We’ve recently been looking at Blurb to see whether there’s anything they can offer us that we’d be interested in. Their prices seem a bit steep, but it would be rather nice to have actual physical copies of our books – and at the same time it could solve some of our distribution problems. The only question, however, is whether people who primarily buy e-books would actually want to own something of this nature, and whether they would consider it a viable alternative way of offering the books in view of the fact that they would be a lot more expensive than the PDFs or EPUBs we are currently offering. (NB: it would also mean spending some time reformatting text etc. to meet their page size standards.)
So, over to you, readers – your opinions on this subject would be very welcome. We’re distracted by ‘the shiny’ and would love to plunge in and experiment, but we don’t have so much money to spare that we feel we can waste it at this stage. Please let us know what you think – is this the sort of idea you might be interested in pursuing? Or is it a blind alley? We look forward to your replies.
I’ve had an acknowledgement of my abuse report, so if the people at Astatalk have any integrity they’ll take down the two offending items. Whether or not they have any integrity, of course, is another matter entirely.
Whilst researching the matter of the copyright theft I came across a review for Chris’s ALOES that I didn’t know about before. It’s here and it’s another encouraging one – although I wish I’d found it under rather happier circumstances!
To the person who knowingly and cheerfully stole copyrighted material from us and posted it to various download sites – you, sir or madam, are a crook, but presumably you don’t care about that. You could also put us out of business, but I suppose you don’t care about that either. You’re not skimming exorbitant profits from ‘The Man’ here, you’re screwing a couple of small business-people trying to produce and share good quality fiction and to raise just enough money from it to cover the endless hours of hitherto unrewarded labour that they put in. But never mind, your needs are far more important, you should feel free to take all our hard work and dedication and throw it to the wolves; naturally we don’t care at all, and we’ll be only too delighted to write and publish more fiction for you to steal.
See, world, this is why you can’t have nice things.
WEEK SEVEN – to 0700 GMT 19 June 2010
In the past week we have sold the following:
ALOES – 1 copy
DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT – 3 copies
END OF THE TRAIL – 1 copy
SEA CHANGE – 1 copy
I must admit I find that a little depressing, especially as this was a week when we had several outstanding reviews. Is everybody watching the World Cup rather than reading?
However – the average response time was two hours 24 minutes, the fastest being 20 minutes and the slowest four hours and sixteen minutes.
Another very complimentary review of Jane’s END OF THE TRAIL has been posted at Three Dollar Bills. Congratulations again to Jane for impressing so many reviewers!
… we have just had a request to enable the online shop to accept orders from Israel! Could this mean we’ll soon be selling to our eleventh different country? Fingers crossed!
Reviewing DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT, Jeff of MichelenJeff Reviews has called Adam Fitzroy “one of the best writers of gay fiction I’ve ever encountered”.
No pressure, then, Adam!
WEEK SIX – to 0700 GMT 12 June 2010
In the past week we have sold the following:
ALOES – 3 copies
DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT – 5 copies
END OF THE TRAIL – 5 copies
SEA CHANGE – 1 copies
As for response times, the quickest was fifteen minutes and the slowest eight hours forty-nine minutes, with an average response time this week of three hours thirty-nine minutes.
I can also report, with some relief, that I spent most of yesterday afternoon balancing the books and they’re looking reasonably healthy so far. I don’t suppose we’re ever going to be millionaires, but the Press is covering its outgoings very nicely to date – and most of all it seems to be making a lot of friends.
ETA: Embarrassingly, I forgot to mention that shortly after I posted last week we acquired two customers from our tenth different country – so let’s hear it for the good people of New Zealand!
Reviewer Critter Nymph seems to have enjoyed DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT and has joined the line of readers asking for a sequel.
Plus, thanks to the kindness of a reader in test-driving the prototype, we now have the capability of creating .mobi files. As soon as we have had the opportunity of preparing a full set of files, we will be offering .mobi as an alternative format on the website.