Friday, 11 August 2017

Abel de santiago


Hi folks, thought I’d write you all a little update

I've been a bit under the pump during the last month, practically living under a rock like a hermit all over again. I can’t believe that as of 2am tomorrow AEST, there’s just one week left to the close of the three month crowdfunding / presales window!

As you may recall, the crowdfund target of £4000 was achieved in just 5.5 days, thanks…

Birthday Editorial Update

Thursday, 29 June 2017

The bard

Structural report finally received from Unbound Editorial Desk on my birthday (in AEST time)!

Starts off as follows:

"The setting is brilliant. I am a real fan of historical action adventure as a genre, and I have written some myself for the screen. I think that the Armada and the shipwreck and Sevilla before are all brilliant - perfect for this kind of story. So, I absolutely applaud your…

Wolf Country

Monday, 19 June 2017

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A certain Sunday in May found me plonked on the couch in my living room. I was basking in a warm and fuzzy afterglow, with the crowdfunding target of my debut novel ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ having just been reached in less than a week.

The kids were happily watching Peppa Pig so I decided to check out my novel trailer again on my smartphone, smiling contentedly at the bit towards the end…


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Phase 2

Breaking: the revised manuscript (MS) has just been sent to Unbound’s editorial team!

With the crowdfund achieved in such spectacular fashion, we now enter Phase 2, or what I have half-jokingly, half-fearfully referred to in recent days as: Literary Boot-Camp!

I had a chat about my aims and hopes with the assigned UK-based structural editor last week, in which he requested that I also forward…

BLINK & 109%

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Armada at sea

Presales still coming through, slowly gathering for the next push of pike! Heartfelt thanks to all generous patrons now including the wonderful Steph Demarco, Daniel Bianchi, Nicky Bianchi, Jan Muscat, Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel, Chris Mifsud, Ricardo Vasquez, Peter Saliba, Lorraine Farrugia, Robert Day, Paul Croci and John Zappia!

Thanks so much guys, cant wait for you all to get your special edition…

Patron Profiles - Sabin Gnawali

Thursday, 25 May 2017

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With the crowdfunding target achieved in such a clinical and decisive manner, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to take a closer look at a few of the patrons backing ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’.

First cab off the rank is the Nepalese film director and producer Sabin Gnawali. A principled chap of great endeavour and a fast rising talent in the world of film.

Most patrons and readers…


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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Another whirlwind day in a campaign that nearly gave me a heart attack! 

100% in 5.5 days. I can't believe it. Actually make that 103%! My head is still spinning, and that's not only from the champers I smashed after work with a few wonderful friends and patrons who also work in the Sydney CBD:

Truly the best thing about writing is the people you meet, as well as the interactions…


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Day 5   1


A single hour from the end of day 5 and the odds against us have been slashed! A crucial day in the campaign in which the jaw-droppingly generous patronage simply rocketed ahead - we're on the home straight now folks!

Can't really do more to communicate the incredible events of the day than to share the screenshots reflecting today's progress:





Monday, 22 May 2017


Hi all really don't mean to be pushy but erm...well...we are already at 80% of presales secured so don't say I didn't warn you! :o

Thanks so much Barbara Azzopardi & dear Aunty Doris it just had to be you to issue the bugle blast through cousin Peter! :) xxx

Many thanks again all patrons!!!



Sunday, 21 May 2017


Hi folks

We're almost at an hour from the end of Day 4, and are at 74%! Just can't believe it!

If someone told me last week that we'd have raised three quarters of the $ by the end of the fourth day of the crowdfunding campaign, I'd have laughed in their face! After all, it was only on Wednesday that I was joking with my dear friend Maty at work: 'I hope that at least my mom buys a copy!'

Unbound & Flying!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

No. 1

Sheesh folks, what a last couple of days it's been!

In ten years of writing I’ve been nowhere near these highs. ‘The Sheriff’s Catch’ is still trending at number 1 on leading UK crowdfunding publisher Unbound’s platform, across all categories which include 375 (published and unpublished) projects.

White hot stuff.

The patronage to date has been quite simply unbelievable. We went live on Unbound…

The Sheriff's Catch - End of Day 2

Friday, 19 May 2017



Hi all

Just thought I'd take a break from all the non-stop social media jazz to drop you all a line with a good old fashioned, quaint little Unbound update (never thought I'd ever say that about an online post!)

We are now 20 mins away from the end of day 2 since launch and the last couple of days have been...well...a bit silly! I keep telling myself to keep my feet on the ground but trending…


Friday, 19 May 2017

Unbound txt


Hi all

We're 6 hours from the first 48 hours since launch and I've just got to share that not only are we well on our way past the halfway mark, but that we are now up to ONE HUNDRED PATRONS!!!



But wait, that's not all!


We are still trending at NUMBER ONE across ALL categories on UNBOUND! STILL PINCHING MYSELF!!!



Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Two minutes to midnight and I'm absolutely shattered after late nights spent preparing everything for the launch of the presales campaign of The Sheriff's Catch. Also two hours short of the first full 24 hours of this campaign and I cannot believe that we are already up to 46% of the crowdfund target! What the hell?!!!

I mean I knew that all of my Maltese, Australian, Kiwi, British etc mates…


Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Hello everybody, URGENTLY NEED A HAND!

Would appreciate you taking a second to promote my novel by simply clicking on the below link and then hitting your preferred social media button!


Only need 54 more clicks to be able to unleash a veritable LIGHTNING BOLT across our vast social media skylines!


PS and if you can share the…


Thursday, 18 May 2017


Posted on my social media 6 hours ago today:

Hello all it's a bit past 2pm here in Sydney, 12 hours / literally a half day since launch and already THE SHERIFF'S CATCH has flown out of the blocks sprinting to a THIRD (gulp!) of the required funding to make this dream a reality!

Here I am lunching with generous supporter David Spiteri, now also a patron whose name will be forever inscribed…

In editorial development
Publication date: TBC
116% funded
223 backers