12 sample copies…
They arrived, printed and published, I couldn’t contain my excitement at receiving the first 12 sample copies of my book A Dog Lover’s Dream. It was just incredible to hold onto a book that I had written. However, thank goodness for a small sample run as a close friend spotted a typo!
These initial 12 books proved popular among those who thought perhaps one day they might be worth something, hmm!
The first few stockists
Having then proof-read the books inside out and back to front, I went ahead and ordered 250 copies. Shortly after receiving the books, I took a short break in the Lake District. Whilst there, I approached a small gift shop that I thought the books might do well in. To my delight, Debbie from The Attic in Grasmere agreed to take on some of my books. The same week, and once back home, I visited L’s Coffee & Book Shop in Conwy. If you’ve never been I can’t recommend this place enough… amazing food, drinks and cake! It is definitely one of my favourite coffee shops and is dog friendly too. And yes, they now sell my book : )
At this point I would very much like to say a big thank you to Rich at Cwtchwood who has kindly made all my book displays. I wanted my book to have presence when it was going into stores and the super talented Rich has created some gorgeous stands for me from pallets. He is available for commissions on furniture and comes highly recommended!
Fast forward to the end of June and it gave me great pleasure, and a huge sense of achievement, to see my book being accepted and sold in Waterstones Llandudno,thank you Sarah for giving me such an amazing opportunity in your store. I am also very grateful to Gill at Alfie’s hairdressers, The Groom Room in Rhos on Sea and Dee at Haulfre Garden’s Tearooms in Llandudno for stocking my book and offering it to your customers.
So the book was out in print and selling pretty well through my day job, Colwyn Bay Motorcycles, as well as in my stockists. But then I met Alix from Bangor University and a plan to create a film version of the book was hatched…