We've had a very busy year. We published two books - Our Best Attention by Jane Tulloch, and Weekender by Roland Tye. We launched both books at Blackwell's Edinburgh store and we are delighted the shop continues to support us. Sales have gone really well, with both authors needing additional print runs. Our Best Attention was sold out before it officially launched.
One of our authors chose a novel approach to publicity. Roland gave out free copies of Weekender during this year's Edinburgh Festival in a bid to increase awareness of his book. Jane opted for holding lots of events with different groups. She was also featured as the big name author in the Christmas edition of The People's Friend this year with her festive short story.
We've also been experimenting with social media and newsletters. If you'd like to sign up for our newsletter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We treat your email address with respect, it doesn't get passed to third parties and we don't spam you.
We have two books due out next year, so watch this space... Comely Bank Publishing's staff are also working on two or three novels each themselves, and hope to publish at least one of them in 2017!
We've had a number of approaches this year from writers interested in what we do. It's terrific that Comely Bank Publishing is getting noticed, but it certainly keeps us busy... We don't want to discourage anyone from getting in touch, but always bear in mind that we are a small operation and we do this for free, giving every approach Our Best Attention, so responses can be delayed at times.
We'd like to thank everyone who supports us - from Blackwell's bookshop and The Golden Hare in Edinburgh, to those who came to our launches, signed up for our newsletter, read our books for us and bought those books. We couldn't do it without you.
Merry Christmas one and all! Here's to a great 2017.