• E. Rachael Hardcastle

Monthly Meow: March 2020 Pt.2

I'm back with part 2 of your March company update! There's a LOT to cover in this newsletter, but I hope you enjoy all the updates and content I have for you this month.

Events Postponed

As I'm sure you'll have figured by now, the outbreak of Covid-19 means we have to postpone or cancel some of our events, particularly those involving large groups of people. We're all disappointed, but there's lots going on to fill in those gaps in the meantime—be assured as soon as we are given the go ahead to re-schedule, we will!

Facebook events will be updated with news and amendments as soon as they come in. To follow us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/erachaelhardcastle - just hit like and follow :)

As the owner of the company, I was mostly sad to see the Waterstones company launch party postponed until later this year. The event would have seen 200 guests attending a formal meet-and-greet at the Bradford bookstore, so would have put too many people at risk. Unfortunately, we have now also had to cancel Carol Mace's first ever book signing with WHS, Bradford and a bunch of interviews involving attending stations in West Yorkshire.

Sincere apologies for any disappointment. We really do all appreciate the support and understanding of our readers and fans at this time, and we hope you're all staying safe.

On a personal note, I'd just like to thank my authors for their patience. This month (as you'll read further down) we have three book releases planned, which of course will not be able to include the usual exciting events we run when a new book comes out such as signings, meet-and-greets, interviews and more. Most of what we're doing to promote and celebrate now involves online events and social media, which I'm trying to keep entertaining and fun for everyone. My authors have all been so patient and supportive (we've had some technical issues at the printing end, too) and thankfully have not shot the messenger yet!

I'm really sorry your book launches can't be more public-orientated, but please be assured I'm doing everything I can for you all behind the scenes, and will continue to do so when the lock down measures have been lifted.

Please, everybody, stay safe out there. Be sensible, be kind and support one another. Look out for each other and keep washing your hands and social distancing, though I know at times it's super hard.

I'd like to reassure everyone that it's pretty much business as usual here, though some of our services are a bit slower due to external factors being affected.

I'm still a busy bee, and I've hired Trevor to man the desk as I replenish my coffee! He has asked that you please bear with us for a while as we catch up on queries, quotes, editing and all the other wonderful tasks that come with running an indie publishing house.

Due to Trevor's paws (he's a slow, clumsy typist!) we are also asking that you allow 48 hours for us to acknowledge/reply to any e-mails and Facebook messages. Thanks!

Saying Farewell

This month, we say farewell to the first ever Curious Cat Books author Pamela A. Pedder, as she decides not to continue on her publishing journey. Due to personal reasons, Pamela has chosen to hit the breaks for the time being and remove her Berty Bee books from sale.

Whilst copies can still be purchased online for a short time, when stocks are out please be aware that as the books are out of print, they will not be replenished.

I'd like to extend a thanks to Pamela for placing her trust in Curious Cat Books. I know from discussions Pamela has very much enjoyed her time as a published author. I have been reassured that her decision is 100% personal, which we respect and appreciate, and from all of us here at the company, we'd like to wish her the very best of luck in the future.

On a similar note, Pamela has asked me to donate some copies of her books that we already had in stock to families I think will enjoy and benefit from them. Over the next few weeks, I'll be reaching out to people who have previously supported the company, local schools etc. to advise copies will be reserved. Be assured they will be disinfected and kept in storage until the government gives us the go-ahead to relax the measurements currently in place. Thank you.

Cover Reveals!

Here's some exciting news! I revealed the covers and a sneaky look at the interiors of all three of our upcoming releases this week on Facebook and YouTube.

In case you missed them, you can now see the covers and watch my intro videos for:

  • Peter Kay's travel memoir, 'Show Me the Way to Santiago'; a chunky book filled with hand-drawn maps, interesting accounts of his pilgrimage walk and vibrant photographs.

  • John Brookes's gorgeous middle-grade short story, 'Henry'; a pocket-sized illustrated fiction book about a selfish magpie.

  • Alanna Betambeau's pretty and beautifully written pre-school book, 'Brother Butterfly'; a glossy story about two brothers as they prepare to change into butterflies.

Here are some videos showing the releases, followed by their release dates and any available links where you can pre-order the title/s. Please be aware that if links are unavailable, they will be added as/when they do, so be sure to check back at a later date!

Henry by John Brookes (illustrated by Natalie Stead) will be released on May 1st 2020. Currently the book is up for pre-order in Kindle format only, but will shortly be followed by the paperback edition: https://tinyurl.com/s59ud36

Brother Butterfly by Alanna Betambeau (illustrated by Philippa Burnard) will be released on April 25th. The book is now available for pre-order in both paperback and Kindle editions: https://tinyurl.com/s6wdaqb

As of March 31st 2020, Brother Butterfly is also now on Amazon's bestseller's list, reaching the top 10 in e-book pre-orders and the top 20 in paperback pre-orders. Congratulations, Alanna!

Show Me the Way to Santiage by Peter Kay will be released on April 18th. The book is now available to pre-order in Kindle and will shortly be followed by the paperback edition: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086LKJXSC

You can visit www.curiouscatbooks.co.uk for more information.

Facebook Live

Despite a few unexpected technical difficulties (the sound and the video are a little out of sync in the second half of the recording), I managed to go live on the 21st on Facebook to answer some of your questions, including how to film a video with anxiety.

Remember, if you enjoy my content be sure to subscribe and hit that thumbs up on TouTube!

Free Stuff!

I've heard from so many parents that their children are stuck at home, fed up and looking for a bit of extra entertainment in new and interesting ways.

So, to keep our little readers happy, I've re-released the three Bluetooth & the World Wide Web activity sheets and these can be downloaded on www.curiouscatbooks.co.uk (wait for the pop up on the home screen!).

I'd like to reach out to other indie authors out there —is there anything you can offer, do or host that will help parents during as they self-isolate with their families?

Free E-Books

Remember, you can request a free e-book from me (choose from any of my existing personal titles) via e-mail - it's really quick and easy to do, and I'll send you either a mobi (Kindle) or an epub (other e-reader devices) file to upload to your own device from your home PC/laptop.

Just complete the contact form on this website, or go to www.curiouscatbooks.co.uk and complete the form there. I'll need to know your name, where to send the e-book and which you would like. If you don't give a preference for file type, I'll send you an epub as standard. If asked for a subject, this is a free text field, so simply write something like 'free book please' so I know what the email is about.


I THINK that covers everything for this month, though there will no doubt be something I've forgotten and will have to add into April's updates. Thanks for stopping by to read this newsletter and be sure to check in next month for more.

Stay safe.

Rachael x

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