Vilson and Babão
Most people looked right through Vilson, like he was invisible. Sometimes he wished he were. The barely-there kid stood alone in afternoon shadows of the church, away from the others. He saw the cop car drawing up before anyone else did, and something cold and slippery moved inside him. Cops never came with anything good. He wrapped his skinny arms around himself, shoulders hunched.
The Candelária church was in central Rio, an island with multiple lanes of traffic washing past, surrounded by modern office blocks. It had become a safe haven for street kids, the sparse, dusty grounds at its front a patchwork of cardboard boxes flattened into mattresses.
The cop car pulled over at the kerb alongside the encampment, near a bunch of older kids kicking a Fanta can around in the harsh sunlight. The cop squinted through his open window and jabbed a finger at them, “I told you lot to clear out of this place,” he shouted over the roar of the traffic.
Most of the kids carried on with their game, intent on ignoring the cop. But one of them turned. At twelve, Gabriel was the eldest, the leader. He was Vilson’s big brother.
“Oh yeah, sure,” Gabriel shouted, puffing out his chest, “and make it easier for you to catch us and beat us? You’d like that, huh?”
“Watch your step or I’ll make you pay for that tongue, you little shit,” the cop shouted.
So, it's been a fairly potty week since the Pitch Party on Monday evening and I've only just managed to catch my breath.
My pitch went pretty well. I was third up out of the eight authors, and remembered all my words and managed not to use my notes, which is probably the first time ever with stuff like this (practiced quite a bit on Sunday and mumbled through it over and over on the train up to…
Partnering with Waterstone's, Unbound are running their second pledge party at Waterstone's in Gower St, London, next Monday, 22 May at 6:30pm, and I've been picked as one of 8 authors to do a pitch!
It's like a Dragons' Den for authors, and attendees can vote for their favourite at the end of the evening. There will be everything from Fiction (me!) to Memoir, Poetry to History - please see details…
Crowdfunding has been an interesting process so far. There have been weeks where loads of activity have resulted in not very much, and then along comes a run of pledges (a case of waiting for buses, the Brits might say). I have now made it to 63% funded and I’m very grateful to all supporters.
Unbound reckon that the 60/70% mark is the home straight and that funding tends to snowball from there…
Hello lovely people,
A quick update - The Burning Hill is now 45% funded. Many thanks to those who have pledged this week.
I'm getting great feedback on the video on my book page with the excerpt read by my friend, James Langton. If you haven't looked/listened, please take a few minutes and, if you like it (as I'm sure you will!) please share on FaceBook, Twitter, email etc.
The video replaced…
Hello lovely people,
Thank you so much for your support - nearly 4 weeks since launch and The Burning Hill is now 40% funded. Unbound reckon that if you get to 30% within 4 weeks of launching it’s generally a good indicator that you’ll reach full funding by the 90-day deadline…
My lovely friend, James Langton, a jazz musician and audio-book pro, has recorded an excerpt and I’ve added some images…
Hello wonderful supporters,
I will be writing a personal thank-you to each of you, but just wanted to give you all a quick update:
Thanks to your incredible generosity my book is now 29% funded and because it's been funded to that level so quickly it is trending on the site on the main books page: https://unbound.com/books
I'm only 4 along from Dave Hill's autobiography (yep, the one with…
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