69ers and Bob Dylan’s 70th

Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday is on May 24, 2011. With that in mind, I’ve made a radical decision: after 56 titles published by publishers large and small, I am going to self-publish. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the outstanding one is that publishers’ lists are planned so far in advance these days that I’d be lucky to see 69ers out before 2013. The whole process of self-publication, on the other hand, can take less than two months, i.e. in plenty of time for Bob’s birthday, when interest in the 20th century’s most celebrated singer-songwriter will undoubtedly be intense.

As I’ve had such a great response to this site, I’m keen to involve visitors with each stage of publication. For example, I’m currently designing a cover: I’ve enquired about the rights to Roger Jackson’s iconic image from the 1970 Isle of Wight festival. I don’t believe there is a better image to immediately alert potential readers to the content of the novel – maybe someone disagrees?

My initial plan is a print run of just 1000, with the aim of selling most of these online. That’s well short of the numbers my books usually sell, but as I have to pay for all the costs up front, and I am not a millionaire, I am erring on the side of caution. Again, I’m interested in everyone’s opinion, particularly that of writers who’ve taken the self-publication route.

I’ll also be honest about costs. In the spirit of 69 – or some of it – I don’t want to rip people off. I want them to read this book.

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2 comments

  1. Peter James · February 15, 2011

    Hi Jon,
    I’m glad that your book is finally finished, I have been looking forward to reading it since I first came across your site some time ago – it looks very interesting. Self publishing can be a bit of a minefield, but if you have any idea of a release date and price of a copy I would be very grateful if you would let me know, either by email or via this site.
    Thank-You,
    Kind regards & congratulations,
    Peter James

  2. jonblake12 · February 19, 2011

    Thanks Peter – I’ve had a lot of other work to do but am planning to get the book out well before Dylan’s birthday, and will certainly let you know when it’s coming out.

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