Speak the Speech, I Pray You… « Terry Kroenung’s Authorial Bloviations

Noted historical novelist of all things Napoleonic, M.M. Bennetts has kindly consented to take time out from riding horses across the Hampshire downs to discuss the problem of recreating how people might have spoken long before electronic recording


I’m a perfectionist.  I know, I know, the fastest way to drive yourself crazy.

I’m also a stickler for detail.  Yes, that’s right, the second most direct route to madness.  Particularly if you’re a historian writing historical fiction.

Together these two probably constitute the fastest way to send yourself round the twist, or perhaps the quickest route to total eccentricity.

via Speak the Speech, I Pray You… « Terry Kroenung’s Authorial Bloviations.

M.M. Bennetts – this week’s guest author at Authors On Show

M.M. Bennetts is taking the plunge into the blogosphere this week with a guest appearance on the excellent AUTHORS ON SHOW website.

Visit www.authorsonshow.com to read M.M.’s guest post and to see some of the other information and resources the site has to offer.

Look out, too, for M.M.’s virtual book tour, running until 17th December at PUMP UP YOUR BOOK.

We really do live in a global economy… Calling all inveterate readers in the US, CA, AU, NZ…

When we set the publication date for Of Honest Fame, we found that for technical reasons we couldn’t publish in the US before 1st December.  (Long story – one for another time.)

Not to worry, we thought.  We’ll publish in the UK in October and worldwide in December.  Which is what we are doing.

The remarkable thing, in this global village in which we live, is that thanks to the services of The Book Depository, a book published in the UK is available worldwide – and with free delivery too.

We’re even more impressed with The Book Depository than we are with Amazon.  First there’s the free worldwide delivery thing.  We sent a copy of Of Honest Fame to someone in Australia on publication day – the postage cost was around 60% of the book’s cover price.  Whatever The Book Depository is doing to offer free delivery, we’re impressed – because they’re not (unlike some online retailers we could name) demanding an unreasonable discount from the independent publisher – which means a fairer deal for the author, too.

Then there’s their excellent (in our experience, as both customers and suppliers) customer service.

And then there’s the fact that you can pay for your books in sterling, euros, or US, Canadian or Australian dollars.  That last touch is particularly masterful – make it as locally friendly as possible.  Why should you Aussies and Canadians have to worry about exchange rates?

Book Depository, we salute you as exemplifying the acceptable face of the global economy.

(Oh, did I mention that Of Honest Fame is now available worldwide via The Book Depository?  Just in case you’re interested.)

It’s publication day…

… and the first print-run of Of Honest Fame is on its way down the M11, from printers MPG Biddles in King’s Lynn to our wholesalers Central Books in London.

Later today, we’ll be dropping off copies at Waterstones in High Holborn ready for the London launch event on Thursday 21st October.  Tomorrow we’ll be delivering copies to P & G Wells Bookshop in Winchester for the event on Thursday 14th October.

And, yes, we’re pretty excited about it.

Celebrate Trafalgar Day with Diiarts… 21st October in London

Celebrate Trafalgar Day with Diiarts at the London launch of Of Honest Fame, M.M. Bennetts’s gripping new novel set at the height of the war against Napoleon.

We’ll be at Waterstones in High Holborn from 5.30 – 7.00pm on Thursday 21st October.

To whet your appetite, you can read the opening online.  And there’s still time – just – to enter our Last Word competition (closing date 8th October) for a signed copy of the book.

You can also read M.M. Bennetts’s guest post on The Power of Language blog – www.poweroflanguage.net.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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(Don’t forget, there is also a launch in Winchester the previous week.)