How will I get into bookshops? Which cover will we choose? Who knew that the discounts charged by some are 53.5%? How on earth will I organise a tail lift?
I still don't have the answers to some of those questions. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. But for now, it doesn't matter. Because now, the barcode has arrived. I worked out how to get one, and to realise that before I get a barcode, I need an ISBN. This is the kind of stuff our print geniuses usually look after. But this time around, I decided that I needed to be the one to do that. I had already called in way too many favours from way too many people. And I wanted to learn.
Give me author contracts. Ask me to write copy. Tell me you need a content plan. Need a story written - give it here, Malfoy. Need a publishing plan? Want me to translate something into English, German, even French? Devise a flat plan? Discuss how to translate a curriculum into a textbook? Write activities? Absolutely no problem. Wine and dine an author? No, that's a bridge too far. Ha, only joking, that's the best part!! But... page gsms? Flaps? Jackets? Spines? You lost me at hello. However. This project has opened more eyes and pushed to more limits than most things I have done in my publishing life. And one of those things was to work out how to obtain a barcode. Not a big deal for those who know. But for those who don't, it's a little daunting. And now we have one. So we're another step closer to publishing this book. Eureka!
Yesterday was 7th October. We had our first zoom call on 7th August. We have come so far in just two months.
So here it is. Drumroll for the ISBN and bar code for "Lights on the Horizon". This makes it feel a whole lot more real. Watch this space.
Oh, and if you're a bookshop, or know anyone who has contacts, let me know. I'd love to get our book into as many independent bookshops in Ireland as possible. And sure, how I'll actually physically get the books to the bookshops is another day's work. And another night's worry.
I can reveal now that the wonderful Kerr's Bookshop in Clonakilty will sell our book for us. Kerr's is taking pre-orders now. Ideal Christmas present. (023) 883 4342.
Niamh is a publisher and writer, based in West Cork. Bi-lingual in German and English, she's always finding new ways to play with words. Check this page for updates on exciting initiatives happening in eThentique!