Wednesday, 5 December 2018
The Pigeonhole, and what it means
The shutters have come down on pledges and patron lists; if you've pledged to the crowdfunding then you're officially in the cool club as project supporters for East of England, and we're not taking on any more new members because the book's being readied to be printed and distributed.
That said, there's an opportunity for you to preview the book in advance thanks to digital technology and a virtual book club called The Pigeonhole.
I've written a longer blog post explaining what it is that The Pigeonhole does, but the basics are this. It's an app for smartphone (Android and Apple versions are available) that allows you to read selected books in advance of their release for free. East of England's been selected for this, and will debut on The Pigeonhole on 4th January. What the app does is to divide the book up into ten daily reading chunks, and release them on consecutive days, so you get access to a serialised book in segments.
There's more about this here from me. All the details you should need are there.
It's entirely free for readers. You can book a place to read East of England now via The Pigeonhole's website. Places are limited, though, so get on board sooner rather than later if this sounds like something you're interested in.
The whole purpose of this from my end of things is to get the book to readers who might not otherwise access it, and to generate reviews from folk in advance of the publication date. As you'll find in the app, the experience is designed to be interactive, so - if you want - you can comment on the text, engage with other readers, form your own virtual book clubs and do all manner of things. When East of England premieres on The Pigeonhole, I'll be reading along and will be answering questions as we go.
Thanks for reading!