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Post by TheCube on 24.04.11 22:29

Who is going to buy this?

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Post by widdishins on 25.04.11 9:06

Nobody that I know is even the slightest bit interested in the McCanns' garbage.

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Post by Tony Bennett on 25.04.11 12:25

KATE'S BOOK:

The quotes, the sales figures, the hype, and the contradictions...

360 books have so far been pre-ordered.

The book today is 633rd on the Amazon best-seller list (up from 1,183rd last week)

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‘Madeleine’ by Dr Kate McCann

1. The original Press Release

Transworld acquires ‘Madeleine’, Kate and Gerry McCann’s personal account of the disappearance and continuing search for their daughter.

“There are several different reasons as to why I finally came to the decision with my husband Gerry to write and publish this book,” said Kate McCann. “This decision has not been an easy one. Many factors needed to be given thorough and careful consideration, not least the impact of such a book on the lives of our three children. My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth.[ Publishing this book has been a very different decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart. However, in the last few months with the depletion of Madeleine’s Fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands. Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl.”Gerry McCann said: “We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too. Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information (knowingly or not) to come forward and share it with our team. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw.”

Bill Scott-Kerr, Publisher at Transworld, bought the book from the Christopher Little Literary Agency for publication in Spring 2011. All royalties will be donated directly to Madeleine’s Fund – Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited. Bill said: ‘It is an enormous privilege to be publishing this book. We are so pleased to be joining Kate and Gerry McCann in the Find Madeleine campaign." The McCanns' Literary Agents, Christopher Little and Neil Blair, said: "We are honoured to be part of this emotive project and to support the McCanns in their search for Madeleine."

2. Why are they writing it?

“On their website dedicated to Madeleine – www.findmadeleine.com – Mrs McCann says: ‘There are several different reasons as to why I finally came to the decision with my husband Gerry to write and publish a book. My reason for writing is simple; to give an account of the truth” - Press & Journal , 25 November 2010

“We are hopeful that this book may help the investigation to find Madeleine in other ways too. Our hope is that it may prompt those who have relevant information, knowingly or not, to come forward and share it with our team” - Dr Kate McCann in Press & Journal, 25 November 2010

“Gerry added: ‘We are hopeful this book may help the ­investigation to find Madeleine. Our hope is that the book may prompt those who have relevant information to come forward and share it. Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw’.” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“Kate McCann’s new book will be key to finding her daughter…The mother of Madeleine McCann is using the book she has written to send a plea to her daughter’s kidnappers: ‘Please, let her come home’.” - Daily Express, 2011

“Publishing this book has been a very difficult decision and is one that we have taken after much deliberation and with a very heavy heart. In the last few months, with the depletion of Madeline’s fund, it is a decision that has virtually been taken out of our hands” - Dr Kate McCann, Daily Express, 2011

“Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry hope the first-person narrative will boost the now depleted fund to find their daughter” - Nick Collins, Telegraph, 11 March 2011

“The he couple hope that the book may prompt someone with new information to come forward. Mr McCann added: ‘Somebody holds that key piece of the jigsaw’." - Nick Collins, Telegraph, 11 March 2011

“Money raised by sales of the book, entitled Madeleine, will be used to pay for their ongoing hunt for the child, who was aged four when she disappeared. The couple, who are both 42 and have five-year-old twins Amelie and Sean, revealed recently that their search fund was dwindling” - Press & Journal, 25 November 2010 [NOTE: Madeleine was three when she was reported missing]

“Philomena McCann said: ‘When Madeleine went missing we thought it would be really important for Kate to keep a detailed journal and she felt it was important to keep an account of everything and some of it has been used for the book. I don’t know if I will be able to read it myself. I have been thinking about it but I think I may find it too upsetting. Kate and Gerry feel a real responsibility that they don’t want to continue asking the public to support them, and that support has allowed them to go on. They think about what they can do to help themselves and they came up with this idea” - Press & Journal, 25 November 2010

