This post was originally published on acuteanglebooks.co.uk on 11th January 2012
Below is the text from the January newsletter, sent to members of the mailing list on 11th January 2012. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list and receive all future newsletter directly to your inbox, please send an email to contactusATacuteanglebooksDOTcoDOTuk.
Dear friends and family,
First of all, a very happy new year to you all. Once again, it has been a long time between newsletters – in fact, well over a year this time! And it’s been quite a year – I’m not entirely sure where the time has gone.
Despite the lack of news, there has been no shortage of action behind the scenes as far as The Cypress Branches is concerned and I’m now ready to reveal some very exciting details of the forthcoming release of the first paperback edition.
PEGASUS FALLING – THE FIRST PART OF THE CYPRESS BRANCHES TRILOGY – DUE FOR RELEASE 26th MARCH 2012
As I revealed in the last newsletter, The Cypress Branches has been split into 3 parts for release as a series of paperbacks. The first is very nearly ready and will be released on 26th March. That’s only 75 days from now!
Titled Pegasus Falling, the first book follows the emotional story of paratrooper Sammy and his search for the woman he loves in war-torn Europe. William’s work has been edited in such a way that this story is able to stand alone as it is, but will also link in with the other two books when they’re released. The editing has been as “soft touch” as possible. The order of chapters has been moved around, but nothing has been added and as little as possible has been omitted. It’s been another labour of love to get the paperback ready. Lessons have been learned from printing the hardback and many of the compromises that were made to fit the whole work into one volume haven’t been necessary this time. (Many of you will be happy to hear that the text size is larger than in the hardback.)
The manuscript is very nearly finished – all that remains is one last proofread – and the cover is also just about there. My humble thanks go to everyone involved in the photo shoot in the summer. I think we have finished with a very powerful cover which is a credit to the book. Once everything’s signed off, it’ll be off to the printers.
Pegasus Falling will be priced £8.99 and will be available for pre-order from the website very soon – hopefully mid/late February. If you’d like to register your interest before then, please send an email to sales AT acuteanglebooks DOT co DOT uk. It will also be available as a digital book on Kindle from Amazon. I’m also exploring other digital formats, so watch this space – and let me know if there is a particular format that you’d like to see it published in.
NEW WEBSITE – acuteanglebooks.co.uk
Earlier this year, I took down the old website – http://www.thecypressbranches.org. In its place I have been putting together a brand new website – acuteanglebooks.co.uk – in preparation for the launch of Pegasus Falling. The new site is designed to be much more attractive, professional, user-friendly and interactive. The idea is for it to grow as the books are released. Some of the features of the new site include:
News – a blog to cover all the news stories about the book as and when they happen.
Shop – a place to buy all of the books as they’re released with all the information you need about each book on its own page and easy & safe checkout using PayPal. There will also be a “look inside” feature where you’ll be able to download and read a preview of the book.
Forum – a place to discuss all things Cypress Branches with other readers. The forum can be read by anyone, but only members will be able to take part (see below).
FAQs – for all those niggling questions you might have.
Membership – by joining the site, you’ll be able to post messages in the forum and sign up to receive the newsletter (but don’t worry, if you’re already on the mailing list you’ll still receive it even if you don’t join the site). Membership is free and you can sign up by clicking on “Join this site” in the top right-hand corner of each page. Members will receive news and offers before anyone else and there will be other benefits in the future.
I’m also planning a lot of other online features to help the book get mentioned, including a Facebook page and comments boxes. I’ll send more details about these features closer to the book launch. As ever, I’ll keep email updates to a minimum though, rather than clog up everyone’s inbox. The @cypressbranches Twitter feed will continue and be updated more regularly – if you don’t already, please follow us for all the latest news.
The site is up and running now, so please feel free to have a look around and join in – it would be great to get the forum up and running. Please do get in touch if you have any comments, suggestions or if you spot any problems – it’s still under construction, so there may be a few niggles.
NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES
This will be the last newsletter sent from contactus AT thecypressbranches DOT org. This and all other “thecypressbranches DOT org” addresses will now be wound down and all future newsletters will be sent using a dedicated email address – newsletter AT acuteanglebooks DOT co DOT uk. Please add this to your contacts list or safe list to ensure you continue receiving the newsletter.
You can contact me/us by emailing contactus AT acuteanglebooks DOT co DOT uk (also as it appears above). Please do not reply to the newsletter address – it is an unmonitored account and we may not read it!
2012 promises to be a very exciting year. I simply can’t wait to get Pegasus Falling out there at last. Please forward this email to anyone you think might be interested, and point them in the direction of the new website. This continues to be a small, family-run project and its success depends on a community spirit getting behind it and people talking about it. A lot of people have a lot of faith in William’s work and it would be fantastic to make it as big a success as it deserves to be.
I’ll be in touch again in February with details of how to pre-order your copies. In the meantime, a big thank you to everyone for their continued support and a very happy and healthy 2012 to you all.
With best wishes,