This month has been quite a busy one over here at Monster Books…
A new release
Firstly, this month we’ve been getting properly excited about the upcoming release of ‘Buk’, Robin’s quirky reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, which is such an intriguing story and ideal for reluctant teen readers (as well as anyone who loves a folklore tinge to their reading). The release date is getting close now, and we’ve been enjoying chatting with bloggers and potential readers about it! You can expect to hear a lot more about Buk as the weeks start to roll by.
Revisiting old favourites
We’ve also been putting a little more juice into our backlist and dusting off old favourites from a while ago. We’ve got so many great stories sitting on our metaphorical shelves that we want to get out to you, the readers – but books do fade into the background a bit as time passes, so we thought we’d give them a bit of oomph.
So far, we’ve picked up The Hairy Hand and Iron Knights. Both are, as per our MO, strange fantasy tales involving a magical hairy hand and some evil mechanical knights respectively. This week, we’re getting behind Space Dragons, one of our most popular backlist books which involves dragons, space, kidnapping, adventure and a plot to destroy the universe (follow our instagram @indiemonsterbooks to find out more).
Looking to the future
This month really marked the beginning of the end of the pandemic in terms of retail (we fervently hope that’s the case, at any rate), and we’re feeling very optimistic about the future. Despite the entire retail industry taking a hit over the past year, book sales have increased and are still going strong, which is extremely heartening. We are so happy to finally welcome back all the bookshops we’ve missed so much!
Now that things are opening up again, we’re also looking forward to being a lot more hands on and hoping to plan enough school and bookshop visits to make up for the past year. It will be really nice to be able to get back to interacting directly with readers and enjoy book events again!
We’ve got a lot coming up in the next few months – keep up to date with Monster Books activities here or on social media.