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Sunday, 8 November 2020
Hi there, pledgers, readers and all round good people,
Haven't updated you on here for a while. Truth is, I've been busy promoting Note to Boy. Last week I took part in a Zoomed book club event. Very enjoyable, once we'd negotiated the usual technical shenanigans. It's great to 'meet' readers and hear what they took from Note to Boy. I'm glad to say, this delightful group all enjoyed…
Did you get your Note to Boy?
Saturday, 8 August 2020
If you haven't yet received your expected copy of Note to Boy, please let me know. Or, if you question my efficiency - how could you!? - contact firstname.lastname@example.org One of us should be able to help you. I'll leave it to you to guess which one!
If you did receive it and thought it a half decent - or indeed indecent - read, please take a few minutes to post a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter…
Note to Boy is launched!
Sunday, 26 July 2020
We did it! It's out there! Note to Boy was published on 23 July 2020 and is now available, well, just about all over the place!
If you weren't able to be at the virtual launch - or the Zoom bouncer didn't like the look of you - and would like to see me wittering on, you can watch the interview between me and the ever-charming comedy legend that is Paul Mayhew Archer (Vicar of Dibley…
Virtually there! See what I did there?
Thursday, 9 July 2020
Note to Boy will be published on 23rd July. Sadly, something - I forget what - has kyboshed any plans I had for an actual launch party but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate. A virtual launch will take place via Zoom on 23rd July at 7pm, courtesy of the lovely people at Mostly Books in Abingdon.
I’d love it if all you generous - not to mention patient - pledgers could be there. The canapés may…
Save the date!
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Put a note in your diary. Circle the date on your calendar. The virtual launch of Note to Boy will take place on the evening of THURSDAY 23 JULY. You're all invited!
Mostly Books of Abingdon will be hosting and a celebrity guest will be interviewing me. There'll be imaginary twiglets and CGI cocktails galore.
Details of how to RSVP will follow, just as soon as I work out how to do it!
Publication day draws ever nearer
Monday, 22 June 2020
Hello my lovely supporters! Just a quick note to confirm that all is in place for the July 23 publication of Note to Boy. I'm talking to a bookshop this week about arranging a virtual launch - the original plan for a 'bit of a do' in the shop having been scuppered by something. I forget what. Hope to be able to let you know more soon.
In the meantime ... book reviews. Do you write and post them…
Note to Boy featured on fun podcast - have a listen!
Monday, 11 May 2020
Would you like to hear me pontificate about comedy writing? Of course you would! Here I am talking to the excellent Stevyn Colgan and Paul Waters for their podcast We'd Like a Word. Also featured - and much more eloquent than I - is the rom com queen Mary Jayne Baker, though as you will hear, she has several other names. It was fun to do and I think it's a fun listen. But then I would, wouldn't I?…
Always judge a book by its cover!
Sunday, 3 May 2020
Today I am very happy to reveal to you the stunning cover design for Note to Boy, created by the brilliant Mecob. I asked for bold and that is what I got. Could not be more thrilled with the outcome.
Can you bear more excitement, my loyal, generous and patient supporters? I hope so because I now have a confirmed publication date for the book. 9 July is the big day, folks. Though the launch…
The final countdown
Friday, 3 April 2020
Note to Boy is nearing the end of its (long) journey to publication. Hooray! This means that this is the final, final chance for anyone to get their names in the list of supporters.
If you - or someone you know - is in need of a book to lift their spirits, an adventure with Eloise and Bradley could be just the ticket. Order now and they will get their names in the list of supporters. The list…
Team Note to Boy getting very excited now!
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Things are hotting up on Note to Boy, although you'll have to wait just a little while longer before you can hold your copy in your eager mitts.
The fact is, Unboound has an embarrassment of riches on offer to its readers this summer. To give each book the time and attention it deserves, its publication schedule has been tweaked. Note to Boy will now be hitting the bookshops in JULY 2020.
Final final final (& another final for luck) proof
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Have you been anxiously awaiting news on Note to Boy's journey to publication? Well, here it is. I've received an already thrice-proofed PDF of the manuscript to check for a final, final, final, FINAL time. After that, the die is cast.
I'm going to proof the hell out of it this weekend, in case any typos or other nasties have crept in, but otherwise, this is the version that will soon be going…
Wow! This is getting proper exciting!
Thursday, 2 January 2020
Guess what I'm up to? I'm filling in a questionnaire to help inspire a designer to come up with some zingy ideas for the cover of Note to Boy. How thrilling is that?
