As hinted at in my last blog, I had hoped to announce the official release of Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London today. Yet, as my Scottish friend Gravee tells me, The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley. For those not familiar with Scots, that’s famous poet Robert (Rabbie) Burns’ way of saying things don’t always go to plan!
Our traditional publisher sadly closed earlier this year. Looking on the bright side, this meant copyright of Jaspa’s Journey reverted back to Rich, enabling us to explore the DIY ebook route. Consequently, the original Jaspa’s Journey: The Great Migration has been available in digital format since June.
Over the last few years we’ve learned from experience that the wheels of the traditional publishing industry generally grind painfully slowly. Rich often says it took him a year to write The Great Migration, then a year and a half to find a publisher, another year before the contracts were finally signed, and yet another year before the book actually appeared in print. Who knew distribution delays also applied to ebooks (although admittedly not to such extremes)?
The fact of the matter is that Jaspa’s Journey 2: The Pride of London has actually been available to buy online for a couple of weeks now, at Smashwords.com and Amazon. However, we’ve been holding off announcing the ‘Official Release’ until it became available via iTunes and Barnes & Noble. Unfortunately, this process is taking longer than expected – and I’m just too excited to keep it to myself any longer!
So we’ve decided to have a ‘soft launch’ today – like stores or restaurants often do, when they actually open several days before their ‘Grand Opening’ – and then have the ‘Official Launch’ when iTunes and Barnes & Noble come on-stream.
Everyone who’s read The Pride of London so far – including a whole Grade 6/7 class – said they enjoyed the original Jaspa’s Journey, but the sequel is even better. Now, at last, you can form your own opinion!
And don’t forget, Smashwords enables you to download ebooks in several formats. So if you have an iPad or Nook you can get The Pride of London right now, without having to wait for iTunes and Barnes & Noble to get with the programme.
As I said, I’m really excited that The Pride of London is finally available to all you fans of Jaspa’s Journey. I hope you enjoy it!
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