Friday, January 26, 2024

Comic Cuts - 26 January 2024

This month seems to have flown by and I'm frustrated at not having Beyond the Void out already. This is what comes of trying to cut costs... 

My idea was to try and get the next Forgotten Authors book in a position where I could order a proof copy alongside some restocks of other books, plus the proof of Beyond the Void to spread the cost of postage. Unfortunately, one of the new essays has required quite a lot of reading, fun but time consuming, and I still haven't managed to get it finished. And then everything had to come to a grinding halt while I did my tax returns and sorted out payments that need to be in by the end of the month.

Hopefully everything that needed doing was done, but the actual numbers were a bit depressing, working out how little income Bear Alley Books had generated for the past couple of years. I've only had a couple of new books out, and I know I need to get more books out on a more regular basis. Hopefully the delays to Beyond the Void won't be a sign of things to come! I do have a couple of new books planned that will hopefully get me back on track.

Talking of sales, I though I'd share the Top Five best-sellers from Bear Alley in 2023:

1) The Trials of Hank Janson
2 =) Eagles Over the Western Front and Countdown to TV Action
4) Longbow volume 2
5) The Men Behind Flying Saucer Review

The latter keeps surprising me. It's only a slim volume available through Amazon, but it sells with reasonable regularity and has now topped 100 copies. Countdown to TV Action remains my all-time best-seller, and I should hit 450 copies some time this year. The Lion index is second best, but has sold only half that number.

But back to Beyond the Void. The (final????, I really hope so!) proofs have been ordered, but won't be here until early February. Meanwhile, I'll try to get Forgotten Authors volume five finished and then get I'm planning to get together a comic strip reprint before cracking on with Action. That's the plan as of today... things may change!

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