According to Wicked Local, a local Sandwich (that’s a town) author is about to come out with her fourth children’s book. The Little Cape Cod Witch Cookbook was the first, followed by The Cape Cod Witch and the Legend of the Pirate. The author, J. Bean Palmer (Annie to her friends), wrote the series for her granddaughter.
She decided that no first-time author would get published by a big house, so she did it herself, hiring an illustrator to do the pictures. The books feature easy, healthy recipes. She’s now thinking of a series for her new grandson “about an orphaned boy on a distant planet who’s kidnapped by a group of space pirates.” No mention of recipes for him.
So far she’s sold 3,000 copies of her books.
The part that surprised me? Her books are available at bookstores throughout the Cape.
That’s it. No Amazon. No B&N.com. No website URL. Just bookstores and tea shops and a museum and an inn and “other bookstores throughout the Cape.” Unless the article just failed to mention all the online places the books are for sale, she’s missing a huge audience.
The moral of this story is, if you’re gonna cook up a book, make it easy to buy. Don't y'all agree?
6 months ago