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Reflections on self-publishing

Just a fleeting update to say that I’ll be appearing at Upper Norwood Library this coming Saturday, 25th January, to talk about my experiences of self-publishing – covering the publication of both So Long, Shakespeare and Strange Air, and also offering a few reflections/tips on the process for any aspiring authors.

I’ve been preparing the talk this evening, and am really looking forward to delivering it – even if it has proved worryingly difficult to remember some of the ins-and-outs of my decision-making over the last year!

The talk starts at 2.30pm, and is free to attend. Full details are available over on the Upper Norwood Library website.

It’s made of paper, and it’s got a back

I’m very proud to say that my first novel, So Long, Shakespeare, is now available as a paperback from Amazon.

A genre-busting mash-up of Shakespeare, Star Wars and The Famous Five, ‘SLS’ tells the tale of an Oscar-hungry Hollywood film-maker who accidentally makes a world-changing discovery about Shakespeare. With global culture thrown into disarray, it falls to a maverick group of British eccentrics to put things right. In so doing, they discover that not everything is quite as it seems…

The novel grew out of a fascination with those who argue about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. But it soon evolved into a fast-paced adventure mystery which has already had several readers complaining to the author after the book caused them to miss their tube stops.

So Long, Shakespeare is also available as Kindle eBook, priced at a measly £1.99. What’s more, for a limited time, Amazon Prime members can borrow it for free. The paperback is a trifling £7.19.

Guerilla ebook marketing FTW

Since publishing So Long, Shakespeare last week, I’ve been really touched by the word-of-mouth support I’ve received in publicising the ebook. It was exciting to make the novel available at last, but that was nothing compared to the thrill of seeing it take flight.

Among the most gratifying moments was a friend’s beautifully-executed piece of guerilla marketing (right), which saw the novel foregrounded in the Hampstead branch of Waterstone’s: the modern day equivalent of the author and his acolytes marching in and stacking copies of his book at the front of the store.

In related news, for those who don’t have a Kindle, and would rather not use free Kindle apps, the novel is now available for £1.99/$2.99 on iTunes, to be read on iPhones and iPads using Apple’s iBook software.

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