1. I’m Going Ahead with Backpacked Pre-Ordering
On July 1st, all going to plan, BackpackedBook.com will go live and within it will be a link to a bookstore. My bookstore. From it you’ll be able to pre-order a signed, personally inscribed copy of Backpacked (or multiple copies, if you’re so inclined – they’ll make great Christmas presents, if I do say so myself) as well signed copies of Mousetrapped and Self-Printed. They’ll cost around €15 (or £13.50 or $22) each, including shipping. Payment will be taken at time of ordering and orders will be shipped on or before September 30th, but hopefully around the 15th. You’ll only be able to pre-order until August 31st. After that if you want a signed copy or a paperback that doesn’t ship from the States… well, you figure it out.
With each shipped order will be an exclusive (and free) sampler – and a proper one, not just A4 pages; you could even say it’s a collectors item (although that’s a bit of a stretch) – of my debut novel, which I’m self-publishing in November.
2. I’m Self-Publishing a Novel in November
Oh, yeah – did I not mention that before? Silly me. Yes, I’m self-publishing a novel. Yes, I said before that I would never ever do that. Yes, I said in a room full of people/witnesses. No, I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I really trust my own decisions and I’m feeling pretty good about this one.
The novel is women’s commercial fiction with a side of corporate satire. I call it The Devil Wears Prada meets Weightwatchers, or The Devil Wears Spanx, if you will. You’ll be hearing a lot more about it in due course.
Does this mean I’m giving up my traditional publishing dreams? Not even a tiny bit. It just means I’m giving them up for this book, which has been on submission since last summer but has been getting that old “We love it but it’s not right for the market here” chestnut again. Self-publishing offers a global market, so let’s see how it gets on there.
My plan after this summer’s self-publishing madness is to go away to a quiet place and write a brand new novel from scratch, and then try to get an agent with that in early 2012.
3. I No Longer Have An Agent
Oh, did I forget to mention that too? My bad. Yes, I am currently agentless.
You may recall that after meeting on Twitter in April 2010 I signed with an agent, and she was absolutely lovely, helped me seriously improve my novel, got my foot in the door with several major publishing house editors and brought loads of other opportunities my way, but she has since had to leave that role for personal reasons and I have decided to start afresh. Unfortunately as I currently only have one finished novel that’s already done the rounds (and that I’ve now decided to put out there myself) and about a third of a book on the desk of an editor, I’m not really in a position to look for a new agent right now.
Once The New Novel is written, polished and ready to go – and, hopefully, my self-publishing sales are something to write home about (my goal is 15,000-20,000 books sold in total by January 2012) – I can get going on the agent search, and perhaps even find one, which would be nice.
So to summarize: I’m going to encourage you to pre-order Backpacked, I’m self-publishing a novel even though I said on here, in a room full of people and in an interview in a national newspaper that I never, ever would and I no longer have representation.
Considerable amount of news for such a little blog post, don’t you think?