Printing Press

We’d like to be bringing you news of another ghost hunting adventure, but season one of Calamityville Horror has ended and we’ve been forced to take a break. So instead of going ghost hunting on the weekend, we went to a hen party. We were more scared of that than being locked in the punishment cell with an executed prisoner. Luckily we passed our challenges and cheated our way out of doing any forfeits.

Anyhoo, for lack of interesting news, we’re bringing you…news. We’ve decided we’re definitely bringing Soul Asylum out in paperback. For years we’ve dreamed of holding our own novel and let’s face it, this is the only way that’s going to happen. We’re not going to get picked up by the Big Six, we’ll never make it onto the bestsellers lists and we’ll never break into the top 10,ooo ranking on Amazon. But by going solo, we WILL hold our own novel. Hold, stroke and if the mood takes us, kiss it.

We’ve been reading a great blog post by Sean & Dan Campbell, the guys behind 90 Days NovelΒ http://www.90daysnovel.com/2012/07/pod-v-offset-createspace-v-lightning.htmlΒ and they’ve convinced us to go with CreateSpace. At the moment we’re stumbling blindly through the labyrinth of information and trying not to fall into an oubilette of despair, but we’ve got until October to figure this stuff out. We’re not going with CreateSpace’s cover packages, not when we’ve spent so long designing our own. Yes, there’s that control freak streak again, but this is our novel and we want it done our way. And we don’t want to have to pay for it. One, because we’re skinflints and two, we won’t make the money back. We probably won’t even make back the money we’ve spent on editing, so we want to keep this as affordable as possible. Β So if you follow us on Twitter, you can expect a whole load of tweets ranting about our inability to work with Photoshop – much like the rants we posted about GIMP. There will probably be several meltdowns, threats of murderous rampages and us rocking in the corner, muttering about typesetting.

But like with our ghost hunting, the journey, however fraught, is sometimes more interesting than the destination.

20 Comments

  1. That is awesome. Love the title and good luck with getting it all done. I would offer help with Photoshop, but I know nothing about it. My brother does, so if you have questions, send them my way and I’ll forward them. Who knows, he might be able to help. Or maybe not.

    Also, love the title for your short-stories. Definitely on my TBR list. πŸ˜€

    • thanks Andrew πŸ™‚ we’re hopeless with photoshop. Paint confuses us πŸ˜€ Luckily our mate knows all about it, but we’ll definitely keep your brother in mind. It’s always good to have extra helpers.

  2. Brilliant news, but don’t do yourselves down, Ms Ravens. Stranger things than you getting picked up by Big 6 publisher have happened (50 Shades of Porn being THE top seller, anyone?). It can happen. It probably won’t, but it could, especially if the standard of writing in Gunning Down Romance is anything to go by.

    I’m pleased that in the foreseeable future I can hold CL Raven in my grubby mits! Oh, darn it, that sounds plain wrong, but you know what I mean.

    Finally, my experience with CreateSpace is positive so far. I’m just waiting for my book to reach the Amazon webs sites at present – it takes up to a week from date of publication. It seems like a long wait after the instant listing I had with Kindle.

    Onwards, ladies: take the world by storm, one chapter at a time!

    • LOAO! We can say the same when we hold Pike’s Quest πŸ˜€ It’s good to hear you’re having a positive experience with CreateSpace. The fact you’re using it is one of the reasons we decided to try them. We’re still in the investigating stage atm.
      We like to think of GDR as our masterpiece (that sounds so conceited) but sadly the sales don’t match our expectation. Amazon will probably kill us if we release the data but it’s Tom Cruise’s birthday today and the sales match his age πŸ˜‰

    • Just FYI our turnaround from approval to Amazon was 30 hours or so. I think the week estimate is a case of ‘Lets not set expectations too high’. We’ve been live for 2 days now, and already have six marketplace sellers listing our title as well as Amazon themselves. Considering the average year+ legacy takes, that’s nothing short of astonishing.

      • WOW. You guys totally kick ass at this selling thing. We need to syphon your secrets!

  3. I’ll be there to commiserate on the perils of Photoshop. And maybe send a helpful link or two πŸ˜‰

    Good luck, ladies!

    • thank you! Been getting tutorials from Ryan in Photoshop as he’s been doing the trailer for Disenchanted using layers, cut outs etc and confusing the hell out of us.

  4. Have you compared Create Space to Lulu.com? I wonder what the pros and cons are. Lulu is free and they give you ISBNs but perhaps the distribution is not so awesome.

    • We know a lot of people have used Lulu and are very happy with them. We checked out Matador but didn’t get round to Lulu. We’ll definitely look in to it, thanks! πŸ™‚

  5. I am so pleased that you’ve taken the leap of faith and grabbed the bull by both horns. I do believe you will make it BIG and I’ll be first in line for my copies.

  6. I’m sure that your excellent writing will make it, keep the faith! I am also starting to be persuaded into publishing in paperback, I think I might dip my toe during the summer, I’ll have a look anyhow.
    I am of course, really looking forward to Soul Asylum!

    • Thanks! We’re considering bringing Disenchanted out in paper back – it’s 60,000 words so it’s long enough. We just hope Soul Asylum won’t be a major disappointment to everyone!


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