Artwork by Connor Gearty connorgeartyfinearts.co.uk/. So we're looking at the art for the new book cover for PILGRIM AND THE FALL OF KINGS. This is the prototype in the rough - cool right!
It's been called; Memorising, Hitchcockian, Disturbing - by people who frankly embody those traits.
Let us know what you think.
The audio book for PILGRIM THE BALANCE is currently being recorded and will be available to download from a number of well known sites including, Devon Libraries, Amazon, iTunes and others. We shall be adding a dedicated web-page for the new audio book, where the first fifty readers to respond will win a free download of PILGRIM THE BALANCE. There will definitely be cake and an early finish to the work day - for us. We've toiled people - we deserve it. :)
It's official - PILGRIM THE BALANCE and PILGRIM AND THE GEOMETRY OF FEAR are now available in East Devon and Northern Ireland libraries. My sincere appreciation to Xanthe Waite - library supervisor for Devon and Sean Beattie - service development manager for NI libraries; for their enthusiastic support and for responding so positively.
Thank you to everyone involved with achieving this milestone. We will continue to roll out the books to additional libraries. If your local library is missing a copy of the book drop us a line.
There can't be many creative professions out there where the process of producing the final product is entirely in your hands - and you signed up for it. Such are the formative years of a writer. The third book in the series of the Neath A Pilgrim Chronicles is developing. Old characters meet new ones and its a blast. Interestingly, writers don't do it for fun and certainly not for money; they write because they can't stop themselves. So the next few months I shall be at the coal-face. I'll check in whenever I'm able to let you know how its going.
Its a first for me at the Bud Lit festival and I wasn't disappointed. I attended a talk with the, 'highly knowledgeable on all things publishing gal' Susanna Wadeson out of Transworld Publishing. The talk ran well and truly over the one hour because the audience couldn't get enough and Susanna was very generous and graceful with her information and time. I like to think I'm pretty au fait with the general course a book takes from the author's cave to your local book shop - but evidently I live in LaLa land - because despite my research there are more steps than climbing to the temple at Batu. Now I'm aware of the process - I'm thinking, it requires a great deal of expertise and a killer sense of humour. Yup - these guys earn their percentage.
What did I learn? - The publishing process, costs, expectations of publishers, possible pitfalls for writers. What publishers think of Literary Agents (they're essential for good business). Whats up and coming in the literary race for every readers dosh. (We're talking audio books). And more besides - you had to be there!
So all-in-all an absolute must for anyone in, or associated with the literary industry.
Hi everyone, our September newsletter is due out on the 30Th of this month - it'll be packed with all things Pilgrim, new Q&A questions, free to enter competition and upcoming events. Subscribe through our website to receive your free e-copy
Right now I'm doing that hunched over thing when you're trying to dance but you're not sure what you're doing - that curious foot shuffle where your fist and arms rotate over each other and your hips are trying to compensate - what can I say- its not pretty! So I'm excited and yes - theres a little trepidation - but I'm totally - "we've worked on it - its going out there - it'll be great!"
Then I hear Mr Phelps in my ear, "An e-newsletter (draws a deep breath, as his nostrils thin) -
I miss the days, when a perfectly starched pair of white cotton gloves accompanied a pristinly ironed newspaper offered up on a silver salver - ah well - such is life." Bite me Phelps - scratch that!
A big thank you to all those Pilgrim fans who attended the festival; it was great to meet up and answer those off-the-wall questions that have been keeping one or two of you awake at night. Such as, "Are we ever going to see Pilgrim and Baxter together - I mean 'really' together?" and, "How likely is it that Pilgrim will become a Titan?"
These are great questions - but, unfortunately if I were to answer them, It would totally spoil your enjoyment of the upcoming books.
I had a great time and it was made all the more special by meeting some of the fans of the Pilgrim books. Thanks guys!
So, here's the skinny. We've received enough requests to access the digital books not just on our website, but now through whichever device you happen to own. Never wishing to disappoint our readers - we are now researching the best way to accomplish this. We'll keep you posted. All readers who have signed up will be emailed directly the book's format is made inclusive for all devices - Thank you for your encouragement and patience.
I would like to thank all those library reading groups who've been reading Pilgrim The Balance and have been passing on the free copies, or accessing the free digital flip-book - a big round of applause to you all. When the idea of providing a free copy for reading groups was first suggested, I had no idea it would snowball so positively and with the many suggestions we've received, its become quite an interactive process between myself and the reading groups. A special thank you to all those library staff who embraced the idea from the first - I don't believe I recall one, 'no thanks'. Currently, 38 library reading groups across the country have/are reading Pilgrim The Balance, with many others moving onto the next book in the series Pilgrim And The Geometry Of Fear.