A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Interact took on the publishing empires of Penguin, Random House and Harper Collins, and…
…and lost! Well, they’re still publishing books and I’ve taken a break.
I didn’t lose because I started a book publishing company from scratch knowing absolutely zero about the industry. Nor was it because I was a one-man band, doing all the jobs that real book publishers have whole departments dedicated to. Nor was it because I made all sorts of stupid mistakes, including:
1. Printing one of my books without a price on it;
2. Having 30,000 of copies of a book on a ship in Shanghai harbour when a typhoon hit;
3. Seeing my latest best-seller, bound for the port of Harwich, being diverted into Rotterdam just when WHSmith was clearing space on their shelves to promote it.
OK, so I was probably the worst (and smallest) book publisher ever to grace the UK best-seller shelves but I wasn’t completely rubbish at it.
Fact is, I lost because I tasted success and became far too ambitious, publishing grandiose
book ideas no-one was ready for. However, during my four years in the industry I did create 18 titles, most of which sold over 10,000 copies in the UK, six of which hit the Bookscan Top-25 Non-fiction charts – some of these staying there for weeks and selling over 60,000 copies. I also developed books for all three of the big publishers mentioned above.
By the time the book industry was running scared of e-books and ferociously consolidating, I’d followed another idea into a different industry.
Now I’ve discovered fiction – both short stories and novels – and you can see examples of my writing here. I still have plans for totally mad books though…
Want to get involved…? Terry