Cannot believe it is exactly 12 months today since our Grand Launch in Jarrold. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life when I came into the room to be greeted by 220 relatives, friends and members of the public. And then to see Joe Stirling at the front, just as I had always imagined it might be. The two of us at our launch book signing! And since then it has gone from strength to strength, the first print run of 1,300 books by Pen and Sword Books selling out before Christmas, a reprint, a visit to Germany to give two talks and sell books, over 40 public speaking engagements, most of them with Joe, and now in January this year the book has been published and launched in the U.S. by Skyhorse Publications of New York. Loads of coverage and reviews in the press and in magazines such as the Association of Jewish Refugees and Lions Clubs International, nearly 500 followers on Facebook. Wonderful progress – and all the while researching for my second book! Just wanted to share my joy with you.
Yesterday was a undoubtedly highlight of my public speaking programme promoting EscapingHitler. Not only did I get to talk to fifty confident and stylish businesswomen, but I was actually in the wonderful Hostry at Norwich Cathedral, one of my very favourite places. The equipment was state of the art and as anyone who knows me will agree, “give me a microphone and I’m away” or words to that effect! Unusually this time my talk did not focus essentially on the remarkable life of Joe Stirling and his experiences in Nazi Germany. Instead, my presentation was tailored to my audience @norwichbizwomen. I spoke about the process of becoming a published writer, with hopefully amusing anecdotes from my very steep learning curve as a post-graduate student at the University of East Anglia and with Pen and Sword Books; over four and a half years. My thanks especially to Carole Slaughter and to Lauren, the photographer, from @JarroldsNorwich. This morning I was delighted and gratified to find that two of the ladies in the audience had tweeted about my talk, one with photographs! Again thanks go to Carla Morphett @CMMFamilyLaw and to @Swinton_Legal for being so complimentary. Here are some of the photographs – check out my new short haircut!
SIX MONTHS AGO today, 5th January 2016, my debut biography Escaping Hitler (foreword by Shirley Williams) was published by Pen and Sword Books. I will never forget the incredible moment when my first 200 copies arrived in six boxes at my house! And when I first presented Joe Stirling with his personal copy! Since that date so much has happened to me and to the book that I felt this was an appropriate moment to share the phenomonal achievements so far.
Over 30 published articles and reviews including local Archant publications, the Journal from the Association of Jewish Refugees, Lion Magazine and the Rhein Zeitung, regional newspaper for the Rhineland around Koblenz.
Grand official launch at Jarrold Department Store in Norwich on 4th February with 220 people in the audience. We signed over 50 books that night!
Appeared in Jarrold’s National Bestsellers lists for five weeks running, including No.1 during week of February 13th 2016!
29 Public and private talks and powerpoint presentations including two in Germany (Koblenz Federal Archive and the village of Nickenich). Seven more in the diary between now and July 2017. More welcomed!
Escaping Hitler appears in Norfolk Libraries. Waiting lists build up to borrow copies.
403 followers on Facebook and 112 on Twitter
542 copies sold directly from me and Joe, 297 of them signed and sold at our speaking engagements.
From the initial 1300 print run Pen and Sword is now down to the final 200 in the warehouse. Plans for a further hardback run and a little later for a softback.
In March this year New York Publisher Skyhorse bought the option to publish and distribute Escaping Hitler onto the U.S. market. Projected date for this is January 3rd 2017. I have recently received my Authors Questionnaire in order for us to work together on a marketing plan. (This was beyond my wildest expectations!)
Escaping Hitler entered for two major Book Awards – watch this space!
And finally, as a result of the marketing successes so far, I am now contracted to Pen and Sword for a second biographical book: My Lady Lord Mayor: The Seventeen Female Lord Mayor of Norwich 1923-2017. Estimated publication end 2017/early 2018.
So more work ahead!!
My sincere thanks to everyone who follows this blog, my Facebook page and my Twitter feed, and especially those who have already bought and read the book! Without your support the statistics would not look nearly as good!
Don’t forget – by clicking on the menu at the top of this page you will find full details of how to order your personally signed copy directly from me. The book makes a great gift!
This morning I had the pleasure of meeting again with Günter Hahn from the Norwich-Koblenz Friendship Association, who was my translator from the Bundesarchiv Escaping Hitler book event in Koblenz on 11th May (far left of photo). He is visiting Norwich for just two nights, along with the Oberbürgermeister of Koblenz, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig (far right of photo). It is the Lord Mayor’s first visit to Norwich, a trip which has included a concert at the Cathedral (where he met Joe Stirling), a trip to the Sainsbury’s Centre at UEA and lunch at the Britannia Cafe next to the Prison! The Lord Mayor was delightful and I gave him a copy of my book, signed by both me and Joe of course! I hope he has a longer stay in our fine city on his next visit to Norwich.
