If you have been trying and failing to buy a paperback copy of my novel The Golden Cut – I apologise to you.
It seems that Lulu, the print-on-demand service I used for The Golden Cut, is rolling out a big site update – and has taken the liberty of removing its authors’ print books while it does so. So if you click on any of my previous blog links to the paperback of The Golden Cut, or even try to go through Lulu itself, you will get a “404 Page Not Found.”
It’s only the paperback that’s affected. The ebook version of The Golden Cut is still available. It’s not nearly as nice as the paperback – because it doesn’t have Janice Hathaway‘s beautiful book design – but it’s in epub (on Lulu) and Kindle (on Amazon), and it’s free to download.
I also have a small number of paperback copies of The Golden Cut on my own shelves. If you would like one at cost price, drop me a line.
The same thing has happened with my poetry collection The Reality Binge Trick – except that in this case it’s not only the paperback but also the ebook that’s disappeared. I have a few spare copies of that too, so again, if you’ve been trying to get one, just ask me.
I knew that there was a Lulu site update coming, but I had no idea that it would result in the disappearance of my books for sale. Lulu has done this with no warning, no explanation, and no indication of how long the situation will last. I only discovered it by accident this morning. To say I am unimpressed is to put it, ahem, rather mildly.
The reason I used Lulu for The Golden Cut in the first place was because it produced decent print books. As I discovered to my dismay, its ebook publication service is awful. That’s why the ebook version looks, frankly, crappy: I wasn’t able to use any of Janice’s lovely design work in it.
Now it seems that the paperback service has gone west as well, and I am more bitterly sorry than ever that I used Lulu.
As soon as I find out what the hell is going on and/or the books reappear on the Lulu site, I’ll tell you about it here on the blog.
In the meantime, gentle reader, if you know of a better, more reliable, and less effing useless print-on-demand service I might try for my next book, please let me know. I’m tearing my hair out here.
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