By Ryan Weeks
Pimple is the tale of a new app – an Uber for the sex trade – and of the disruption that its rise to prominence causes to the lives of London’s prostitutes and pimps
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Annie O’Mahony, the disillusioned former founder of a “FinTech” (financial technology) business, is a tech evangelist. Having seen her last firm, Millennial Credit, taken over by a high street bank, she’s looking for a fresh challenge: an industry where technology can be the cure-all.
She lands, quite unexpectedly, on the sex trade. With the help of her closest friend Veronica, Annie sets about building an Uber for prostitution – an app she names Pimple.
As her story progresses, and the app’s user-base begins to swell, dangerous syndicates of pimps begin to push back against it, in what quickly morphs into a violent struggle between the old and the new. The police wrestle with the righteousness of the app’s rise to prominence, while its founders are soon forced to contend with the morality of what they’ve created.
Pimple is the fictitious tale of the rise of this technology, and of the inevitable disruption that it brings about.
Ryan left Newcastle University in 2013, graduating with a 1st class degree in BA History. Soon after he became the editor of AltFi.com, now one of the leading news and intelligence resources for “fintech” in the UK. This role has given him a ringside seat from which to observe the rise of the alternative finance industry, which spans crowdfunding, peer-to-peer lending, digital banking and robo-advice, and which is one of the hottest niches in disruptive technology globally.
Pimple is Ryan’s first book. It is the tale of the rise of a brand new technology – an Uber for the sex trade – and of the inevitable disruption that this causes. The book seeks also to satirise the developmental quirks of a wide range of disruptive technologies. Prior to beginning work on Pimple, Ryan wrote extensively in his free time, focusing mostly on poetry and lyrics.
When not writing, Ryan will likely be working on his soon-to-launch podcast (Millennial Money Matters) or consuming or participating in some variety of sport.
The uneven tapping of stilettos pierced the silent passageway. A lone woman walked an awkward kind of catwalk between the overrunning bins. Annie rose up out of the six inch high heels like the stem of an ungainly plant. She wore a short red skirt, and a trimly fitted leather jacket, one that in fact belonged to a friend. Her hair was its usual unruly mass of twists and turns. She wore a thick face of makeup that looked as though it had been applied by an unpracticed hand. She drew a deep breath before stepping out of the shadow of the shop-row crevice.
“I’m bloody freezing,” she said in a shuddering voice. “This jacket of yours – a little on the skimpy side no?”
“Hence my advising you against wearing it.” The scalding came crackling to life in the right side of Annie’s head, emanating from a small black earpiece.
“Authenticity, Veronica!” Spluttered Annie through the cold. “That’s the key.” She folded her arms and gyrated on the spot, mustering up the courage to exit the wind-sheltered alley. “Right then. On with the show.”
- 1st May 2018 CALL FOR REVIEWS
I hope all of you now have your copies of the book - if not please let me know and I'll sort it out.
A handful of people have now finished reading it and the initial feedback has been very positive, which I am of course thrilled about.
I cannot stress enough how useful reviews on Amazon are in getting the book noticed, and so am sending you this reminder to share your thoughts…22nd May 2017 Long overdue update
Hello lovely Unbounders,
A long overdue update from me. Pimple continues to surge towards publication, despite the best efforts of the universe (my laptop was recently stolen, resulting in a month of lost editing (possibly my fault rather than the universe's for not having backed up)). ANYWAY, I'm currently in stage two of the editorial process. The independent editor who was appointed by Unbound…20th February 2017 The promised land (100%!)
Pimple is now fully funded! My most emphatic thanks to everybody who has supported the campaign, whether via likes, shares or pledges. The book will soon enter into the next phase of its metamorphosis: Unbound's editorial/production process. I'll be spending the coming days/weeks whipping the final manuscript into shape, and will be keeping you all posted.
Remember (in case anybody asks) that…9th February 2017 100+ supporters!
Pimple has now topped 100 supporters! The 100% mark looms... Huge thanks once again to all those who have backed the book so far. It means a great deal to me.
I must admit that my monitoring of the campaign's progress has become borderline obsessive-compulsive. If Unbound has seen a recent surge in web traffic, I claim sole responsibility. I wanted to share another very short snippet and thought…1st February 2017 Half way home!
Pimple is now 50% funded, just a couple of days removed from launch! My most sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the book so far. Remember to keep shouting about the campaign - every little helps! I'm using the hashtag #Pimple on Twitter.
At this, the halfway house, I thought I'd share another brief snippet from the book. The company I work for (AltFi) just moved into a shiny new shared…30th January 2017 The campaign is now live!
Thanks so much to all those who have supported Pimple so far. The campaign is now officially live on Unbound.com. Please like, share and spread it around as much as you can! It all counts.
And just to boost excitement levels a touch further, here's a mock-up of how a front and back cover might look (courtesy of Hugo Winn!)...26th January 2017 Progress report!
Thanks so much to all those who have supported Pimple so far! Nearing 14 per cent funded after 1 day of a soft-launch ain't bad. Excitement levels are high.
I've had a few questions about how much of the book is already written, when it will be finished, etc. So I'd like to clarify that I have in fact completed several drafts of the book. It is currently c. 60,000 words in length. The proceeds…25th January 2017 Welcome (and why I'm using Unbound)
Hello, and welcome to the Pimple Shed! I'm pretty new here too, so please bear with me as the content starts to trickle through. I'm so glad you've decided to support Pimple. I'll be sharing lots of snippets and insights from the book here over the next few weeks, but I thought that in my first post I ought to say a little something about why I wanted to use Unbound to bring this book to life. It…
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