Tag: Rowan Mantell

SIX MONTHS ANNIVERSARY OF PUBLICATION OF ESCAPING HITLER

 

12741598-colorful-iced-birthday-cake-with-candles-Stock-Vector

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Daily Press publish story from Germany visit

There was a wonderful piece published in the Eastern Daily Press last Friday (27th May 2016), written by leading feature journalist Rowan Mantell, telling readers about my recent trip to Koblenz and Nickenich promoting Escaping Hitler.  I hope you can read it.  Already this weekend I have received a book order because a gentleman in Diss read the piece.

IMG_6996IMG_6997

Norwich reads about Escaping Hitler

Today, January 5th 2015, Eastern Daily Press and Evening News both carried a two page article about Escaping Hitler and its launch on 4th February.  Written by leading journalist Rowan Mantell, the piece is extensive with many photographs of the Kindertransport boy who became Sheriff of Norwich.

The timing is fitting, for today Pen and Sword Books advised me that the book is now published and ready for sale on their website.  The review copies will be sent out very soon and I should receive my first box of books by the end of this week.  Cannot wait!

Try this link to see the article, but I do fear it may not work.  Apologies. Look out next week at this blog for the new online store where you will be able to buy your signed copy of Escaping Hitler.

Thanks for your patience

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?eid=fae16c66-1773-4723-b08a-d26acfe26255

edp-een-logo

EDP NORFOLK MAGAZINE PROMOTES ESCAPING HITLER

The January edition of the glossy EDP Norfolk Magazine is now available, with a full page article on page 40 promoting Escaping Hitler in advance of publication later this month. I am grateful to journalist Rowan Mantell for a sensitive and enthusiastic report.  I was very excited to find a full page photo of myself opposite the piece, much to the amusement of other shoppers in the supermarket!!  Not long now before I will be setting up an online store from this website where you can place an order for my debut biography. Keep a look out for it!

IMG_4424

Feature Interview for Norfolk Magazine

I can hardly believe it – I have received an email from a feature journalist with the Archant glossy publication ‘Norfolk Magazine’.  Rowan Mantell, one of the senior writers wants to interview me for the January edition about my book Escaping Hitler, Joe’s life and how it all came about.  She has requested a ‘publicity shot’ and a photo of the book cover.  I will be going into the Newspaper office next Monday.  It will be very strange being interviewed having spent the past five years interviewing Joe and over 35 others for my research!  The marketing machine is really cranking up!

 

norfolk