Design For Writers Review: Judging a book by its cover

No matter who you are, the first thing you do when judging something is by looking at the appearance. Now I’m not saying we are all judgmental like its a bad thing, this is just a fact.

When the wheels were put in motion for the publication of my first book OPEN EVENING, which arrives on the 29th of this month (or if you are reading this after, where have you been? Either way thanks for reading so you can stay), I set out to find the best possible way in which to display my book.

Many of my publishing inspirations have come from a particular author and blogger known as Catherine Ryan Howard. Her website is a very valuable resource for anyone looking to self-publish or even get published. Her book titled Self Printed is a fantastic guide to publishing. Even if you are curious about the process this lady knows it all so check it out. Saying that her recommendations pointed me towards Design for Writers.

design-for-writersJust their Facebook page alone will show you their wonderful capabilities and so I made contact. At this moment in time I wasn’t particularly sure what I wanted my cover to represent, in all the time of me having this story the tag line would always be ‘Embrace the unexpected’ so how do you depict that in the form of a cover?

Well design for writers have a wonderful way of gathering information about the book (they need to in order to create). Upon initiation of the project; I was invited to an online collaborative base camp. My objectives were clearly laid out along with the various stages of the whole development all the way to final proofs.

When taking on a project like this it is imperative to know the ins and outs of the book. After all the writer is the creator but without everyone else they are just idle words.

The objectives I needed to divulge information with included who I thought the target market would be, reader emotion when reading the book, tone, cultural references, particular poster scenes, perspective, themes, protagonists, synopsis, key words, blurb, genre, setting, point of view, ideas towards a cover, similar books, good design types and even bad.

So you probably get the idea that it takes a hell of a lot of detail to make a decent cover!

Saying that my experience from beginning to end was entirely pleasant and the people I dealt with were always helpful, contactable and professional. There is plenty of stuff I don’t know as a first time author so their patience and understanding was very much appreciated.

Working in the base camp allowed me to see the emergence of not one or two versions of a cover but three! All of them awesome in their own right but after much deliberation not only from me but close friends I came to the choice. Then came the blurb and finally the whole thing pulled together. The gradual piece together process gave the real essence of work in progress which resulted in a fantastic final product.

The cover of a book, especially in this age of ‘I want entertainment now!’ is a synonymous part to the success of it. In my case  its mysterious but also somewhat suggestive towards what the story is about. The colour scheme is eye catching but not too bright and overall it does the one job its supposed to, act as a great eye catching cover. You could sum it up to say the cover of my book OPEN EVENING is simple but very effective! 

Design for writers were wonderful to work with and well worth the investment of money which will only help towards the eventual goal of my stuff being read.The total price I paid was £249.00. which is way worth it for the cover I have.

Things are rolling towards publication day and if you want to be a part of it then join me at my online book launch event via Facebook!  My #YearOfWriting continues….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suicide Squad: Bad guys Rule

This year seems to be the arrival of DC and the summer blockbuster belongs to the rag tag ‘bad guys’ known as Suicide Squad.

