Knit-your-own paperbacks: or, The Hours Are Long But The Pay Is Poor… :)

Dedicated Tyack & Frayners may be interested to know that I’m well on the way to producing the first three books as a print anthology.

I have to say, this is purely for the love – my print sales are ABYSMAL, which I don’t mind in the slightest as long as the ebooks are selling well, which they are. (Darlings, I’d publish on birch bark and papyrus if that was what you all wanted.) Myself, I love a good print book to grab, mash, smell, break the spine of and drop in the bath. I still don’t own an e-reader. Which is not to say I’m in any way anti-ebook: that would be senseless, given how I make my living.

But it occurred to me lately that – Goddess forbid, and I’m guessing book formats would be the least of my problems in such a case – the internet is fragile for all its seemingly infinite octopus-tentacle power, subject to solar storms and magnetic-pole reversals, and as for electricity – well, a year and a half living off-grid has taught me not to take that for granted, either. So, imagine: there I am, severed from the Web up on my windy hilltop, and other than my Samhain prints and the two Midwinter Prince books, I do not actually have a proper hard copy of any of my FoxTales! I Must Fix This.

Also, for me, there is a tremendous frisson in seeing Paperbacks On Shelf. (A little like Bums On Seats for a theatre manager – the bottom line, so to speak.) So, essentially for myself and for the handful of readers – and I know you’re out there because every so often I get a hopeful email from one of you – who share my love of print, I’m working on a project to get every one of my FoxTales nicely produced through Createspace, and I thought T&F would be a good place to start. I’m well advanced through volume one – Once Upon a Haunted Moor, Tinsel Fish and Don’t Let Go – and then I’ll do the same with Kitto, Guardians of the Haunted Moor and Third Solstice.

It’s actually a massive project, due to my lack of formatting skills. The Midwinter Prince books were my first foray, and they’re acceptable but not great. Eventually I’ll republish them, using the mojo I’ve learnt since. I thought about paying someone to do the work, but now that I’m getting a grip on the process, I’m actually enjoying it. When I can’t cudgel anymore words out of my brain – when I’m at, I guess, the point where a saner person would reach for her knitting – I open that manuscript and tease away with section breaks, headers and footers, page numbers, guttering and cover art. It’s weirdly restful. (I won’t be using the image here as the cover. I did noodle around with it, but decided on a single, bold image instead, which I’m hoping will look rather handsome with my “trademark” T&F Candara font.)

So watch this space, if you’d like the feel of a lovely physical T&F volume in your hands! I’ll let you know as soon as the gargantuan task is finished and volume one is available.

Announcing Prizewinners!

I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who entered my competition and thought up such great questions to ask the guys from my books. They’ll be coming along to answer each and every one of you in your own blog post. I’ll run one a week, and I’ll publish a schedule shortly. It means that some of you will have to wait quite a long while, but I hope you’ll be entertained by everyone else’s answers in the meantime!

So, on to the prizewinners. As always with these competitions, I wish I had a prize for everyone, but I ruthlessly chose an online name-picker (Lucy Fur the cat has retired from selection service on the grounds that she finds it too stressful), closed my eyes, and… drum roll… here you are!

The winners of a signed and dedicated print copy of Cold Fusion are:-

Hollis, Butterflyblue2you and Simon. Congrats, all! Please email me at harperfox777@yahoo.co.uk with your land address. Also, tell me what name you’d like me to use in the dedication. It will be my great pleasure to get those sent out to you.

Mandi and Juliana, you’re my other prizewinners. Go ahead and pick any book from my backlist, including Cold Fusion. You can find all my books listed here:-

http://www.harperfox.net/books/

Email me your choice at harperfox777@yahoo.co.uk, and tell me which format you’d like. I have epub, mobi (Kindle) and pdf for most of my titles. If by any chance you’ve already read them all, I’ll put you down for a copy of my next release.

I really enjoyed running this comp, and I’ll look forward to sharing the guys’ answers with you all over the weeks to come.

 

 

Cold Fusion – competition and prizes!

A very happy New Year to you all! The first working week in January is not always the easiest time, so I’m here to throw around some handfuls of belated festive glitter in the form of freebies and prizes, and also to bewilder you with another of my improbable marketing efforts. 😀

My latest full-length novel, Cold Fusion, releases on the 5th of January. I’ve never tried to launch a book at the very beginning of a Mercury retrograde, so that ought to be interesting. (Let the communications-failure circus begin!) Despite all the usual qualms, I’m tremendously excited about this book. I’m already getting positive feedback from advance reviewers, which is great, and Samhain Publishing have outdone themselves with the print editions. They’re satiny-smooth and beautifully designed, and I’d like to offer three of them – signed and dedicated, of course – as prizes. Yes, the competition will be global. Postage costs abroad will be probably be higher than the list price of the print book, but it’s still worthwhile to me to get signed copies to people who’d really cherish them.

Now, because these books are particularly nice, I’m not going to do my usual, “Leave a comment, any comment!” Yep, I’m gonna make you work for it. Here’s the deal. Can you think of any character from my books you’d like to meet? And if you could, what would you ask him? (Or her! There’s a few ladies in there, few and far between!) To be in with a chance of winning your signed, dedicated copy of Cold Fusion, leave your answer in a comment here or at my Facebook page.

I’ll pick three winners at random, so it’s not a contest as such. But (always supposing I get more than three answers ;-D) I’ll arrange for the guys from my books to come along to my blog and answer everyone’s questions in turn, maybe one a week, starting with the prizewinners’. Everyone will get to talk to their favourite person from the FoxWorld.

Does that sound like fun? I think it does, but I suck at this, so what do I know? I would really love to hear from you, and I’d be intrigued to hear what you’d like to ask. As a fourth and fifth-place prize, I’ll offer a choice of any ebook – including Cold Fusion –from my backlist. And, of course, if you prefer not to read print and you win a paperback, you can trade it off for an ebook.

Have a think about it, and very best of luck. I’ll keep the competition open until Friday, 8th of January. Of course I’ll need your land address to send out print volumes, but I will consider that information as private and sacred as if it were my own.

And if all this malarkey is way too complicated for the post-holiday slump, Cold Fusion is available to pre-order right now from Samhain!

https://www.samhainpublishing.com/book/5680/cold-fusion

Also at Amazon, All Romance eBooks and all your usual outlets.