Part of me desires an agent and a publishing contract with an established publisher’s; part of wishes that I could go it alone. Self-published my work under a new publisher’s (say Shepline Publishing?) that could then maybe publisher other books. Maybe it needn’t be just a dream…?

Ottakar’s pushes self-published début

Katherine Rushton (The Bookseller, 10 February 2006)

A self-published début children’s book is to be promoted in all branches of Ottakar’s, with children’s director Wayne Winstone describing author Kamal Deep Lather as “an exciting new talent”.

The Changeling (Tarragon Publishing) is the story of 12-year-old Peter who “struggles to stay humand and contain the animal” when the sun goes down, and is planned as the first in a six-part series.

Lather, and IT consultant, published the novel with his lawyer sister, Nina Lather, under ther Tarragon banner, in order to protect its
copyright following rejection by publishers.

After a review appeared in Book and Magazine Collector, the hardbarck of The Changeling sold out, with the duo selling gilded, hardback copies for up to £155 each. Dealers have subsequently offered “blank cheques” for all 1,000 copies of the first print run of the second book, The Wall.

Ottakars has now offered the paperback edition of The Changeling (£6.99, October) three-for-two slots in all stores, at no charge to Tarragon Publishing. Winstone said: “By putting it into our multiby offer it will reach readers up and down the country.” Keith Stewart, manager of Ottakar’s in Witney, described the book [as] “an incredibly confident début with huge potential”.

Nina Lather said: “Although it’s a difficult market to get into, as long as you have the right product, it’s achievable. We’ve been delighted by the response.” Distribution is through Gardners.

Related weblinks: Tarragon Publishing