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Tuesday June 24th – Self-publishing blog diary

Did an AI for Inside Notting Hill – which I feel is being rather neglected – and send it out to around 80 London bookshops. I didn’t have Central distributing it before but now at least anyone will be able to order it. I’m thinking of possibly doing a cheaper edition of Halfway to Venus…
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Thursday June 19th – Self-publishing blog diary

Very nice review today in the Independent by Virginia Ironside and a piece in the Wexas Traveller magazine about ‘Why I wrote the book’ – I suppose the point of this blog is really over. The book is published and out and I’m just accumulating reviews – nice though that is (as to date they’ve…
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Thursday June 12th – Self-publishing blog diary

Help what a gap – so what’s been happening? Daily (or rather hourly) checks on my rating on Amazon. Fluctuates from 2 thousand and something up to twenty thousand and something. But that must mean its still selling. The reviews I sent to Amazon STILL haven’t been added – or rather only the very first…
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Halfway to Venus (Guardian)

The unkindest cut Sarah Anderson’s poignant memoir Halfway to Venus describes life with one arm gone, says Andrew Barrow The author of this fascinating odyssey is better known as the founder of the Travel Bookshop, made famous in the film Notting Hill, than for losing an arm to cancer at the age of 10. Never…
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Thursday May 21st – – Self-publishing blog diary

I’ve been slack about writing the blog … so what’s been happening? I spent most of Monday preparing the talk for the Broadway Bookshop (which happened last night) – very nice atmosphere. Full house which meant about 20 people and I think a fair amount of books were sold. I’m still trying to get a…
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Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th – Self-publishing blog diary

What I left out earlier in the week was the fact that on Tuesday I’d been on Radio 5 Live with Victoria Derbyshire. On Saturday morning I did Saturday Live with Fi Glover – the most nervewracking radio to date – not least because I realised that so many people I knew would be listening…
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Tuesday 13th, Wed 14th and Thurs 15th – Self-publishing blog diary

Waterstones put in their core stock order – books are being sent to 150 of their shops – mostly one copy to each – but it’s a beginning. Do a phone interview with Three Counties Radio film programme – although inevitably they ask about the film – I am actually able to talk about the…
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Friday May 9th – Monday May 12th – Self-publishing blog diary

Another good review in the Daily Mail by Kate Chisholm – its not on the Mail website though – so can’t put it on-line. No other reviews over weekend – although keep checking online. My Amazon sales ranking fluctuate but go up to 2290 at one point and then Amazon are out of stock… Infuriating….
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Thursday May 8th – Self-publishing blog diary

Review by Byron Rogers in the Spectator – not sure what it’ll do for my reputation as he starts it off by saying I threw a kettle at him … (it’s true – I did!) – but the review is very flattering.Do live interview with Radio Manchester and recorded interview with Radio Jersey – both…
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Wednesday May 7th – Self-publishing blog diary

On Bank Holiday Monday go and do some super-market shopping for the launch. Catch up on e-mails etc. On Tuesday a friend helps me to take the books and soft drinks to John Murrays in Albemarle Street where the launch kicks off at 6.30pm. It goes really well I think – a great turnout of…
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