The deed has now been done - Richard has contacted Gardners and got the ball rolling. I did some more ringing around today, to various Borders and Waterstones and also tried a few independents as well. So far, if anything, Waterstones do seem to be more approachable than Waterstones - this could be because decisions are made much more on a branch by branch basis, and the the managers therefore have more automony when it comes to stocking works by local authors. I have not as as yet tried many further afield, so it will be interesting to see what happens when I do.
I think on speaking to Richard first thing this morning that Paul got a bit carried away with the idea of press releases though going up on Richards site, since if he did this then all his authors would expect the same .... I will still then have to do most of the work myself, but that is fine, since I have both the time and the inclination. Will make a list then of more magazines that I can send review copies too, and also have another crack at Cygnus who may now be interested ... I will also contact some writers blog sites tomorrow, and then start on the local and national press.
So far then I have definate orders from Borders in Whiteleys, London, Fleet Street, London, Uxbridge, Lakeside and Wimbledon, with interest from Brighton, Newbury, Staines and Oxford Street (London). The Kingston branch of course has copies already. I also have orders from Waterstones in Godalming, Horsham and Redhill, as well as Epsom, which has stocked them for some time. Guildford and Staines are also talking about book signings and talks.
After that I spent the rest of the afternoon putting together a press release. It is difficult to think up a strapline that grabs the attention, but I think the one that I have chosen does the job. I paste it below:
The book that boldly goes where no other book has gone before
Genesis of Man by June Austin
the answer to life, the universe and everything in between …
The low discounts offered on print on demand titles, combined with an inability to accept returns are the single biggest obstacles that authors of these titles have to face. Author June Austin is therefore delighted to announce that her book, Genesis of Man has broken the mould, in more ways than one. This groundbreaking work, published by Authors OnLine Ltd, is now available direct from Gardners with a whopping discount of 40 percent on sale or return.
June said “I am delighted with this move, which will help bring my book to a much wider audience. Book stores have now nothing to lose by ordering copies. I will continue to do everything in my power to publicise this important work”.
This is a very informative and well researched book. It is laden with scientific, Biblical and historical evidence to support its arguments. It would be ideal as a companion to academic studies in subjects such as theology, philosophy and the social sciences. If you have read and liked The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, then you will love this book because it serves the opposite viewpoint.The Self Publishing Magazine
PUBLICATION DATE: May 2007
DISTRIBUTED BY GARDNERS AND BERTRAMS (UK), INGRAMS AND BAKER AND TAYLOR (US)
Copies are also available direct from the publisher.Email Gaynorj@authorsonline.co.uk or telephone 01633 676629.
Further details including sample chapteravailable from the author’s website at http://www.juneaustin.co.uk/