“Kate, of Rothley, Leics, said: ‘My reason for writing is simple, to give an account of the truth. Publishing this book has been a very difficult ­decision and is one that we have taken after much ­deliberation and with a very heavy heart. However, with the depletion of Madeleine’s fund, the decision has been taken out of our hands. Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“They need money to carry on the investigation. They will never stop looking and that’s why this book has been written. It probably tears them apart to do this but the child is worth it.” - Father Haynes Hubbard, in the Mirror, 11 April 2011

“After numerous false hopes in the search the book may be one last throw of the dice for the family” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“Kate, 42, has written the book because the Madeleine Fund, set up by well-wishers, is getting through money fast. The McCanns want to be able to pay for further private detective work to track her down and cling to the belief that Madeleine is still alive somewhere” – Express, 11 April 2011.

“For now, however, they are hoping Kate’s book will succeed where every other attempt to find Madeleine has not, prompting someone finally to come forward with the crucial piece of information that will unlock the mystery” – Mail, 18 April 2011

“Kate and Gerry McCann are desperate to reignite the search for their daughter, but where do they start? With Kate’s book, it would seem. Close friends say the McCanns are pinning all their hopes on Kate’s story prompting someone, somewhere, to come forward with new information. The aim of the book is two-fold: to put Madeleine’s disappearance back in the spotlight, and to raise funds so that the McCanns’ team of private investigators can continue their work in trying to find her” - Mail, 18 April 2011.

“‘Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl,’ Kate writes on the Find Madeleine website. Our hope is that the book may prompt those who have relevant information (knowingly or not) to come forward and share it with our team’.” - Mail, 18 April 2011

3. What’s it about?

“Philomena McCann said: ‘Kate is mainly doing it and I know she has written some very truthful and scathing things relating to the Portuguese police’ - Philomena McCann, Press & Journal, 25 November 2010

“The book, entitled Madeline, will tell the story of the toddler's abduction from an apartment in Portugal and the worldwide search for her through the eyes of her parents” - Nick Collins, Telegraph, 11 March 2011

“An aunt of missing youngster Madeleine McCann has described a new book about her disappearance as ‘truthful and scathing’.” - Philomena McCann, Press & Journal, 25 November 2010

“Kate and husband Gerry, both 42, hope it will help shed new light on how Madeleine vanished four years ago” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“Friends say Kate will ‘want to settle some scores’ – particularly with the Portuguese police, who investigated’the disappearance and became convinced, wrongly, the child’s parents were involved” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“After numerous false hopes in the search the book may be one last throw of the dice for the family”. – Mirror, 11 April 2011

“The book, simply entitled Madeleine, gives Kate’s account, in her own words, of her daughter’s disappearance during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, and the dramatic events that followed” – Mail, 18 April 2011

4. Who wrote it?

Both of the McCanns: “The book, which is being written by the McCanns themselves…” - Daily Mail, 3 Janaury 2011

Kate McCann on her own: “A family friend describes how she would write through the day, while the couple’s six-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, were at school, and then return to her study to write late into the evening after the children had gone to bed. ‘Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl. Our hope is that the book may prompt those who have relevant information (knowingly or not) to come forward and share it with our team’. She turned down the offer of a ghost writer because she wanted the book to be in her own words.Pouring intense emotion into the book has given Kate a sense of focus, as well as renewed hope that Madeleine will be found. Meeting publishing deadlines has also given Kate a feeling that she is doing something both positive and purposeful in her struggle to discover what has happened to her hazel-eyed daughter”.- Mail, 18 April 2011

“Madeleine McCann search: JK Rowling helps Maddy's mum Kate write book on missing Madeleine. JK Rowling helped Kate McCann to write her book on missing daughter Madeleine. The Harry Potter author gave advice as she penned details of the youngster's 2007 disappearance in Portugal, With cash draining from the fund set up to hunt for Madeleine McCann, JK Rowling’s pledge to help was a welcome boost to mum Kate. The Harry Potter author gave the devastated 42-year-old advice and support as she wrote the harrowing details of the night her daughter vanished from their holiday apartment on the Algarve.” - Mirror, 11 April

J.K. Rowling issued a statement on 15 April denied that she had any imput in to the book whatsoever except advising the McCanns to contact her publisher.

