Saturday, 23 November 2019
Hello m'lovelies. Remember me?
Well, it's been two years now since A Murder To Die For burst into existence - all thanks to you.
It's been seen in bookshops up and down the UK, it's been turned into an audiobook - read by the fabulous Rula Lenska - and it's been nominated for two awards. Most importantly, it's garnered hundreds of reviews and they have been overwhelmingly glowing. I've…
Welcome to the Club!
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
All of you lovely subscribers may not realise it but you joined an exclusibve club last Sunday. The subscriber list was closed on the 12th so, if you subscribed before then, you can be smug in the knowedge that your name will be listed in THE DIABOLICAL CLUB as a patron. And membership to that particular club is now closed!
The book is now heading for the printers. Here's the final cover.…
Time's Up! (nearly)
Friday, 3 May 2019
The final edit and proofread is complete.
The cover is looking gorgeous.
Cover quotes have come in from the likes of Matt Lucas, Alex Horne, Iain Pattison (writer of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue) and more.
And we're 110% funded.
THE DIABOLICAL CLUB is GO!
So, this is your LAST chance to pledge (if you haven't already) and get your hands on a paperback AND get your name listed in the…
Cover me up!
Saturday, 6 April 2019
We have a cover!
(Ignore the quotes - they're from A Murder To Die For and only there as a placeholder. New cover quotes are incoming.)
Once again the cover is by the amazing Neil Gower and it mirrors the previous book's design.
While A Murder To Die For took place in May (hence the Spring/Summer colours), The Diabolical Club takes place in October so we've gone for an Autumnal/Winter…
Not long now!
Monday, 18 March 2019
Well, despite the publication date being shown on this site as 'TBC', I can reveal that the date you want is July 11th.
Yup, that's publication day (although you'll undoubtedly get your copies earlier)!
The final edit has been signed off - now there's only typesetting and proofreading to go. The cover is being painted by Neil Gower and I've seen the sketches for it; it'll look…
Saturday, 23 February 2019
A quick round up of what's going on in Diabolical Club land.
First of all, some particularly welcome news regarding the cover. It's being painted by Neil Gowar who did such an amazing job on the previous novel, A Murder To Die For. I can't say too much yet but it will compliment the first book beautifully. Neil is one of the UK's top cover artists and is, perhaps, best known…
Sunday, 20 January 2019
As you lovely, lovely subscribers know (or do now), you'll all be getting a bonus e-book to say thank you for supporting The Diabolical Club. I felt that it was only right, as you've put your faith in me and the book (and you're paying more than the cover price will be in the shops), that you get something unique and not available elsewhere as a reward. So, today I can reveal exactly what that bonus…
Unbound - Leading the Comedy Charge
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
There's been some great news for authors and readers this past week. Book sales were up again in 2018 (and physical books were on the rise too). And it was a bumper year for independent bookshops with many new ones opening.
But, for those of us working in the humorous novel world, the news hasn't been quite so good. The Guardian's influential Books to read in 2019 list features just one novel described…
Thursday, 6 December 2018
I made another video while dog walking this week in the hope that I may entice a few more last minute pledges for The Diabolical Club. I've stressed the fact that, although the pledge levels are more expensive than the book will be in the shops (and discounted online), there are advantages to pledging.
Firstly there's your name printed in the book, forever immortalised as a patron (just think,…
Wheels are finally turning ...
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Hello m’lovely subscribers
I bring you news – some good, some maybe not so good. But there’s a happy ending. So bear with me.
Firstly, the good news. THE DIABOLICAL CLUB is being published! Yay! Whoop! Sound the carnyx and raise the alarums! You’ll see the funding total suddenly whoosh all the way up to 100% next week.
It means that you’ll get your book in about seven months’ time …
No news is no news
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
I do apologise for the lack of updates for a month but there's really been no news to share. Funding is still floundering and I'm waiting for a meeting with Unbound to discuss options for moving the book forward on a cheaper production plan. That said, it's been a good opportunity to revisit the manuscript and to do a final re-write - well, a little tweaking - while I have the luxury…
Season of change
Friday, 7 September 2018
Hello splendid supporters
August zoomed by didn't it? Heatwaves and holidays. I spent some of it in the Outer Hebrides, which was nice as it was cooler than down South while still sunny and warm. You can see some photos from the trip on my blog here, And it was fantastic to see A Murder To Die For nominated for two awards.
But now it's September, the kids are back at school, the tan is…
Then two come along at once ...
Monday, 30 July 2018
Blimey chums! Just as I'm getting over the excitement of making he shortlist for the DEAD GOOD READERS AWARDS 2018, I now discover that A MURDER TO DIE FOR - prequel to THE DIABOLICAL CLUB - has made the longlist for the GUARDIAN's NOT THE BOOKER Prize!
So now I have to ask for votes.
If you were a subscriber to 'Murder' (and I suspect that most of you were) then YOU made the book happen…
Noble in Defeat
Sunday, 22 July 2018
Ah well, A Murder To Die For didn't win at the Dead Good Readers Awards in Harrogate this year. But it was shortlisted and was a runner-up. And I'm happy to take that. It was pretty humbling to have been nominated in the first place for a first novel. And, to be honest, it would have been a minor miracle if I had won, considering the well-publicised and bestselling contenders that I was up against…
Murder She Wrote ... Badly
Saturday, 7 July 2018
I'm a fan of Jessica Fletcher and I don't mind admitting it. I've seen every episode of Murder She Wrote several times (including the four TV movies) and I love it. It's cosy, silly nonsense. Pure entertainment.
