It’s been a long time coming, but this weekend finally sees the launch of Mark Williams international Digital Publishing, a new and innovative small-press digital imprint aimed at indie writers who want all the benefits of being indie but would rather do without the hassle of self-publishing. We’ll be revealing more over at the WG2E on Sunday.
Today, a little about Crossing The Pond, one of MWiDP’s unique new services to non-UK authors. The UK is the biggest English-language book market outside the USA. Measured by books bought per head of population it is the biggest. Since Kindle UK opened in summer 2010 the UK ebook market has expanded rapidly and continues to do so, with a number of UK-exclusive e-retailer sites like Waterstone’s (UK equivalent to Barnes & Noble) and Tesco (UK equivalent to Wal-Mart) available to sell through.
Of course amazon.co.uk is by far the largest. And while in theory you can load your ebook to both the UK and German Amazon sites through your amazon.com account, it is self-evident that, for those that do, their UK sales are invariably nowhere near US sales.
We believe our proven expertise in selling in the UK market (over 100,000 ebooks sold and two top 100 hits in our own right) can be used to help promote your books. We believe we can bring exposure and support to overseas authors doing well “at home” but struggling in the UK market, so we are offering packages to suit authors’ needs. More details on WG2E tomorrow about the how and more importantly the why.
Today, time to welcome back Cheryl Shireman, a US-based author whose debut novel has sold over 10,000 copies. But almost all in the US. Cheryl had no hesitation in joining us with the Crossing The Pond venture and today became the first author on our new list.
Cheryl’s debut novel Life Is But A Dream is still available on amazon.com through Cheryl’s own account, but is now also available on amazon.co.uk and amazon.de through us. At Cheryl’s instigation the book has been re-edited and improved with the help of professional editor Karin Cox. Karin was also editor for David Gaughran’s Let’s Get Digital guide to e-publishing.
Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest United States on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. Inspired after reading her favorite childhood book, My Friend Flicka, Cheryl began writing in her teens. Through years that brought marriage, three children, a painful divorce, going back to college, a second marriage, and graduate school, the one thing that has remained constant is Cheryl’s love of writing.
Her first novel, Life is But a Dream: On the Lake is the culmination of those many years of living, dreaming, and writing. Due to reader demand (lots of emails!), this book is now the first book of the Grace Adams Series. Her second novel is entitled Broken Resolutions. Cheryl’s third novel, the second book of the Grace Adams Series, Life Is But a Dream: In the Mountains, will be released in the fall of 2011.
Cheryl is currently working on another novel. But, then again, she is always working on another novel (probably in her pajamas and staring out the window at the lake).
Her website is cherylshireman.com
Cheryl is the first, but by no means the only writer intrigued by the possibilities we offer. Australian authors Prue Batten and Greg Johnston have also joined us, and their books will be live shortly. Next month blogging guru Anne R Allen joins us with no less than three previously unpublished novels, and numerous other authors are lined up, including the wonderful Michelle Brooks.
The new MWiDP website is under construction, and we have plans for numerous further new initiatives to help indie authors fight the monopoly of the “Big Six.” Be sure to check out WG2E tomorrow to see how MWiDP and the Crossing the Pond option might help you.