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First a brief moan: All I have heard about this film in social media is bad things or criticisms, Marvel sympathisers, grow up, this is DC’s time now, the avengers was so last year (or before). Just enjoy the film and stop looking for problems.
Here we have an adult film that kids can also enjoy, not a kid’s film that adults fan boy over, that there is the core difference between the comic giants (but no hate towards either).
Earlier this year the scene was officially set for the newly formed universe (Batman vs Superman) which just seems to impress me. David Ayer played things safe from the offset by introducing his film with a stellar sound track and familiar tunes in a criminal underworld we aren’t too familiar with.
In a world where someone like Superman has the potential to be a bad guy, who are we going to call if things do go Pete tong? (Wrong, do try to keep up).
This becomes the film’s main premise in an already bustling universe, we as an audience are quickly and stylishly introduced to a group of meta-humans and so called super villains, all them currently incarcerated. And so Suicide Squad is born.
What I appreciated the most about these characters was the detailed but brief enough back stories they all had. Some even had an emotional history or connection which in turn unites them as a team, yeah they are bad guys, but what they stand for is something much greater.
A mysterious and powerful thing (yeah I said thing, we are avoiding spoilers here) causes havoc and its up to the squad led by Joel Kinnaman (Robocop) who is given the task to chaperone these ‘bad guys’. As you can guess the group don’t take to the situation straight away or to each other, this is all part of the process of what this film intends to deliver.
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn is the full package of crazy, fun, endearing and of course scantily clad throughout most of her scenes. She provides a humour in which Marvel could really take a lesson from, natural laughs and even gags which don’t feel pushed or desperate for laughs. You will laugh at points in this film and that’s a good thing.
Will Smith as Dead Shot delivers well and along with Harley Quinn they steal the show and run with it throughout. But this film is an ensemble performance with a solid cast that includes; Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Karen Fukuhara and of course nobody could forget Jared Leto as the famously dastardly Joker. I will also give full marks to Diablo, a well layered character who develops with the story.
There are essences of an origin story between the Joker and Harley which isn’t pushed or forced upon us. Many of the film’s best back story moments were delivered in way of flash backs, this just added to already colourful set up this film had.
The street setting was tight and enclosed much like the narrows of Gotham and the whole film had a great atmospheric somewhat colourful feel, again something which DC does incredibly well.
I didn’t even notice the time pass in what is over two hours of quality entertainment. Even though Suicide Squad is billed as a comic book film, its far more than that and doesn’t even feel like the typical run of the mill hero film. They are bad guys after all.
The story that began earlier this year continues forward and looks towards introducing Justice League heroes, but first we stop off to check out their competition because down the line I think all this is going to come together in one explosive culmination.
Overall I enjoyed Suicide Squad and would happily recommend seeing it. Hopefully this isn’t the last time we see these extended DC universe characters.

Stranger Things: A review: More like Better things

So many of us know that one day the post-apocalyptic survivors will consist of Trump, Google and Netflix.

Right now I’m happy with the latter surviving especially if they keep providing decent original series like Stranger Things. An eight part mystery horror set in 80’s small town America. The cliché boxes are literally being ticked as the first few minutes of the show play out, what I can say is that on this occasion, cliché is your friend.

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We don’t do spoilers here at the Hall of information, but we do our best to persuade you, valuable reader, to go out there and watch the shit I watch. Then we can converse over a few vodkas one lunch time about such things. Yes, my lunchtimes are wild.

So the Duffer brothers have done their absolute best to bring you all a show which from the very beginning pays homage to Stephen King and John Carpenter style story telling . This is also completed by the postmodern synthy type music that plays as we see the red neon writing that reads this show’s title. There are numerous 80’s greats that this show tributes, something which JJ Abrams tried to do with super 8 but just missed the mark.

Some of these tributes include the goonies with a great group of leading kids whose characters contribute to believable situations in an unbelievable situation. When they are not on their bikes they are forever referencing geek stuff such as dungeons and dragons, Star Wars and x men stuff.. An escaped mystery girl with telekinetic powers even mirrors Carrie in some senses.

The first billed actress Winona Ryder plays an older single mum struggling to meet ends when her youngest of two sons mysteriously goes missing. Although she does over play it sometimes, her performance is mostly positive.

The town’s nearby department of energy are more than just a power station and so the premise of mystery along with this kid going missing quickly ensues.

We see the town’s rugged and somewhat over the hill police chief, very well depicted by David Harbour bring a performance of a man whose witnessed great loss but will do anything to find this missing kid. His solo scenes are something which can only be described as a joy to watch, all the more reason to get behind him. His chemistry with Winona Ryder make two brilliant leads along with some of the older kids. All of them with one goal. To find out what happened to this missing boy and what is going on in their town.

