Double Pursuit is on its way...

If you fancy reading what happened next to Mel/Mélisende, you might like to highlight 19 October in your diary. That’s publication date for Double Pursuit. (Yay!)

Of course, you could always pre-order the ebook at this very moment. 😉
Ebook: Amazon  Kobo   B&N Nook   Apple
or even the paperback: Barnes & Noble
UPDATE October 2021: Now on a variety of paperback retailers

After formatting and checking, I upload the ebook  to the four main ebook retailers as a pre-order which means readers can order now and be sure their copy will come zinging onto their e-reader at one minute past midnight on 19 October. I use a fantastic piece of publishing software called Vellum which produces a lovely looking book. Of course, it’s up to me to put things in the right order and include the correct information!

The print file has a different journey. After setting it following the usual design for all Pulcheria Press books, I comb through the interior file to ensure there are no single word pages or strangely split words and that everything is in the correct place. Inevitably, there is something!

After I put that right, the .pdf file goes to printer-distributor, Ingram Spark along with the cover that my designer Jessica Bell has produced using a special template. Ingram Spark distribute all over the book world and actually all over the real world, which is why Double Pursuit has already popped up on Barnes & Noble in the US as a pre-order. On the 19th October, it’ll be sent out to people who have placed an advance order. Please do order it! Double Pursuit shows up already on Amazon, but as unavailable. That’s another story – I’ll explain below.

Anyway, Ingram Spark organises it so that Double Pursuit will, like all my other books, be in Book Depository, Waterstones Online, AbeBooks and loads of other online bookshops by 19 October. I’ve sent for a pre-publication proof which should arrive today!

Publishing a print book on Amazon is different. You use the same interior file, but a different cover template. I leave all that to Jessica to sort out. However, you can’t enter a pre-order date, so you have to judge exactly when you upload and press the ‘Publish’ button so that it’s there for the readers at the right time, i.e. your publication date! But you can upload it as a draft and get a proof version printed. Amazon kindly(!) put a great big line across the front which detracts from the beauty of the book, and their own proof barcode on the back, obliterating part of your lovely cover. But it’s only for the proof; readers get a clean book.

Amazon like to sell readers their own book (they make more money that way), so the Ingram Spark version will be distributed to them as to other retailers, but Amazon waits until I upload direct before they make it live. So if you like print books, don’t despair, Double Pursuit will be there in time.

Do comment below if you have any questions about any of this.

In the meantime, Mel is waiting there for you…


Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. Double Pursuit, the sequel is out on 19 October 2021.

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