5. What has it been like writing the book?

“Reliving those first terrifying days after Madeleine vanished, and charting the dramatic events in the months that followed when even Kate and Gerry became suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, has been an intensely painful experience for Kate. The tortured look that has been etched on the 42-year-old doctor’s face since Madeleine’s disappearance is still in evidence, and friends say she looks tired, thin and drawn” - Mail, 18 April.

6. How much will it make?

“The girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate, have secured a multimillion-pound deal to write an account of their search for their daughter, who vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007” - Press & Journal, 25 November 2010

“Kate hopes to raise £1million from the book” - Mirror, 11 April

“Kate’s book is expected to raise £1million…” - Mirror, 11 April

T”he McCanns hope sales of the book will raise more than £1million for Madeleine’s fund” - Mail 18 April 2011

7. What will happen to the proceeds?

“Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl” - Kate McCann, in Press & Journal, 25 November 2010.

“All the proceeds will go to the ‘Find Madeleine’ Fund - Nick Collins, Telegraph, 11 March 2011

“Kate said: ‘Every penny will go on the search for Madeleine’”. - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“The money it raises should be enough to pay for private detectives to keep working on the case that gripped the world for another two years” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

“All proceeds from sales of the book will go to the McCanns’ official fund to look for Madeleine, which had been in danger of running out in 2011” - Daily Mail, 3 January 2011

8. Will Madeleine be found?

“Mr and Mrs McCann remain convinced their daughter is still alive somewhere, especially after the recent re-emergence of American schoolgirl Jaycee Lee Dugard and Austrian Natascha Kampusch, both of whom were kidnapped as children but surfaced years later” - Nick Collins, Telegraph, 11 March 2011

9. When was the book written?

It was finished in November: “Mr McCann’s older sister Philomena McCann, 46, who lives at Ullapool in Wester Ross and is head of social subjects at the local high school, said Kate had finished writing and the book was being edited” - Press & Journal, 25 November 2010

It was started in November: “Kate began writing the book five months ago on the computer in her study at the family home in Rothley, Leicestershire” - Mail, 18 April 2011

It was finished week ending 18 April: “Earlier this week, Kate McCann signed off the final chapter of her book about her lost daughter, Madeleine. It is now with the publishers, and a rush is on to have the book edited, printed and on sale by the planned publication date of May 12, which will be Madeleine’s eighth birthday” – Mail, 18 April 2011.

10. When will the book be published?

“The book will be published on April 28, 2011 – to coincide with the fourth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance from the Praia da Luz resort” - Press & Journal, 25 Nov 2010 [NOTE: The McCanns claimed she was abducted on 3 May, not 28 April]

“Clash: Kate and Gerry McCann have moved the publication of their book about their missing daughter Madeleine from April 28 2011 so as not to clash with the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. The book, which is being written by the McCanns themselves and is simply entitled 'Madeleine', will now be published on May 12, the missing child's eighth birthday. The couple's account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007 was due to hit the shops on April 28 2011, just before the fourth anniversary of her disappearance. But publishers Transworld postponed the release date by a fortnight after it was announced that Prince William would marry Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey in London on April 29. McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: ‘The publication date for ‘Madeleine’ has now been moved on to May 12 2011 in the light of the royal wedding and the subsequent media coverage that will generate. Kate and Gerry are very happy with the new date, as are the publishers, and it will still be very much tied into the fourth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.'. The book was due out on the 4th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, but has now been moved to coincide with what would be her 8th birthday on May 12” – Daily Mail, 3 January 2011

“The book, called Madeleine, will be published on May 12, the ­youngster’s eighth birthday” - Mirror, 11 April 2011

