I thought that 1p a copy on Amazon was cheap…

But it looks as though Julian’s trying to shift a few back copies – clogging up the spare bedroom, were they, Jules? Two or three as a prize might look like the kind of thing an author does – but seventy?! Wouldn’t any of the remainder shops take them?

Julian Ruck reduced to giving his books away for free

Did these count towards your sales ‘figures’, Julian?!

No wonder ‘PR 4 Books’ didn’t last long:




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17 responses to “I thought that 1p a copy on Amazon was cheap…

  1. Welshnot

    It gets better and better! Thank you Jewels, you are the truffle-pig of the literary/comedy supply line. That’s the best yet, and should definitely be in the anthology. As you say, however, I got my copy of Laggard Stiffs for 8p, so I reckon amazon saw me coming. I’ve heard that true fans of Julian’s are willing to go up to 10 or even 15p.

    PR4Books is/was part of Palamedes PR, who are, I assume, paid by Julian to hawk his anti-Welsh stories around the papers, and to promote his work. They also did the PR for Kidwell-E festival.
    Perhaps they can promote the anthology?

    Here is their blurb for the defunct PR4Books. Note, please, how they promise they get more colon inches per book than anyone else.

    Crazy. I wonder how much Julian pays them?

    See below:

    Ready to take your book to the next level?

    PR 4 Books is an exclusive workshop, in which Palamedes PR will share their secrets with a small group of new authors, seasoned writers and literary agents in Bristol. The workshop will teach you how to promote your novel, memoirs, poetry or short stories. It will provide you with practical advice and exercises to ensure you walk away with the tools you need to publicise your work.

    According to UNESCO, over 200,000 books are published each year in the UK, so it’s crucial you have a plan to get yours noticed.

    Blogs and other forms of digital marketing have created a great means of communicating with your audience, allowing you to engage, interact and connect with your readers, creating likeability for you and your book. In order to make serious sales, you also require credibility; this comes from being featured in national newspapers and magazines, speaking on National Radio and having your book reviewed by trusted people.

    Sound scary? Well it really isn’t, gaining yourself publicity on and off line is possible, and, if achieved, is a wonderful recipe for launching your book to success.

    Upon attending the PR 4 Books Workshop, you will walk away with an understanding of:
    How to identify your USP and get your book noticed
    How to identify your target audience
    How to launch your book into the media
    The Consumer Thought Process
    The do’s and don’ts of News copy writing
    Blogging and the world of Digital Marketing
    Who should attend?
    Anyone thinking of writing a book; authors; self-publishers; publishing houses and literary agents.

    Who are Palamedes PR?
    Palamedes PR are Global publicity experts, securing more column inches for authors in the National Press than any other book PR agency in the UK.
    Limited tickets are going on sale. This is a unique opportunity for Bristol, where a small group will be taught all there is to know about PR 4 Books.

  2. Welshnot

    Christ, his talk starts in 5 minutes!

  3. I will genuinely do an anthology cover and contribute. Entering into correspondence with a certain person for an article for a certain publication. If successful it will be great news and a lovely section for the anthology!

  4. anonymous benefactor

    Dear Jewels,
    I am the Anonymous Benefactor, and I am going to contact you very soon, in propria persona as it were, to firm up some anthology plans, notably to show you the colour of my money.
    John, that’s great – we’ll get something really special together.

  5. It must be called (or may, I am democratic and do like debate), JULIAN’ RUCK’, UTTERLY, DISSCRREDITTED (sic)

  6. Ragged Cliff

    This is in real time boyos: 7.50 pm:

    At present there are two people at Julian’s talk, and according to the hotel switchboard they are still waiting for people to come.

  7. Really? Are you there? Two people!? At least someone turned up. Can we have a full time update if possible, I don’t trust Julian’s self appraisals….

  8. thelatteliterati

    8.34 – the suspense is killing me. Has he shared? Are we now privy to what has made him the bestselling writer of the Llanelli suburbs, or is he at the bar?

  9. thelatteliterati

    Or wherever he lives. The monkeys know, I assume.

  10. Ragged Cliff

    I cheated – I rang up the hotel at 7.50 and they told me 2 people were there and Julian was waiting for more people to come. If anyone can face rinning them to ask how it went…
    I sure as Ruck wasn’t going to go myself.
    Any updates?

  11. Just phoned them! 4 people including himself ahahhahahahahhahahahahahaha wait for his blog post talking of the masses hahahahahah

    • I apologise for the hysterical nature of the post, the receptionist said the talk was starting late as they were waiting for more people to turn up. There were four, two of which would be Julian and his wife. Might as well invite them round for dinner instead of a public venue, less embarrassing. Ah well he knows for next time.

  12. Ragged Cliff

    That’s OK John, I felt a bit mad myself ringing them up, trying to keep a straight face while asking if ‘there were still places available’. The very nice and tactful Polish or Lithuanian receptionist may have been trying to stifle something other than a fart when she said: ‘Mr Ruck is there are there are two people – he’s just waiting for more people to arrive’. Presumably the 3rd person was his chum Ross, he of the dazzling word play, and if I didn’t know that Gillian Brightmore had abandoned him, I’d have assumed it was her. But then again it may have been Julian’s wife.
    What a saga. Let it never end.
    My thoughts for the anthology: perhaps a joint piece by you, Steve Mosby and David Hewson as the Three Musketeers? With apporpriate swashbuckling graphics.
    What is the copyright status of Julian’s blog and especially his semi-literate talk at the Chapter, which is downloadable in PDF form his blog?

  13. It brings a tear to my eye (and not for the first time) to think of Julian hanging on for a few more minutes before starting because the hotel staff keep on telling him that lots of people are phoning to see if there are places left.

  14. Is the PR from China who told Parthian books that they can park their helicopter in Ffos Las (because the traffic will be jammed up)?

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