I wrote the first four books of the Peter Black series during 2005-2007 and I've now redesigned the first book ready for global success
To print a minimum of 5000 copies of the first book in the Peter Black series (for children aged 8 to 80) with its new artwork, and to heavily promote it as a kickstart to my publishing business Mysterious Books
I've been writing seriously for 13 years now, and apart from having a few poems and short stories published in anthologies I decided to self-publish under my new brand Mysterious Books. With a logo and website I created, and a million tons of enthusiasm, I managed to get the first three books printed and into various branches of Waterstones and other book stores (not the easiest of tasks). When I was distributing my books to Waterstones I had to deal with Gardners, who took 57.5% of the cover price of the book. Most of this went to the retailer. So this combined with no capital, the low print-runs and the cost of distribution, it was a difficult thing to make a success.
Since receiving a fan-letter from a school in Scotland and various other words of encouragement (such as "When's the next book coming out?") from some of my other readers, I feel ready to push this business and writing career to the next level, where it will become sustainable. The one single thing which would make this possible is by getting a much larger print-run done, as I still have loads of energy and enthusiasm to get out there promoting it, visiting book stores and schools, running competitions and workshops etc. The last time I was trying this I had print-runs of a few hundred at a time, so now I plan to have at least 5000 printed with the beautiful new cover:
N.B. There is one difference in the final cover, which is that the spine is dark with white letters.
If you click on this image, it will take you through to my Amazon author's page. The artist who created the front cover picture is Andrew Usher.
Here's my website for some more information about my publishing efforts so far:
You can find sample chapters of the book from my Amazon eBook. You will also find the next two books on Amazon, and you can find sample chapters from the fourth Peter Black book at my blog: http://mysteriousbooksblog.wordpress.com/
Here are the three book covers I produced a few years ago, which I'm planning to update:
Here is the fan-mail I received a few months ago (with the senders' names edited a little) which gave me the encouragement to take more action on this project:
I am a School Librarian based on the outskirts of Glasgow at E... High School.
Hopefully you can see I've put a lot into this project already, and although I began 8 years ago I haven't been able to commit to it full time. If you see potential in what I've done so far, please back the project and finally I will be able to get every part of this project done properly and make it the success it should be.
Thank you in advance!
Simon J Halliday.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
My business is still a one-man operation for now, so the main risk is if something unexpectedly happens to me. In terms of delivering the rewards you expect I don't see any more risk than this, because I already have the book ready to print at the printers. In fact by the time you read this I will probably already have 50 copies, which I've ordered for promotional purposes and to check everything is right with them. I don't foresee any problems with visits because I already drive, sometimes long distances, most days.
I was just asked that question by someone so I thought I'd post it here. The first thing is, try again soon, perhaps reload the page or try a different card. If it doesn't work then see if you can contact kickstarter about it, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll find the contact page link. I don't think these problems happen very often so you should be able to get it resolved quickly.