Although August has been a quieter month for Curious Cat Books, it's never really quiet enough to relax! The tour for Bluetooth & the World Wide Web continues, taking us to Manchester's amazing Trafford Centre, and has seen another author signed to the imprint! Check out what's been happening in the second half of this month!
Trafford Centre, WHSmith!
Alfrid the Aphid joined us on the 17th August 2019 to promote Bluetooth & the World Wide Web. We were lucky to have Denise as our volunteer (thank you again!)—as I'm sure you can imagine, it was pretty hot in that mask!
As always, though, Pandora, Noah and Pamela A. Pedder's Moving Day also sold well, making the day another huge success.
Moving Day's Creative Day
Pamela A. Pedder's 'Moving Day' was the focus of excitement at Windhill Community Centre, Shipley on 22/08/2019! The book was featured at a children's reading group, followed by some fun activities and colouring. Copies of the book were available to the children and parents at the end.
Note: Permission has been granted to use these photos, gained from parents through the community centre.
Our Keighley book signing—which included special guest Doreen Lee (Bradford's Lord Mayoress)— was featured in Keighley News! You can read all about the day's success by clicking here.
Bank Holiday In Bradford
On 24/08/2019 I ventured into WHSmith in search of an E. Rachael Hardcastle paperback... and I found two! Bradford WHSmith (in the Broadway Shopping Centre) has also just agreed to host a signing for Pamela A. Pedder on 30/11/2019 at 10-3pm—another date for your diary!
That same day, I took a guided tour of the Bradford Police Museum in City Hall—here I am playing Judge in the courtrooms. If you'd like to visit the museum, click this link to find them on Facebook.
I love it when readers send me their photos of my books, especially if it's in the form of a shelfie! Thank you to Sophie for sending me this picture of her early edition E. Rachael Hardcastle paperbacks. I tried to convince her to burn them but she's not having any of it! And I get pride of place right there with Charlaine Harris, one of my favourite authors. Thanks, Sophie!
The Queen's Visit
October 2019 will see a brand new Berty Bee adventure released by Curious Cat Books author Pamela A. Pedder.
This time, the Queen bee will be arriving at Berty's meadow to meet his friends in 'The Queen's Visit'.
For this second pre-school book, Pamela has also brought on board a second illustrator, Christine Moss, to work alongside her son (and illustrator for 'Moving Day'), Mark Edwards.
Thank you to Pamela for allowing me to share one of her new characters—the Queen Bee herself— in my August update.
I'm sure, like me, you are all super excited to read Berty Bee's latest adventure. If you haven't yet read her debut picture book (for 3-5 year olds), you can order your copy by clicking here.
Learning Resource Centre
A quick shout out to Emily Miller for sending me this photo of Shipley College's Learning Resource Centre displaying a bunch of my leaflets! Thank you for keeping me up to date.
As I write this, our co-written children's book is still sitting comfortably in the top 100 e-books of its genre. This is really exciting, and it's all down to our loyal readers purchasing and reviewing the book.
I'd just like to thank everyone who has so far left a review of either Bluetooth & the World Wide Web or Moving Day on Amazon. Reviews are so helpful to independent authors, not only in selling our books further, but in hearing what our readers want so we can better meet their needs.
If you'd like to leave an Amazon review for us, all you need to do is log in to your Amazon account, find the book and click and scroll down to the reviews section. There will be a button you can click to leave your own review, good or bad, which should then appear within a few days.
The Universe Doesn't Give A Sh*t About Your Book!
No, I'm not being cruel, I promise! :)
But, I am announcing my upcoming release, my first ever non-fiction book about life as an independent author, is due to hit the shelves around Christmas time 2019.
The e-book cover you see here is only temporary (though it's still pretty cool), but I wanted to have something visual to share with you all. The cover will be similar though, with a curious cat featured beneath a clumsy-looking title.
The book will discuss a range of topics including formatting, cover design, editing and, of course, marketing, and is designed to give new writers an overview of the self-publishing world and help them to launch their debut books. It's also got lots of handy tips and hacks included, plus plenty of helpful resources and some fun little anecdotes.
It's currently out to BETA readers (thank you to those who have already returned their feedback, you're awesome). If you'd like to join my BETA army and let me know your thoughts on The Universe Doesn't Give A Sh*t About Your Book: A Brutally Honest Guide To Self-Publishing four months before its release, please do get in touch using the contact form on this website.
Oh, and another thing... it'll be released as a beautiful dust-jacket hardback, too! I am so excited!
That's it for my August update—thanks for reading and be sure to check back in September for another month of events, interviews and releases.