• E. Rachael Hardcastle

Monthly Meow: November 2019 Pt.1

Happy November!

You may have noticed a bit of a re-brand this month. The website's design has changed, and I've given these fun updates a new name: the Monthly Meow! Here's what's been going on in the Curious Cat Books world this month (and a few last minute additions from October):

Pamela at WHSmith Birstall

This month on Saturday 2nd November 2019, Pamela A. Pedder set up at WHSmith Birstall with both Moving Day and her soon-to-be-released (officially) sequel, The Queen's Visit. Despite the rain and sharing the signing with another children's author, Pamela's event was successful.

Thank you to Pamela's helpers and the staff at WHSmith for hosting the event and, as always, being so kind and supportive of us indies.

Pandora Disappears!

On November 3rd 2019, I took a stroll into my local WHSmith store in Bradford, West Yorkshire where, since my signing this year, copies of Finding Pandora: The Complete Collection have been sitting proudly on the YA fiction shelf.

Until recently when I popped in for stationary, one copy remained. But, it appears some mystery reader has been in and bought it! Here are the before and after photos, showing a lone Aeon Infinitum left in their place.

Whoever you are, thank you for giving my book baby a chance, and I hope you enjoy it!

Patreon Updates

I've spiced up my Patreon page (which was set up and rather neglected some time ago!) to reflect my company's recent changes.

There are now five different pledge tiers you can choose from, starting at just $1 (or the equiv. in your currency) right through to $50! Thank you gifts range from free bookmarks to free books, consults and discounts.

If you'd be interested in supporting Curious Cat Books to help me fulfil future authors' dreams, please consider donating monthly via this link. Thank you!

Happy Hardcastle Halloween!

A quick thank you to anyone who donated to our Happy Hardcastle Halloween for Children In Need this year. We raised over £100! Every little helps, and we had tons of fun on Oct 31st.

Special thanks to our helper for the day (in her awesome Hocus Pocus t-shirt!) the lovely Michaela, who supervised me as I almost chopped off my thumb trying to carve one of the pumpkins.

Blood just adds to the spookiness, surely?

As you can tell from the above, I also cut off my hair...

On October 30th, after deciding I needed something a little less high maintenance, I opted to chop off my hair. This all happened pretty fast in less than 24 hours (I know, I know!). I actually really love it and the change was much less of a shock than I expected.

So, what do you lot think?

Guest Blogger

On that same day, one of my guest blog posts went live, too!

Thank you to V. R. Tritschler for hosting me on her blog where I answered questions about my role as an independent publisher and bestselling author.

If you'd like to check it out and perhaps share the post, you can read it here. Please support V. R. Tritschler in any way you can, and I'd like to extend my thanks to her for inviting me to take part.

Fan Photos

Pamela would like to thank Oscar and Anthony for sending in pictures of them reading her new pre-school book, The Queen's Visit. We hope you enjoyed it!

Bradford Libraries & Peter Kay!

Though we don't have much information just yet, I wanted to offer a huge congratulations to one of my authors, Peter Kay, whose travel memoir will be out in 2020 with Curious Cat Books. Peter recently teamed up with Bradford Libraries who filmed one of his 250 word short stories on October 28th 2019! The filming went well, and Peter will let us know when the film is due to be played in Centenary Square, Bradford.

BCB Interview

On Wednesday 6th November 2019, Pamela A. Pedder was invited to chat with the radio host of BCB's 11.15am show in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Pamela's ten minute interview covered her latest books and the reason for writing them, plus a range of other book-related subjects.

Did you catch Pamela live on-air?

Blast From The Past!

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I posted old photos of my books on Facebook! I love Facebook for many reasons as an author, and this is definitely one of them. I am both ashamed and amused by the cover designs back then, but thrilled because I've come such a long way, learning new skills and studying the industry on my own.

So, to mark the success of Curious Cat Books as the company currently stands, I thought I'd share them again.

I know you can't unsee them, they're probably burned in your retinas for the rest of your life. Sorry! But here's what they actually are...

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The first black and white image was the year I participated in NaNoWriMo and won. You can see me holding my copy of 'Writing a Novel and Getting Published for Dummies', which is a great book, by the way.

In the second photo, nine years ago, you can see me holding a proof copy of Recruit: World, which is now Finding Pandora: World (book one in the collection). I actually really liked the image on the cover of that book, but of course the font choice wasn't great and the printing didn't turn out fantastic. Once I fixed the issues, it was a high-quality book from Lulu, so a shout out to them for doing their best with my terrible design!

The final cover is the back of the one you just saw, and as I'm sure we can all agree, it was awful. But, we live and learn and at just 18 years old with no previous publishing experience, it wasn't a bad effort and I'm still super proud of it. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Anyway, nine years later and look where we are! Wow! Here's to another nine years.

It feels like there's been a lot to cover in the first half of this Monthly Meow, so I'll keep the rest of my news for the second half, which will go live toward the end of the month. Thank you, as always, for checking out my newsletter.

Rachael x

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