Sunday 19th June is Father’s Day in Great Britain so there is still time to buy your signed copy of Escaping Hitler as the perfect gift for Dad. A boy’s own story of despair in Nazi Germany which changes to one of hope and determination, success against all the odds. Joe Stirling’s full life has been dominated by family, his pioneering travel business, community work, his year as Sheriff of Norwich and his 50 years plus with Lions Clubs International. The book also includes many anecdotal details of the history of Norwich over five decades. I have been touched and delighted with people’s comments about this biography of a Kindertransport refugee who escaped Nazi Germany and finally settled in Norfolk. It is available on Amazon.co.uk, from Pen and Sword Books, from Jarrold Book Shop in Norwich or to buy a signed copy (by both the author and Joe Stirling) take a look at the instructions on the Menu tab on this website. £19.50 plus £4 postage (U.K. only) I look forward to hearing from you.
Joe Stirling reading his own biography!
To my delight, on pages 40-41 of the April edition of Archant’s Let’s Talk Magazine published today, I found a wonderful two page review of Escaping Hitler. Leading journalist Derek James has written an excellent summary of Joe’s remarkable story, leaving the reader wanting more…. hopefully this will prompt some to buy their own copy! Today is a good day…..
With Escaping Hitler standing at No.1 in Jarrold’s list of best-selling national titles this week, I thought I’d remind you how to get hold of your copy direct from me, guaranteed to be signed by both Joe and the author (me!). Exciting few weeks coming up, Norwich Writers’ Circle tonight, The Norfolk Club and Wymondham Heritage Society next week. During week of 29th Feb we are appearing at Norwich Community History Club, Mercedes Owners’ Club East Anglia and Walsingham History Society. Joe’s story goes ‘on the road’!
1. TO GET YOUR COPY: EITHER mail a cheque payable to Mrs P Scrivens at 7 St Lucia Court, 38 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0EQ along with your home address and telephone number and I will mail a book out to you along with a receipt. Special discounted price of £19.50 plus £4 p&p.
2. OR call me on 01603 300212 and quote me your credit or debit card details I have a Paypal machine so I can take cards over the phone. I will then mail your book.
3. OR email me at email@example.com and I will email you my bank account details by return so that you can pay electronically. Once it is cleared I will mail your book.
All books will be mailed in a cardboard mailer which can fit two books. Postage the same price for two books as for one.
4. OVERSEAS FOLLOWERS: Unfortunately postage from the UK is very expensive in small quantities. I would advise you to order from either Amazon.co.uk or from Pen and Sword Books website at http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Escaping-Hitler-Hardback/p/11628. Pen and Sword can send out signed copies if you request this at the end of the online ordering process. It is also available on Amazon Kindle and other online bookstores.
And having read, please post up a review on Amazon.co.uk. You DO NOT have to have bought from Amazon to post a review and every review counts…! Thanks everyone.
Today is yet another Red Letter for Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future as it appears at number 1, top of the best selling list from Jarrold’s Bookshop in Norwich, England, as published in the Eastern Daily Press, 13th February 2016. This is beyond exciting. When my debut book was published I would fantasise about being No. 1 in the Local Books listing, never imagining that it would be considered a National title. Fantastic progress in just four weeks. Thanks everyone who has bought the book so far.
On Friday 5th February, the day following the book launch of Escaping Hitler at Jarrolds in Norwich, both the Eastern Daily Press and Evening News carried this story by journalist Lauren Cope about the event. So grateful for local support, coming at me from all quarters! Joe and I are speaking at the Norwich Synagogue this afternoon! And now that Escaping Hitler is available on Kindle, many more people will soon learn about the life of Joe Stirling. Wonderful.
My thanks to Jarrold book department in Norwich for a spectacular book launch and signing last evening, Thursday 4th February. I had the joy of launching my debut book in front of over 200 history and book lovers, including family, friends, local historians, writers, academics and followers of my subject Joe Stirling. I spoke from a podium, using a hand microphone for about 45 minutes, before inviting 91 year old Joe to join me for a question and answer session. Unusually I aimed my address at honouring those in the audience who gave up their time over the past four years to share memories of Joe with me. Joe was amazing answering half a dozen questions and we both enjoyed the unexpectedly strenuous task of signing over 60 books for those buying a book on the night. An evening never to be forgotten and with over 25 public speaking events in my diary throughout 2016, there are many more opportunities to share Joe’s story and to sign and sell books……