Monday, 7 December 2015
Pottering in other sheds
I haven't written anything in this shed for a while because I've been pottering in some other sheds.
Firstly, Dr Sue Black's Saving Bletchley Park, which I contributed a large chunk of research and writing to, is being sent out to subscribers next week and will be in the shops early next year.
Secondly, my next book Why Did The Policeman Cross The Road? is fully funded and will be hitting the shops in May. if you're a subscriber, you'll get it earlier.
Thirdly, my first novel for Unbound, a comedy murder mystery farce called A Murder To Die For is now taking pledges. If all goes to plan and it gets funded, it could be in the shops this time next year :)
Lastly, you can now get your hands on an exclusive expanded edition of my first book, Joined-Up Thinking, here at Unbound.
In 2008, the book was published with Pan Macmillan. And it did okay. But not great. The problem was that despite rave reviews like these ...
‘I found myself fascinated and somewhat dizzy. Most impressive’ – Stephen Fry
‘Dizzily intriguing’ – The Bookseller
‘Quite simply the best way to spend time when not shopping, sleeping or preparing food’ – Tony Hawks (author of Around Ireland with a Fridge)
‘This is not a stocking filler – this is a real book. Buy several copies and keep one’ – Daily Telegraph
‘The book’s packed with great info, from the derivation of the phrase ‘letting the cat out of the bag’ to the name for the thin bits of a cricket bail. Spigots, since you ask’ – Mark Mason (author of The Importance of being Trivial)
‘If you’ve ever looked at the Eiffel Tower and wondered how it’s related to Dracula, then Stevyn Colgan is your man. Yes, it’s trivia porn’ – London Lite
‘He connects each piece of his puzzle in a concise, chatty, easy to follow, even logical, manner. Colgan has the knack of making it all sound intensely fascinating’ – New Zealand Herald
‘Stevyn Colgan has a theory; everything in the world can be connected through “six degrees of information”. Trying to prove it takes us up some strange alleys but his engaging style means we don’t get stuck down the road of intellectual whimsy’ – Maxim
... and lots of lovely readers' reviews, the book came out at exactly the wrong time. The e-book had arrived, online book sales had massively increased, several major bookshop chains like Dillons, Ottakars, Books etc. and Borders had collapsed and the publishing industry was in turmoil. Therefore, in an effort to boost sales and bolster their defences, the remaining retailers decided to push only dead cert bestsellers. Consequently all you could find in the shops were celebrity autobiographies and fiction by long-stablished authors. The newbies like me got no marketing, no exposure and, as the result, no one knew the book existed.
Pan Macmillan, for their part, were very supportive and apologetic for the fact that my book had been released pretty much unannounced. So much so that they kindly let the rights to the book revert back to me in 2013,
You can, of course, still get the hardback and paperback editions of Joined-Up Thinking in shops and online. However, as it happens, when the rights reverted to me I'd already launched its sequel - what became Constable Colgan's Connectoscope - here with Unbound. So, what I decided to do was to revise Joined-Up Thinking, update it, add a bunch of new facts and make it available as an e-book.
So now you can get both volumes, here, at Unbound. Here's the link to Joined-Up Thinking.
And have a great Christmas!