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Tuesday April 22nd – Self-publishing blog diary

Decide to release the books – the Mail’s contract was only until last Saturday – so the shops might as well start selling them. But how are people going to know about the book until I get something in the press? I take 5 huge grey mail bags to the post – over 150 books…
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Saturday April 19th and Monday April 21st – Self-publishing blog diary

Spend most of Saturday writing about wilderness books for Guardian Unlimited – rather enjoyable although I would like to settle down and read in more detail. On Monday I send off my copy to the Guardian and I ring round more bookshops – again all very positive. Do a large e-mail to people in my…
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Friday April 18th – Self-publishing blog diary

Do more ringing round of bookshops – they all seem very positive – however when I get the weekly figures from Central Books – very few shops have ordered this week. Disappointing. The Mail ring to say it won’t be in on Saturday or Monday – maybe Tuesday … I no longer expect it –…
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Thursday April 17th – Self-publishing blog diary

Rupert comes round in the morning and we do some filming outside the Electric Brasserie with all the attendant noise of Portobello Road. He thinks he might be able to make two films out of the session. Do some more ringing around of bookshops; the image of the book is now on the Gardners website….
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Wednesday April 16th – Self-publishing blog diary

Deliver some Inside Notting Hill books to WH Smith, drop in on Waterstones and then go and see Sophie in the new Persephone bookshop. Very nice chat and she is going to order both Notting Hill and Halfway to Venus. A very nice shop with books published by Persephone along one wall and hand-picked titles…
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Tuesday April 15th – Self-publishing blog diary

Ring Robert Topping in Ely to tell him about book and the new Persephone bookshop in Kensington Church Street. Take a copy of the book round to Minette Marrin in the hope that she can think of something to do with it! Book fair at Earls Court for 4 hours – quite long enough. Amy…
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Monday April 14th – Self-publishing blog diary

Busy, busy day. Interviewed by Telegraph in the morning and then photographed by them. Spend afternoon ringing about 25 independent bookshops around the country with a few Waterstones thrown in. The Mail ring to say that the piece is NOT going in tomorrow – maybe Thursday. Confirm an interview with Three Counties radio on May…
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Saturday & Sunday April 12th & 13th – Self-publishing blog diary

Photographer comes on Saturday morning – only stays for about 45 minutes – a relief since I have a migraine and had a sleepless night. Pack up 144 books to send off which takes much of Sunday – but finish all the pre-orders.

Friday April 11th – Self-publishing blog diary

The books ARRIVED this morning at about 10.30 and they look good (although there seem to be some missing – 2858 rather than 3000). I immediately send off the review copies that I have promised and buy stamps for the 100 or so that people have ordered directly from me. In the afternoon I go…
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Thursday April 10th – Self-publishing blog diary

Talk to the printers in the morning who are still vague about delivery times … and apologetic for not returning my calls. Do people realize how much this matters? However by the end of the day I get a call to say the books should be with me by 10.30-11.00 am TOMORROW. Nerve wracking and…
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