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CompletelyNovel author and all-round site star, Bryony Allen, has had her new book OTOLI published by Pneuma Springs…AND she’s let us have a few sample pages so that you can see some of the finished result.
Congratulations Bryony! I’ve just received my copy from Amazon, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
Thanks to all at CN once again for your kind support. Thank you too Alan, out of interest how long did it take to arrive from Amazon? I have a feeling things are going through the motions at Amazon in respect of the fact the book is a new release. Either way I sincerely hope you enjoy the read.
It didn’t take long at all – just a few days. By the way, have you signed up with Author Central on Amazon? You can update your personal page there and also track the sales ranking of your book.
Yes Alan, I’m already part of that on Amazon, it all helps. If you have any book trailers and a Twitter account you add those in there too now.
Congrats Bryony, we knew you would do it. We’ve really appreciated your support of the community, this feels very well deserved!
Thank you. No problem with the support by the way, CN is a super site that should have a bright future. It allows like minded people to get together (albeit virtually). Convincing people to read your work takes time when you are new to writing but the feedback gained for unpublished work can be very valuable. I’ve certainly enjoyed most things I sampled of other writers here. For me being published has always been the goal as opposed to self publishing. There are plenty of good self published works out there but also a lot of bad too so things like CN can help to break the barrier down to some of the perceptions out there. Readers need a place to be able to find the good in a sea of bad. I’m sure you will triumph in the long term.
In terms of the deal for OTOLI, Pneuma Springs may not be the biggest publisher by any stretch but they continue to grow which is a good thing. The treatment as one of their authors is also very personal and certainly one of inclusion not dictatorship. The likes of Penguin and Bloomsbury must have started out as a similar outfit I’d have thought. I did approach other larger publishers and agents with OTOLI and it was knocked back as so many are but Pneuma Springs have given the book life and done a super job of putting it together not to mention the e-Book. They also have superb worldwide distribution links setup and OTOLI is already on many book trade listings now. I’ve already had some superb response to the book, the first few reviews have been 5 stars and the most recent one yesterday by the Young Adult review blog Serendipity was just fantastic. I’ve linked to these on my own web site and the publisher will be doing the same of course. Quite a few libraries and schools are stocking the book around the country given some of the emails I’ve had back and hopefully many more will do so as we go and reviews continue to come in. With some extra luck the likes of Waterstones will look to stock it too as this seems to be a major nut to crack for all authors and publishers in this country, I’ve contacted them personally too but everyone is fighting over the tiny bits of shelf space left in what looks to be the last viable book chain in this country for now. I think that is why so many readers go to Amazon and Book depository and why the big publishers use money to grab the space. I think reviews are going to be the key to OTOLI’s success to be fair. OTOLI seems to have worldwide appeal from some of the things I’m seeing at other sites like Goodreads so my hope is that the book touches many.