Hello lovely Unbounders!
It’s official. The paperback launch of The Pagoda Tree is now available in UK bookshops and on Amazon UK.
A few of you have asked how it was funded.
Wonderfully, I didn’t need to raise the money for this edition. The publisher, John Mitchinson, believes in the novel enough for Unbound to invest in it. Here's John and I last month next to the canal-side offices in London. He’s such a champion of authors and that makes all the difference.
Fingers crossed, I get some good paperback sales in the UK with Australia to follow next year. Hard-back fiction is probably the toughest area of publishing to crack -- the books are too expensive and people rarely buy hard-back editions from debut novelists.
To kick-off the launch, Unbound have organised a blog tour this week. I’ve had daily — and some lovely — reviews from UK bloggers.
The Literary Shed took the novel on location to India, recommending hunza apricots to eat while reading.
On Over the Rainbow Book Blog, written by a 'mad mum of three', she 'so enjoyed this wonderful piece of historical fiction about a period of history she knew little about'... but felt infuriated by the poor treatment of women in eighteenth-century India.
For the blogger behind Books Beyond the Story, the narrative reminded her of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha, and she described it as a ''gorgeous metahistorical novel full of passion, wonder, and nostalgia.'
There are more blogs coming so please share and follow along on my Author Facebook page.
I’ll keep you posted with other Pagoda Tree news. There are a couple of exciting new projects afoot.
Thanks again for your support. Hope you’re surviving the UK heatwave/Australian winter storms.
Love Claire x
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