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Pics of the Launch of Stories in Sandstone at the Hotel Deux

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Pics from book launch of Grime Kerbstone Psalms

Here is a link to the video that we had streamed live on the internet of the launch.  The sound (and the event proper) starts at 13 minutes and 30 seconds and the audio quality is good but because it was streamed live the picture quality is a bit ropey. Phil Campbell from Cellar54  kindly took care of the streaming and had to rig up a battery powered aerial contraption in the window to get us a working signal so I am thrilled we got anything working at all! Thanks Phil for going WAY beyond our level of competence. And thanks once again to Waterstones for being such generous hosts and in particular to Amy Naylor-Morrell, the events manager, for her meticulous attention to detail and for making us feel so welcome (she’s in the very first photo, by the way).

And here is part 1 of a video taken from another camera….  this time the picture quality is good but the sound less so…. Ah, never mind!

And here are some random pics from the day. Enjoy.

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Grime Kerbstone Psalms e-book now on Amazon Kindle

Falling hopelessly behind by trying to do too many things at once. So…. as an interim message Miggy Angel’s book launch of Grime Kerbstone Psalms at Waterstones was a brilliant success (completely packed as well) and the book is now available online at Amazon. Here is a link to it on Amazon.co.uk

I’m trying to sort out pics etc for both Miggy’s launch and our last event at the Hotel Deux.

Watch this space…


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Stories in Sandstone Book Launch at Hotel Deux, May 30th

Well folks, in my humble opinion the launch was a tremendous success! My sincere thanks to all who attended, both as audience members and performers, and to Kirsty Fox for her support in making it happen.

Oh, and of course to Rob for providing us with the fantastic venue that the Hotel Deux is. Still not been there? Go!!

Now I knew that Miggy Angel, the Sherwood poets – Georgia Brown and Rachel Burnett, and John Marriot would all be terrific (and they were) but I was blown away by how good the contributors from the Notts Writing Group were. Blimey gals and guys – you done us proud.

Anyhoo I am rushing about today so can’t write much more at the mo but just wanted to say a quick ‘ta muchly’. Photos will be posted as soon as I get them from Phil and Sam who kindly snapped away all night.

And finally to the book itself. As you may know all profits are going to the Nottingham Women’s Centre. This was the unanimous decision of the writers group and I am thrilled that we are supporting them – even more so after hearing Mel (the centre manager) give a brief (but brilliant) talk about the work they do and the support they offer.

So buying the book: well I ran out of time setting up the online paperback sales so for now the book is available to buy online as a kindle edition by clicking here.

I will try and sort out the paperback tonight.

Have a good day y’all.

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Official Launch of Grime Kerbstone Psalms by Miggy Angel

You wait for one book launch and two come along at once…… but both books are well worth waiting for!

Grime Kerbstone Psalms is being officially launched at the Nottingham branch of Waterstones on Monday 3rd June at 1.00 pm in the Sillitoe Room on the very top floor.

Miggy Angel will be reading extracts from the book followed by a question and answer session. A buffet lunch is provided and books can be purchased and signed by the author.

Should be another brilliant event and I am really looking forward to it. Once again check in a few days for photos. Oh, and assuming Waterstones wi-fi is good enough we will be streaming the event live on the internet.

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Stories in Sandstone kindle e-book

To coincide with the book launch I have submitted an ebook of Stories in Sandstone to the Kindle store. It takes up to 24 hours for them to verify submissions so as of yet it is not ‘live’ on the Amazon site but the second it is I shall post the fact on here.

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Stories in Sandstone book launch!

Yup. After a long while planning the launch of Stories in Sandstone is almost upon us.

In fact it’s tomorrow night (Thursday 30th May) at 8.00 pm at the Hotel Deux, Nottingham. For those who don’t know it the Hotel Deux is home to The Guitar Bar which is Nottingham’s most intimate live music venue. Hosting the best national and local talent it’s located just out of Nottingham’s city centre and if you like good music or avant garde events then it’s tailor made for you.

I think that if Michael Eavis decided he’d had enough of Glastonbury, sold Worthy Farm and bought a hotel then it would be like this.

Anyway, that’s where we’re holding the launch! And we have a great line up. To start we have invited Mel, the Centre Manager of the Nottingham Women’s Centre, to tell us about their work – all profits from the book are being donated to them you see.

