Thursday, 21 December 2017
SOUPY CHRISTMAS AND A TWISTY NEW YEAR!
A SOUPY, TWISTY XMAS/MITHRAS/SOLSTICE/SATURNALIA TO ALL YOU LOVELY PLEDGERS!
I must admit, when posting last year's Xmas blog, I never expected to have to follow it up a year later, with further assurances of Stephen & Hugh's official story being in the offing. I'm a good boy, I am, and after over a year's hard composition, I delivered the manuscript in April, which means our heroes' story is paused in early 2017 forever more – which presents the interesting dichotomy of always looking forward to whatever Fry & Laurie might have going on... and terror that they will make some big announcement before the book is out. A pledger tells me that Amazon has the book listed as 'September 2018', a full 17 months after delivery, and as Unbound have promised me that the wait will be worth it – hopefully a decent publicity drive will be put in place, and the book will be supported to the extent of being entered for prizes, and maybe translated into other languages, for House fans around the world... – well, I have to keep the faith just like the rest of you.
We'll also have to arrange a whizzy, jolly launch party for the end of summer in London! Once again, I already know for sure we can put on a great show for pledgers, packed with ABOF&L music and laughs, but hopefully we won't have to book the place ourselves, etc. We can only arrange so much!
In fact, this is a good time to put in a heartfeltt plea to all of you right now – if you know of ANY comedy/literary event or festival, a book fete, a library, a cool bookshop, anywhere that would be keen to have a special Soupy Twists event to spread word of the book – PLEASE get in touch. Publicity is 80% of the publishing business, and although your author can guarantee a great, funny, fascinating evening, actually *arranging* any kind of Soupy Twists publicity tour is a challenge I'm ill-equipped to take on. Do ask around, spread the word, see if you can find a wee slot for this book, an event packed with Blackadder, Hitchhiker's Guide, Fry & Laurie and exclusive material of all kinds. All I'd need is travel expenses...
The challenge is doubled by the fact that now my other book, the crucial folklore collection TALES OF BRITAIN is funded, for the first time ever I have TWO BOOKS to publicise and promote in one year. Incidentally, Fry fans may enjoy THE LAST YULE, an exclusive story written for TOB pledgers, as it was based on an ancient legend which I first read in Paperweight many many years ago – and in fact, I've failed to track down any alternative version, which is very odd indeed, unless Stephen invented the tale himself. In which case, this is pure plagiarism, but at least it's free.
Anyway, your patience MUST be rewarded, and Stephen has given express permission for the rude little squib below to be this year's present. It would have been in the final series, but they had an embarrassment of material, so it went by the wayside. And what is this time of year all about if not refuting baloney? Believers in birth-star bollocks look away now!
Thank you all so much for your kindness, support and patience, merry festive period to you all, and here's to a very Soupy, rather Twisty, 2018! SOUPY TWIST!!!
I BRING YOU THIS MUCH GREETING: