a local author Mrs. Baxter. I can let you have a copy but it’s a bit racey so better keep it out of Mr. Baxter’s way.
Or the local post office – there’s plenty of spare shelf space there. Perhaps I can do a deal.
I shall certainly be visiting East Anglia (where the book is set) and see if I can get some independent booksellers to mount displays.
So you see the arrival of the book on my doorstep this morning has re invigorated my sagging spirits just when it was needed. Now, when I feel hope deserting me I just have to seize hold of my book, caress those beautiful smooth pages and tell myself that it will eventually be alright.
I’ll keep you posted on how my ‘out of the box’ marketing campaign develops.
PS. I don’t think you can actually buy a copy for about six weeks. Sorry.