Even just as a look back at a time of such rich pop culture makes Stranger Things probably the hottest show on Netflix right now. The music, clothes, cars and look are all something an immense amount of effort has gone into.

We’ve all seen orange is the new black, now its time for horror to rule for a while.

The pacing, atmosphere and characterization are well achieved by the writer/director brothers who have brought an instant cult classic which I urge you all to watch. Yes you may cower behind the sofa but you’ll be better for it.

It really is about time that we stopped relying on House, Buffy and breaking bad to re watch for viewing pleasure. There is new stuff and its good.

The show can either be seen as a stand alone or with plenty of stories left open. If a season two is on the cards, it has my vote.

The Conjuring 2: Horror done right

And I’m back for my second ever Saturday blog post. The last one worked so well I thought I would do another some months later. Things are about to get a little spooky and jump scary as we delve into a review of the Conjuring 2.

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I know for many people horror isnt your film genre. Understandably, there are many terrible horror stories out there, the monster gets revealed too quickly or you can see the ghost is actually a guy dressed in a bed sheet. Or you’re the other type who doesn’t like the potential heart attack, again understandably.
Myself, the jump scares and loud bursts of music have become something I can live with for the sake of seeing a decently put together story unfold.
So if you are familiar with the Conjuring and Annabelle (the latter in which I reviewed on here before) you will grasp the format. If not, well, there’s this couple, Ed and Lorraine Warren. They are paranormal investigators and work closely with the church. They take on cases of ghosts, ghoulies and possessions. Loosely they are based on a actual people, that’s always nice and adds to the horror.

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This time out they are faced with the ever so famous Enfield haunting. Of course this is after their most famous case back in the states, Amityville. The film introduces us to the aftermath of Amityville whilst slowly building up Enfield and the events that happened back in the 70’s. You can really feel the sense of build up and the story taking its time, something in which most films of this genre rush and fail at.
The two hauntings either side of the Atlantic have one thing in common. The potential to be hoax, even now it isnt really known if either are. Another contribution to the horror, mystery and sense of realists. Again boxes are being ticked here.
Eventually things start to get pretty damn poltergeisty (if that’s a word) in London and the media catch on. Events and the setting cling pretty close to the real story, with the Hodgson family being very well cast and convincing throughout. So it isnt long until the famous Warren’s are invited by the church to see what the damn hell is taking place.
I don’t give much away in my reviews, especially if this is a film I incline you to see, and it is. This conjuring 2 is a re-telling of a famous ghost story and built around just that. Of course the truth is merged with imagination and I couldn’t help but enjoy the build up of jump scares which were consistent and not over done.
Director James Wan has done a fantastic job with this beautifully shot creep fest. You can see they spent time and money on making this film look good on screen. This is of course a cinema film, especially if you want the sounds and sights. Even when somebody came down the aisle of the cinema I found myself on edge. In fact the whole audience behaved, something which tension will do to an audience. A rarity these days.
Both Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as the paranormal investigator couple pick up exactly where they left off and built upon their already rich chemistry and characterisation. This isn’t just a horror story but a trip back to late seventies England. Something in which older viewers will enjoy.
Whilst it’s still at the movies, go and see it.

#Brexit A nation de-vided

Before I delve into what has been a very interesting and somewhat revolutionary bunch of days for UK politics I would just like to say:

It’s OK to be pissed off about a certain way an election/ vote has gone.

Its OK to have an opinion about the UK EU referendum and for either side.

Its OK to debate and voice your opinion just so as long as you are pleasant and nice about it, especially with friends. And above all, its more than ok to make any political situation comical, it’s a way of coping.

I don’t want to use this blog page in a way that throws opinions of politics into disarray or to start any kind of debate, yes your opinion is welcome but the main aim of this page is to grow viewers who will hopefully one day buy my book.

So what happened?