11. How long is the book?

384 pages - According to Amazon

348 pages - Express, 11 April 2011

12. Why was the book-signing cancelled?

“Madeleine McCann’s mother Kate McCann will not do a book tour as she fears an assault . Kate McCann is so fearful of being attacked she is refusing to do public signings of her new book about the fight to find daughter Madeleine. She will do television interviews here and in Portugal, where Madeleine disappeared four years ago, but will not meet the public over fears for her personal safety. A source close to the publishers told the Sunday Express yesterday: ‘Kate doesn’t want to give anyone the opportunity of heckling her or attacking her during any promotional tour. It’s been emotional enough just writing the book’. We can disclose that one of the groups that could potentially have caused trouble is The Madeleine Foundation, which plans to distribute leaflets and step up an internet campaign confronting Kate and Gerry McCann on the date of publication. They have already written to publishers Transworld demanding answers to 163 questions. The questions include several put to the couple by the Portuguese police. One question asks: “How would the McCanns’ children have coped if there was an emergency while they were absent and out of earshot?” They also ask why the McCanns did not use the hotel’s evening baby-sitting service. The Foundation letter states: “Many feel that the McCanns owe it to the public, whom they have so frequently asked for help, to give them reasonable answers to their questions.” Public book-signings have become a risk for celebrities. Last year former prime minister Tony Blair was pelted with eggs and shoes by anti-war protesters at a signing in Dublin. A year earlier X Factor star Leona Lewis was punched in the face as she signed copies of her autobiography in London” - Express, 11 April 2011.

“The launch of the book will be low-key. Kate will not be doing any signings because she has serious fears about being subjected to verbal abuse, or even physical attack. Kate doesn’t want to give anyone the opportunity to have a go at her during any promotional tour” - Mail, 18 April 2011.

But on another occasion, Dr Kate McCann said she didn’t want to do a celebrity book-signing because she wasn’t a celebrity.

13. Questions about the book from The Madeleine Foundation

“As an example of the deep unpleasantness the McCanns have to deal with, you have to go no further than an organisation called The Madeleine Foundation, which has a website demanding answers from the McCanns to some 163 questions concerning the case. The group, which comprises 28 members but claims it has thousands of supporters who have looked at the website, has already written to the McCanns’ publishers, Transworld, requesting answers to its 163 questions and is planning to step up its campaign to coincide with the publication of the book. Around the time Kate McCann was finishing her book this week, the organisation was taking delivery of 10,000 leaflets entitled ‘What happened to Madeleine McCann: 50 facts about the case that the British media are not telling you.’ It now plans to distribute them to homes and shops across the country. The leaflet is divided into four sections: 1) Major contradictions in the statements of the McCanns and their friends. 2) The highly trained police dogs who detected the scent of a corpse. 3) Strange things the McCanns have said and done. 4) How the McCanns wasted public money on useless private detectives. In 2009, 30,000 similar leaflets were distributed around the country — including Kate and Gerry’s home town — before the McCanns' lawyers, Carter-Ruck, obtained a High Court undertaking from the group’s secretary, retired solicitor Tony Bennett, to halt the leafleting. He also agreed to stop sales of a book he had written, entitled What Really Happened To Madeleine McCann: 60 Reasons To Suggest She Was Not Abducted.

‘Many people subscribe to the view, to one degree or another, that we are not being told the whole truth,’ says Mr Bennett, seemingly oblivious to the pain he is causing the couple.

14. TV interviews: The Oprah v. Piers Morgan bidding war

“The book’s launch will be accompanied by several television interviews”. The publication of this book will propel the family back onto the world’s front pages and, as Kate herself remarks, they embark on this latest chapter in the Maddie story with very heavy hearts” - Mail, 18 April 2011

“Chat show host Piers Morgan is favourite to clinch the first major TV interview with Kate McCann to kick start a new global campaign to find her daughter. The former Britain’s Got Talent judge is in a bidding war with US rival Oprah Winfrey but is boasting: “I’ll get it.” Kate, 42, is prepared to appear on camera after writing Madeleine, her account of the 2007 disappearance of her daughter while on holiday in Portugal. She and husband Gerry hope the book – published on May 12, Madeleine’s eighth birthday – will be read by the girl’s abductors. Kate says a high-profile interview in the US will re-ignite the hunt. Morgan, 46, took over from chat legend Larry King to front the CNN show in January. Oprah, who had Kate as guest on her show two years ago, is desperate to win her back. But a McCann source said: “The two giants of American chat shows are battling it out. The deal is not done but Piers is hot favourite” - Daily Express, 18 April 2011

15. Sales

Position in Amazon best-seller list

15 April moved from 779th to 921st during the day as follows: 779th, later 885th, later 961st, later 1068th, later 1183rd and finally 921st. It was listed 95th in ‘biographies’.

