My new book '100 Great Innovation Ideas' was published on he 15th of December by Marshall Cavendish. I would like to say that it's been a great experience -and getting it to print was. However the post publication experience has been incredibly frustrating to say the least.
Previously the publishers have been keen for authors to promote their books by having a launch party to invite guests, who buy books, send copies to radio and be press for review - and of course to a few selected influential contacts who may buy numerous copies. Or this is what I thought!
After repeatedly trying to contact the UK agent for Marshall Cavendish, who has previously been very friendly and supportive, and who now refuses to return calls, answer emails and even to respond to physical letters. I am now looking at my legal options, as I haven't been paid etc., for breach of contract.
One learning point from this experience is beware who you sign a contract with. Marshall Cavendish have effectively offshored all their publication work to Singapore so the contract is under Singaporian durastiction and therefore legal action becomes more difficult. I am dealing with the Society of Authors who offer free legal advice. I will keep you posted on progress - but don't hold your breath!