I woke up on Friday morning to see the news of Prime Minister David Cameron resigning. To my shock the British public had voted to leave the European union. Soon enough social media went into over drive. What shocked me the most was the mood of people who didn’t get what they wanted from the referendum vote. Some even resorting to say it was horrific or scary (perhaps a little dramatic).

I must say in nearly every election I have voted in, I haven’t got what I wanted. That’s the case for many many people. Most who aren’t racists or radicals but people who want the best for themselves and the country. Not getting your way is a harsh reality of living in a democracy. A place where you are free to speak about your disdain for whatever result. A place where its OK to be annoyed at a government without fear.

We (the UK) are a civilized bunch (or so we say) but we also love a good moan. In fact it felt like to me nobody on my tweet machine or Facebook actually voted leave. Well someone had to because it was the majority vote.

My opinion (in or out) will remain to myself for now as its no longer relevant. The UK voted out and now we must look on together as a nation, for unity. Again something in which the UK politicians should lead by example, except that’s wrong.

Already several politicians are resigning and leaving their responsibility. Public service is their gig so why don’t they roll up their sleeves and get on with it? If a decision came my way at work that I didn’t like I wouldn’t be taking my ball and going home, I cant afford to. Hence comes my reaction to this vote, not the result itself but the behavior of public figures has been completely and utterly disgraceful.

Yeah I get it Mr Cameron, you wanted in and didn’t get it, you can leave. But everyone else just bailing on their government because of one decision not going their way, come on man. Walking away from something is what you learn not to do as a kid.

Its so ironic that this vote by the people has gone the way the people wanted and for once the sitting pretty politicians have no control of it.

This country needs each other right now, and it’s just seemed to of divided us further. Banks and share values always react like they are and will recover. The world’s perception of us will be as it once was again and things wont feel like they have changed just yet. After all evolution is a change that nobody sees. I’m sure the UK and world will survive, we have left geographically, just politically.

That’s my moan about this whole thing, but what I have appreciated is how politically connected many of my friends are. The vote had a good turn out.

What I loved the most was the political satire and comedy that came from what probably is a serious situation, but you have to be sarcastic first before dealing with it. Below are some social media highlights….

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My new Book is complete

Now before I and at least one person who reads this gets carried away, let’s just say those two words are always written ironically the first time around. I know more than most that a writer’s work never really ends.

Yesterday I overcame odds which seemed to pile up around me back in April. Back then my story seemed to have no way out, it felt boring and lacklustre. Amongst the few cool concepts there was just no way I could continue this and get a book out of it. It even made me a tad angry.

Now that’s all in the process of creativity, I have learned. Especially this time around. Ever since I dropped my previous robot crime futuristic project I have tried to write in a way where I am not attached emotionally to the narrative.

Yes, anything I write means a lot to me, but the stuff I am now writing leaves me willing to chuck it all towards the publishing fire and spend it on building a readership. This doesn’t mean the product will lack in quality, there is just less emotion on the line if it fails.

My arrival as an independent author is important and imminent. Tomorrow will see the final performance of my first written and directed play by Iver Heath Drama club. A beta arrival if you say where my work and voice can hopefully be seen, all portrayed by some wonderful performers.

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Back track to last year and Open Evening was born, a soon to be published debut novel by me which I am ever so proud to bring out. After finishing that and organisation of the publication I had a great energy to see if I could do another. Not a sequel but another stand-alone book in the genre of mystery and thriller (there will be more about it very soon). By the turn of this year my efforts were well under way for this next story and everything became apparent.

With the balance of shift working and trying to write amongst a social life that tended to decline slightly, my back was firmly against the wall. Consideration must be taken into account as I had very few plot or themes to work with. This book was the child of spontaneity. I planned badly and tried to rely on the Open Evening formula, that being a story which I have seen a thousand times which poured onto the page. This next project not so much, in fact this has been my longest draft to date, just shy of 7 months.

