First print run sold out, reprint of 1000
But behind it was exceptionally good news. It meant that the first print run of 1000 copies had been ‘shifted’ (as I believe the term is in retail). Swift work from Sandstone Press set in train a reprint of another 1,000 (as noted in their FB announcement below). I am still basking in a glow of satisfaction at that sales milestone.
So if you have been trying to obtain a copy then look again as retail outlets should have them in stock again as soon as they get out through the distribution system. Although I am glad Amazon is there, I would remind you that the book trade is more than just them. Just on price alone other online suppliers sometimes come in cheaper. But more importantly, I encourage you to purchase from ‘real’ bookshops. The larger Waterstones shops are stocking ‘It’s a hill’ and Sandstone posted this great picture of it sharing space with Mo Farah in the ‘Great Gifts’ section of Sheffield Waterstones recently.
It was Small Business Saturday last weekend, which I hope you supported. Independent bookshops are an important part of the book trade, especially for smaller publisher and author combinations. I am again pleased to say that the book is available through many such shops. Just in the Lakes I am aware that Fred Holdsworth (Ambleside), Bookends (Keswick), and Sam Read (Grasmere) are stocking it. I had a message from John at Sam Read the other day saying he was waiting for re-supply and that he had already sold 20 copies. [Update: just noticed that Stanfords (Covent Garden) have copies on their shelves too]
Advance notice: I am starting to confirm speaking dates for the spring. The first is a Slide Supper gig at Wilf’s Cafe (Staveley), which is set for Thu 20 March. More details of this and other talks/signings will appear here and on the Events page of this blog.