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Createspace Provides Paperback Opportunity To Complement Kindle For Comic Stag Weekend Novel


Whaley Bridge author Michael Madden launched his debut novel “Stags!” on Kindle earlier this year, and now he has produced the paperback version using the Amazon backed Createspace program.
In the past, self-publishing usually involved a huge outlay up front. Now, however, if an author is prepared to do their own editing, Createspace provides all of the tools required to produce a quality paperback for very little outlay.
“Having already proof read my manuscript for Kindle, the process for getting it out there in paperback was really quite straightforward. Createspace provides templates to ensure that layouts and margins are correct, as well as a huge range of cover designs for the author to upload their illustrations or photographs and text,” said author Madden.
“Drinking, football, women. A hilarious window into the world of blokes being blokes” is the strapline of the book, and it is a challenging genre as the author explained.
“Many literary agents and publishers are of the opinion that there is no market for this kind of male orientated comic fiction, and that is why there are no books in this area. This is almost a self fulfilling prophesy, but with Createspace I can get the book out there to test the market myself, with very little outlay,” said Madden.
Stags! centres around a group of lads who meet regularly to discuss women, football, and anything else that springs to mind, over a beer. With Soccer Saturday playing in the background, and opinions on City and United being shared, it is a scene that plays out regularly in many Manchester pubs.
“They are a group of fictional characters, but they will be familiar to anyone who has spent any time in a local pub. From best man Pete, to the rather unpredictable and somewhat dangerous Bird, they will all be recognisable,” explained Madden.
The book is based on an illicit stag weekend in Amsterdam, complicated by the need for a fake passport for the groom. There is the drama as the truth is revealed, and a blow by blow account of drinking, drugs and prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light district.
The key to success is marketing, and the author has already identified his targets.
“The radio station Talksport as well as lads magazines such as Zoo and FHM are where I expect most of my readers to come from, although the strapline has certainly encouraged a lot of women to take an interest too,” explained Madden.
Stags! is available at as well as and eBay.
Readers can view the first six chapters at


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