Only my experience and dedication alone got me out of this project in one piece and still my record for starting a project and completing it remains, just about. Next I shall be taking a week or so off writing. Then my attention turns to the final edit of Open Evening, just in time for it to go towards Satin Publishing and then to my readers.

As I said a writer’s work is never done.

Oh and one other thing, my next book is called Darke Blood!

My #YearOfWriting Continues…..

 

 

A thank you to followers

The Hall of information officially opened for business nearly two years ago with a dedication to gaining more followers. With every entry over that time I can happily say that the follows have slowly crept up to 70. Something which two years ago Lee wouldn’t have thought a realistic thing.

My whole premise is to build a loyal following of good tasted people who will buy my book when it first hits the shelves this September. Yes, Open Evening will make its journey over the summer through a professional cover artist and professional edit. Hopefully a wonderfully polished product will come out the other side and will be something I am more than proud to share with you.

This blog is titled a journey to publication and it is during my year of writing that the destination is sitting just before the horizon now. A year so far which has seen me over come a high level of writers block type frustration along with adapting to being a shift worker. Things will just take longer to create from scratch from now on. My latest draft of a new title will hopefully reach completion with in a few weeks and maybe I will divulge some more info on that soon.

In other writing news my first play will make its way to the stage next week. Hotel doom stars an all talented cast of fine actors and actresses who have worn my writing like a glove. Their input has been amazing and we have a great show. It would be a shame if the audience numbers do not match the level of this show so if your in town next week then check it out here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever supported me on this journey of writing. Whether you have simply liked a status, retweeted or followed me in some capactity I can only do this with your help. Let’s get some new faces out there on the shelves with decent meaningful stories to tell.

editing begins

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Batman Vs Superman: Review

The world’s journalists have spoken and you would think they themselves had been injured due to Superman saving the world, because all I have heard over the past week is just bad things about Batman VS Superman : Dawn of Justice.

Screw what they think, its time for me to tell you as it is! (gee I wish someone could do this for the whole EU stay or go debate) so sit down and shut up.

Firstly before going into the cinema we know that it should have been Christian Bale as Batman. Considering the last three films were him, it makes perfect sense for them to do that. Nope, The Dark Knight trilogy are not super hero films. They are not the same frequency shall we say as Man of steel was. Nolan did a fantastic job and they were great, as a stand alone but that is not the Batman who should face off with the Superman we have now been introduced to.

That ladies and gentlemen is why DC comics feel they have to compete with Marvel by bringing or rushing out their version of the Avengers. Batman has spent most of Marvel’s rise in the hands of Nolan and a separate entity. Batman is also the signature hero in all of this.

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On to the actual film.

As this is a new Batman, we are straight away introduced by way of flashbacks to the Wayne family funeral and that fateful night outside of a theater in downtown Gotham. Our new Bruce Wayne discovers the bat cave and then we see him as an adult in the form of Ben Affleck.

This is a Bruce Wayne after the Gotham years, his time as the caped crusader and kicking ass has dwindled slightly and the film currently sits after the Joker and other friends presumably. (One would also presume Suicide Squad is based some time in the twenty years of him being Batman and the man of Steel arriving, there is an Easter egg in the bat cave)

From the beginning, Affleck is the right choice. He looks the part as a brooding now older man and gives the caped crusader a more rugged appeal. Even though the directors choice to throw a few odd nightmare style sequences in, our Batman seems solid. As we come to the modern day, the perspective is of the people caught up in the final battle from Man of Steel. Bruce Wayne witnesses the destruction of a financial building he owns and a lot of people die.

The theme quickly evolves into society not really being sure whether or not to have someone like superman, perceived as a God, seemingly doing what he wants, but mainly saving people like Lois Lane. There’s a political edge to the debate and it leaves room for the argument of whether us people should have something to defend ourselves against him or ‘others’ like him.

Que the green stuff, of kryptonite if your technical about these things.