What are the themes of the book? What images and colours might evoke it, and why? What are its recurring motifs and symbols? These are some of the questions that have had me scratching my post-festivities fuddled head.
Seldom to be repeated Book Friday (not Black Friday) offer
Friday, 29 November 2019
Oh no! I meant to back Sue Clark's hilarious comedy fiction, Note to Boy, but I forgot/ran out of money/never thought she'd actually do it. And now it's too late. No it's not!!
Is this you? Or someone you know? I'm here to tell you that you haven't missed the boat. Note to Boy might be (it is!) 100% funded and well on its way to publication in spring 2020, but you can still preorder copies. Furthermore…
Why's it taking so flipping long?
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
'Tis the season for quince jelly, made by my own fair hand. And for an update on Note to Boy. 'Isn't it ready yet?' my faithfull pledgers cry, like impatient five-year-olds on a car journey to Bognor Regis. So I thought I'd explain what's taking so flipping long - and why this is a GOOD THING.
Like all the best publishers, Unbound makes its books jump through many hoops before you receive them…
The Day I Went Head-to-Head With John Humphrys
Friday, 4 October 2019
Even a decade ago, his reputation was fearsome. Smug industrialists, vapid celebrities, pompous academics, complacent clergy and slippery politicians all wilted under his relentless interrogations. Morning after morning, John Humphrys chewed them up and spat them out, before most of us had spooned down our soggy Choco-crispies. Now it was my turn for a grilling.
Luckily, it was a phone interview…
Note to Boy begins its journey
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
A very quick note to let you know I've submitted the manuscript of Note to Boy to Unbound for the editing process to begin. Exciting! I wonder what the lovely people there will make of Eloise and Bradley. Watch this space!
I couldn't have done if without the 169 of you. So, once more, thanks for your support, belief and patience. And just a reminder that copies can still be pre…
A note to pledgers about NOTE TO BOY
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Phew, we did it! Yes, it's true. I didn't dream it. My comedy fiction is 100% funded. Now it's onwards and upwards to publication.
What happens next, you might ask? Good question. Well, first the manuscript - which I finished writing quite a while ago - has to go off to Unbound so the lovely people there can take a forensic look at it. How will Bradley and Eloise fare? I'll let you know.
We got there!
Friday, 9 August 2019
I'll keep this brief. Yaaaaaaaaay!!
Note to Boy is as of today 100% funded thanks to you, my 169 lovely backers. It's been an up and down experience. Crowdfunding, let me tell you, is not as easy as it looks; and it looks flipping difficult. Sometimes I wondered what the hell I was doing. Most of the time, actually. But it's been worth it for this feeling.
Note to Boy will happen. Bradley and…
Countdown to lift-off!
Monday, 29 July 2019
Time's running out if you want to be part of my comedy fiction Note to Boy. The crowdfunding final countdown - cue cheesey music - begins today and will END, come what may, in under two weeks on FRIDAY 9th AUGUST.
Not long to go if you want to get your name in the book. I'd love to have you on board.
If you've already supported the novel, a thousand thanks. Cheeky thought. Have…
Nostalgia for something that doesn't exist - yet!
Friday, 19 July 2019
What's the word for yearning for something that never existed? Took myself to London to soak up some Sixties nostalgia at the Victoria & Albert Museum. It was the Mary Quant designs that were drawing the crowds but I was unhappy. Something was missing. Or rather, someone.
Where was Eloise Slaughter and her shock frocks? The Rag Bag dresses? The Elephant Woman wedding gown? In comparison, the Quant…
Tick-tock tick-tock, time is running out
Monday, 8 July 2019
Friends, I have news. Me and my comedy novel have now scaled the giddy heights of 94%. I'll say that again. 94%!!! Not quite there yet but close enough to see the finishing line. With luck, a fair wind and your continued support, Note to Boy should be starting on the last leg of its journey to publication later this summer.
So this message is to thank again those 150-something lovely people…
It’s a hard life
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Why do we put ourselves through it? Having seen my debut comedy novel Note to Boy almost on its way at 84% crowdfunded, I am now starting the whole process all over again. This Is me, slaving away on the current work.
Bring it on, Dame Hilary!
Thursday, 30 May 2019
So Hilary Mantel's much-awaited final novel about the life of controversial statesman Thomas Cromwell is due to be published in March 2020. By coincidence, my own much-awaited comedy novel, about the life of controversial fashion guru and Swinging Sixties celeb Eloise Slaughter could, given a fair wind (and a few more pledges), hit the bookshops at around the same time.