22 April: book has noved up to 538th and later in the day 531st in Amazon best-seller list

23 April: back down to 940th

25 April: back up to 633rd

16. Actual pre-orders:

March: 78

April 1: +29 = 107

April 2-15: +107 = 214

April 16-22: +141 = 355 (includes 9 pre-ordered on 21 & 22 April)

April 23: + 3 = 358

Mid March: Amazon reduce the hardback price to £15.00. Waterstones follow suit.

Late March: Amazon reduce the hardback price further to £12.40.

Early April: New tellow sticker added to the front cover: “All royalties donated to Madeleine’s Fund”. Amazon add “Tell us about a lower price”, a device to find out how low people will go to be persuaded to buy a book.

Early April: Amazon ‘3 books for £20.00’ offer: ‘Shannon Matthews’ + ‘Disappeared’ + ‘Madeleine’

Early April: WH Smith reduced the price to £13. Blackwell's still trying to sell it for £20.00

April 22: The book is 49th in ‘Hot new releases’

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Post by Big Vern on 25.04.11 12:44

Only the braindead would even contemplate buying it.

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Post by PeterMac on 25.04.11 12:49

360 pre-ordered !
One of those is for me. And I suspect many other copies have been ordered by those of us who want to know the truth.
Whether the book will actually tell us the whole truth is another matter entirely.

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Post by ufercoffy on 25.04.11 12:55

I can understand PeterMac reading it as he's a former police officer. I'm sure he'll be picking it apart with a fine toothed comb yes and can't wait for his analysis Mrs

I'm also hoping someone will be able to scan the pages, or something, to get it online here so we can all pick it apart!

I want to read it but I don't want to buy it and give the McScam's any money in case Kate uses it to highlight her hair instead of looking for her daughter.

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Post by PeterMac on 25.04.11 19:16

We MUST reserve judgment until we read it
We have been promised
“... Kate’s account, in her own words, of her daughter’s disappearance during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007, ....” – Mail, 18 April 2011
The account of the disappearance. The truth. Or even a "version of the truth" in the impenetrable contortions of language the McCanns have affected since the events of 4 years ago.
Simply to say " I went back to the apartment and she was not there", will not, I feel sure, be quite enough to fill three hundred and however many pages it is.
And note the Mail's careful use of the word 'disappearance'. They could equally have said "Kate’s account, in her own words, of her daughter’s abduction...", but they didn't.
I want the Royal wedding to be over very soon, so we can read the truth about the case we have been struggling with for so long.
Here finally we shall be given the denoument, that last page of a good Sherlock Holmes, where everything is laid out, and we shall realise that although we had access to all the facts all the time, we had failed to put them together in quite the right order, or to draw the right conclusions. That moment when we shall see clearly that our preconceptions had been leading us to make assumptions which the facts did not permit. That moment when we shall take full account that the working hypothesis we had been using whilst we tried to interpret evidence, had itself been force on us by the protagonists.
That moment when we we shall find out, so that we are sure beyond a peradventure, what the evidence was which led Dr Kate Healy, otherwise McCann, to know at once that Madeleine McCann had been 'abducted'.

That is what I am waiting for, and it is what we have been promised.

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Post by Tony Bennett on 26.04.11 21:16

@PeterMac wrote:360 pre-ordered ! One of those is for me. And I suspect many other copies have been ordered by those of us who want to know the truth. Whether the book will actually tell us the whole truth is another matter entirely.
The book has dropped 130 places today in the bestseller lists on Amazon, down from 633rd yesterday, and is now 763rd.

