Crow Court

By Andy Charman

A novel of short stories set in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, in the 19th century.

Friday, 3 April 2020

New Pledge - Writer Coaching Session Rewards

Dear Subscribers,

I hope you—and all those dear to you—are well and staying safe and comfortable.

This is a brief update about some new pledge levels. I know you have already pledged in support of Crow Court, and we are very grateful for both your support and your patience, but I wanted to let you know about the new pledge levels and new rewards, and to explain the reason for adding them at this stage.

A little while ago, you heard that Unbound took the decision to upgrade Crow Court from paperback to a hardback. They are planning to get behind it with some publicity and a marketing push. This arises because they are really excited about Crow Court as work of fiction and believe it has strong potential. Small publishers like Unbound have limited budgets when it comes to marketing, so to fund as much of an effort as possible I agreed with them to continue to build funding beyond 100%. The more we can add, the greater push Unbound will be able to afford. They want to draw attention from booksellers, reviewers and retailers. I’ll be putting time and energy into this over the coming weeks, so I hope the new pledge rewards are of interest and you can find a way, either by alerting others or by further pledges yourself, to help us reach out beyond 100%!

The new pledge rewards offer writer-coaching sessions. This could be one stand-alone telephone coaching session (for price £50 including hardback first edition) or an introductory session and two follow-up sessions (price £75, including hardback first edition). All coaching sessions would be over the phone.

As well as having many years’ writing experience, I am also a certified NLP Coach and NLP Master Practitioner. The NLP approach to coaching rests on the notion that the coaching subject knows what is best for their own development and so coaching becomes exercise in finding a way to remove the mental, psychological and practical barriers to success. This means that, as a coach, my knowledge of writing is largely irrelevant because the focus is on finding the method that works for the subject. This style of coaching can help authors at pretty much all levels—from beginners to established novelists—to refine their approach, hone their craft and achieve their goals while enjoying the writing of fiction. I have had a coach for years and that partnership has made a huge difference to my development as a writer, so I’d like to pass the benefit on. So whether you’d like this for yourself, or as a gift for the writer in your life, please check out the new pledges!

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Toni Smerdon
 Toni Smerdon says:

Lovely to see that you are now able to pre-order 'Crow Court' at Waterstones. I love their description of the novel: "Crow Court is a masterful novel that brings the town of Wimborne to life amidst a rich cacophony of voices, exploring the crossroads of superstition, religion and righteousness in the face of waning faith".
So looking forward to reading it in due course.

posted 3rd April 2020

Andy Charman
 Andy Charman says:

Yes I was surprised and (mostly) delighted to see that in Waterstones. They may have to make some amendments because the publication has been changed to hardback first edition and the publication date has been pushed back a little too! Happily Unbound subscribers won't be affected!

posted 3rd April 2020

Toni Smerdon
 Toni Smerdon says:

I am sure they will be happy to make those changes as it does not affect the quality of the finished product.

posted 3rd April 2020

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