Back in February I posted up information for the Shades of A free book fund, a system where for every £35 copy of the shades of A omnibus sold I would spend £10 into shipping copies of the book to organisations, libraries and individuals over the world.
Unfortunately this system hasn’t worked out so well. Since then I’ve only sold 12 copies of the book, which due to international shipping only raised enough money to send out 8 copies. I’ve been able to send them out to cool places like the Martin Luther King library and The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, but I’ve got a lot of books sitting at home and I need to get rid of them.
There are a couple of reasons I think the book sales haven’t been very high, current theories being:
-Most of the fans who wanted the special book already funded the kickstarter and have a copy.
– £35 is a lot of money compared to £20 for a pair of softback books.
I can’t do much about the first problem except pour more money into advertising, but I can do something about the price. I’ve talked to the kickstarter backers and they’re happy for me to drop the free book fund to bring the cost of the book down to £25, which means I’m far more likely to be able to sell it. While this feels unfair to everyone who paid top dollar for the book, I can’t sit on 300 books for the next 10 years.
This is a hard post to write but I’ll be pushing to get these books into shops over the next few months so I needed to make a proper announcement. For anyone wishing to buy a copy at the new price of £25 they’re available in the store, or you can always come say hi at a con for me to sign it for you in person.
To close I’d like to apologise to the 80+ people who signed up for a free book, to thank those who bought the books to send out what little I could and my gratitude once again to everyone who made this book happen.
Come find me! I’ll be near the comic village in the south side of the hall, B7-9! I’ve got a brand new minority monster shirt who you can be the first to buy, as well as these awesome new embroidery patches you can use to build whatever applies to you. Hope to see you there!
We’re less than one month until London MCM comic con, and to celebrate the release of Issue 3 of Sir, Butler and Boy there I’m doing a giveaway!
Three lucky winners will get A Saucy Tea Shirt, Issue 1-3 of Sir, Butler and Boy (ADULTS ONLY- Warning for exquisite gay filth) and 3 genuine Twinings English Breakfast teabags, individually wrapped for you pleasure and convenience.
– Like or comment on facebook, tumblr or twitter to enter. If you share that would be lovely as more people have a chance to win one, but that’s not required to enter.
-This giveaway is in no way connected, endorsed or administered by facebook, tumblr or twitter and they are not held liable.
-Enter as many times as you like, but you can only win one set.
– On June 1st once I’m back from London MCM Comic Con I’ll close all the entries across all the social media, count up the total and use a random number generator to select the three lucky winners.
-I’ll contact the winners using their entry method, if I don’t hear anything back in 3 days I’ll redraw. People on Facebook remember to look in your ‘other’ folder, and make sure your ask box is open on tumblr!
-Anyone anywhere in the world over the age of 18 is eligible to enter as long as I can post a thing to them.
– If you already have the comics and shirt I’m happy to swap it for other items of the same value in the store, but that will be at my discretion!
All the kickstarter rewards have been fulfilled, which means hardbacks are now up for sale over in the store!
Now for the interesting part-
THE FREE BOOK FUND
So, my printer accidentally sent me 500 copies of the book instead of the 150 I ordered. (which was an interesting thursday morning, let me tell you…) After discussing with the kickstarter backers I’ve decided to donate a big chunk of the books. The only problem is that shipping is hella expensive and I have to sell books to be able to afford to send them. So for all of 2016 I’ll be donating £10 from every hardback sale to ‘The Free Book Fund’ which will pay for the base costs of sending books to libraries, organisations and individuals who can’t afford these books all over the world. Depending on shipping costs and book sales I’ll be looking to give 100 of these away to eager recipients.
To sign up for a free book all you have to do is fill out this form:
If you know any organisations/charity or libraries that would appreciate this book you can either apply on their behalf or send the details to them to do it directly.
Please spread the word about on twitter, facebook and tumblr- the more people who purchase books the more ones I can send out! So along with purchasing a beautiful book, you can sit happy knowing someone else is getting one too.
THE FINE PRINT
-One sign up per person.
-Charities, libraries and relevant organisations get bumped up to the top of the list, rest is first come first served within my discretion.
-These books are a special edition so don’t have an ISBN. However if requested one can be applied to the inside for library use.
-Please don’t use this to send queer comics to your homophobic neighbour. Request one of your own and deliver it in person if you must.
-If I send you a book and it gets lost it’s sad but I can’t send you a new one.
-I will send you an email when you’re the next on the list to get you excited
-I’ll keep a tally of the total of the fund along with the number of books sent which I’ll post up every month so you can see how it’s been doing.
Boom- that’s a wrap folks! The Omnibus kickstarter finished last night with a whopping total of £7,948, which means I’ll be drawing the promised extra comics for the over the next few weeks. If you want to see sneak previews and you weren’t part of the kickstarter I’ll be updating some sketches over on my patreon, but the full comics will only be available in the books which will be available to buy for general sale late December.
In the mean time Gay Buttlers will keep updating on the main site as normal as I have a rather large buffer of those.
Once again thank you everyone for your support, I can’t wait to hold this book in my hands!