The English comic novel: not dead, just sleeping it off.
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
When someone writes a think-piece asking "Is the Novel Dead?" they often mean "Is MY novel Dead?" It's a reasonable question. The people who write these things are usually literary authors with a new book out, who make some of their living by writing reviews and columns for broadsheet newspapers. So, a dying breed. The broadsheet newspapers, I mean, not the authors. Good luck to them, and long may…
HURRY, WHILE BOOKS LAST!
Friday, 11 November 2016
It's hard to know where civilization is headed right now but we'll probably need books when we get there. Books, and candles to read them by. And don't forget matches. Also warm clothes, canned food, water, medicine, livestock, seeds, generators, fuel, weapons, ammunition, and barbed wire.
I'm talking about actual, printed books. For all I know, e-books may still exist after Armageddon, dwelling…
Thursday, 25 August 2016
My story, The Spots, is one of SIX SCARY STORIES SELECTED AND INTRODUCED BY STEPHEN KING that's NOW OUT as an e-book from Hodder in the UK, soon available in print from the US publishers. You can buy it here for £1.99:
Very shortly I'l be posting a short extract from the story in the…
What are the odds?!!
Monday, 15 August 2016
Back in February I wrote a post about Coleridge, who appears in my novel, and described how he and Wordsworth were once mistaken for French spies. I also mentioned a radio play I wrote about this, starring Bill Nighy, Graeme Garden and Martin Clunes. Well, NOW and for the next 11 days it's being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. What a nice coincidence!
Dead Women and Rehab: Who Writes the Story?
Thursday, 9 June 2016
One reason for calling my novel Dead Writers in Rehab was to deflect questions from people asking what my book is about. I thought that putting the answer in the title might save time. However, some people still ask what it's about. When they do, I enquire if they're familiar with the film, Snakes on a Plane. They always say they are. "Okay," I say, "do you know what that film is about?" "Ah," they…
NOW LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
Congratulations, we're publishing a book! And it's all because of you.
My novel, Dead Writers in Rehab, is now fully funded. I'm so happy the book is going to come out, and I'm truly grateful to every one of you for helping to fund it, and for your support and encouragement. It means a huge amount to me.
And guess what? I don't want you stop.
People can still pledge, and get…
NEW! SPECIAL PRIZE DRAW - WIN DINNER WITH AN ACTUAL WRITER!
Monday, 9 May 2016
Having dinner with a writer and not paying for it is unheard of. But this offer is probably as close as you'll ever get. All you have to do is upgrade your existing pledge, even if it's only to the next level.
I thought all five places for a special Dinner With The Author were booked, but owing to my incompetence there is one seat left at the table. The other four have been snapped up at £100 a…
ALWAYS BE YOURSELF, AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE.
Sunday, 3 April 2016
This is Sid, alias Sailor Boy. He's a ventriloquist doll. A doll, not a dummy: Sid, like all vent dolls, doesn't like being called a dummy. Please don't annoy him. I want him to be on his best behaviour when he comes to the launch party for my novel, Dead Writers in Rehab. If you'd like to come to the party, and meet Sid, there are places left. Pledge, and you'll get two tickets, plus a signed…
Fitness tips for writers, and is death such a bad alternative?
Friday, 25 March 2016
The following vital advice about trying not to drop dead at your desk as a result of your unhealthy lifestyle is from an unpublished self-help book by The Writertype:
"HOW TO DO WRITING - The only writing advice you'll never not need."
In many ways a writer is like an athlete. Except that a writer sits around all day and doesn't get much exercise. And athletes tend to be better…
AMAZING OFFER - LEARN TO WRITE FUNNY.
Monday, 7 March 2016
This a one-off chance to attend a very popular Comedy Writing workshop that I stopped running over a year ago, to focus on more specialised workshops. But this is the Daddy: a total workout of comedy writing essentials, all in one day.
Have you pledged for my book? If not, this is another reason to do so. (If you've already pledged, thank you, and did you know you can raise the level…
HOW TO DO WRITING - GETTING STARTED IN THE BEGINNING
Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Here is ANOTHER extract from the as-yet unpublished book by The Writertype:
"How To Do Writing - the only writing advice you'll never not need"
This extract is a useful guide to getting started at doing writing. It covers WHAT YOU WILL NEED.
1. Somewhere to write.
Try to find a large, quiet space with natural light and a nice view. If you do, sell it immediately. Forget…
HOW TO HAVE AN IDEA
Thursday, 18 February 2016
The following is an extract from an as-yet-unpublished book by The Wrtitertype, entitled:
HOW TO DO WRITING - the only writing advice you'll never not need.
Once you have an idea you may not be able to get rid of it. You can't simply take an unwanted idea into the forest, tie it to a tree and go home, like you would with a dog. Or shave it, like a beard. Or a dog…
"The name's Coleridge... Samuel Taylor Coleridge."
Thursday, 4 February 2016
WAS COLERIDGE A SPY?
You probably know Coleridge had an opium habit. There's a very revealing note he wrote to his apothecary – effectively his dealer – that illustrates this. We're offering a limited number of facsimiles of this rare document as one of the rewards you can receive for supporting Dead Writers in Rehab, in which the extraordinary poet appears as a character.
But did you know that…
Welcome to my writer's shed, do you like what I've done with the place?
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Come in, come in, don't mind the dog, that's just his way of showing he likes you. Oh, he seems to have got overexcited, sorry about that, I'll get a cloth. Or would you like to take those trousers off and I'll sponge them down? All right, please yourself. Right, gather round the fire, pull up a comfortable view on your device. Firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has pledged for…