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The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Lucky Star » 30 Oct 2017, 22:40

It looks fabulous Rob. I really like the cover, the girl looks rather wistful which would appear to be in keeping with the title which seems to imply some sense of loss. I will know more when I read it as I will of course buy a copy.

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Oct 2017, 23:59

Thank you, John! Yes - there is some loss...but hope too!! :-D
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Nov 2017, 02:54

If anyone reads my book and enjoys it (or even if you don't!) perhaps you might consider writing a short review and/or rate it on Amazon - it would be much appreciated! :-D Cheeky I know, but every little helps! :lol:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1973166674/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1509209707&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Last+Summer+Robert+Houghton
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Daisy » 02 Nov 2017, 09:56

I'm enjoying it Rob... just finished Part 1. I like the saga type of story when you can follow the fortunes of a family from one generation to the next.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby pete9012S » 02 Nov 2017, 10:33

Yes, I'm enjoying it too Rob - I have decided to promote it for you using a subtle approach.

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Courtenay » 02 Nov 2017, 11:29

:lol: Nice one, Pete. I assume the building under that sign is somewhere nice and prominent (like Piccadilly Circus, or even Times Square) and not an abandoned hotel in a ghost town somewhere... :mrgreen:

Anyway, Rob, I've ordered your book too (the printed version, please) and will look forward to reading it after I've read Julie's! :D
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Nov 2017, 12:35

Thanks, all, and thanks for the promotion, Pete!! :lol:

I must admit I feel a bit ashamed because anyone who ordered the book before yesterday will have received the version which still had a few edits to do. I didn't think of them before the book went live. It doesn't affect the story in any way, but I looked back at it and went in and reedited a few bits, such as adding a title page etc and altering some punctuation. :oops: So I apologise for that.

The book is now in better shape, I personally feel! 8)
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 02 Nov 2017, 16:10

I'm a bit confused, Rob. How can you edit a book that's been printed?

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Moonraker » 02 Nov 2017, 18:55

That threw me too, Julie. I see the p/b is now listed at £7.00.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Nov 2017, 19:49

I can go into it and edit it whenever I like - although I'm pretty much satisfied with it now. That's the way it works. Its a 'print on demand' service and each book is only printed when someone orders a copy. There's basically an inexhaustible supply, as they only print a copy when someone orders it. Even so, delivery is within two days at most!

I can also control the price. I get very little royalty from a print version. Originally I listed it at 8.00 and got royalties of £1.25 per book. I dropped the price so now get less royalties, but felt £7.00 was a slightly more reasonable price.

The royalties for an ebook are better - 70% .

As the book has cost me absolutely nothing to publish or print, everything I make is profit anyway, so better than nothing! :lol:
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through the night.'

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 02 Nov 2017, 20:36

Thanks for the explanation, Rob, but sadly I'm a bit confused on what you mean, sorry. Is your book held on your computer and you send to over to Amazon on an attachment, sort of way?

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Nov 2017, 20:41

No - its loaded onto Amazon, formatted into book size, with cover design etc, and blurb on the back, and then Amazon print it off and send it when someone orders it. 8) If I want to edit it, I can reedit my original manuscript on 'word' and then upload it again, so it can be reformatted by Amazon publishing. :-)
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 02 Nov 2017, 20:45

Oh, I see, a bit like the author's page. We can go into that and add photos, wording etc.

Do you get to see the book yourself though. Do they send you a copy for you to approve?

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 02 Nov 2017, 20:53

Yes - it is a bit like the author's page. Amazon Publishing is a fairly new idea I think (maybe a couple of years). There's a list of various Amazon services listed at the bottom of each page. 'Self publish with Amazon' is one of the links, which takes you into their publishing area. You have to sign in, also filling in tax forms etc, and they create your publishing page, where you can upload a manuscript, create a cover with your own artwork as I did, or with any other artwork you choose, create the blurb etc, choose the font etc. You can choose the paper quality and font of the main book also etc.

Once you've uploaded your manuscript, Amazon Publishing format it into either ebook or paperback, and then you can view a proof online (which is a bit like the 'look inside' feature except it shows every page, so you can see what it will look like. Then you click 'publish my book' when you're satisfied and it goes 'live' on Amazon. Its very simple really. The only downside is if you want to edit it, you pretty much have to resubmit the manuscript and its not processed for a couple of days, which is why I said earlier that my less edited version had been live before that and was for sale.

All of this costs nothing, and Amazon only take a cut (plus printing costs from the overall price) when someone buys a copy. :D
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Courtenay » 02 Nov 2017, 20:54

I'm looking forward to receiving mine! :D Sorry to hear you don't get as much commission from the print version, Rob. I would probably have bought the digital version if I had a tablet or e-reader, but I don't, and my laptop, while brilliant for many things, isn't so good for reading e-books on!
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