The big question is…
The Results Are In
Thursday, 23 May 2019
The Note to Boy grand prize draw has taken place! No expense was spared to ensure fairness. The latest hi-tech, laser-powered randomiser crayons (£3.99) were employed, and a celebrity guest invited to make the draw. Two lucky winners will be contacted soon. Congratulations!
Our celebrity guest took her task very seriously, as you can see.
PS Note to Boy is presently scaling the giddy heights…
80% - ALMOST there!
Sunday, 12 May 2019
'Thrice blessed are they... erm...' I forget the rest of the Baldy of Stratford's quote but I really couldn't care less, because I am feeling thrice blessed. I'll tell you why.
1. Note to Boy hit a humungous milestone last week. 80% funded and surely on the home straight! Cue, jumping around and a certain amount of childish squealing and wine glugging.
2. Unbound is running a promo all…
Monday, 29 April 2019
Note to Boy is at 79% Amazing! So amazing I can hardly believe myself that 144 lovely people have backed my book. To thank them (that is, you!) I’m running a prize draw competition. Two lucky people will win ... what? Why, books of course.
Everyone who’s already preordered my comic novel or does so from now until I have 150 supporters will be entered into the draw. TWO lucky people, picked…
Things are hotting up here on Planet Note to Boy.
Friday, 5 April 2019
Snakes alive, we're at 75!*
My debut novel has reached 75% crowdfunded. That’s right. And it’s thanks to my lovely supporters, all 141 of you, who have pre-ordered a copy of the book from Unbound. One more push and a few more pledges will see it reach 100% and from there onto publication and out into the the big, wide world. How exciting will that be?!
Thank you, thank you to everyone who…
Maths, cats’ rear-ends and John Humprhys
Friday, 1 March 2019
Yaay! Note to Boy has reached 74% funded. That's almost three-quarters, right? Thank you everyone who's shown such faith in me. By my calculations I just need another 37.333 backers to come forward and we'll be there. Actually, I just made that up. I've no idea how many more supporters it will take to reach 100%, just that it's fewer than last week.
Maths, you see, is not my thing. Writing…
Note to Boy on the air!
Friday, 8 February 2019
I’ve got the trousers but where the hell's the jumper? And why is it raining, today of all days? I’m not panicking. I am not. I am going to stay calm and mindful, as Ruby Wax advises in her wise books.
What’s happening? I’ve been asked by Radio Oxford to do a live interview about Note to Boy, that’s what. And I’m caught on the hop. Even though I sent them a press release offering to do an interview…
69 - oo-er, missus!
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Sorry about the dullness of this image, dear readers. It was either this or unadulterated filth.
Let me explain. Note to Boy is at 69%, after a rush of January pledges. A cause of considerable joy. My thanks to those who, full of post-Christmas bonhomie, have backed my book. As we approach the three-quarters mark (I’m rounding up quite generously here) it seems its publication may be a reality…
The Last Mincer in the Fridge
Saturday, 29 December 2018
Well, boys and girls, did you survive? Are you retrenching, ready for New Year’s Eve? Did you, like me, find when everyone had gone that one lonely mince pie was quietly going stale in the fridge door?
When you come to read Note to Boy (which can’t be too long now. See note at the bottom for progress report) you’ll discover that Eloise and Bradley were so keen to celebrate Christmas, they brought…
A present that's better than pants
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Just look at those puppy dog eyes! This is a blatant appeal on behalf of a truly worthy cause. This Christmas, instead of novelty pants, fluffy slippers or handkerchiefs, why not give your friends and family the lasting pleasure of something wonderful to cuddle up with on the sofa. Yes, I'm talking about offering a forever home to an Unbound book on the 'still funding' list.
Through no fault…
It's beginning to feel a lot like ...
Saturday, 3 November 2018
No, not what you think. I was going to say .... getting published. ***
That's right folks. Note to Boy is now 64% of the way towards publication, with 125 wonderful people backing it. Thank you, one and all. In celebration, here's a little snippet-ette from the novel, to whet your appetites.
*** PS Your eyes do not deceive. Lurking in the background of this stylish shot are two packs of…
Peace, man! Let’s go back to the sixties
Thursday, 25 October 2018
People sometimes ask me - all right, one person once asked me and she was backed into a corner and couldn’t escape - how I did my research for the Swinging London section of my book, Note to Boy? Easy, I responded, releasing her arm from my iron grip, I lived it.
You can read more about my Flower Power past, when my elephant jeans were as wide as they were long, in this lovely interview by the…
Mistress Clark’s Diary - October 2018, Waterstones Emporium of Literature
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
Up betimes, by carriage to Nottingham and thence to The Curious Tavern where met with sundry entertaining scribes, scribblers and wits allied to the crowfundingly glorious company Unbound.
