Paperback, Paperback, Does Whatever A Paperback Does…

Paperback, Paperback, Does Whatever A Paperback Does…

Edited to add: Apparently it’s National Poetry Day. So I’m gonna pretend I timed this deliberately, and I’m also going to waggle my eyebrows at you until you think, “Hey, well, as it’s National Poetry Day wouldn’t it be good if I celebrated it by buying this book, either in paperback or as an ebook?” and then everyone will be happy. BECAUSE THAT’S MARKETING. Pretending coincidences were deliberate and all that. Right. Back to the topic on hand.

I’m sure you’re sick to death of hearing about Broken Body Fragile Heart, but don’t worry: this is going to be a quick one.

It's remarkably good quality, actually.
It’s remarkably good quality, actually.

Due to amazing productivity and organisation on my part, the paperback is now available to buy directly from Blurb, the print-on-demand company I used to create it. Although I’m considering Amazon distribution in the future, at the moment this seemed like the best option: I can set a lower list price and still receive more profit, because it cuts out the middleman. Since I don’t want to charge my readers an unnecessarily large amount, this seemed to be a good plan.

Unfortunately, postage costs from Blurb are higher than I think they would have been from Amazon, but I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do about that.

A friend of mine has helpfully bought a copy. He says it’s very easy; the book and postage together cost him about ten pounds, which is more than I’d like (I want you to be able to get this as cheaply as possible, but postage costs are evil), but isn’t too bad, and the process wasn’t complex. From my experience ordering a proof copy, they print and ship the books very quickly, and it arrived in the space of a week, which I thought was impressive.

So if you don’t have a Nook, Kindle, or Kobo reader (or an app for any of those marketplaces), or you simply prefer paperback books, you can now get hold of one for yourself. If you know me in person, I will be unbelievably flattered if you ask me to sign it. In the future, once I’ve saved some money, I plan to buy some copies in bulk and sell them directly, so again, if you know me in person, ask me about that.

Of course, I'll have to be careful about buying in bulk if I don't already have potential buyers lined up...
Of course, I’ll have to be careful about buying in bulk if I don’t already have potential buyers lined up…

With any luck, the formatting will have gone smoothly. I spent this morning resolving any issues that I found in the proof copy: different font colours, missing page numbers, that kind of thing. So I hope that the product you’re buying is the best it could be. If, when it arrives, it’s not perfect — let me know. I probably can’t fix it for you, but I can fix it for anyone who buys it in the future.

And I’m even considering doing a giveaway at some point… would anybody be interested in that?

With thanks in advance to all my readers. Every book you buy funds me to live off toast for a couple more days at university, so, y’know, it’s a good cause. Man, I love toast. Any reviews or comments you feel like leaving on the Blurb page, on Amazon, or on Goodreads, give me life.

You all give me life. You’re wonderful. I love you.


Okay. That’s all. I’m out.

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