Book Distribution Fun and Frolics.

lawfully weddedThose of you who read my Publication Update From a Terrified Author will be familiar with my journey to publication. If you didn’t, go there now. It’s okay, we’ll wait.

*Taps fingers*

*Answers the call of last night’s left over chocolate cake in the fridge*

Up to speed? Great!

So to update you some more: last week, several times as it happens, I published the paperback of The New Mrs D. I say several times, as with each proof review I spotted much needed formatting tweaks and kept taking it back down, which rather spoiled the all-singing, all-dancing publication fanfare approach I was going for. Lesson for today: buy an actual copy your own book and then wait for it to arrive before you try to sell it to others.

Me: ‘Hurray! It’s my publication day!’

Me one hour later: ‘Ooh, wait a minute there. The front cover has slipped slightly over to the back. Hold everything…’

Me twenty four hours later: ‘Hurray! It’s my publication day!’

Me another twenty four hours later: ‘What? Why? All the chapters are on the left hand page. Amazon said they were on the right facing page. Oh wait, right facing means the left page. Right. Hold everything…’

Me twenty four hours later: ‘Hurray! It’s my publication day!’

Message from reader of eBook that night: ‘Did you notice the missing apostrophe on page ninety-seven?’

It’s not coming down again because by now, quite frankly, I’m drunk. Which doesn’t help me when various people from Australia, where the eBook is still riding in the top ten humour bestsellers list after six weeks, start asking why they can’t buy it in the shops over there. The short answer is that expanded distribution takes – drumroll please – another six weeks. Expanded distribution being the means by which bookshops can find and purchase The New Mrs D wholesale.

Something tells me Tolkien never had these problems.

Anyway, book marketing marvel that I am,  you can always run along to my Goodreads giveaway page and try to win one of ten signed copies if you like, which I will then lovingly post to you with an added cheesy joke to prove it is me. Something like, ‘a body with its bum missing has washed up in the Thames. It’s the worst case of arsenic I’ve ever seen.’ This way you will absolutely KNOW what you’re in for when you read the novel.

You can enter the Goodreads giveaway here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The New Mrs D by Heather  Hill

The New Mrs D

by Heather Hill

Giveaway ends October 31, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Anyway, off to write another book. Sincerest apologies to those one star reviewers… Speaking of which, the lovely Dylan Hearn wrote an excellent blog this week which it is my great pleasure to link back to. It is loaded with fantastic, writerly advice and I urge you to read it:

THE TEN MOST VALUABLE WRITING TIPS I’VE RECEIVED

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2 thoughts on “Book Distribution Fun and Frolics.”

  1. The whole recto-verso thing is an absolute pain when pulling your book together. You also have certain conventions you are meant to stick to (copyright should be opposite the title page, odd page numbers on the right hand side etc.) I made a complete balls of it on my first attempt. The good news is that all these errors have now been correct and the handful of old editions that did make it into the wild will be worth a fortune if I ever make it big 🙂
    Also, thank you for the plug. You are a very lovely lady, if a little scatty at times.

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