Special offer: UNSPOKEN by R.A. Padmos

For the next few days we’re running a special offer on R.A. Padmos’s acclaimed World War II title UNSPOKEN, the tale of Stefan and Adri and their individual struggles in the unforgiving climate of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Stefan and Adri’s love is heartbreaking, without chance and often tragic. But it’s a story that many should read, cause beyond the bittersweetness, you could taste also the authenticity and strength of it.

Review by Elisa Rolle 6 January 2014

UNSPOKEN will be available from now until the end of the month at the bargain price of $2.99, so this would be a great opportunity to grab it while it’s hot!

New review of UNSPOKEN

UNSPOKENMuch to our surprise – we definitely weren’t expecting it! – Elisa Rolle has just posted a review of R.A. Padmos’s heart-wrenching tale of a doomed love in World War II Europe, UNSPOKEN.

R.A. Padmos is not trying to tell a fairy tale, she doesn’t invent some prince charming arriving on a white horse to rescue his lover […] it’s a story that many should read, cause beyond the bittersweetness, you could taste also the authenticity and strength of it.

Thank you, Elisa, that’s exactly how we feel about it ourselves; it isn’t a ‘comfortable’ book by any means, but every single word of it carries the ring of truth!

… and another two reviews!

This is obviously ‘review season’, as another two reviews of our books have been posted today – both of these at Coffee Time Romance. Both books received ‘four cups’, and were met with very positive responses.

Of R.A. Padmos’s UNSPOKEN, the reviewer, Lototy, said:

I am not sure how it is possible for one story to be so heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time, yet every page of this book reinforces those exact feelings for me,

whilst her assessment of F.M. Parkinson’s THE WALLED GARDEN concluded with the following words:

These men are so deserving of the love they share, it saddens me to see them fight their feelings. I think their friendship is truly the cornerstone of this story, and I am extremely pleased to have experienced this author’s work.

We could not possibly disagree with either of these sentiments, and are absolutely delighted to see these two hitherto rather under-valued books getting the recognition they both richly deserve.

Statistics for July; new titles available on distribution sites

The highest seller from our website during July was F.M. Parkinson’s THE WALLED GARDEN, and the average response time steady enough at four hours and three minutes.

The overall best-selling title in July, though, was a dead heat between Chris’s FOX HUNT and Julie’s ALBERT J. STERNE: FUTURE BRIGHT, PAST IMPERFECT.

What’s more, we’ve just uploaded THE WALLED GARDEN and R.A. Padmos’s UNSPOKEN to the sites of our distribution partners, Rainbow and AllRomance, for the benefit of anyone who has difficulty making our online shop module work. We hope to be announcing some new distribution partnerships later in the year.

New book announcement/statistics for June

MANIFOLD PRESS is on its travels again today, so we’re bringing you both the new book announcements and the month-end statistics a fraction early.

Our two books for 1 August publication are Julie Bozza’s BUTTERFLY HUNTER and Jane Elliot’s ABOVE ALL.

Julie is absolutely indefatigable and is turning out new work at a truly phenomenal speed; BUTTERFLY HUNTER is the tale of two young men brought together by chance – or is it? – by a gentle but nonetheless life-changing adventure in the Australian outback.

Jane is returning to us after a taking break to deal with other matters, and ABOVE ALL, her book this time, focuses on a clash of temperaments between eccentric genius Jasper and Brian, the homeless man he takes responsibility for after an accident brings them together.

We are very happy once more to have two such diverse and intriguing books to present to you, and we’re certain that they will both prove to be very popular!

To conclude, here are the sales statistics for June; there was no overall best-seller from the website this month, with UNSPOKEN and THE WALLED GARDEN selling in precisely equal numbers – which is just as it should be! Average response time was respectable enough at three hours and 48 minutes.

First review of ‘Unspoken’

The good people at Speak Its Name have done us proud with another carefully-considered review, this time by Michael Joseph who reports on R.A. Padmos’s new book UNSPOKEN.

We’re bound to agree with the reviewer when he says:

This is a hard book to categorize, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it makes it hard to suggest who the audience might be. It’s hard to call it romance, given the angst-ridden nature of the main character. You certainly wouldn’t call it erotica. The descriptions of the men’s many sexual encounters are as quick and furtive as the encounters themselves. It’s decidedly un-erotic. As history, much of it rings true…

It’s far from a straightforward book, as the reviewer says, but we believe it provides a fascinating and valuable insight into a little-known aspect of gay history.

Statistics for May

There was no overall best-selling title in May; to our delight, UNSPOKEN and THE WALLED GARDEN sold in precisely equal numbers – and we can also report that FOX HUNT has been selling like hot cakes through our distribution partners.

Average response time was a steady five hour and 39 minutes.

Both the books for publication on 1 August are now back from their proof-readers and we are ready to move on to the next stage with them. Meanwhile, progress is also good on our titles for 1 November publication and we are already starting to make some tentative plans for next February – where does the time go? (Actually, we can testify that we spend at least 90% of it sitting at various keyboards … )

New titles go online

We’re delighted to report that, as of a few minutes ago, THE WALLED GARDEN by F.M. Parkinson and UNSPOKEN by R.A. Padmos are both available to purchase via our online shop module. We’re looking forward eagerly to seeing what readers make of these two novels, which shed light on some of the problems facing gay relationships in times less enlightened than our own.

While we’re here, this would also be a good moment to bring you up to date on direct sales statistics for April. We didn’t have an overall top seller; Chris Quinton’s FOX HUNT and Julie Bozza’s THE DEFINITIVE ALBERT J. STERNE (yes, the original ‘Albert’ book, not the sequel!) tied for the honour, and our average response time for the month was respectable enough at five hours and 34 minutes.

Progress on our two 1 August titles is pretty spectacular; most of the work on them is done already – covers designed, much of the proof-reading dealt with – and we’re now turning our attention to November instead. (Indeed, the weather here at Megaheadquarters makes this seem perfectly seasonable!) Naturally we’ll keep you up to date with everything new that happens!

Year Two Week Forty-Eight

Well, dear readers, here we are at the end of our second year of trading. Yes, we know it’s only been a 48 week year but we’re moving the start date so that ‘our year’ coincides more closely with the tax year; we hope that will make things slightly more convenient for those of our authors who pay tax on their royalties.

We have updated the website with details of our new titles, R.A. Padmos’s new novel UNSPOKEN and, from an author new to Manifold Press, F.M. Parkinson, THE WALLED GARDEN. These are both historical novels which offer thoroughly absorbing portrayals of intimate relationships between men in times much less accepting than our own. They’ll be available to buy from 1 May.

The past week has been mercifully quiet, with most of the sales being through our distribution partners. As far as our own website goes, the top seller was Chris’s popular FOX HUNT and our average response time – since we were hovering over the keyboard – was 32 minutes.

In Year Three, we won’t be burdening you with this information on a weekly basis but will save it for the end of each month instead. Such details, which were important when we were just starting to establish ourselves, are no longer of the same importance now; although we’ll continue to monitor them, we won’t be in quite so much of a hurry to share them in future. This means that we’ll confine ourselves to posting whenever there is a review or a piece of substantive news to share with you, rather than once a week come hell or high water. The plan at the moment is to post statistical information on the first day of each month; fingers crossed that we can keep to that!

And to everyone who has been with us for the past two years/one hundred weeks – thank you for your support, and we’re very glad to have your company as – to our slight astonishment – we embark on our third year of trading.