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Behind the Scenes

A lot goes on for an author behind the scenes which the book-loving public rarely think about! I face the exciting challenge of having my book published in another country, which gives the issue of not being able to just drive to the publisher and pick up cartons of books to take to events or talks. 

Oh, no. They need to ship internationally to me before I can do that. And the publisher doesn't pay for that, I do. We all know shipping of books from USA is not a  cheap thing and being a new author, I really have no idea how many books I should be taking to places like the Abbey Medieval Festival or other events. 

So up front I get to:

  • buy the books at cost (not cheap)
  • pay for the cartons shipping to Australia (seriously, not cheap)
  • pay for postage for anyone who wants a signed copy (add $7.50 in AU if it fits the standard package)
  • pay for the packaging material as well (several more dollars right there)

A few people are saying they want a signed copy at Abbey, but whether  they actually turn up with money or do the "I'll get one later" thing, I won't know. I'm looking at a pre-order where they can pay beforehand and collect at the event. And quite frankly, I don't know what amount of books I should be  taking. Site fees need to be paid for. I still need to get  Exhibitors Insurance as well which will cover me for a year of selling  books at places as my re-enactor insurance won't cover me. 

If I  want 200 books which isn't many really, say 15 in a carton, that's  paying for shipping for 13 big, heavy boxes filled with books. Still  waiting to hear what that is likely to cost, but I'm stressing about it. Ordering online and bringing to an event is a great idea for signings, but this year, our first event will launch the book, so anyone who buys one there will be ahead of online buyers and save the shipping cost. Not me. I pay the shipping cost and for the book. My share at the end is very small before everything else. 

This, dear people, is a peek into behind the scenes. 

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Book Depository!

I've just been alerted to the fact that you can, in fact, pre-order the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women right now on the Book Depository (which has free shipping!) It says the release date is July 30th, 2020 while I believe it will be available through Amazon on the July 14th, 2020, but if you don't mind waiting a week.. well, free shipping is great! It's also the special pre-order price as well!

BOOK DEPOSITORY

If you're coming to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2020, I will have books with me if you'd like to collect in person. I might organise some kind of pre-order myself there in case I don't have many with me and someone misses out! I really have no clue how many to bring to Abbey. This is all very new and exciting!

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Those penis-picking nuns.

I'm excited to say that permissions have come through for the penis-picking nuns, the nun actually having sex, our beloved bearded woman and the woman throwing her baby into a toilet.  The winged penis badge. Gosh, this all sounds a bit salacious. There are other really nice pictures too, like that guy enthusiastically holding up an eel. 

Giggling, educating and horrifying. 

I hope I won't have to sacrifice any of these for the word count or having to make the text really small. I'm aware that a lot of avid readers eyesight deteriorates a little over time lie mine, so a good font and size and readability is important to me.

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Numbers game

Well, it seems that the book a little longer than the publisher was hoping for, but that's what happens when you give me a pen and ask me about my favourite subject!  Apparently, I have a lot to say about it! 

Who knew?

(Actually, every who knows me knew. Everyone. I just don't shut up about it.)

In other news, Beta testers say there's nothing to leave out.

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The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women is a good read

Just spend a few moments filling out my details on Amazon and Goodreads for The Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women and I am thrilled to discover that I have an ISBN13: 9781642503074 and that the publisher's description of the book was already on Goodreads, which is a website for book reviews!  

And here it is! The Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women on Goodreads!

I'm pretty excited! If you've read a copy and you liked it, why not leave a little review for me? Spread the word. I'm a first time author and no one knows what to expect. 

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Pictures.

Pictures are now the bane of my life. Seeking permissions from libraries in other languages and paying for the right to use them in a foreign language is slightly terrifying. Thank goodness for online translating as not all websites have a "translate to English" button. it's slow to do it that way, but a gal's gotta do what a gal's gotta do.

I seriously want to use those penis-picking nuns in my book.


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Signed, sealed and delivered

80 000 words and it's final, Everything including endnotes, illustration explanations and captions and indexes. Still have fingers crossed that I can get a foreword by an amazing lady author who works for the BBC... I don't know her personally and she's a friend of a friend, but maybe?


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Feedback

Feedback just in from a lovely person who is a pre-reader for me. She is a medieval author herself, so she was able to helpfully spot a few things I need to amend. She will write a review for the book, but I just wanted to share her initial response after reading the draft copy...

" It is quite compelling and hilariously funny. I have been chuckling out loud and my husband says he thinks he ought to read it if it's such a tonic! God Forbid! LOL"

The big question is.. do we let the husbands read it if it's secret? Of course we do! They deserve every opportunity to go "ewwwwwwww" and "nooooo waaaaay" as much as the rest of us! 

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Libraries Are Amazing!

I know a lot of people at the online chat help on some websites, but a bit shout out the the gals who helped me out tonight from the John Rylands Library in England who answered my questions. The part of the image search was down, but they are helpfully passing on my requests to the right people in the right place who will email me with what I need to know.

Librarians rock.


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Now! With Pictures!

I really wasn't going to have pictures in the book. I thought wrangling all the copyrights and permissions was just going to be too expensive and too hard for me to sort with no help at all, but it looks like I will have a bunch of great images as well!

Because I've needed to look for some new ones which are reproducible without breaking the bank, I have discovered new pictures which have been pretty cool, I must say!

Stay tuned, sexy secret ladies!