Whomerley Wood Moat, Stevenage

My booklet about the medieval moated site in Whomerley Wood, Stevenage has been published.  Details about the book and how to buy a copy can be found under the Cade Books tab on my WordPress Blog, or go direct by clicking here.

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In fact, if you’re in a hurry to get a copy, hit this button!Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

That was a shameless example of self-advertising, was it not?! But, with Lulu having probably hundreds of thousands of books for sale, and Amazon having millions, how else would anyone know about my little offering!

I went with Lulu in the end. The decision wasn’t easy, as there are so many different aspects to consider and each POD publisher had their pros and cons. Out of desperation as much as anything, I ordered a book from Lulu to see how they performed and promised myself that if it came back looking good I would take the plunge. The postage seemed a bit steep at £2.99, but like many Oldies I still compare prices to what they were in the sixties when half a crown bought a plate of pie and chips in the local pub.

The book was ordered last Monday afternoon, it was printed on Tuesday and it dropped on the doormat Thursday morning. That was pretty good service whichever way you look at it.  The quality of the book is far greater than I expected, with a fabulous glossy colour cover and clear easy-to-read text inside.

The physical act of publishing with Lulu was a piece of cake. They take you by the hand and lead you step by step through the whole process, and to be honest there wasn’t a single ‘gotcha’ that I can recollect. Even when I chose to use my own ISBN, that was handled easily and with no hiccups. The cover design would have been a bit tricky had I not realised it could be designed offline with MS Publisher and then uploaded as an image. A bit of form-filling and a few boxes to tick, and that was it.  My baby was on sale!

So, Whomerley Wood Moat is now out there for anyone to buy.  If you do, thank you, and I hope you enjoy reading about the moated site as much as I loved researching and writing about it.

Whoops, I nearly forgot to tell you which book I ordered for the test run. It was a copy of Nature’s Gold, by Penny Luker. I am an admirer of Penny’s writing, and this book contains a selection of her poems. Some of them are deeply emotional (Undeniable Love), others are light and easy going (Sneaky), a few bring a chuckle or two (Don’t Buy Me Apples). All of the poems are engaging, and it is clear they have been written from the heart with a profound sense of perception. If you think you might like Penny’s writing too, find her at her blog by clicking here.

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4 responses to “Whomerley Wood Moat, Stevenage

  1. Thank you for buying my book, Nature’s Gold. I’m so glad you enjoyed the poetry. When I get home I shall order your book. It’s lovely to see all your hard work in print. 😀

    • Thank you so much, Penny. I hope you enjoy reading about the old moat, which is just a few minute’s walk from us. To be honest, I’m not sure many local people know it’s there, let alone that it dates from the thirteenth century or earlier. I get goosebumps when walking across the island, wondering about the secrets it holds.

  2. Tuk

    Hi, I’ve just seen your article in the Comet – fascinating stuff. As a Stevenage resident all of my 27 year old life, I love this town and it’s great history. I am thinking this is how the street opposite, Homestead Moat, got it’s name? Which is strange considering these houses were only built in the 50’s. Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks for your great comment. I’m sure you’re correct about the name. The old path that used to run from the Old Town, across what is now Six Hills Way, into the wood and then up to the moat is almost exactly parallel to Homestead Moat. I found digging into its history fascinating!

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