Faber will publish as a “people’s edition” of Louise Doughty’s psychological thriller, Apple Tree Yard, following online praise and reader comments for the book since its publication in June last year. The limited edition will feature a winning reader’s quote on the front of the book and quotes from 30 runners-up on the back and inside cover.
The publisher is asking readers to submit their quotes through the book’s dedicated website: www.appletreeyard.com (designed and built by Bookswarm) before 9th June, and the book will be published in July 2014. All winners will receive a copy of the new edition along with a bottle of champagne, with a further £100 of Faber books for the first prize winner.
Bookswarm has created a campaign microsite for Icon Books’ forthcoming Harry’s Last Stand, by Harry Leslie Smith. Harry introduces the site, and the book:
‘As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes, so that you can help change it…’
The site allows users to create their own version of the book’s cover, highlighting a particular issue over which they would like to take their own stand, and then sharing it via social media. We use some clever server-side scripting to generate the images, which means users can save them and share them however they like. Stands which catch the eye of the Icon Books team are also shared on the Featured Stands page.
Bookswarm has worked with poetry publishers for several years, including Faber and Salt Books – but we’re pleased to say we’ve just launched our first commission for an individual poet, Philadelphia-based Rachel Blum.
Rachel wanted to showcase a wide selection of her work on the site – so we built it so that she can use WordPress to create multiple volumes, each with their own title and cover image, and then add as many poems to each volume as she wants. The order can be changed around and poems can benefit from embedded audio readings and images too.
The site launches with two completed volumes and a third as a work-in-progress. Each volume opens as a pop-up and users can page through the volumes, not unlike reading a book of poetry.
“I commissioned Bookswarm after seeing the other fabulous author websites they had designed and I also had a personal recommendation from another Macmillan author. Bookswarm made the whole process so easy, their prices are very competitive and the ongoing support is second to none. I recommend their services unreservedly.”
Kim Slater, author of Smart (Macmillan Children’s Books)
“Such good grace! Even though we Aussies were slaughtering the Poms on the cricket pitch, Simon responded to our queries at all hours of the day and night, building an absolutely brilliant website and delivering it ahead of our very tight deadline.”
Peter Andrews, author, Überpreneurs (Palgrave Macmillan), with Fiona Wood
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