Another interesting point is that the Sun has not yet announced its serialisation of the book -and nor has Piers Morgan announced (as Clarence Mitchell confidently predicted) that he has won his 'bidding war' with Oprah Winfrey for the rights to interview the McCanns.

Possibly there is an almighty media blitz being prepared for the day after the Royal Wedding - but we do then have the small matter of local elections on 5 May and the first national referendum since 1975 - 36 years ago - on the same day.

With the Arab world daily crumbling into ever more violence and bloodshed, it'll be hard work pushing those book sales up from 763rd.

ETA: LATE NIGHT EXTRA - Kate McCann's book has sold another 3 pre-order copies today, bringing the total ever nearer 370. But not so good news for the McCann is that the book has now slumped a further 428 places today and so is now ranked 1,091st Amazon best seller

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Post by PeterMac on 27.04.11 8:02

370 x £ 12.40p = £ 4,588

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I Say I Say... Boy did you hear Max Clifford on THE BOOK!

Post by The Rooster on 27.04.11 10:12

I recently watched a YouTube clip of Max Clifford offering his opinion on the relevance of the forthcoming McCann book, Madeleine. In his opinion it has no relevance going forward and will also only further alienate the general public from the McCann's manic funding activities. Here's the link if you haven't already seen it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3wpl3vJRnA

It was first broadcast on ITV Central back in November. Love him or hate him, Mr Clifford is an extremely well qualified commentator and I for one am pleased to hear him voice his opinions. Wake up and smell the Starbucks you media/ journalist folk, stand tall, get out of the roost and earn your corn.

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Post by ShabbyTiger on 27.04.11 16:54

@PeterMac wrote:370 x £ 12.40p = £ 4,588

The pre-order figures are sending out a very clear message from Joe Public, "Go away, we are no longer interested".

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Post by PeterMac on 27.04.11 17:25

@PeterMac wrote:370 x £ 12.40p = £ 4,588
Of which the writer gets what. 10% ? (I don't know, but I doubt if it is more.)
£ 4,588 x 10% = £ 455.80p
A good dinner for two, or tapas for the whole group, with wine.
Or enough to pay a child minder for a fortnight.

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Post by ufercoffy on 27.04.11 18:31

Maybe they'll get more from the serialisation in The Sun. I'm sure Dr Amaral would prefer he gets paid his compensation from their book than the sale of their house.

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Book £10 on Amazon!

Post by Cheshire Cat on 28.04.11 8:08

Just checked - 50% off now at only £10.00 per copy of Madeleine!!!

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Post by PeterMac on 28.04.11 8:17

Madeleine by Kate McCann (Hardcover - 12 May 2011)
Buy new: £20.00 £10.00
Available for pre-order. This item will be released on 12 May 2011.
Eligible for FREE Super Saver Delivery.

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Post by PeterMac on 28.04.11 8:19

Sorry Cheshire, You beat me to it.
Exciting news for the McCanns and their believers. The book will surely fly off the shelves now. The only questions will be speed, direction and destination.

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Post by sharonl on 28.04.11 14:02

Madeleine McCann petition nears 50,000-signature milestone



Madeleine McCann

By dan martin

An online petition calling for a full review of the evidence surrounding Madeleine McCann's disappearance is nearing the 50,000-signature milestone.

Kate and Gerry McCann launched the petition in November because they felt the authorities had given up searching for their daughter, who went missing in Portugal four years ago.

The McCanns, from Rothley, had intended to present the petition to the Portuguese and British governments when 50,000 people had backed them.

Now, however, with the figure standing at nearly 48,800 names and the anniversary of her disappearance approaching, they have decided to let it run.

Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "It was always loosely the intention to present it at 50,000 and, although it will be done soon, it will continue for the time being.

"There are also tens of thousands of signatures, many from Rothley, on paper copies that have yet to be collated and when they are factored in the figure will be well over 50,000.

"When it is handed in, they hope it will inject some more urgency into the search for Madeleine.
"Kate and Gerry are delighted and grateful for the support they continue to receive."

Madeleine was three when she disappeared from her family's holiday flat in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined nearby.

