Year Two Week Seventeen

A quiet week again, with no direct sales from the website – although one arrived after the cut-off point so it will be included next week. We’re not too concerned – the summer months were rather quiet last year, too, and we’ve certainly done better than we did then! On the whole, in fact, thanks to Rainbow and AllRomance, August 2011 has been one of the most successful months we’ve ever had.

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We’d like to draw your attention to some wonderful comments made about RAVAGES by a reader named Jennifer on the GoodReads website. As both GoodReads and the very similar ManicReaders operate on informal reviews – and as there can therefore be rather a lot of them – our general policy is not to include comments from them on our own site (which is being redesigned even as we speak!) but we felt we should draw your attention to them in this particular case.

Amongst other things, Jennifer makes this observation:

After awhile you realize that it doesn’t matter if these two are gay or heterosexual because these are real people, not caricatures of people, gay or otherwise.

This, we feel, sums up very nicely not only the great strength of RAVAGES as a novel but also the entire ethos of Manifold Press; we’re not really in the business of producing male-male porn (although we certainly don’t object to it!) but satisfying and hopefully realistic fiction about people who just happen to be gay.

And in the great scheme of things – although we’d obviously like more sales – there’s a huge amount of pleasure to be gained from just knowing that we’re reaching readers who really understand what we’re about. It would be fair to say, in fact, that Jennifer’s lovely review has completely made our week!

Year Two Week Sixteen

It’s becoming apparent that our recent reorganisation is not going to allow us to update statistics on Saturday mornings any more, so we are going to start doing so on Sundays as from next weekend. Although we doubt that anybody really pays a lot of attention to this information we still feel it is worth recording, and will continue to do it in the absence of a compelling reason not to.

Anyway, our leading seller has been RAVAGES again this week, with an average response time of eight hour and seven minutes.

Year Two Week Fifteen

Our highest-seller again this week was RAVAGES, which seems to be creating something of a stir; we eagerly await new reviews both for that and for our other new title, SOLEMN CONTRACT.

Average response time, after the hiccups of last week, is looking a whole lot more settled now at two hours 13 minutes.

Beyond that, and the fact that covers for the next four books have recently been prepared, there is little to report this week except a steady trickle of sales through our partners on ARe and the excellent progress being made by the proof-readers with our two November titles. We feel we are ticking over rather nicely at the moment, in fact, although we could always use a few more reviews!!!

First review of RAVAGES

Congratulations to R. A. Padmos for a stunning review at Miz Love and Crew Loves Books which concludes with this ringing endorsement:

Ravages is a wonderful story (but not for the faint of heart) that deals with love to the highest degree, and everything else in between. It’s an emotional roller coaster, I won’t lie and say it isn’t, but it’s a book well worth reading if you want to be amazed by just how strong the power of love can be. If you like your romance with a heavy dose of reality, please read this book. I think it will change you in some way, just as it did me.

Year Two Week Fourteen

And that, dear friends, is what we mean by a steep learning curve! Our new order-filling person had a little bit of a rough time getting to grips with the system but by mid-week had it all sorted out and ended up being much more comfortable with everything.

Teething troubles aside, however, it’s been a very successful week, with RAVAGES easily our best-seller of the week, and an average response time which settled down in the end to exactly eight hours.

We can also report that one of the books scheduled for publication on 1 February 2012 has gone off to its proof-reader already – so all in all we think we might be excused if, just for a little while, we’re feeling rather smug!

Two new titles now available from MANIFOLD PRESS

At last, it’s August 1st – and we’re delighted to announce that our two most recent titles have now gone live! So hurry on over to our website/online shop and you will be able to order:

RAVAGES by R.A. Padmos

Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional soccer players for Kinbridge Town – and also secret lovers. All that changes, however, when Steve innocently wanders into a city park and falls victim to a vicious gang of queer-bashers who beat him within an inch of his life. After that there are no secrets any more – and it’s a very long road back, for both of them, from there…

and/or

SOLEMN CONTRACT by Morgan Cheshire

Connecticut, 1720: In an attempt to give his family financial security, school master Jem Bradley hires himself out as an indentured servant – and thus begins an odyssey which will take him to the small settlement of Kennet and a burgeoning friendship with enigmatic blacksmith Will Middleton. Trouble is never far away, however, and when Jem is accused of committing a bloody murder his future begins to look very bleak indeed…

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While we’re at it, we should say that we’ve redesigned the online shop module for a smarter, more modern look. We’re wondering now why on Earth we ever chose that ‘book page’ layout in the first place, and indeed why we stayed with it as long as we did, but we hope you’ll agree with us that the new look is a considerable improvement.

Oh and we redesigned the LJ too …

Announcing our August 2011 titles!!!

We are absolutely delighted to be able to present our two titles for 1 August 2011 publication; please see the manifoldpress.co.uk website for further details!

RAVAGES by R.A. Padmos

Steve Gavan and Daniël Borghart are professional soccer players for Kinbridge Town – and also secret lovers. All that changes, however, when Steve innocently wanders into a city park and falls victim to a vicious gang of queer-bashers who beat him within an inch of his life. After that there are no secrets any more – and it’s a very long road back, for both of them, from there…

SOLEMN CONTRACT by Morgan Cheshire

Connecticut, 1720: In an attempt to give his family financial security, school master Jem Bradley hires himself out as an indentured servant – and thus begins an odyssey which will take him to the small settlement of Kennet and a burgeoning friendship with enigmatic blacksmith Will Middleton. Trouble is never far away, however, and when Jem is accused of committing a bloody murder his future begins to look very bleak indeed…

The names of these authors will probably be new to you; they certainly were to us! However we are delighted to be able to promise you two very satisfying reads in two very different genres which we hope you will enjoy reading just as much as we have here at our intergalactic mega-headquarters!

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At the same time, in response to comments from customers, we’ve included more substantial text samples not only for these books but also for those which are already available. We won’t attempt to deceive you, we’ve found this difficult to do … and in some cases the samples still may not be quite long enough for everyone … but we’ll keep the situation under review and will obviously be very willing to listen to anything you may have to say on the subject.

We are hoping to have a complete revamp of the website some time in the next few months, too, and we’ll welcome your comments about that, also. This relates only to our main website, however, and not the online shop module which is a commercial product and can’t be substantially altered although we are trying to improve the look of it a bit. As we’ve mentioned before, we’re on a learning curve and continually striving for improvement.

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Apologies for the lateness of this website update, we had hoped to make it available on the 1 July but life has been a little confused of late and we’ve had a bit of a struggle trying to do everything at once. It’s downhill all the way now, however, until 1 August!