Monday 26 August 2013

Where are the British Entrepreneurs?

Blue Hour Publishing has been going for about eighteen months now (where has the time gone). We  have tried Amazon Select and decided it isn’t for us. We were thinking of moving to Smashwords but opted for draft2digital instead.  As the one who puts all the books on line and keeps track of who has sold what, I like the way the d2d site works. Clean, simple to follow and not overloaded with information about other books. They may be dealing with thousands of authors but you feel like the only one! I don’t want to know about what else is available. I can find that out in other places if I want to. Well done, d2d. Please don’t change your website too much!
     But what really gets me is, why are all these companies based in the US. I have nothing against the way they work, apart from having to spend time and money contacting the IRS, but why hasn’t anyone in Britain come up with a company to help indie authors get their books into the ethersphere? Surely it can’t be that difficult.
     I didn’t see the programme myself, but was told that an indie author had approached Dragon’s Den for support while he wrote some books. He got turned down. Wouldn’t we all like to be supported while we got noticed?! But I wonder if someone had gone with the intension of setting up a company to convert and publish ebooks they might have been supported.
     And NO! I don’t want to do this myself. I haven’t the energy, knowledge or connections, but surely there must be someone out there who could do this. I’m not talking about a company that wants to put books put on its own platform but someone who will do the same as Smashwords and d2d. Or maybe all our technical people have crossed the pond or gone to Australia!


Saturday 17 August 2013

New Venture - New Author

A while back we announced we were adding Books For Children to the Blue Hour Publishing family.
Well the wait is over and very soon our very first Book for Children will be released.
    Meet our new author Bertram George on his own page here 
    He has written a whole series of books based around fairy story characters we all know and love, adding a new slant on them. Added to the stories are some wonderful illustrations done by the author himself. Just hope the ebooks can do them justice.  Look out for some of them here.
   In the meantime, his first book will be coming very soon. Watch out for this!

Friday 16 August 2013

New Release - Silent Love

Blue Hour Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Kristen Stone's SILENT LOVE.

The story of the growing love between Sara, the niece of Cathy and Stan and the new recruit to their animal sanctuary, David, who is totally deaf.
    David has spent his childhood unloved and almost ignored by his parents.
    Sara is a bright, independent young woman who almost runs him over on her way to the sanctuary.

Once again Kristen brings us a story that is hard to put down.

Available at these places            Amazon UK                   Kobo

Barnes and Noble             Nook