Of Night and Light now available as an eBook!

eBook? After all I’ve said, after all I still think? It’s a case of bowing to the inevitable. If you like to read an eBook then here’s the link to the Kindle version… Yes, here it is, in living errrm, electronicness

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Soon to be available on Kobo, Nook and iBook too – but they take a little longer to get their act together than the juggernaut that is Amazon/Kindle. It’s an impressive machine, disparage it as much as I do. I do – only in so far as nobody else seems to stand a chance… 

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Wrong Amazon.

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I don’t wish to discredit any eBook in any way, shape or form – not if it means other people will read and enjoy Of Night and Light, that is. I’m just old-fashioned.

You’ll have to humour me and carry on with your new-fangled stuff, your electronic dream, regardless.

As far as an eBook goes, I’m more of the Penelope Lively school, however.

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LIVELY, Penelope Lively, I said.

“It seems to me that anyone whose library consists of a Kindle lying on a table is some sort of bloodless nerd.”

Or a sort of Maurice Sendak…

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“F**k them is what I say. I hate those eBooks. They can not be the future. They may well be. I will be dead. I won’t give a s**t.”

By way of balance, a longer piece from Charlie Brooker:

“Until recently, I was an eBook sceptic, see; one of those people who harrumphs about the “physical pleasure of turning actual pages” and how eBook will “never replace the real thing”. Then I was given a Kindle as a present. That shut me up. Stock complaints about the inherent pleasure of ye olde format are bandied about whenever some new upstart invention comes along. Each moan is nothing more than a little foetus of nostalgia jerking in your gut.”

Quite!

ONE DAY I might get a reader of some sort. Until then a cheery wave to eBook Land, where, currently,  I’d be a bit of a tourist.

Book Tour de Whistler

Does it count as a book tour to visit one bookshop and a library?

Hardly…

However, it did include a nine hour flight to Vancouver and then a two hour bus ride to Whistler, and then quite a long walk, and back, so…

book tour it is. That’s official!

First, the library – which doesn’t open until 11, rather disconcertingly when I arrived at 10, thinking they’d be half way through their day.

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Isn’t it the most glorious building?

I had a lovely chat with librarian Nadine, who told me how delighted she was that adults had broken through some sort of barrier and were regularly reading teen fiction. ‘Otherwise, she said,  ‘they’d miss such a lot of good writing.’  Let’s hope. She was very pleased to be presented with a copy of Of Night and Light for their shelves.

Next, Armchair Books.

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And it was with such childish delight that I went back two days later and saw a pile of books for sale on their shelves. My books, that is.

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Really, you can’t imagine the pleasure that gave me. Well, maybe you can?

There was that and handing out postcards to all and sundry. (Sundry was a bit surprised).

Voila! The book tour.

Next… radio interview on Uckfield FM.

Diversity is my watchword.

 

 

The swings and roundabouts of selling books

Selling books? It’s got to be done. No, actually, it HASN’T got to be done. It’s something I’m doing.

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Caroline pauses to examine her motives, but not for very long.

I DO really need to recoup my financial investment. I DO want people to love my writing and want more of it – which necessitates getting my book out there and selling it and people actually reading and enjoying it.  And I DO want to be taken up by an agent or traditional publisher. And, of course, it WOULD be Quite Nice (British understatement) to be fabulously wealthy and famous!

Selling books is a swings and roundabouts world, though.

Mostly swings…

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A selling books UP swing:

Last night, I looked on Amazon (to check if Of Night and Light is available on Kindle yet) and there was a notification next to the paperback…

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).

WOW, I thought!

Immediately followed by the reality check that I don’t know how many they had in stock initially and it might only have been two copies.

A selling books DOWN swing:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,902

A little lurch of disappointment. SERIOUSLY? My book is ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND TWO-TH in the best sellers’ list?

Immediately followed by hoots of laughter at the sheer ridiculousness of taking any of this in the slightest bit seriously!

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In the world of selling books, let me never cease to be amused.

It’s a huge game, isn’t it? Games are meant to be FUN.

Big in Whistler? Who knows?

