Category Archives: Brian Kerr

HOW CAN SMALL PRESSES ENJOY BOOKSHOP SUCCESS?

It is important to acknowledge bookshops and give them thanks, because all of our authors now have the same treatment on bookshop websites as they do on Amazon, with author bio, descriptions of books and reviews.

It is harder for small presses like us to be visible in actual bookshops up and down the country, especially following the pandemic shut down, because we are in competition with all the huge publishing companies. This is an area we are working on both by email and by physically visiting and supporting bookshops ourselves.

Let’s look at author Brian Kerr’s books:

Please check out his pages on:

BRIAN KERR’S PAGE ON WATERSTONES

FOYLES

HIVE and WH SMITHS for Skylarks only

Hive is an on line bookshop where you can give a percentage of the sale to support a local indie bookshop of your choice. Ignore the ‘OUT OF STOCK.’ It is the cheapest site on the market to purchase the book and it will take a few days for the order to come through.

Brian’s books have always had orders from bookshops, especially locally in Bedfordshire, with whom we have a good relationship.

Author IAN K PULHAM’S debut novel

Ticket to Eden is on the WATERSTONES

website too.

Author DIANA JACKSON has several books on WATERSTONES including Riduna, Ancasta, Murder Now and Then, her latest mystery Missing Past and Present

and The Healing Paths of Fife, which is also on WH SMITHS.

Diana Jackson’s books have been stocked in bookshops in Bedfordshire, the south of England and on the Channel Islands.

However, all of our books can be ordered from any good bookshop.

We’ll let you know the progress we make in changing attitudes and acknowledging the contribution to publishing small presses like us make.

Let’s Zoom to Face to Face

As most businesses we at Eventispress have ‘met’ regularly on Zoom during the last couple of years, both as a whole group and in two’s, for particular in depth discussions, guidance and support. These meetings have been vital and energy giving, when the author’s life, especially during this pandemic, has been quite a lonely one.

‘You are the only people in my life I can really talk about writing issues with. My family and friends care, but they just don’t really understand,’ remarked one author.

We are pleased to say that our first ‘face to face’ meeting of our Bedfordshire contingent is taking place shortly. We hope it will help to:

  • Re-energize individual authors
  • Help to share and explore ideas for marketing
  • Discuss best approaches
  • Think of ways to be mutually supportive

The list could go on and on. Joining a writer’s group is similar but has a slightly different focus. More about that in another post. All of us at Eventispress have a goal to promote the Eventispress brand, as well as our own books. This is far easier than purely self promotion, where everyone benefits and everyone contributes.

Marketing Tips from author Brian Kerr

MEETING THE READERS

Brian writes:

“It may be spring but if you are charged with the task of lining up a list of speakers for your club or society next winter, this is the time to be active.  Suddenly face to face meetings with tea and biscuits, or perhaps wine and cheese in more affluent parts of the country, is back in fashion and speakers are in demand. Church groups, Rotary clubs, University of the Third Age, WI gatherings are all fruitful contacts.

In the last few weeks, I have spoken to a gathering of geologists in a school – only about a dozen; and a U3A group – in excess of fifty in a room at the back of a pub in Luton. This does generate book sales on the day – making the books a round price of £5, £10, or £15 helps otherwise there is a messy problem of carrying old fashioned coins as change.

Book clubs are interested in meeting a local author and many people have an interest in self-publishing which they have read about but few understand.  There is also an informal network of speakers and your name often is passed on generating more speaking engagements.

Some groups with sound finances will even pay for a speaker.  There is usually an acceptable scale of charges so it is best to find out the going rate before they pose the question.”

Good luck

Brian Kerr’s latest release is How to Value a Skylark ~ The Countryside in a Time of Change

available in Waterstones

Author Brian Kerr is Out and About!

We are pleased to say that Author Brian Kerr is out and about again in Bedfordshire in spring 2022..

He has been invited to speak to a meeting of the Geologists Association in March on how we begin to place a value on landscape and the countryside.

This invitation stems from his most recent book  How to Value a Skylark: the Countryside in a Time of Change  and reflects a rising interest in how we gain access to and protect green spaces and the landscape. 

One aspect of this is the possibility of estimating the true value of what policy makers call ‘ecological services’ and how to be begin to attach a real value to the benefits which we gain from nature. This approach has both advantages and real dangers. 

It should make for an interesting evening!

Currently on special offer from WATERSTONES UK

See Brian Kerr’s Page for more information on Brian, his books and where you can buy them.

Websites and Blogs of our Current Authors

who have books about to be launched by us or who have published books in the last two year:

Diana Jackson ~ Diana Jackson Author

Roderick Hart ~ Fragmented Mind

Ian K Pulham ~ Don’t Mess with my Head

(work in progress on this website)

Brian Kerr ~ Beds Country File

EVENTISPRESS BOOKSHOP WINTER SALE!

We are having a winter sale here at Eventispress from

9th November 2021 to 9th March 2022

The following books will be reduced for order from bookshops only:

HOW TO VALUE A SKYLARK by BRIAN KERR

was £15 now £12.50

A CERTAIN DEGREE OF MAGNIFICENCE by BRIAN KERR

AN UNASSUMING COUNTY by BRIAN KERR

was £12.50 now £10

MISSING Past and Present by DIANA JACKSON

reduced to £8.99

Author Brian Kerr talks to the CPRE ~ Bedfordshire

Here’s their review of Brian’s book:

“The central premise is that how we use land matters but the big question is how do we decide on what we do with it? The topic is rife with divided opinions from developers to conservationists, politicians to farmers, and landowners to the general public. The book considers the way in which the government narrative has changed towards public funds for public goods i.e. spending money in ways that are in the public interest. This might include ways in which the countryside can help to tackle climate change but also leads us to ask questions such as ‘What do we expect from the countryside? How do we decide priorities and make value judgements?’ What balancing acts do we need to perform? …”

To read the full review:

CPRE ~ The Countryside Charity Bedfordshire:

How to Value a Skylark can be ordered through any Waterstones or at an independent bookshop.

How to value a skylark ~ a book for the here and now!

ISBN 9781838152611

Now bookshops in the UK are opening once more, we shall be notifying many of this wonderful book

‘in the moment’

and hopefully you will see it. However, you can always order it giving the ISBN.

If you would still like to purchase it on line please can I recommend one of the following sites:

WATERSTONES

Currently £15.99

BLACKWELL’S

Currently £12.46

HIVE

Currently £11.89

(where you can nominate a local Indie Bookshop of your choice for a donation)

 

 

author brian kerr leads zoom discussion (1) ~ the right trees in the right places

Following the successful Zoom Book Launch for Brian Kerr’s third book:

‘How to Value a Skylark –

The Countryside in a Time of Change’

Eventispress hosted the first of our controversial discussions on environmental issues related to his book yesterday evening.

‘THE RIGHT TREES IN THE RIGHT PLACES’

We would like to thank the 21 folks who attended and contributed to this thought provoking discussion.

 

If you would like to join next week’s discussion:

‘Rewilding: How far can this ideal be pushed in a crowded Britain?’

on Thursday 25th February at 7:30 pm

please contact us at eventispress@outlook.com