By Kate Bulpitt
Purple People is a jolly dystopia, telling the story of an outlandish scheme to curtail crime and anti-social behaviour - by dyeing offenders purple - and the news-loving lass who investigates it
Sunday, 4 March 2018
Crack out the Babycham - we’re at 100%!
Crikey moly! I’m exceedingly excited to say that Purple People is now fully funded!
After being included in Unbound’s ‘these books are close to hitting 100%’ email on Thursday, this particular snowball gathered speed, raising the final 10% of pledges in just 24 hours. That made for one very overexcitable lass, sitting at the kitchen table, slightly gobsmacked, as the tally merrily rocketed up. Lucky that there happened to be a bottle of bubbly in the fridge!
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all your support. I spent many years writing Purple People - in the evenings, at weekends, and during occasional spells away at my favourite retreat of a hotel. Followed by a goodly stretch finding the book a home, which was packed with a fair smattering of time-on-tenterhooks, and disappointment (including more than a couple of literary types declaring that readers only want entirely dark and not-at-all-jolly dystopias - gah!). So to experience these months of incredibly kind pledges and encouragement has been a complete treat. And quite the adventure. I’m very, very grateful for all your generosity and enthusiasm. Thank you.
You’re probably wondering, what happens next? And I believe the answer to that is a lot of rustling behind the scenes, as I edit, and knock the manuscript into the absolute best version of the story for you to read. While Unbound steer me wisely with that, and conjure all the other publishing magic (no small feat) that goes into getting the book into your hands.
I’ll be keeping you updated - and maybe sending some merry excerpts, as things progress (don’t fret, though - no spoilers!). I can’t wait for Purple People to pogo its way onto your bookshelves. Thanks again for helping to make it happen - you’ve made a daft gal who’s always wanted to write very happy.