About ten years ago I was in Wigtown a few times for book festivals and other personal visits that generated at least one travel story in the Herald. I visited Ming Books and met with its owner (in a lovely old free-standing house in a tree-shaded garden between Wigtown and the next village, the one with the whisky distillery). Was that you, or have you taken on Ming Books since then?
I have since had my first crime novel published, Yin Yang Tattoo by Sandstone Books. It is the first in the series, all to be set in parts of the Far East familiar to me from my years wandering the region as a photojournalist.
Thanks for reaching out. I've been with the big pubs before and I know that being in stores doesn't necessarily bring in sales. It might be different in independent stores, but being in the big chain stores, no. If your pub isn't promoting your books to a certain level, then your book is just on the shelves, hidden. It's only effective if your books are on the main tables getting showcased where many see them.
I've been in this business a long time and been with one of the biggest pubs in the world. My books are all over the country in stores and in libraries and overseas. I got most of my sales from online believe me. Also, it depends on what kind of books you write. Even though I write mainstream crime fiction, because I am a black author, my books were most times segregated in the AA section even if there weren't but a few or no black characters in any of my books.
Times have changed believe me. You don't have to be in bookstores to sell books. Ebooks are rising and most people buy their books online. .
Also, the genre I write includes Interracial Romance. The main readers of this market are ebook readers and people who order their books. I understand your point but I'm not a blind newbie just starting out. I'm a veteran author. Iknow how to sale, I have a fanbase, I know how the industry works and I know the steps authors gotta take. There are also different things that work for different people.
Minority authors don't get the same type of push as others. That's just the truth. Most books from minority authors aren't even ordered to be in stores and if it is, only a few. So the big chains did nothing for me. I can vouch that a small percentage probably bought my books out the stores and I still sold well.
You can check out my site and read about me. I've done a lot in the industry and only plan to do more. I just get the feeling you didn't realize I wasn't a newbie when you left your comment.
I share your concerns regarding POD, Robin, particularly with regard to the way it leaves bookstores out of the equation. That being said, it's hard to ignore the reality that--in today's publishing world--POD has all but taken the place of what had been the traditional small presses. In short, there are just so few places for an unknown newcomer to go.
Do you know of any traditional small presses that accept over the transom queries and are supportive of unpublished authors? Because I'm all ears.....
My heritage is Scot and English - as is that of my protagonist, Susan Edmonds, who has a law enforcement career in California. And I've love to have the honor of traveling to Scotland to promote and conduct book signings should the day come. Stay in touch.
Not published yet, Robin. I spent too long with an agent that ended up being a bad fit, so my first manuscript stayed out of circulation for a time while I completed manuscript #2. I just received an offer from a small POD publisher, but I'm holding off to get a better feel for the small press world before accepting.
My book, No Evidence of a Crime should be out in late July. My book is set in Washington, D.C. but I know Illinois was invloved in a Scotland investigation of a police officer leaving prints at the scene. Sound familar?
Hi, Robin. I hope you haven't been waiting long for a response to your friend request. To tell the truth, I haven't been here in ages, as I spend too much time on Facebook already. Do come and be my friend there!
My Daisy Dalrymple mysteries are now being published in the UK by Constable and Robinson, as you are very likely aware. I'm hoping to be at the Bristol Crime Fest next year.
Robin Richmond: I just discovered the note you wrote a couple days ago ... I don't check things very often. A bad habit, I admit, but the only one I have. Boy, reading my earlier comment about your mustache and broken leg, I can't believe I wrote that! Doesn't sound like me at all, at all.
Okay, so now, tell me what you want? A proof of my book, which I received the author's copies last week but apparently it isn't available on Amazon.com yet. The local library bought a number of copies for their shelves and they have yet to arrive so......
Let me know exactly what you want ... I'm only a poor Yank and the term "a proof of my book" isn't clear. By the way, the girl friend's photo makes me wonder if I might have missed something by migrating to Australia instead of the UK. And how did Wigtown get it's name? And can you respond via email@example.com?
Hi Robin, thanks for the request, I accept with pleasure. Any helpful insights or just chats are very welcome, my Grandparents on Dad's side were from Edinburgh, one day I will stand on the Castle walls...