For some time now we have been thinking that Crimson Cats, as a small publisher of unusual and individual titles, should move into the world of E-Books but, as can sometimes happen, the gap between thought and action was a long one. However, we finally made it and the first Crimson Cats E-Book has been published this week.
We decided to launch with a book written by me – a true story – which is called Out Of The Blue. Here is the blurb from the Amazon Kindle page:
“Your wife might not live until Christmas.
You need to prepare yourself for the worst.”
Those words were spoken to Michael Bartlett in November 2002 by one of the doctors at his local hospital. His wife, the journalist Dee Palmer, had been taken ill very suddenly in October and had been diagnosed with endocarditis, a bacterial growth on one of her heart valves which was gradually causing the valve to fail. Initially she responded to treatment but suddenly the infection flared up again and she had to be rushed to a specialist heart hospital. Michael, who is a professional writer, began to share his fears and anxieties with family and friends by email. Those emails were answered and they spread. More friends joined in, and friends of their friends, and Michael soon realised that this was not a battle he and Dee were fighting alone. By the time Dee was finally discharged from hospital just before Christmas the emails were going to around 150 addresses.
This book tells the story of those two months, the lows, the highs, the humour that emerged out of the most serious events. Above all it is a story of the power of friendship, the strength both Michael and Dee took from the huge outpouring of love and support from friends and acquaintances from all over the world. This book is a tribute to all those who emailed, visited, wrote and were there when they were needed.
Bits of it are quite funny too.
For those of you who may be interested, Out Of The Blue is available on Amazon’s Kindle Store by following this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Out-Of-The-Blue-ebook/dp/B00D0BE99E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1369550450&sr=1-1&keywords=out+of+the+blue+michael+bartlett
Alternatively if you do not have (or want) a Kindle but would still like to read the book then it is also available as a PDF download from the Crimson Cats web site: http://www.crimsoncats.co.uk/e-book-publishing/76-out-of-the-blue.html
We plan to go on and publish many more E-Books (not all written by me, I hastily add). This does not mean we will stop publishing audio books, we feel that the two can easily co-exist. We will however, continue to concentrate on unusual material, either out-of-print books that we feel deserve a new outing, material of our own or ideas which are brought to us by other authors. If we feel it is right for Crimson Cats then we will publish it.
I don’t know what took us so long really. At first we told ourselves we were doing research, talking to various writer friends who had taken the first step, reading all the instructions on the Amazon Kindle page, buying a Kindle and downloading books (mostly by friends) so we could see how it worked at the consumer end. It is now 2 or 3 months since we concluded that exercise but still the first book didn’t appear. Why? Good question.
A rush of visitors, some building and decorating work on the house, a series of meetings that needed careful preparation, all valid reasons but at the same time all were excuses. The real reason, I think, was a fear of the unknown.
Never mind, we have finally done it and, of course, the perceived mountain was in fact a molehill (as everyone told me it would be).
Just a couple more thoughts with which to end. I called this first book Out Of The Blue as the illness which overturned our lives back in 2002 came right out of the blue. When I came to publish it however, I discovered that this is a title which has been used many times before. I also discovered that there are a lot of “Michael Bartletts” who are authors. Fortunately none of those other Michael Bartletts have written a book called Out Of The Blue so that’s something.
Next time I’ll give much more thought about the title – can’t do much about my name though.