Long ago when I began the book I had in mind to ask a friend, Hannah Willow, to make the necklace that is in the story. It plays a small part, but every piece of a story is important.
Then I decided to ask Hannah to make two, one for me, and one to use in some way to encourage people to buy the book through their independent bookshop. But how? After trying and failing to contact the Independent Booksellers Association I have decided to set the ball rolling and see what happens.
So: at the moment the way to win the necklace is to purchase a copy of East of the Sun, West of the Moon from Solva Woollen Mill. (You can email them when you place your order, and if you have a ‘special dedication’ put that in the email too. They do deliver anywhere in the world and the book will be signed.) You can also participate by buying from Cover to Cover in The Mumbles or from The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre and The Yellow Lighted Bookshops in Tetbury and Nailsworth, Rossiters in Monmouth and Ross on Wye, Obsidian Arts and Number Seven, Dulveron. Each person who purchases a book will get a bookmarker. The end of this is a square that will contain their name and phone number or email and this will act as a raffle ticket and be entered into a draw to win the necklace. One book, one marker. Simple.
Over time other independent booksellers may come on board with this. We will see what happens. The winner will be drawn from all the collected tickets when the book goes for its first reprint. This could be in weeks, or months, depending on sales.
While I was working on the book I wore one or other of the necklaces. They are both beautiful. The bear is made by Hannah from faux bone in scrimshaw fashion, and set in silver. One has turquoise, ruby and silver, one has opal and I think the one with the opal is the one I will keep. Both have a sun and a moon and stars. On the back part of the story is inscribed.
So, as I sit here typing and thinking one of the bone bear and silver necklaces hangs around my neck and warms against my skin and I wonder where on earth the other may end up? Maybe somewhere in Wales, or perhaps in America or Australia. Where ever, a journey awaits it and another life.
Please share this post, link to it, spread the word in any way you can. The sooner the first print run is sold the sooner the draw will take place. Tweet, blog, facebook, link, read, share, stand on street corners reading aloud to passing strangers, talk to your local bookshop, all other ideas welcome. And leave a comment below. I have a few of the fridge magnets and badges to give away so will send them at random to people who leave comments below and who share.
Artwork from the book is for sale and some can be seen here at The House of Golden Dreams.
And thank you. Without readers we are nothing.
Participating Bookstores are
1. Solva Woollen Mill, Pembrokeshire.
2. Cover to Cover, Swansea.
3. Norfolk Children’s Book Centre, Norfolk
12th July: The necklace was won by a woman who bought the book for her niece in Australia. She bought the book at Number Seven in Dulverton and collected the necklace today from Number Seven. This photo makes me so happy.