Gathering in the following forenoon we traversed the city to Waterstones Esteemed Book Emporium for a day of exceeding pleasant discussion, readings and bantz. Much erudition and laughter on display - as well…
Sixty per cent!
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Wow! Note to Boy is now 60% funded. That's more than halfway, right? Almost two-thirds. Won't be long before it's three-quarters. And then ... and then....
Boundless thanks to all who've helped me get this far, particularly those loyal folks who've recently upgraded their pledges or donated.
In a little under two weeks, I'll be part of an exciting and unique Unbound authors' event at Waterstones…
Slow and steady wins the race*
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Not so much Usain Bolt as Shinzo Kanakuri. You must know him! You don’t? He’s the man who holds the record for the world’s slowest Olympic marathon. (More than 54 years, since you ask. Even I might do better than that. If I had the wind behind me.) To get back to the matter in hand, progress on Note to Boy is slow but steady. I’m pleased to report that Note to Boy is now 57% funded.
I have a few…
Passing the great milestone of 120 backers - and another thing!
Monday, 20 August 2018
Two very exciting things happened today.
Firstly, we reached the fantastic milestone of 120 backers. That means 120 people - some of whom I haven't even blackmailed - have put their pledges where their mouths are. I can't thank this lovely 120th pledger in person because he or she has decided to remain anon, but I do thank them - and all of you - through this Update and the medium of a little victory…
Harken! Eloise would like a few words
Thursday, 26 July 2018
There are two main characters in Note to Boy. Bradley and Eloise. Seems to me (but I'm only the writer after all) that Bradley has had it too much his own way. We haven't heard from Eloise. And believe me, she always has plenty to say. Except when she's in a monumental sulk. Then she doesn't speak for days.
So below. Eloise lets rip. But before she does, just time to say a very big thank you to…
Be In The Book While You Can
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Hi Lovely Supporters,
Thanks to the generosity of someone who's just pledged to name a character in the book, Note to Boy has now reached the magnificent total of 54% funded, with 111 backers.
Do you fancy being immortalised in print? If you've always secretly hankered after being a 1960s fashion model, a lairy modern teenager, a lawyer with flexible principles, or one of the other colourful…
Thanks Ewan. Your books will soon be on their way.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
This motley collection of 1960s-themed books will soon be winging its way to the generous backer who edged Note to Boy past the 50% mark. These are some of the titles I read for background amusement - it would be a stretch to call it research - in writing my comic novel. Thanks so much to Ewan, and to all my generous supporters. Only another 50% to go!
Hooray and Huzzah, halfway there!
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Very excited to report that Note to Boy is now halfway to publication. Yes,, we crossed the 50% point this very day, thanks to the generosity of a discerning backer called Ewan.
As his reward he will shortly be receiving a bundle of well-thumbed tomes on 1960s fashion which I used in what I laughingly call ‘research’ for the book. It’s comic fiction, right? It doesn’t have to be historically accurate…
Teetering on the brink of the edge of almost tipping over into halfway there!
Thursday, 10 May 2018
NOTE TO BOY is 49% of the way to publication. For those of a mathematical bent, that means a gnat’s crotchet away from halfway. Next comes a big one. 50%. Who will be the lucky person to receive a bundle of 1960s related books, as an reward for getting us to 50%? All it takes is a click on Pledge. And you get a special edition, personalised copy of the book too! A cool and hip offer.
100 backers and counting!
Monday, 30 April 2018
One hundred backers! I never thought when I set off on this journey into the unknown with Unbound that I would be able to persuade, cajole, nag and blackmail one hundred people to pledge support for my book. But I did. And you have. Thank you, thank you, thank every single, wonderful one of you.
Now, I've never climbed a mountain and probably never will, but I've seen Touching the Void twice…
How many gin puns can you think of?
Friday, 27 April 2018
Many GINiuses have been GINspired by the juniper-flavoured drink to create puns to help them GIN and bear the GINsanities of life. OK. I'll stop now. You can have too much of a good thing after all. But you get my drift. Puns about gin abound.
One of the main characters in Note to Boy, Eloise Slaughter, is very fond of a cheeky G&T. In order to research her character and ensure authenticity…
Less than 3% off halfway - and your chance to win an outrageous prize!
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Listen up. I have a special treat for someone. Only 3% to go before we reach halfway. As encouragement to reach that magical point, I'm offering my copy of the autobiography, Moll: Making Of Molly Parkin, to the lucky person whose pledge tips the total over to 50%.