As always in these films and in America, big business and Politics seem to merge. Introducing Lex Corp and of course it’s unhinged mildly autistic owner Lex Luthor. Jessie Eisenberg stole the show for me in this film. He played to the unhinged and oddity of his character ever so well. Even though he is a weakling compared to most super heroes, he holds all the power in just his demeanor alone.

Lex Luthor, as the story goes, wants to get him some of the green stuff and tries to weaponise it. Of course, that’s what all modern big businesses want to do these days, the likes of google, Facebook and you tube, why should Lex corp be no different?  The government kinda see through his plans and then things start to get a little messy.

Paraphrasing here, as it is a long film. Much of the time spent introducing an adequate Batman to face off the existing Superman in which Henry Cavill is just as solid. Lex Luthor entices or maybe manipulates things so Batman and Superman have an ultimate showdown, which was everything I could possibly imagine as a fight.

As all true heroes realize neither of them are the enemy and the true enemy is Lex and the now abomination monster type thing he has unleashed (watch the film to save me from explaining this bit). Together along with Wonder woman, who played a relatively sizable part throughout the film, dropping in here and there, joined the party.

In conclusion the film as a whole was a daring and somewhat successful attempt to trump Marvel. In all senses it did. I would pay to see less comic book films if they were more like this. The humor was sharp and less obvious, things were a little darker and felt more real. There is a hell of a lot to take in for one film as there is at least five different story arcs happening and they are all intertwined. The introduction of other Justice League heroes came with a slight subtlety and looks like the direction this film franchise will go.

 Unlike many films, you’ve seen it once and that’s it. I can see myself watching this again for sure. 

Every named and known character from both franchises was played well and up to the expectation of me anyway. The ending seemed a little weird, but overall I thought the whole thing was enjoyable, watchable and coherent as a story.

Finally the two most well known heroes have faced off, and it wasn’t too bad. Definitely not as bad as some idiot journalist or even worse professional film critics were saying. Either way they wont ruin the experience as it took over 400 million worldwide!

A new Ghostbusters film? Too far Hollywood?

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The world reacted yesterday in a rather negative form as the new Ghostbusters trailer made its way onto the uber democracy of internet land. Having just seen the trailer myself and seeing that I haven’t put out a blog in a while it feels fitting to throw in my two cents.

 

joker protonFirstly, I have many close friends and acquaintances that truly love the GB franchise. I have even seen the UK Ghostbusters in action back when I cosplayed more frequently as the joker. (yes that’s me as the Joker with a proton pack and yes your argument is invalid)

So yesterday the news feed and message feeds were full of opinions in which most of were against the idea of a reboot/sequel.

To really analyse why many have turned away from the prospect of another film you have to go back to the 80’s. A place where many young adults of today have fond memories of some truly classic films. My favourite film sways towards Back to the Future and in a way both films are linked in terms of tone and humour.

 

Ghostbusters on the surface comes across as a light horror or supernatural thriller which is then lightened by the comedy aspect. Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are natural with their humour and it somewhat fits into the narrative comfortably without any push.

After seeing the new GB trailer, the gags are somewhat over planned and pushed just for the sake of trying to achieve cheap laughs. The original was only funny because it meant something not because a laugh was simply planned.

I have nothing against the new cast and ‘all female’ line up but the script they are working with probably isn’t at its best. Comedy can be easy to write in terms of cheap gags, but putting out something meaningful and funny, now that is another talent completely

The whole reboot thing is the fad these days in Hollywood who at the moment have a hell of a lot to answer for. Without going all political right now, production companies find it preferable to recycle a known film franchise for guaranteed sales rather than risk it on something new. The only victim here is us, the movie watcher. That is why budding script writers and novel writers alike find it so hard to reach the ‘standard’ ways of publication because there is so much established crap in the way.

Overall I thought the trailer of the new GB film looked alright. I may even go and watch it just to find out if this is yet another unwanted reboot. Luckily for me although I really enjoyed the first two films it isn’t my favourite but its certainly up there.

