Help Build Book Sales

Authors, please work with us to help increase the number of people who discover our website — all potential purchasers of your book.

As explained in the left-hand column of our main Book Promotion page, this site already has good page rankings and traffic, but every NEW online mention of our website that includes a link, helps to further boost our visitor numbers. A way you can assist is to mention our website in a number of forums or a blog. (As a writer, these could well be of interest to you, anyway.)

Every blog or forum mention that provides a link to this site has the indirect effect of helping to raise this website higher in search engine query listings and thereby entice even more visitors to the website: extra visitors who don't even need to see your forum entry or blog, but extra visitors who might well be interested in your book!

You have discovered a unique way to publicize your book through our website. Why not help spread the word by mentioning it yourself in your blog or a forum on sites of interest to authors? Remember, given our guaranteed maximum number of books, this won't lead to an inordinate number of books on our shelves, so yours will never be lost. (We are trying to help authors in the difficult task of getting their books noticed, and this is barely economic. What your recommendations to other authors will do is help keep our author rates as low as possible.) Or just mention our website as a great resource for travel articles!

Whenever you mention our site, please ensure you include both our website name,, and a link to either the home page in a general mention about us as a resource of great travel articles (, or the book promotion page if mentioning the book promotion service for the benefit of fellow authors (

The extra links resulting from your entries in forums and blogs will both directly and indirectly help to drive even more people to see your book on our bookshelf — always alongside a bestseller!

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.



Book Promoters’ Information Page

This page is only for use by those promoting a book through our 'Departure Lounge Bookshop'.

We trust the combination of guaranteed exposure through our site, our book stock limits, and the selling tactics of your book's sell paragraph will lead to many sales over the year.

This page has a dual purpose. Firstly it allows you to print it and then write in important data you may require again - information that could give you a discount if you renew your book display. Secondly, it tells you how to check that your book is currently displayed.

Please read the following information carefully so you know how your book is displayed and how to check that it is currently available. We are often asked questions that are answered on this page.

Record of important book data

Please print this page and then enter important data into the table below by hand for future reference in a year's time when your book display becomes due for renewal.

Book Title:




Synergise Order ID:


Display Expiry Date:


Book ID:


How we guarantee exposure of your book

Because you will already be only too aware of how a book can become buried in an online bookshop that covers thousands - perhaps hundreds-of-thousands - of books, we promise NEVER to list more than 100 client books mixed with our list of bestsellers for the duration of your current promotion. (Of course, a client book may also be a bestseller!) These limits ensure you get good exposure, for as the average visitor sees 10 pages, each showing one book from our own bestseller list and three client books, they typically see 10 x 3 = 30 client books from a maximum of 100. That's about a 1 in 3 chance, given that far less books than this are normally listed at once. That's how we can claim guaranteed exposure.

How to check your book is currently listed for display

Your book will be randomly promoted across all the travel pages of this site that contain a bookshelf. But that does not make it easy for you to check it's there! That's why knowing your 'Book ID' allows you to force pages displaying the bookshelf to include your book as a check it can appear there: provided it is enabled for display. (It might be disabled if payment is awaited or overdue.) This ID will be a number between 1 and 100. (These IDs are re-used when books expire but are retained for your book if you renew in time.)

To check your book is available for display, simply add the following (query string) as a suffix to the address of the page already being displayed: '?bid=#', where you replace the hash (#) by your own Book ID number. Your book should then be included on the shelf.

Check your Synergise book display from time to time

Where we can we use one of your chosen online bookseller sources from which to derive the cover picture directly rather than store it ourselves. That way it will automatically reflect any change of cover shown there. If at any time the picture is missing on the Synergise site, please tell us about it at once so we can use an alternative source. Please remember the cover picture is only representative, however, and publishers sometimes use different pictures in different countries. We can only show one of them! If you find the cover picture missing in any of the bookseller pages to which we link, we urge you to contact your publisher and ask them to ensure the cover picture is supplied to the bookseller; it is your publisher's responsibility to ensure your book is properly promoted. Make no mistake, the presence of the cover picture in an online bookshop does help to sell the book.

Sometimes we are forced to use an image of your cover copied from the sales source at the time of inclusion. If the cover changes then please tell us about it so we can change the image.

How to change the random bookshelf display

You should be aware that your browser has a 'cache' that speeds up loading of pages already seen. So while the selection of books displayed on the bookshelf of any of our pages changes each time you visit the page, if your browser delivers the page from cache - because you have recently opened that page - you may not be aware of this. You can control this by changing the default settings. In Internet Explorer, select Tools > Internet Options, and then select the 'Settings' button within the 'Temporary internet files' field on the page displayed with the 'General' tab. Set this to 'Every visit to page' to ensure it no longer relies on the cache copy. With this set-up, holding SHIFT while you click on the browser 'Refresh' button should normally force the page to be reloaded - and you will then see the effect of different books being stacked on the shelf for any given page. This is your proof that your book can appear on any bookshelf page. When and where it appears, however, when the page address does not include a query string is down to chance.

Another way is to start at Ed's Index and then keep working through different pages with the yellow right-arrow; because the browser sees completely different pages it produces a new random display each time - until they repeat and you may then get an old cached image. From time to time you will see your book displayed. It will appear, in due course, on every bookshelf page.

How to renew your promotion - and get a discount

We will remind you when your book is due for expiry about 7-10 days before this happens. But if you wish to renew and save us some administration by renewing 14 days or more prior to the expiry date, then you can deduct a self-renewal discount of 10% from the current prices for Author or Publisher, as appropriate. Check the latest prices first.

To renew your display, simply open the the payment form and enter data as shown below. (Please note that this can only be used to renew an individual book. If you have several books to renew, or have any problems with the form, please contact us with your requirements first - better than 14 days before expiry if you want a self-renewal discount!)

Order ID:

Enter your given Order ID followed by 'R', retaining the originating date that is a permanent part of the Order ID
(eg james-holland-04jul2005R).
This enables us to get back to the original information you supplied - by date.

Total Amount (GBP):

Enter calculated amount less 10% (if within 14 days prior to expiry) - else enter calculated amount.

Thank you for your renewal. We look forward to helping you to sell even more books.

Tulagi Hotel
Heikki Hietala
A wonderful novel which follows the life of ace US Marine fighter pilot Jack McGuire. Trying to rebuild his life post WW2, he moves to the Solomon Islands, where he builds a hotel on an island he flew over in his combat years. From his days on the family farm and the trauma of the loss of his twin brother, through flying school to his war service and retirement, we share his hopes and disappointments, his exhilarations and despairs.
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Life of Pi
Yann Martel
Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths...
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The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho
A simple fable, based on simple truths and places in a highly unique situation. An Andalusian shepherd boy one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. Then he's off, leaving Spain, literally following his dream.
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Mark Haddon
A murder mystery - told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole! 15-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted but socially hopeless, taking everything at face value. He resolves to discover who has murdered Wellington the dog.
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Please note that book covers may vary from those shown above