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Although I am still waiting for the copies of my book that I ordered from the publisher, a box of ten arrived from Book Depository at the weekend. So now I have them, what am I doing with them?

This seems to be falling into clearly defined categories:

1) Gifts copies

I have written in and given copies to members of my family, and have put one aside for Peter who designed and runs my website. (What do you mean ‘cheapskate’- I’m talking about a signed first edition here!)

2) Technophobe copies

This may come as a shock to you, using the internet as you do, but  you will have among your friends and acquaintances some people who do not know how to buy from Amazon, and don’t want to wait the upto four weeks for W.H. Smiths to get hold of it. So I have sold a couple of copies this way.

3) Review Copies

Now although I come from Stoke-on-Trent and live in Lancashire, I must have a spot of Yorkshireman in me somewhere because parcelling up a book and sending it, free of charge, to a total stranger was not an easy thing to do. But you have to speculate to accumulate, because the generation of interest from one positive review should make the sacrifice more than worthwhile. I have sent a review copy to ‘Lancashire Life’ Magazine. When I spoke to the editor he was happy with the fact that although Tasting the Wind is not on a Lancashire theme, the fact that sales will help a Lancashire charity would qualify it for their interest.

4) Shop Copies

I say ‘shop’ rather than ‘bookshop’ because there is no reason why your book can’t be sold from any  venue- particularly if it is thematically linked. I spoke to the manager of my local W.H. Smiths the other day, who informed me that she has a budget for local authors- but that at the moment it is overspent. I’ll be going back there later in the year, but for now will be approaching the shop belonging to the charity which I support.

5) Cheeky copies

I call them that because I have noticed a tendency in myself recently (brought on by an obsessive compulsion to market my book) to be a little… cheekier than usual.

I can best describe this in an anecdote of my week so far….

Which I will tell in my next blog.


   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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