With the booktrade suffering, we wanted to make it as easy for you to get lovely things to read as possible, so we have worked very hard to get these in the vitual shops for you. Thanks to Inpress for organising conversions and uploading!
We are trying not to be downhearted that we had to take the launch of Time and Tide online, (check out our Facebook page for videos, we’ll be editing them and adding them to the website soon), everyone did a fabulous job and the videos are getting quite a few hits, but with minimal sales as a result. We are also very disappointed that we are having to put publication of Zed and the Cormorants back 12 months.
The good news is, we are continuing to translate some of the Time and Tide stories into BSL with the help of Marcel Hirshman, and some funding from ACE. We will be launching these videos fairly soon.
AND…with all eight legs crossed, we are going ahead with No Spider Harmed..., Tiny Spidery Cheer… We aren’t anticipating an in-person launch, and we have to be very careful about how many copies we print, as a result, we are asking people to pre-order, so we don’t end up with stock we can’t sell through trade or events.
More good news for readers!
We’ve reduced the price of some of our ebooks. If people like this idea and buy them, we will reduce all ebooks to £0.99 for the duration of the misery.
Let us know when you buy one via usual social channels: #Arachne99p, as it takes a while for the news to seep through our sales reports, and we want to be nimble in responding.
Obviously, while the postal service is still functioning we will send out actual books which you can buy from our webshop.
With many bookshops closing, we are in an increasingly precarious position, and we really rely on our direct sales – normally we do 60% or more of our sales at events, and that’s impossible right now.
People seem to be reaching for poetry, so we are getting all our poetry titles converted as fast as we can. We’ll let you know when they are available. They may not be perfectly formatted on an e-reader but we will do our best.
And finally, to try and keep our books in the light, you might consider nominating us in the Saboteur Awards?
In all seriousness, we are racing to get all our poetry converted into ebooks so that self isolators (and those still putting themselves at risk in essential jobs for that matter) can get at them with ease. We didn’t do this before because we are perfectionists and we dont like what it does to the formatting – and we are reducing the price of all our ebooks to 99p for the duration. Someone else is setting that up for us so not sure if they are all sorted yet…
If you want to sample the wares, there are lots of videos and audio files dotted about the website, especially in the blog, and we are TODAY doing a virtual launch on our Facebook Page. join us from 2pm to about 3.30, for a mix of short stories and poems.
Sorry, about the awfulness, however it is an excellent offer, made to celebrate the launch of DUSK, the latest Solstice Shorts Festival anthology, Published on 21st June, the summer solstice. We are also celebrating with events tomorrow and thursday.
Arachne Press’ first three books, London Lies, Stations and Lovers’ Lies, will be available in ePub and Mobi (Kindle) versions by the 18th April 2013. They are all loaded up with the distributors, but it can take a few weeks to hit the electronic shelves of every retailer. Keep your eyes open if ebooks are your thing, and nab an electronic version as soon as they appear, all at £4.99 RRP.
This website will soon be host to lovely books and e-books, and news about books.
Arachne Press is a new publisher of exciting novels and short stories for adults and children; poetry and selected non-fiction. We will also be keeping fiction (poetry, non-fiction) live, through readings, workshops and all things to do with writing.
Our first book London Lies will be out in mid-summer, in print and e-formats, to be followed speedily by the next collection provisionally entitled Stations.
We are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at present.