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Just a quickie to say- received this from YouWriteOn tonight:

Dear Allan,
We are pleased to inform you that your book is now ready to order from YouWriteOn and Legend Press. Your book has also entered book distribution channels and our books are already starting to appear on sites like Amazon. Please follow the ordering instructions below exactly so that we can process your order.


 To order copies of your book, email us, with your book title in your email header. In your email, include the following information:

 1)      Your Book Title again

2)      Your Name

3)      Your Delivery Address, including postcode

4)      Your telephone number, required for those who choose tracked orders

5)      How many books you wish to order

6)      Important Inform us of the email address which you plan to include in your Google checkout payment for your book order (link will follow your email). This is very important as we cannot tie up orders with book titles unless you specify the email address from which you will pay in your email to us

7)      Whether you would like standard delivery (Royal Mail) or tracked delivery – see below for further details. We can only inform you of delivery prices once you inform us how many copies you wish to order

 Package and Posting Terms of Delivery

 We will inform you of package and posting costs depending on the amount of copies you inform us you wish to order. For other countries, we will notify you of delivery costs and delivery times. The postage and handling charges are charged by our printers Lightning Source to us for delivery of your book. Lightning Source are one of the world’s largest print-on-demand companies. Note that Lightning Source do not replace any books that may go missing as a fault of Royal Mail delivery, so we cannot do so either. By placing an order with us you accept this as a condition of delivery. If you would like a tracked mail delivery through DHL (UK), please inform us in your order email above, and if it goes missing Lightning Source will resupply the order if they are satisfied the order was placed and went missing. We hope you enjoy your book!

 The YouWriteOn Staff and Legend Press Partnerships

This is slightly edited. For those of you who are interested in the financial side of things: the book sells at £8.99. With author discounts I will make just over £2.00 per copy (half of which goes to Derian House Children’s Hospice) but I have no idea yet what the P&P will be.




   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.


The title of yesterday’s post ‘sighting’ was quite appropriate, as today I have had a sighting of Ted Smith from YouWriteOn, back from his Christmas hols and working Sunday mornings. Ted E-mailed me a short time ago:

Hi Allan
A very happy New Year to you. I’ve sent a chase up to Lightning Source for your book which has been showing as in premedia status there (the first processing stage) for a little beyond the processing time since the revision cover was sent. I’ve found Lightning Source are very good overall though and have been impressed with their service, they print 14 million books per year.
I will update you as soon as I hear further.
best wishes
So things are looking up. In the absence of message boards at YWO I have e-mailed Ted back asking when they will be back up, and have asked if YWO will be providing any form of marketing such as a showcase or press release. 
I’ll keep you posted. 

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