Guest Post by Betsy Reavley of Bloodhound Books
Over the next few weeks I plan to publish a number of guest posts from both authors and publishers. Today I have the amazing Betsy Reavley, an author and co-founder of Bloodhound Books on my blog with a very interesting post. I really hope you enjoy reading it. Don’t forget to check out the great books being published by Bloodhound Books.
When Sonya asked if she could feature the company I co-founded on her blog I jumped at the chance.
It’s nearly three years since Bloodhound Books was born and what a whirlwind it has been.
My husband and I formed the company because we saw a gap in the market for a digital publisher that focused on crime and thriller fiction. I am an author and my husband was in marketing so we decided together we had the skills to go into this business.
This has been a learning process for us both since neither of us comes from a publishing background but our determination and willingness to learn from our mistakes has catapulted us into the limelight. We were recently included in a list of three of the most dynamic digital publishers in the UK.
We work very closely with each of our authors, all the way through the editorial process right up to the cover design. Even as we’ve grown, and now work with more than 50 authors, that vision remains at the forefront.
We are growing very rapidly and sales are the best they’ve ever been. We sold our millionth eBook at the start of 2017, and the next million is already in sight. Currently we sell over 2000 books a day and, to date, we have had over 20 top 100 bestsellers worldwide. This is something we are extremely proud of. The company has allowed us, and some of the authors we work with, to make a living out of this industry. When you know you have helped people achieve their dreams it really is a wonderful feeling.
We take a chance on authors who may have struggled to find traditional representation but whose talent and voice deserve to be heard, and help them reach a mass-market audience. It’s a special feeling when one of our authors tells us that, because of their success, they can give up the day job and focus just on their writing.
We take pride in helping launch the careers of some of our authors and hope they go on to become global superstars, whether that be with us or another publisher. This is a competitive business and as an author I understand you have to grab every opportunity you can.
I think and hope we have a very healthy attitude towards the business. We appreciate that we are not Penguin or Harper Collins and therefore do not try to compete with them. This is why we focus our efforts on eBook sales, where we can and do contend.
One of the most controversial subjects that surround eBooks is their price. 99p does not seem like very much money for an author who has spent months or even years polishing a manuscript. However, reading habits are changing. There are readers who consume numerous books a week. Not everyone can afford to spend upwards of £30 a week on their reading habit.
The company has been so successful that recently a bestselling author approached us and wants to work with us to launch an imprint for women’s fiction. This is an extremely exciting development and we look forward to whatever the future holds. Watch this space.
I have to say, for me, one of the best parts of my job is the people I work with. Not only do I get to work side by side with my husband and the talented authors but also the team at Bloodhound. Without Alexina Golding, Sarah Hardy and Sumaira Wilson, plus the excellent editors we work along side, we would not be in the great position we are in now. Fred and I are very proud of the reputation the company has built and look forward to discovering more talent and helping writers live the dream.
Many thanks for inviting me to share my thoughts and the journey my company is taking with you.
Visit Bloodhound Books at www.bloodhoundbooks.com