A massive search was launched but the McCanns said only their team of private investigators was now searching for their daughter.
Mr Mitchell said the family was preparing for the launch of a book about the disappearance, written largely by Kate.

It is to be released on May 12 – Madeleine's eighth birthday.
He said: "There is a hope the book itself will help give another push in the search for Madeleine."
Publisher Transworld paid the McCanns a substantial but undisclosed sum as an advance on the book, entitled Madeleine. It is also likely to result in a lucrative newspaper serialisation deal.

Mr Mitchell said: "The money from the book is being entirely used to fund the search for her.
"The pot had dropped to between £100,000 and £200,000 last year and would have run out in the autumn.
"It means there should be enough to keep the search going for at least another year."

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Maddy-petition-nears-milestone/article-3497595-detail/article.html

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Re: Kate McCann's book - was £20, now £9 POST FREE!

Post by PeterMac on 28.04.11 14:30

Interesting.
Madeleine "disappeared", not 'was abducted'.
The book was "written largely by Kate"
There was payment of "a substantial but undisclosed sum".
Mitchell says the money will ".. mean... there should be enough to keep the search going for at least another year."
370 copies at £ 10. Royalties of £ 1 a copy ?
Still, if you employ people Not to answer telephones, £ 370 might be enough.
Mitchell is undoubtedly going to have to speak to the press after the launch, when the real sales figures are known.
I guess he is trying to find a form of words at this very moment.

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Post by dragonfly on 28.04.11 16:19

@PeterMac wrote:370 x £ 12.40p = £ 4,588

I think once all the media promotion gets in to swing it will pick up,
Im not aware of average pre orders for a best seller does anyone else know ?
I think most superstores like asda and tescos will sell the book for around £10 but wh smiths and waterstones tend to sell rrp £20 books for around £15.99

Amazon is estimated to have 19% of the book market , so 81% for the rest of the market
so the pre orders, revenue and royalties on a whole can be worked out if some one is good at maths?!


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Post by PeterMac on 28.04.11 16:25

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Truth-About-Book-Royalties&id=2424907
If you ask the average book author how they intend to make money from their book, most will tell you they expect it will come from royalties. In my 27 years of publishing and marketing, I found that few authors and even fewer would-be authors understand how book royalties actually work. I want to teach you the basics of that right now.
The sad truth is that royalties are significant only if you end up writing a blockbuster bestseller ... but extremely few authors ever do. In fact, the average first run on a book today is about 3,000 copies and most books never print a second run.
The average royalty paid by a traditional publisher to first-time authors is between 6 and 10% of net receipts. Net receipts means the price paid by the purchaser, but what that amounts to is often misunderstood by book authors.
For example, most authors who expect their earnings to come from royalties also expect to rely on commercial book trade distribution for their book. In other words, they expect to distribute their book through the network of wholesalers and bookstores. Here is how the math on net receipts actually works in that situation. This is the key to your royalties.
Assume your book retails for say $20, to make it easy. If the publisher wants the book to be distributed through commercial trade book distribution, using a network of wholesalers and bookstores, the publisher must give the wholesaler an average discount of 55%. That is $11 out of your 20, so the net receipt to the publisher is 20 minus 11 or $9. Now, let us assume the author gets 8% royalty, which actually is high for a first-time author. In this case, the author makes $0.72. The math on that is $9 net receipts times 8% royalty which equals $0.72 on each book. That is it.
So if you wanted to earn say $100,000 a year from your book, at $0.72 royalty, you would need to sell more than 138,000 copies of your book each and every year, year after year after year. As I hope you can see, if you hope to rely on royalties alone, it is a very tough road to hoe.

http://www.crystalreportsbook.com/SelfPublishing_02.asp
The first question everyone wants to know is how much money they will make after writing a book. Publishers generally pay 10%-15% of Net as a royalty. Remember that this is NET, which means after deducting the bookstores fee for selling the book. For example, if your book retails for $50 then a bookstore will get $25 for selling the book. This leaves $25. The publisher calculates your royalty based on this $25. So if you have a 10% royalty then you will get $2.50 for each book. But this only accounts for sales in the U.S. International book sales are heavily discounted because they have a no-return policy (nobody wants to pay international shipping charges twice). So your royalty on international sales could be 1/3 of the original royalty since the books are practically given away. It has been my experience that your true royalty is a little more than half of what the contract says when you average in the effect of international sales. So now you are looking at royalty of around $1.25 for a $50 book.

