Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Highland Lass Scottish Setting in Print

I've been so excited the last couple of days when I found out that The Highland Lass is now in print! This is a dream come true for this book of my heart and even though e-books are hugely popular now, and I read that way myself at night, I particularly wanted this novel to be available for those who still prefer an old-fashioned book.


I'm also delighted my publisher, Crooked Cat, has used a print company that makes books available in shops and libraries, as well as being available from Amazon UK and Amazon US. That means any library and shop (hopefully) should be able to order it in for customers. Yesterday, I was speaking to a group of lovely people who wanted to hear about my writing life and two of them said they were going to tell their library about me.

Now I have to decide if I should organise a reading or two - I'm so used to online promotion that this is a new area for me! I've already checked and the ISBN number (1910510505) is showing up in the Gardners catalogue. Haven't checked Ingrams yet but it should also be there and both of these supply most of the bookshops.

It seems a happy coincidence that I'm featured on American writer Lois Winston's Anastasia Pollock blog today, where I've written about Scotland as a setting and the areas mentioned in The Highland Lass, along with a few photos. You can find the article here.

Now to come down to earth and get on with the novella I'm supposed to be finishing!

Rosemary

13 comments:

susanjanejones said...

I'm thrilled for you Rosemary, and great news to do some library talks. I have it on kindle, but I'll still look out for it in the shops. Love that cover, and so looking forward to reading it soon.

Joanna said...

I'm so delighted for you, Rosemary. It certainly looks lovely in print and it's excellent to have it available in the shops. Wishing you great success with readings if you decide to go ahead and will look forward to hearing how they go. xx

Julia Thorley said...

I much prefer an old-fashioned paperback to an e-reader (although that, too, has its place). I hope the readings go well; will you do them on your own or as part of a spoken word event, or what?

Frances Garrood said...

There's nothing like being able to hold your own book in your hand, is there. I'm so pleased for you, Rosemary.

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Wendy's Writing said...

Having a book in paperback must be every writer's dream (I know it is mine). Don't worry if you decide to do book readings, Rosemary - everyone will love you!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks so much, Suzy - hope you enjoy it! I have over 100 books on kindle so I know how difficult it is to get around to them all.

Many thanks, Joanna - I suspect it will be libraries I'll be more comfortable with!

Thanks, Julia, at least one of my friends still only reads in print. I love both but it's good to have the choice. Any readings would mainly at one or two libraries, unless I go fro a launch!

Thanks a lot, Frances - some of our books mean more to us than others!

Aw, that's so kind of you, Wendy - thank you! Yes, there's still nothing quite like holding a print copy, much as I like reading on kindle. I'm sure your dream will soon come true with your novel.

joanne fox said...

Wonderful, Rosemary. It sounds a great read. I don't get on with reading on Kindle, but will now investigate how to get hold of the paperback. Have a good weekend.

Carolb said...

That's wonderful news, Rosemary- I'm so pleased for you. :-)x

It's good that they've been able to keep the same cover too.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Joanne - I have several friends who prefer paperbacks! Good weekend to you too.

Many thanks, Carol! Yes, as it's the same publisher, Crooked Cat, they can use it for both e-book and print. So glad as I like that one!

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations, Rosemary! It's so exciting to have a book in print. When you hold it for the first time in your hands, it's like holding your first born baby. And yes, do some in person engagements. They're so much fun. And you get to meet so many interesting people.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Hi Anne - many thanks for commenting! You're quite right about meeting interesting people.

Linda D said...

I'm sharing your excitement! E-books are fine for short stories but I'd much rather read a full length novel as a 'proper' book. Good luck with it!