Saying that, for a cult audience to have their favourite flick sort of ‘trodden over’ doesn’t make me particularly warming to the cause.

Have Hollywood gone too far? Are they looking for the same magic that made films of the past good? Films like Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Robocop, the terminator and Rambo. Cult classics right, but the whole tone of movie making back then was different. The map was yet to be fully discovered.

Are you a GB fan? What do you make of it?

In other film news if you didn’t know this past weekend was the academy awards. This year Leo DiCaprio finally did it and got his Oscar! But to me it seems a little cheap this year, especially with the whole race discrimination thing and of course female actors seeking a more equal deal. It feels the academy did it begrudgingly just to distract us normal folk about how disjointed the academy and Hollywood is. Either way it was well deserved as Leo holds a catalogue of truly awesome films.

 

 

My Big Book Announcement

The day is finally here and with great excitement I can happily announce that my first novel ‘Open Evening’ is going to be published!

As some of you may have seen the other day I put up the picture of a date on both the tweet machine and Facebook (or life invader, the name I prefer). And yes and this is actually happening.

On the 29th of September 2016 Open Evening will be available as an e-book initially and then later on in mid-October will see the release of it on paper back.

This blog site has been the very forefront of my publication journey in the past few years and finally there is a destination on the horizon. If you look to the right you can see a countdown of sorts that I had ‘fun’ trying to put up on Tuesday (look I don’t computer well ok).

If you have come from life invader you will have seen my short but sweet announcement video available to watch here. 

The details

As many of you book people will know getting published takes a lot of organisation and firing back and forth of emails. Now you’re probably asking who will be publishing Open Evening.

Well back in December I made contact with Nicky Fitzmaurice of Satin Publishing, an e-pub house I have had my eye on for some time. After sending my work to Nicky she happily accepted and will be editing the book (as well as doing many more things in terms of publishing it).

Open Evening has been recognised as YA (young adult) in genre and will hopefully appeal to a broad range of ages. You can read what it’s all about here.

Now finding success through publishing a book is not something that can be done single handed. Having already organised the services of an editor/publisher I have also been on the lookout for somebody to help promote and publicise the book.

Last week I asked a good friend of mine and fellow blogger Matt Streuli if he would help publicise things?

‘Of course’ he said (in abridged form). Now some of you will already know Matt who does fantastic work, blogging and campaigning for the awareness and stigma that comes with mental health. His journey in the past year can be seen in his many blog posts about the subject of mental health. He has appeared on the radio and even writes for the Huffington post.  I will even mention that every year he finds new and innovative ways to advertise the community drama club we both belong to.

What needs to be done?

So my book team has been organised and ready to assemble, what happens now?

Well there is still a lot to consider before any of you read the first words that begin Open Evening.

Firstly I need to get in contact with a cover artist. I know the saying about never judging a book by its cover but people do so it needs to be good.

Then I will need to get my head around all things that make up the publishing process. After all this is a journey of discovery.

At some point I shall sit down with Matt and discuss all the ways I can annoy people on social media about my book.

Importantly I will be blogging and bringing any updates onto here in order to build up an even bigger following that I already have. That ladies and gentlemen is where you come in.

No writer has ever found success without the support of loyal readers and in this day and age, followers. Quite honestly I need you all to like, share, retweet, re-blog and rewind the VHS before taking it back to blockbuster (what?). Seriously I need you, because on that day of publication I want Open Evening to make a dent in whatever list or chart it finds itself on. My dream is for the world to read my stuff and it’s on the horizon, but only if you help. There may be a signed book or cup of tea for your reward.

I said 2016 will be my #YearOfWriting and it is. So come with me if you want to read…

Thank you all sincerely for reading this and liking my posts on whatever social media platform you find me on. It means everything to me. This journey has been long but its going to get interesting soon.

LH