380 copies so far ?

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Post by The Rooster on 28.04.11 16:32

I get the very real impression that events surrounding the McCanns are now gathering a momentum of their own that will hopefully end up establishing the truth of the matter. Be it their poorly thought out reasons for launching a book and all that's going to go with it, their litigous actions in Portugal, the ongoing media attention or the money mongering. It's all contributing to an end game that will catch up with them and overtake them at breakneck pace. They will lose control and as we say down on the farm, the game's a bogey.

Incidentally reading between the lines of the out pouring from McCann mouthpiece, I believe the petition won't see the light of day and will Whooosed away. Lest it gets too hot in the kitchen. Nervous times ahead.

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Post by Cheshire Cat on 28.04.11 16:46

@The Rooster wrote:I get the very real impression that events surrounding the McCanns are now gathering a momentum of their own that will hopefully end up establishing the truth of the matter. Be it their poorly thought out reasons for launching a book and all that's going to go with it, their litigous actions in Portugal, the ongoing media attention or the money mongering. It's all contributing to an end game that will catch up with them and overtake them at breakneck pace. They will lose control and as we say down on the farm, the game's a bogey.

Incidentally reading between the lines of the out pouring from McCann mouthpiece, I believe the petition won't see the light of day and will Whooosed away. Lest it gets too hot in the kitchen. Nervous times ahead.

The McCann's are saying "shine that spotlight on us!" but in doing so they are causing people to ask what is so special about the McCann's?

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Post by Cheshire Cat on 28.04.11 16:51

This is a few years ago now but pre-orders for Harry Potter books circa 1,600,000 on AMAZON. Thats 1.6 Million!!!

Posted 03 July 2007 10:00am by Robert Andrews with 0 comments

The forthcoming final Harry Potter book has become Amazon's most ever pre-ordered item - and the pre-ordering isn't finished yet.
Online orders for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows passed the previous 1.5m mark set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince yesterday.
With pre-orders standing at just under 1.6 million, Amazon told Reuters it expects "many more hundreds of thousands of copies" to be ordered via the website.
Bloomsbury has the publishing deal in the UK and the franchise includes spin-off audio books, titles with different covers aimed at adults and children and a line of movies.
Writer JK Rowling has whetted fans' appetites by revealing one character will be killed off, but, typically coy, has refused to reveal the character's identity.
Amazon has made the seventh book available at a half-price £8.99, which, according to pre-order figures, would represent a guaranteed £14.4m in sales.
Previous reports said Amazon UK's most recent pre-orders record was set by the November Wii in November.
All units made available disappeared immediately as eager gamers snapped up the innovative console via pre-order.
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Post by PeterMac on 28.04.11 16:57

[quote="dragonfly"]
@PeterMac wrote:370 x £ 12.40p = £ 4,588
EDIT Amazon is estimated to have 19% of the book market , so 81% for the rest of the market
so the pre orders, revenue and royalties on a whole can be worked out if some one is good at maths?!

Let us stick purely to the figures
Amazon 370 copies (last figure we were given). If that is 20% then total sales will be around 1,850, say charitably (or in this case - Limited Company-ably) 2,000 copies
2,000 copies at the figures given in the e-zine article quoted, gives 2,000 x 0.72p = £ 1,440
Not quite the Million we were told.
But maybe, just maybe, Mr Double Glazing Magnate is going to buy tens of thousands of copies and push it into the best seller lists, like they used to do with records.
Stranger things have happened.


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Post by sharonl on 28.04.11 17:24

@PeterMac wrote:370 x £ 12.40p = £ 4,588

Actually, since this afternoon that becomes 370 x £10.00 = £3,700


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