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It’s published Jim, but not as we know it…

Posted on: January 25, 2009


   Look very closely at these two book covers. Can you spot the subtle differences? (No prize if you can- if you can’t you win a ‘Specsavers’ voucher!)                                        

   Not 'Tasting the Wind'    Tasting the Wind as seen on Amazon


 Tasting the Wind  as seen on Waterstone’s

When I found that Tasting the Wind had appeared on Amazon- if only in name- I clicked on a link to e-mail me when it was available… 

Today I received that e-mail, but nothing seems to have changed on the site. The cover is still that of a book called My Brother’s Keepers, which the info says is 408 pages long, whereas mine is 364. Wally, a YouWriteOn author from Canada has added a note of caution for anyone else who is at this stage. Quite understandably,  he had started to circulate information about his book, only to find that the ISBN was not his.  So I am doing no ordering or promoting until the correct information has appeared.

Thanks to Paul Ekert, who sent me the following link: Bookbutler . This shows all of the places where Tasting the Wind is becoming available. There are a range of delivery times and prices, although I don’t know yet if these relate to my book or the other one. Some of the suppliers have actually started to show the cover- here, for instance:  Tasting the Wind on the Waterstone’s site.


I also received this information in my comments from Leela Soma:

 Re sending review copies( Iam being asked that ) it is very costly. I ordered 20 copies from YWO and my book which is priced at £ 6.99 I got copies for £5.59 plus postage of £7.50 which effectively made it £ 6.00 a copy . So maybe you need to order at least 100 to get a decent discount. Also Im having big problems re my local bookshop etc wanting to stock them but discount offered is not enough for them to make it worthwhile, sale or return for POD ’s is also a problem. On the bright side my local council and Library are making an event of my book on World book day and giving me a slot and advert etc locally.

Although I don’t believe that YouWriteOn have  let writers down- the possibility of books not being published by Christmas was clear in the original contract- it can’t be ignored that there is a lot of disgruntlement.  Looking at my blog stats this weekend the search engine terms which brought people there included: ‘YouWriteOn scam’ and ‘fed up of YouWriteOn.’

Some people are getting very frustrated out there. Hopefully all of the YouWriteOn books will soon be ready, however many there are.

And as there are still less than 300 available through online booksellers, it is clearly going to be nowhere near  5000.


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