Monthly Archives: August 2012

Shakespeare’s Last Play

Today I’ve put up a free publication here at the Sixteen Press site: it’s called Shakespeare’s Last Play and it’s a bit of an experiment, a novella in dramatic form, part narrative, part dialogue, set in the final year of Shakespeare’s life.

In retirement in Stratford, William Shakespeare is trying to keep a precarious peace in his household and his own heart. But when his friends Ben Jonson, Michael Drayton and John Hemmings come for a visit, the past is revived and old ghosts arise. And just what is his spivvy son in law Thomas Quiney up to?

A mix of drama and comedy, this novella in dramatic form imagines what it might have been like to be the writer in retirement, away from the bright lights of the London stage.

You can read it here



Now comes the time of waiting: keeping a watch on Amazon and Kobo and Lulu reports and seeing how the book’s travelling. I’ll give it a couple of months to see whether I need to do more to publicise it either than through Facebook and Goodreads and Twitter and my various blogs. Will have a piece in Writer Unboxed about it soon as well.

Problems sorted

Finally got the info from Lulu I needed so after much to-ing and fro-ing I now have the Great Deep file uploaded there and ready to be sent to the IBookstore and Barnes and Noble stores. At least, they are pending release there, under review.

For anyone else in Australia who has the same problems as I did being able to fully finish the publication  process on Lulu because of price verification problems, the solution, as explained by Lulu support, is this–the price won’t verify if you are on the Lulu Australia store page(which is what it defaults to if you simply put in the Lulu URL. Scroll down to the bottom of that intro page and change the store location to United Kingdom(which is what I was told). Hey presto, problem solved.

Also what I didn’t know was I needed a different ISBN to the one I’d used with Kindle and Kobo. Here’s what Lulu said: ‘According to ISBN regulations, each version of a book must have a unique ISBN. For instance, a hardcover, a softcover, a 2nd edition, an ePub eBook, and a .Mobi eBook would each require a unique ISBN. A unique ISBN distinguishes between different versions of a book, helping customers to be sure that they are ordering the book and version they want.

You are of course more than welcome to bring your own ISBN or add a free Lulu ISBN.’

I brought my own, as I prefer to control the publication and distribution, and as I’d bought a set of 10 ISBNS from Thorpe Bowker  I simply assigned a new one.

The book’s available direct from the Lulu store now and hopefully soon from IBookstore and B and N.

Update on other platforms

I’ve decided for the moment not to go for the IBookstore; impossible to go into it independently and then I ran into quite a few problems on the lulu site with prices unable to be verified for some bizarre reason. I could go the BookBaby route and get it into the Ibookstore and Barnes and Noble etc that way but that costs $99 to set up and $19 per title per year and until I can see some results on sales in Kindle and Kobo, I don’t think it’s worth it right now. Anyway, there are of course free apps for both Kindle and Kobo books for IPad and phones etc so no problem people getting hold of a copy if they do want to read on their Ipad.