The Diabolical Club

By Stevyn Colgan

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Wheels are finally turning ...

Hello m’lovely subscribers

I bring you news – some good, some maybe not so good. But there’s a happy ending. So bear with me.

Firstly, the good news. THE DIABOLICAL CLUB is being published! Yay! Whoop! Sound the carnyx and raise the alarums! You’ll see the funding total suddenly whoosh all the way up to 100% next week.

It means that you’ll get your book in about seven months’ time (that’s the typical turn-around for any book, no matter who it’s published by) so you’ll probably have it in time for the Summer holidays.

However ...

In order to make this happen, I’ve had to make some concessions and these do affect you.

The fact is that, for whatever reason, pledging on the book has ground to a standstill. It hit 50% funded in April but has barely moved since.

I’m not really sure why this is; sales of my previous novel - A MURDER TO DIE FOR - have been reasonable, it was turned into an audiobook (read by Rula Lenska) and a large print edition, it’s had overwhelmingly good reviews and it’s been put up for two awards. But, despite this, many people haven’t plumped for the sequel. And no matter how many emails, texts, and social media messages I’ve sent, THE DIABOLICAL CLUB is still barely over halfway to being funded.

Times are hard and money is tight. I know that. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the air. And I’ve already asked so much of people, having published four previous books with Unbound. Maybe I’ve hit a kind of crowdfunding saturation point? Who knows?

But, whatever the reasons, the fact remains that pledging has stopped. So, in order to get the book into print for those of you who have pledged, I’ve taken the decision to drastically reduce the amount of money I need to raise. 

That will mean a smaller initial print run (although reprints will be possible). Secondly, I won’t have a specific budget for PR although I will have a little for marketing. Thirdly, the cover will be designed in-house rather than by a freelance professional. By doing this, it means that there’s enough in the kitty right now to jump to 100% and the editing and production process can begin.

HOWEVER, this does mean that I won’t be able to produce special edition copies of the book, which means stripping away a lot of the fancy stuff I’d have liked to include (like illustrated maps, metal foils on the cover etc.). The copies you'll receive will be the same as the ones in the shops (though you will get them earlier). If you’re not happy with this, then please feel free to withdraw your pledge without repercussion or comment. I will completely understand if you do.

However, if you decide to stick with me you will, of course, get your name listed as one of my patrons in the back of every copy of every edition. And, if you pledged for the paperback, you’ll still get a beautifully-produced book. You've seen how good Unbound books look - they are gorgeous, without exception.

For me, the most important thing is that you get the books you've pledged for as soon as I can get them to you.

And, as a bonus, I have written a number of short stories – all set in my fictional county of South Herewardshire – which I am going to make available as a free e-book for subscribers ONLY; the stories won’t be available in shops. So you’ll get two books for the price of the one pledge.

So there you go. Your book is on its way to publication.

Thank you so much for your continuing support.



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Duncan Bailey
 Duncan Bailey says:

It’s a real shame that you won’t get to see the version of the book you were hoping for, but regardless of the cover or internal maps, I can’t wait to read the next instalment.

posted 19th November 2018

Mark Vent
 Mark Vent says:

I’m looking forward to reading the book - if the in house cover means done by the person(s)/people(s) who the Unbound Digital covers then it’ll be cracking all the same!

I’m also hoping to see AMTDF on the big or small screen (fingers crossed).

Keep on buggering on Stevyn we’re fully square behind you!

posted 19th November 2018

David Chamberlain
 David Chamberlain says:

It's a shame, but it's good to know the book is going to be published! "A Murder to Die For" was wonderful and I'm sure "The Diabolical Club" will be also! And I agree with Mark! AMTDF should definitely make it to (digital) celluloid!

posted 19th November 2018

Stevyn Colgan
 Stevyn Colgan says:

Thanks everyone! As I said above, the most important thing for me was to ensure that you - the people who supported me - get your books ASAP. It'll still be a lovely looking book. And there's the bonus of a second book of short stories. So it's not all bad news :D

posted 22nd November 2018

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