The Deixis Press Weekly - Issue #11
This week I’m going to take an abbreviated approach to this newsletter because I have primarily been doing my day job (this week: a large proofreading project) rather than documenting my press adventures day by day.
Things that have been great this week:
I spoke on the phone to my mother-in-law’s friend, Amanda, who runs a B2B media company. Our respective focuses are rather different, but she still had a lot of excellent advice to offer: I took a page full of notes. It was also just generally lovely and comforting to have a conversation with someone objective—that is, someone who had no reason not to say “your idea is stupid"—who didn’t say "your idea is stupid.”
I got to spend a day working with Libby again; we finalized the entire paperback jacket for Some Rise By Sin—including Tracy Chevalier’s quote. You can see the updated front cover on my website.
Weirdly, both Some Rise By Sin and The Workshop of Filthy Creation are now available for pre-order on Waterstones; I’m guessing this is because they scrape Nielsen for new ISBNs rather than someone from NetGalley having decided to make my books the hottest sellers of late 2021 …
Yes! NetGalley! It’s so exciting; I have had loads of interest in the books from all kinds of readers, from reviewers for national press to librarians to book bloggers (and, yes, even a few buyers for Waterstones). I have Jane to thank for telling me how powerful a tool it can be.
I appear to be front page news at the Alien Buddha zine as of July! (I hope that link works, because that’s a properly frame-worthy cover and you need to see it.)
Things that have been a little questionable with regard to their greatness this week:
I’ve got all the final edits in for Some Rise By Sin, plus a final paperback cover, so why am I not pointing you to all of the pre-order links? It’s all down to my business bank account. See, I went with Mettle, and I wasn’t too bothered about the fact that they don’t allow international payments yet, because nobody is going to be paying me internationally, right? But it turns out that Amazon needs me to provide an IBAN even though I will be paid by them in pounds. And my Mettle doesn’t have an IBAN associated with it. So I can’t set up my titles with Amazon until I can get a business account that has an IBAN. And I can’t just use my own bank account meanwhile (I mean, maybe I could?) because my business is not an American entity but I am, and, while I don’t know anything at all about tax, I suspect that the press’s British-entity income coming into my American-entity account could make life complicated. So I’m waiting on Starling to decide that I really am running a business. Then I think I’ll be back on target.
Anyway, I need to go eat lunch with my husband and get back to that proofread, so I’ll leave it there.