Firstly, the name, we were called December Publishing but then found out their was a U.S company with the same name so we changed it to December Books UK instead. The owners are born in December. The book company is a subsidiary to Department-f Film company (That why we are part of their website).
Having already been innovative and trend setting in the music industry the owners of December Books are looking to bring the same vibe to their new book company.
The first release 'Music Business Bastards (how to do well in the music business without getting ripped off) Contained something within the book that made us the publisher a lot of money even before the book was released.(Another publisher reliably told us no other published had done that particular thing we did before), That's what D.B is all about, trying out new ideas.
The Music Business Bastards book was advising artists to stand out from the crowd and so we and our main authors practiced what we preach with the book titles just for starters.
Our next book release again was unique and also stood out from the crowd. 'Voyeurs Welcome', again this had a memorable title but it was the fact that it mixed Iconic photos and award winning poems and popular song lyrics together to make a very collectible limited edition individually numbered book that really helped it stand out along with its stunning cover. It was also done as a top quality paperback rather than a traditional hardback
Of course limited edition photos books are nothing new. Also it's highly likely that a publisher somewhere has also chosen some poetic words to feature in an photo book before from time to time but what made this book unique was the fact that both photo/lyrics & poems were all by the same person, which is highly unusual.
This is because most artists excel at just one art. We are lucky enough to have our premier author Russell C. Brennan be an established multi-platform artist who is an established and highly rated photographer signed by Saatchi Art and an established songwriter with over 50 song releases (He is also a top record producer as well). We haven't even come to his work as an author yet. Also with this limited edition book was a chance to win a few prizes that were more than a bit unique. (A) to co write a song with the author for release and win a free photo session.
So this brings us to one of our main mission statement. To us the writer needs to be as interesting as the book and have colourful C.V. There are many great writers out there but many are as dull as dishwater when it comes to interviews or a back story. So we only sign writers who meet this criteria and have 3 identified but because Russell is our Jewel in the Crown we are concentrating on him at present which brings us to his first novel (there will be 3 released in 2017)
Many people will say it's hard to write an original story but when you have writer who has often lived the life, that experience is bound to be unique, therefore ticking that box, making it like no other book you have read before.
We all know by watching films that many are the same old thing with a slight variation. Books and music to can often fall into that category. We want to bring something new and original to readers and with Russell's debut novel 'Adventures of a Dark Duke: The Pin' we believe we have done this. The novel also contains extras as well, like free songs and a cash reward for one lucky reader of the book.
Our 5th book release 'Over and Over' will have a groundbreaking new element to the kindle version of the book that has never been done before.
So we are looking to do something different in all areas so if you want to enjoy the ride with us. please ask to be put on our mailing list to be informed about releases and free extras.
Below are links to the books that we currently have on release as exclusive paperbacks. Click on links for more details and to order for a lower price and anywhere else.
All releases are also available on Kindle and Paperback from Amazon
Adventures of a Dark Duke:The Pin
Music Business Bastards (How to do well in the music business without getting ripped off)