I’ve pressed the print button, and the first Handheld Press book is queuing up for attention in a factory in Melksham, Wiltshire, waiting to be printed. I felt quite giddy with excitement for a few minutes, but it’ll be a month before I see the books, and can actually start to sell them. It’s Ernest Bramah’s What Might Have Been.
In other news, I’m still setting up systems, and joining up the links in my chain, from production to wholesaler to distributor to bookseller. Actually there is no distributor, since they are waiting to see if I really am going to publish anything. In six months I am convinced that the distributors will let me into the club, and ask for a big discount. In the meantime I’m relying on Gardners to deliver my books to Waterstones and Amazon, and all good and evil bookshops in between, and I’ll sell the rest of the books through my website.
This website is being redesigned, due to shed its first skin by the end of September. The Handheld logo has been tidied up and given a set of rules. The Independent Publishers’ Guild have been so helpful and supportive, and I’m finding my feet. I’m starting on the second book right now!