This is the first of my monthly-ish newsletters with news and developments in the world of fiction and non-fiction sourced from pop philosophy, science and general silliness. I’m sending this out today as May 1st is (was) the anniversary of the day I started out on the trip that became the manuscript of In SatNav We Trust harrumph years ago.
So here is the news
After my promotional efforts over the winter I’ve been tarting-up my website to include some photos and added a few extra features and generally getting to grips with the technology of things that only exist as initials. Think PHP, PDP, DCMS and things that have numbers after them. This is all in preparation for a meeting I’m having in May with an agent where I will be pitching In SatNav We Trust with a view to finding a grown-up publisher. The particular agent in question says she, “is looking for non-fiction that either answers a question or asks one,” and she describes herself as interested in science, psychology, business/economics, fashion, style, music, art and philosophy. Watch this space as this seems like a pretty good fit.
Beyond that Plan B is to take the manuscript around the other non-fiction agents and only then will I resort to self-publishing which, I suppose, makes that Plan C. I know some of you folks have messaged me suggesting publishing on Kindle and other ebook formats. I’ve done this before and, to be honest, ebooks are a limited market at best and not as nice as a paper book. Whoever got an ebook as a present and enjoyed smelling the pages? (Or is it just me who does that?) Besides, with print on demand, there’s no reason not to do both at the same time. If In SatNav We Trust is picked up by a major publisher (via an agent) then we can expect the book to be available about a year after the contract is signed. If I self-publish I should be able to get it out in time for Christmas 2019. Stay tuned.
Here’s a round-up of the blog posts I’ve published this month. There’s plenty more on the site.
Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims, a review of the book by Toby Clements:
Dungeness, an extract from In SatNav We Trust exploring the landscape around the Kent peninsula:
An unwatchable expanse of endless brilliant TV, on the dilemma of complicated TV series
To celebrate the fact that this is the first newsletter I’ve decided to give away a free signed copy of my post millennial novel The Hidden Masters and the Unspeakable Evil set in the day when smart phones hadn’t caught on, and when someone thought it was a good idea to build casinos in Blackpool to turn the resort into a seedy tacky and depraved town. Our heroes, Nigel, Wayne and Clint, discover the plot and head north on Friday night but they have to save the world by Sunday evening because they have to be back at work on Monday morning.
I hope to run a competition every month which might require you following me on Twitter or Instagram, or you might be required to like my Facebook page or sacrifice your firstborn, etc. This month’s competition is exclusive to newsletter subscribers so you don’t need to do anything like that. Just click this link to answer the difficult question.
In future months I’ll have mugs, bags, bookmarks, post cards, and other wonderful merchandise to collect.
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The May competition was won by Karl from Hertfordshire who receives a signed and dedicated copy of The Hidden Masters and The Unspeakable Evil.
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