Monday, 14 March 2016
Now we are Sixty
A massive thank-you to all supporters! We have reached 30% of the target in just over a month, which is a really big milestone. I know there’s still a long way to go, but it feels somehow that the momentum is building. Mister Woodreeve is almost one-third of the way to being transformed from a figment of my imagination into a real character in a published novel.
And now there are sixty of you! As well as friends from school and university, recent local supporters come from Hexham, from my wife Caroline’s circle dancing group – and from her mum too, thanks Jean! So, many thanks to Janet, Peter and Margaret, Keith, Rosemary, David, Ruth, Jane, Mary, Liz, Julie and cousin John.
There are other people to thank as well. While I was working on Mister Woodreeve’s Reflection, five friends kindly volunteered to read a draft version. They all came back with helpful comments which prompted me to make improvements, from plotting to punctuation. So I’m very grateful to Philippa Collingwood, Claire Costello, Alan Ram, Christopher Tolan-Smith and Barbara Wilson. They’re also supporting the novel by becoming patrons – thank you again!
Two more friends have now read the typescript and enjoyed it. One of them said she couldn’t put it down! They are of course sworn to secrecy about the outcome – it wouldn’t do for news to get out about what happens to Emma and Mister Woodreeve before we have reached our funding target.
Here comes the advert. If each of you could tell just two friends about this mysterious novel you are supporting – and encourage them to visit the Unbound website (or simply Google ‘mister woodreeve’), that would be wonderful. If those two friends supported the novel as well as you, we would move from 30% to 90% as if by magic – and the target would be well within reach. Thanks again, literary patrons!