Friday, 1 June 2018
Dear friends, patrons, supporters…
A Thing of the Moment has gone to press and will have Monday 5th June as its formal date of publication.
Over the next few days you will receive one email from Unbound informing you that the e-book is available to download and another requesting you confirm or edit your address. (You must do this even though the address they have for you is correct or the…
Very nearly nearly there
Sunday, 17 December 2017
This time last year I was crowdfunding A Thing of the Moment and you had received my begging email - and funded me fully in 14 days - an Unbound record? I don’t know for sure but I’d like to think so. Anyway, again: thank you. Very, very much.
I bet you never thought it would take so long to get a book published! Neither did I. Here’s an explanation of where the year has gone.
Please leave your ego at the door
Saturday, 1 July 2017
I am up to my knees in blood.
You know the expression - “killing your babies”. It’s what the literary trade terms cutting your favourite sentences out, editing your book ruthlessly. It’s what I’ve been doing these last few weeks, as advised by Elizabeth, my editor. Believe me, we’re talking mass murder here, the slaughter of innocent sentences by the dozen. Something like this…
On editing and a new Unbound novel
Monday, 27 March 2017
I think an update is long overdue! Sorry...
I received my first editorial feedback six weeks ago and have been editing and revising A Thing of the Moment broadly in line with the recommendations of Elizabeth _________ (my Unbound-assigned editor) that came in the form of five sides of A4 with the following headings: “Structure and Plotting”, “Pacing/Tension”, “Characters” and “Language”. Elizabeth…
A Thing of the Moment is now fully funded.
Friday, 16 December 2016
Dear friends and supporters
A Thing of the Moment is now fully funded. A heartfelt Thank you.
I am as touched by friends who have proved their kindness and given me their support as I am pleased by strangers who, by their pledging, have indicated that they see something of value in my synopsis and in the excerpts I posted.
In either case, thank you! Thank you for having pledged, for having…
The choice of excerpt
Monday, 12 December 2016
I've changed the excerpt. Two readers (who have read the book in its entirety) thought to tell me they considered it unrepresentative of the book as a whole. One found my choice of excerpt too "dark" and said that the book carries more optimism than that excerpt suggests. Another thought it too "masculine", when the voices are actually all women's, adding, "and no-one will look Rorschach inkblot…
Strap lines, titles, philosophy and two Unbounders
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
I sometimes think it harder to write the ‘blurb’ or strap line for a book than the book itself.
For the strap line, I had wanted two sentences from John Gray’s Straw Dogs: “The I is a thing of the moment, and yet our lives are ruled by it. We cannot rid ourselves of this inexistent thing.”
Clearly, that’s where my novel’s title is from but I had to wait for permission from The Wylie Agency…
About the rewards
Sunday, 4 December 2016
What on earth is “the author’s shed”? I asked myself the same question. Given that part of the deal is that my supporters get immediate access to it, I thought it best to find out and to put something in it – here it is.
The shed is essentially a project blog to which I can add exclusive content, project updates, excerpts from the book – in short, anything I like.
I thought that for…