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.

RSVP to the Facebook event

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

The power of language…

We’ve been having some interesting discussions over the past few days on the power of language, and starting to draw ideas together for our forthcoming project.

The idea is very much in its infancy, but in broad terms, it will be about the aspects of language that are in danger of being lost in this world of text-speak and tweets – the finer nuances of language; the poetic element; the turning of a phrase that conveys more than just a surface meaning.

We’re starting with a few questions:

What is language for, other than basic communication?

What can language do, beyond the merely utilitarian?

What is the publisher’s role in supporting and fostering an appreciation of the richness of language?

“Project” is perhaps a rather grand title for this idea.  Projects tend to have project plans, milestones, outcomes, things like that.  We actually want to open a discussion in the first instance, or perhaps get involved in discussions that others are having.

But alongside all the discussion about text-speak and its impact on literacy, about multi-million dollar lawsuits arising from poor punctuation, even about the demise of the English language itself – alongside all these we reckon there’s still room to talk about and to celebrate the power of our language in all its vigour, variety and versatility.

We’ll start with a series of guest blogs from some of our own authors,  beginning in about a week’s time.

Watch this space.