Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Really Hard Work Starts Here

I like Sunday mornings.

I'm sitting in my front room with a pot of tea and some quiet music. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, an old favourite. It weaves a wonderful tale of the sea as I pour the tea carefully into the room-temperature milk in my cup. The aroma is wonderful.

Outside, it's cold and grey, but the fire is on, and I'm browning some toast in the grate.

My sigh is deep, heartfelt, and well-deserved.

It's been a busy week. I've been publishing a book, both as a paperback and an electronic book. The preparation has taken months, but things have intensified in the final stages.

But finally, I got to click the button and my first book was out there.

A quiet knock at the door is unexpected, and I half-mumble, half-shout a welcome, more in surprise than anything.

The door glides in, and a short black-and-white figure smiles around it. It's Dantoo, Yavin the badger's young niece. She steps into the room with a grin, looking very pretty in a warm-looking orange corduroy dress with blue frills. A matching blue bow sits on the line between a black and a white stripe on the top of her head.

She's holding something behind her back, and seems pleased about it, excited even.

Hello Dantoo, I say, smiling, what's that you've got there?

The young girlcub steps forward and produces a book from behind her back. She hands it to me shyly. I turn it round, and laugh as I see the title.

It's called Testament: Funny Badgers, by Indigo Roth.

It's my book.


I'm surprised, as my own copies haven't arrived yet. These badgers, they're very well connected.

Dantoo beams and points at a tiny picture of herself on the cover; she's clearly a little giddy to be one of the funny badgers. Her brother Hoth is also on the front, and his twin Sollust is on the back. They all look pretty adorable.

Hey, this is the very first copy! I say.

Before I can say another word, the pen is in her hand, and she is offering it to me; she wants her book signed. I notice the felt-tipped pen is pink.

This is unfamiliar territory for me. Book signings? Perhaps there's more of these to come. I'd like to get used to it, certainly.

I open the book and think for a moment. And then I write.

For Dantoo. This is the very first book I've ever signed. I hope you'll treasure it as much as I do this moment. And I hope you enjoy the book! Love, Indigo x

I hand it back. She regards the inscription and rushes forward for a hug.

I like Sunday mornings.

They're full of surprises.



You may have noticed that I've been absent for a while.

The good news is my book is out there, both on Amazon as a paperback and Kindle as an eBook. Go to any of the regional Amazon sites and look up Testament Funny Badgers and out it will pop.

And there's good news for Kindle owners and owners of Amazon Kindle applications on various platforms: Until Thursday 19th December, the full book is available FOR FREE on Kindle.

Go there, download it, it's yours forever.

I'd be giddy if you give it a go, and positively delirious if you'd rate, review and share the good news with friends. To be honest, as a self-publisher looking to get a literary agent, my book won’t exist without these.

I'm a surprisingly shy guy, and loathed to ask for help, but today I will; your input might make a short-lived oddity into a well-loved oddity.

I think you might have a lot of fun into the bargain. 

And I never forget a kindness =)

There's more information over here on the website for Red Angel Publishing, the imprint I've created to handle this book, and others.


Thank you, one and all, for getting me this far.

The really hard work starts here.


Indigo

This blog entry is protected by copyright © Indigo Roth, 2009-2013
All photos are © Indigo Roth, 2009-2013


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31 comments:

  1. Aw... She's such a cutie.

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    1. She sure is, and the perfect subject for a book =)

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  2. Hari Om
    Congrats...sadly, as am still ghosting all over other folks' computers, cannot access the Kindle offer; but fear not, as soon as Voovoo is operational again, I'll be there. Am even happy to pay!!! Hope the week is shaping up well for festive funs and frivolities. YAM xx

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    1. Namaste Yam! Well, I'm keep the price down, as I'm trying to get the book out there and read/reviewed by LOTS of people. Don't forget to send me your address for my visit! Indigo x

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  3. Hooray! I just got this gem on Kindle! I'm looking forward to a long hot bubble bath with this story! Thanks Indigo! You rock!

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    1. Hey Linda! I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for downloading =) Indigo x

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  4. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    Congratulations! Totally-Super-Awesome!!!

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    1. Hey Mia! Thank you, I'm pretty giddy myself! "Proud" just does not cover it. It's OUT THERE, you know? Indigo x

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  5. I've downloaded it and ordered two paper copies. Jolly well done, I'm looking forward to reading it - and making a couple of friends happy too!

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    1. Hey Z! Wow, that's huge! Thank you so much! Once the dust settles, I'll be back to blog reading, and will catch up with EVERYONE! Take care, have a fab Christmas, Indigo x

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  6. Congrats darling! Well done you!

    I look forward to reading it this holiday!
    xx

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    1. Thanks Roses! A week has passed, and I'm still a bit giddy. Now, if I can just find an AGENT, we can really motor...

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  7. Congratulations! That is really impressive - a lot of people intend to do things, but you've gone ahead and DONE a thing - a huge accomplishment.

    I am plotting how to get a copy, seeing as I'm stuck in the dark ages as far as internet shopping goes :)

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    1. Hey Jenn! Wait, WHAT? NO INTERNET SHOPPING?! How do you survive?! Well, we'll have to see what we can do about getting you a copy... hmmm... Indigo x

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    2. Like I said, I'm plotting. I have an offspring who helps if I'm desperate :)

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    3. What else is Christmas for?! =)

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  8. So proud of you, Indigo!! Truly happy happy!

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    1. Thanks Dawn! And thanks for all your support on FB, you made a huge difference! Indigo x

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  9. Followed you here from our favourite Pearlie Girl....have obtained the book...read and digested it...and rated it as requested. Now I'm settling down to read it again. Always a good sign.

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    1. Hey Delores! I've not seen that, but bless you :) I'm so happy you enjoyed it! Indigo x

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    2. Wow Delores, that's an amazing review. Thank you x

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  10. I sent you an email regarding your book and in it I asked you to send me a button of it so I could link to it on Amazon....but I did it myself! If you go to my blog you will see it there. Now....if you can make a button of your publishing company, I would love to put that there as well!

    Can't wait to stick my nose in this book....I am truly excited!

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    1. Ooooh, you lovely lady! Thank you so much! It looks fabulous up there! I shall link to yours place in my next blog entry. YAY! Indigo x

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  11. Congrats, Indigo. I missed the Kindle delivery, it seems. I'll put this on my list for the new year. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks P.J. =) Kindle allowed me to make it free for just five days. Were it up to me, I'd still be giving it away. I hope you get to it (either in paperback or Kindle) and enjoy. Indigo

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  12. I think I would like Sunday morning or any morning if I were awake for them. Traveling out West has me all disconbobulated! Great blog and photos :-)

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    1. Hey Maria! You always seem to be somewhere lovely and exotic, but the travel must mess with you mightily. Keep taking those lovely photos! Indigo x

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  13. Have started to read your book and am loving it so far!! x

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  14. Hari OM
    G'day mate - I just had something like 87 gazzillion blog entries come on Blogger from you... badgers tinkering???

    I got the book downloaded but then no time to read it yet as the property hunting is in full force... it's getting exciting. Getting closer. Are you in Edinburgh within the next two weeks? If not you may have to find a way to Dunoon... fair warning! YAM xx

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    1. Namaste Yam! Yeah, I'm sorry about that. Long story, but I'm reinstating some entries that had to come down before I could publish. And no, no chance, it's all gone pear-shaped at this end because if work. But I'll be up in the next few months x

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