The publisher of my humorous thriller, Escaping Reality, and Mediterranean thriller, Hot Air, has given up publishing. Not because sales are low, which they are but ironically picking up just recently. Brambling Books was a one man and his wife business, like many small presses. He’s had misfortunes in 2011 with family and friends dying in South Africa, NZ and Australia. Not only did he have businesses with them out there that need sorting out, but their deaths have hit him, emotionally, much harder than he expected.
We parted on good terms but it leaves me with the problem of finding a publisher. The difficulty is that both books have now been published by two small presses, and in the case of Escaping Reality, have almost certainly peaked its sales some 5 years or so ago. Again, ironically, my local independent bookshop, Bluecoat Books – in Chester, have just ordered 6 more from me on sale on return. If it wasn’t for those trickle sales I’d be tempted to go to an ebook-only publisher. I am keen to get Hot Air into paper print because apart from 15 poorly printed copies from the original Dutch publisher, its never been available in print worldwide and I’ve been asked for it many times.
I could do self-publishing. However, I’ve never done that and I’m too busy reading, writing, reviewing, editing and cycling, etc to learn how. I need a publisher to take them on – not to spend a lot of money on them – I’ll do the promo, etc.
Later this year, a science fiction small press is publishing my ARIA vol one (Left Luggage) SF novel, and I’ve already got offers of signings at some Waterstones, so it would be good to have the other books available too.
I still like the ebook cover art for Hot Air and the paperback cover, but this is an opportunity to redo the Escaping Reality cover. I’ve always thought it was too much like a hard-nosed crime than a humorous thriller.
Any ideas gratefully received.
Late good news. Bluecoat Books, 1 City Wall, Chester has copies of Escaping Reality and Exit, Pursued by a Bee. Their website.