The shows are constantly on repeat on TV and, just recently, one of the ITV channels has started showing the later series; you can tell that they're later because the opening titles feature…
Help make a book an award-winning book!
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Hey you lovely Pledgemakers! I'm guessing that most of you are subscribed to THE DIABOLICAL CLUB because you read the prequel.
If so, then PLEASE consider voting for me in the Dead Good Readers' Awards. A MURDER TO DIE FOR is shortlisted in the brilliantly-named 'Cabot Cove Award for Best Small Town Mystery' and I'm up against some big hitters.
You made the book happen. Now you can make…
It's Prize Draw Time!
Monday, 11 June 2018
Okay people, time for a prize draw! The Diabolical Club is 52% funded and I want to get it closer to 100% and publication.
So, here's what I'm going to do ...
When the funding level reaches 75% I'll put the names of every pledger, existing or new, into a hat and let someone randomly draw out a winner. The winner will then choose from a range of prizes. Then I'll do the same again. And then…
It's Audiobook Release Day!
Friday, 1 June 2018
Yes indeedy! The audiobook of A Murder To Die For is released today and is available from Audible, Amazon, iTunes, ISIS Publishing and wherever audiobooks are sold. Over nine hours of Rula Lenska deliciousness, murder, mayhem and laughs! Enjoy!
And DO keep tweeting, posting, reviewing, and otherwise spreading the word about The Diabolical Club! The book is written and ready to go - all I need…
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Hey lovely patron people! How do you fancy a sneaky listen to the first chapter of the audiobook of A Murder To Die For - prequel to THe Diabolical Club - as read by Rula Lenska? You do? Oh, go on then. Just click here.
It's on sale as a CD and download from1st June.
And, if we can get the sequel funded (50% of the way there!) it may well get the audiobook treatment too.
Another Festival ... Another Murder!
Sunday, 6 May 2018
'The great crime fiction author, Agnes Crabbe, was born in Nasely in South Herewardshire on the eighth of May 1895. Which is why, on or around the date of her birth every year, hundreds of her most devoted fans descend upon the little village to enjoy a weekend of readings, competitions, screenings, dramatic re-enactments, historical tours and talks by Crabbe scholars and other eminent people. From…
Putting you out of your Misery
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Here's a short update about what's going on in the world of A Murder To Die For and The Diabolical Club.
Firstly, TDC is finished! It's been through a raft of re-writes and critical reads and it will, once funded, go through a further series of edits and proofreads, of course. But it's pretty much there and I'm very pleased with it. If you enjoyed AMTDF, I don't think you'll be disappointed…
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Sorry to bombard you lovely pledgers but A Murder To Die For has been nominated for an award and I need your votes!
Voting has begun for the 2018 Dead Good Readers' Awards and I'm in with a chance this year in the category of: The Cabot Cove Award for Small Town Mystery. So, if you enjoyed the book, please take a couple of minutes to vote. Oh, and feel free to vote in any other additional categories…
Look where a pledge can lead you!
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
I went over to Oxford today to the studios of ISIS publishing to meet the team and to say hello to the gorgeous Rula Lenska who has spent yesterday and today recording the audiobook of A Murder To Die For. It'll be out in June.
So let's get The Diabolical Club funded sooner rather than later because she wants to read that too!
Monday, 26 March 2018
Not a lot to report - but here's the news that's fit to print :)
Since my last post on the 1st March, the book has only garnered an additional 4% and we're teetering on the brink of 40%. One more pledge should push us over. But there's still another 60% to go and, like all crowdfunders, I've been going through those dark nights of the soul and wondering whether The Diabolical…
World Book Day!
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Happy World Book Day! Here's me as Paddington Bear.
Actually I look more like Jamiroquai's grandad.
The campaign to fund THE DIABOLICAL CLUB kicked off on the 11th January and hit the 33% mark - a whole third of the way there - about a month later. What a great start! But the pledges have stalled now and it's taken three weeks to crawl up to 35%. Which is a shame as, judging by the feedback…
F*rts and Photographers - Where do ideas come from?
Sunday, 4 February 2018
'Where do you get your ideas?'
It's the question that all writers fear. And it's the question that's most difficult to answer.
Neil Gaiman used to say that he got his 'from the Idea-of-the-Month Club,’ or 'from a little ideas shop in Bognor Regis.’ Other writers have given glib replies claiming that there is a secret society who send you ideas once you've been published. The rather more…
Sunday, 28 January 2018
What a difference three weeks makes, eh?
Thanks to you lovely people, we're 25% funded already. To provide some sort of comparison, A Murder To Die For took twice as long to reach the quarter mark. But we can't rest on our laurels - if we want the book to come out sooner rather than later, we need more supporters.
Tell your friends.
Promote it on social media.
And PLEASE leave reviews…
Friday, 12 January 2018
I suspect that, for most - if not all of you - this isn't the first time we've said hello. A Murder To Die For, the prequel to The Diabolical Club, isn't even in the shops until 25th January, so I imagine that most of you have pledged because you read the first book. And, presumably, liked it enough to come with me on this damnable crowdfunding roller-coaster all over again. Thank you.