Then kicking off the entertainment is poet and wordsmith Miggy Angel who will then invite some of the authors to read extracts from their stories. Following this we have the two Sherwood poets, Georgia Brown and Rachel Burnett, who will be performing some of their works and closing the evening will be a set by Nottingham’s one and only John Marriot which I can’t wait to watch.

So….. a brilliant evening ahead. Check in for photos in a few days!


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How much do authors earn – typical UK royalties

I’ve been asked this several times recently so I thought I’d try and answer it. And I shall be talking about the typical royalties offered by many UK publishers for a paperback fiction book. (We do things differently at Celandor as we are a not-for-profit publisher but that is a private affair between us and our authors!).

In most cases a publisher will offer the author a royalty of between 8-12% of the net price of a paperback fiction book – in other words the price they sell it at, not the cover price.

So let’s say a book has a cover price of £10. In a typical best-case-scenario the bookseller will buy it from the publisher at £5 (the net price) and the author royalty will be between 40 – 60p. Ready with the champagne yet??!!

But that is a best case scenario…. many publishers use book wholesalers to place books and the wholesaler will want to buy at a discount of up to 65% of the cover price. So using a wholesaler means the net price of a £10 book drops to £3.50 and the author royalty falls to as low as 28p!

Don’t want your book to go through a wholesaler?  Ok. Then you need to know that many booksellers will only buy from book distributors. (It makes sense as they only have to deal with a dozen companies rather than a thousand authors and publishers.).

And book distributors take a cut of the sale price to cover their costs. And the cut is usually between 25-35% of the net price.

Confused? I’ll spell it out then! The book that you as a writer have lovingly crafted has a cover price of £10. Isn’t that great! Think of all the money you’ll make! Kerching!!

But…..the chain of bookshops you have dreamed of appearing in will only buy from a book distributor. The distributor sells your book to them for £5 (the net price) and then takes their cut of this, say £1.50.

So all that is left of your beautiful £10 book is £3.50. So once again you end up with a royalty of around 28p per sale.

Depressed? I’ll make things worse then! Most book sales are very small. A list of 10,000 new authors on Amazon shows an average sale of 79 copies a year – even some well known authors only sell 1,000 copies a year of some titles. In fact lots of smaller publishers would be delighted to make 1,000 sales of some titles.
(On a £10 book the author would earn about £300).

Thinking of giving up now? Well ask yourself why you write. If you’re doing it to make money then maybe there are safer ways – articles in magazines etc (grab a copy of the Artists and Writers Yearbook from the library for ideas).

And of course some authors do write blockbusters and become truly wealthy. If money really is your driving force then the industry is always looking out for writers of a series of books with the same main characters; they can build on the first books readership and so reduce the gamble they’re taking.

But many authors write because of their love of writing and why not? That’s an excellent motive; besides it’s always a thrill to see a book on a shelf with your name on it!

So….. hope that helps answer the royalty issue. You’ll appreciate it’s a bit more complicated than this but the figures above give a pretty good idea of how things work.

Ah….. and in case you think I wrote this to make authors flock to Celandor then I didn’t! In fact we are so busy that the earliest I could even open a new manuscript, let alone read it, is probably 2014. For that reason we are currently closed to new submissions.

So good luck elsewhere. And don’t give up.

(ps ebook publishing is a different ball game!)

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Latest Projects…… Carers Federation/Double Impact/Nottingham Women Poets

We are currently working on a book with the Nottingham Carers Federation which will be an anthology of stories by people who care for those suffering from addiction. The stories already submitted are breathtaking and sometimes heartbreaking in their honesty. You will appreciate that this is not a project to be rushed but one to be handled with great care and respect for all of those concerned. I will bring updates as they become available.

Two more projects are in the pipeline. Well, we own no actual pipes but you get the drift…..

One is with Double Impact and it will be a book of the writings of members of a creative writing group that is run there. I’ve read much of their work and it’s powerful stuff. Highly recommended; hoping we can make this happen.

The second is a book produced by a small group of women poets in Nottingham. Some of their work is unbelievably good. I mean it’s all great but at times they hit such high notes that you find yourself holding your breath. Again, watch this space.

That’s yer lot for now. Going to set up a special button on the Celandor website so I can make an ad-hoc sale of Miggy Angels book to someone in Malaysia. Cool, eh?! Yeah, I thought so too.

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