Is this the way to sell books?

Saturday was wonderfully surreal. Although the Border Line pre-publication launch party was intended for local friends, very dear old friends and my daughter and partner came to stay, and a dear friend from Ireland and dear writing friends from Wiltshire also stayed nearby.

I was very grateful for messages of support from my blogging friends and also this  wonderful card made by the multi-talented young singer Charlotte Hoather.DSCN6772

We had more than enough food. A tithe of it is visible in this photo.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I saw little of the party, as I spent most of it in my working den signing copies (and taking the moulah). I was aware of my husband and everyone working very hard, looking after about sixty thirsty people. Note the lovely rose, a gloriously sweet-smelling flower, cut and brought round by my next door neighbour. DSCF3550 (4)

To a large extent this party was a thank you to friends, particularly this who have read, proof-read (free copies) and given feedback on the text and cover of Border Line. I’m not pretending that selling the book was not part of the aim, but you wouldn’t think that this is the recommended method for selling books. However I’m two boxes of Border Line down, six more to go. The bookmark I made, seems to have been a big hit too. Hooray for the old printer!DSCN6773

I brought the greenhouse pepper in after a frost scare last week, and left it as decoration for the party. I am absurdly proud of it and don’t know if I will be able to bear cutting and eating it. How absurd is that?

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36 thoughts on “Is this the way to sell books?

  1. It looks a thoroughly civilised way to sell books, Hilary. When can I buy my copy? Charlotte’s card is beautiful. She is indeed very talented. I downloaded her latest album and loved it. The pepper ought to be framed and stuffed (!) for posterity. It makes a delightful decoration. Congratulations all round.

  2. I have self published -all non-fiction of local and family history -and have had ‘book launches’ at many different venues, but never at home. Nor have I submitted material to agents, publishers or even shared with reading groups. You have got me thinking about a whole new way of writing. A great inspiration, actually. Many thanks.

    • There are advantages and, of course, disadvantages to doing it at home. On the plus side, you keep costs down and friends are happy to come to a party in a place they know and you get to give them really nice food. On the minus side, there’s A LOT of work involved and it may be seen as less ‘professional’. As Threadgold Press is run from my desk, it seems that home was right for me. Good luck with your ventures.

  3. I am SO HAPPY for you, Hilary, you clever thing ! – it must have been wonderful. I do wish I could have been there, for my own pleasure.
    Your husband must be so proud of you he could burst !

    • Thank you, I do feel buoyed up by your kind thoughts. My husband is bearing up well, the party was only the beginning – and this is why I’d rather not be a publisher – I’m now running a marketing department from my desk.

      • I wish you infinitely more success than I had, Hilary – that is, until I realized that having my blogging friends read my book was more satisfying than unknown persons’ buying it.
        But you’ve done all the hard yakka, and deserve the joy of seeing that rewarded. May this happen VERY soon !

      • Thanks for the wishes. I bet you’ve sold more Dreams than I have had copies of Border Line printed (300). I shall be taking one of my new copies of Dreams to a very dear friend tomorrow. I doubt I shall sell Border Line to more than a dozen strangers, so I have to sell hard to friends. No one is inviting me to talk to libraries – though I will be talking to the residents in the local sheltered housing this week. I have spent today parcelling up copies, so the pile is going down.

  4. What pleasant news, Hilary! A hearty congratulations to you! The publishing world is so confusing but I am glad you figured it out and are on a roll!

    ps I shall eat that pepper in a flash for you!

  5. Congrats on the book launch. Great photos and a terrific card from Charlotte. I just had a book launch of my own a couple of weeks ago and indeed they have a touch of the surreal about them. And – as always – I had way too much food! I look forward to ordering my copy when Border Line goes live.

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