Who is Molly Parkin? In the 1960s she was a fashion celebrity and hell-raiser, promiscuous, potty mouthed and a total one-off. At…
It's A Numbers Game
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Unbound Authors are obsessed with numbers. How many people follow them, like their posts, retweet their tweets?. How many people have backed them with pledges? And the biggie, what percentage funding have they reached?
For a while now I've been obsessed with getting to 50% funding. Somehow, I feel once I'm halfway to being fully funded, the road to publication will become less bumpy. I stare at…
Is there STAWberry jam still for tea?
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Am I weird? I enjoy the editing part of writing a novel. Creating a draft is either a feverish affair, as my brain and fingers struggle to keep up with my ideas, or else a painful slog when the ideas seem buried deep, encased in concrete, under a motorway bridge.
With editing, you've got something tangible to knock into shape, like bashing a baggy slab of dough. OK, so whole sentences, paragaphs…
Naming of names
Sunday, 11 March 2018
I’ve often wondered if I should use a pen name. There are some lovely, colourful and exotic monikers among the Unbound community. And Sue Clark isn’t exactly unusual or memorable. But it is my actual name.
What if I called myself Tallula Featherstone Witty or B K Broomhead? Would it improve my reader (and pledge) appeal? I know some authors change their names almost as often as they change…
Life begins at 40 ... %!
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
OK. I know it's not a great headline but I'm too excited to come up with another. After languishing in the 30s for a while, thrillingly, Note to Boy left 40% eating dust and is now resting (temporarily, of course) at 41%. That's more than two-fifths of the way to publication, people. Or, for those of a more precise mathematical nature, damned near to nudging halfway.
So, yaaaay! And thank you to…
Scrappy scripts and messy manuscripts
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Browsing through other Unbound authors' pages, I discovered several offer as rewards early drafts of their manuscripts. How brave of them. They must be better organised than me. I mean, who in their right mind would pledge to own the bundle of scrappy papers, post-it notes, cuttings and scrawls that eventually turned itself into Note to Boy? Exactly!
Thank you pledgers! We're getting close to halfway…
What do you know? My eternal gratitude has been claimed!
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
You're too late. It's gone. My eternal gratitude is no longer up for grabs. An anonymous supporter has generously pledged for it. I'm still trying to work out who it could be? Cillian Murphy? Ian McEwan? Richard Curtis? The woman down the road with the fluffy dogs? More seriously, I'm wondering how I'm going to be able to write a personal dedication to a person who's anonymous. Whatever, my vow of…
What do you know? Note to Boy has reached 33%!
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Note to Boy, according to my O level maths, is now a third of its way along the journey to publication. Hooray, and thank you to all my supporters! You're a wonderful bunch of heroes. It would be great if we could get it past the 50% landmark, then I could perhaps relax and not keep checking progress every few minutes.
Thanks also for your kind comments about the video. I hope it made you smile…
The video is up!
Monday, 22 January 2018
Check out the Note to Boy video on Unbound. You thrilled to the spectacle of The Last Jedi and the drama of Darkest Hour. Now comes Note to Boy - the Movie. Two and a bit minutes of ... well, me. Hope you enjoy it. Thanks to my trusty film crew for their patience and skill.
Wow, 10% already!
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
A huge thank you to the generous and lovely people who have pledged their support. With your help, despite Christmas and New Year distractions, Note to Boy is 10% of the way along the road to publication. Your reward will be ... wait for it ... a short video, ready soon, telling you a bit more about the book. Sorry about the presenter. It’s the best we could do. Even though he’s now available, Stephen…
Lights, camera and ... hold on a minute
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Takes longer than you think, this filming lark. Just spent an afternoon getting three minutes of usable material for the Note to Boy video. Let’s hope our talented editing team can sprinkle some fairy dust.
Pinch, punch, first of the month
Monday, 1 January 2018
Thanks to all those lovely supporters who've dragged themselves away from the mincepies and the awful telly to pledge their support for my book. I don't deserve it. No, really I don't. Well, maybe I do. A bit. It's only the first day of the New Year and already we're up to 6%. What happens next? The video, that's what. The film crew and I have been green-screening and CGI-ing like mad (not really…
We have lift off!
Thursday, 21 December 2017
The Note to Boy campaign has been launched. Eloise and Bradley - heaven help us! - are out in the big world, depending on the kindness of Unbound supporters for their survival. She, gin-soaked and demanding, and he, quiet and cunning, have scores to settle and a racy autobiography to write. Help me get them into print by pledging your support. You’ll be rewarded, not only with a glow of satisfaction…