The story of Elihu Yale as you’ve never heard it before!
What do John Milton and Mark Twain (plus countless other authors between the 17th and 19th Centuries) have in common? They had to fund their own books, Paradise Lost and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through ‘subscriptions’, taking pre-orders to cover the publication costs.
So I reckon I’m in good company with my seventh historical novel, The Doubtful Diaries of Wicked Mistress Yale.
Here’s a quick summary…
But why am I (like John Milton and Mark Twain) wanting to crowd fund for this novel when I’ve already published previously? Well, let’s just go back a bit, to the time when I retired from work – more or less. And I decided to start writing historical fiction – though I wanted to write historical fiction in a particular way. To bring some lesser-known but important periods and incidents to a wider public. In this case the story of nabob philanthropist Elihu Yale – who gave his name to Yale University – but told through the eyes of his much-maligned and largely forgotten wife, Catherine. And it’s a very different story from the one we think we know. Yale the Indian slave trader. Yale the philanderer. Yale the usurer.
That makes it an extraordinary story. Maybe a bit too extraordinary to be picked up by mainstream publishers in the UK. And the only answer has been to self-publish.
This time, that will cost about £2,500 – for professional editing, cover design and publishing services. To get that money back, I have to sell about 500 copies, either paperback or e-book versions.
So it makes sense to raise the publishing costs in advance. Through a crowd funding project taking pre-orders for the book, which we’ll be publishing during the first week in April.
I’ll be launching that campaign at the beginning of January 2019 but, meanwhile, here’s a clip from the promotional video I’ll be using.
Watch this space!