Yay! Big in Whistler… When I was in the East Grinstead Bookshop, the owner, John Pye, and I were speculating about inventive strap-lines for me and Of Night and Light. One was…”The second-best author you’ve never heard of…”

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(Why second-best? Well, it has a certain quirky ring to it, doesn’t it? And is FAR more modest than saying, ‘the best’…) The other strap-line, emanating from my impending trip to see Laurie, Irene and Tilly, who live in Whistler – which, in case you don’t know, is a resort north of Vancouver – was, ‘Big in Whistler.’

It made me smile. Lots of things make me smile, these days.

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A little pipe-dream?

Well, nothing to lose but my face…

There happens to be a wonderful independent bookshop in Whistler where I’ve spent many happy hours browsing, choosing exactly the right baby books for Tilly.

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(No, Armchair Books is NOT all distorted and bendy, that’s just a natty photo).

SO – I e-mailed them and waited for…

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The Wet Blanket Treatment

or

No Response

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But, within the hour, I’d had a cheery reply from a guy called Dan…

“As for your new book, congratulations. I will take a look at it, and we could probably take it on consignment to see if it will sell. Sound ok?”

SOUND OKAY?

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You could’ve knocked me down with a feather!

Luggage allowance, Air Transat? 23 kilos. How many clothes should I not take?

Next mission…

Get into…

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The Whistler news magazine. Anyone?

SO – I could be a little bit Big in Whistler.

Or little in Whistler in a BIG way?

Stranger things have happened…

Caroline Coxon bookseller

Bookseller? Moi? I tell you what, it really goes against the grain for me. Honestly, I’d love nothing more than to give away free copies of Of Night and Light to my friends and family, people who aren’t my friends and aren’t relations either, people I meet on the train, random people. I want to be generous. I want to bring joy…

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I’ve just checked and I began Of Night and Light, in its first manifestation as a screenplay, in January 2009. That’s more than five years ago. Five years of my life!

Apart from the time spent on the writing (incalculable) – first the screenplay and then the novel – there have been expenses. Two reviews from literary consultants, for example. Then the cost of publishing. The marketing. Merchandise. Money has been flying out of my piggy bank…

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No money has been flying IN.

It’s one of those Catch 22 situations. A professional bookseller or bookshop won’t be interested in stocking it unless it’s guaranteed to sell and make money. It won’t sell unless it’s in bookshops.

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I do something about it myself.

So I am. I’m going for it.

Introducing Caroline Coxon, bookseller…

On Amazon and other on-line places, the RRP for the hardback is £13.99 and for the paperback it’s £7.99 – then there’s the postage on top.

From me, directly – the cost will be £10 for the hardback and £6 for the paperback (or equivalent in your own currency)plus whatever it will cost me to post it to you, wherever you are in the world, if required.

I have a PayPal account.

If you’re interested, please use the contact form.

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It’s not my ambition to be a bookseller. It’s my ambition to be a writer!

(And it would be lovely if people bought my books…)

 

 

First review – Of Night and Light!

It’s a tricky one, this, posting my first review of Of Night and Light…

See, I’m British. I’m self-deprecating. I have stiff upper-lipped reticence. The review is good. It means blowing my own trumpet a little bit, doesn’t it? The shame of it.

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I can only go so far along the road of advertising the fact that I have this book out. Yes, it looks very interesting, loads of people are saying, thanks to the wonderful cover art. And yes, if you’ve read my blogs, you’ll know I can string a sentence together and have a particular style.

BUT

To have an independent review from someone I’ve NOT EVEN MET (though his wife is a dear friend) – well, that’s something, isn’t it?

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Okay – so here goes.

The review is of the first 59 pages (The other 185 may be utter drivel) – as posted on Facebook.

Got to page 59 of Caroline Coxon’s Of Night and Light. Totally perplexing, gripping and VERY funny – have to tear myself away from it for now; but suspect it will be finished tomorrow.”

Thank you, John Wattis. I am so delighted. Not just because it’s a good review (so far!) but because of who John is. You’ll have guessed by now that he’s not a girl and you will probably worked out that he’s not 14 since, if he was, the fact that he was married to a dear friend of mine would be just…weird, and frankly, against the law.

In fact, I’m sure he won’t mind me mentioning that he’s a grandfather. Well, he might mind, but now it’s too late.

A man, a grandfather – that’s  important to me because my wish has always been that Of Night and Light would be enjoyed by everyone.

I didn’t even know that he and Libby had ordered a copy…

So, for doing that, and for my first review

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from the bottom of my heart.