Just opening with a reminder that the above book is the next one out and it’s on its way. It moved a step further down the production line this week.
I’m not sure whether to do the same as I did with Particular Stupidities (R&M#5) ie the pre-release purchase thing. I think it helped sales, but I don’t really know. What do you think?
Has anyone else noticed the proliferation of titles available at the moment, and doing well, that start with ‘The Girl…’?
The Girl on the Train
The Girl with No Past
The Girl in the Red Coat
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl in a Box
The Girl in a Swing (an oldie that I remembered).
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden
The Girl Who Wasn’t There
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
The Girl Who Walked on Air
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die
The Girl Who Broke the Rules
The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
I’m sure there are more but I suddenly felt I had better things to do than find out.
(I wonder if the later titles were all just making use of Stieg Larsson’s highly successful millennium trilogy. And if he stole it from Richard Adams.)
And you should see the number of titles available with the word ‘girl’ in them. Pages and pages and pages.
I’m thinking about getting in touch with my cover designer to see if we can change the title of R&M#6 to The girl on the in the with the who the where the why the what the fuck the unhappy families. Kinda catchy, no?
Something I did last week has given me a great idea for some promotional work. Some of you may have seen this image that I put up last Sunday:
Well it got me thinking about other things that an author can do and call it work. Here is a small list that I came up with fairly quickly. (Perhaps because they are all quite familiar to me.)
- Staring thoughtfully out of the window.
- Drinking coffee in Starbucks and people watching.
- Lying in a hot bath with a cold beer reading great books .
- Mooching about town sampling the weather and looking at builidngs.
- Surfing the Internet for book titles with the word ‘girl’ in them.
- Standing on the pavement in the pouring rain outside my local Waterstones display window, house-brick in one hand, half-empty (not half-full) bottle of vodka in the other, tears streaming down my face.
So what? I hear you cry.
I thought I could hire a professional photographer to take pictures of me doing twelve ‘authorish’ activities and then I could use the images to have calendars printed. On each month’s page there could be one of the photos, a cover of one of my books and maybe a good review of the book. (What else made me think this would be a good idea is that when the next two R&M’s are out I’ll have twelve books available for downloading. And there are twelve months in the year.)
I thought I could give the calendars away for free as a promotional tool.
Maybe it would help if I took it one stage further and jumped on the Calendar Girls bandwagon. I’m in fairly good shape these days, even if I do say so myself. (Although sitting naked in my local Starbucks could create problems.)
If anyone has any suggestions of ‘authorish’ activities that would make good images for my racy calendar, please don’t be shy.
Acer#4 continues to develop. The word count is now up to 40,000. (I’m realise I’m a bit obsessed with word count. I think it’s because I never write anything longer than 100,000 words and when I get past 50,000 it feels sort of like I’ve broken the back of the current project.) Oh and I might have a title for it: Deep State.
When I’m writing a book and I get an idea for something to be either a recurring theme or just something of a one off that it occurs to me needs to go in somewhere I’ll type a note at the beginning of the document for myself. That way I get to see it and be reminded of it often. I have one sentence that’s been hitting hitting me over the head from early on in Acer#4. It’s based on some reader feedback of the others: Acer needs to be more savvy in this one. The way things are going he’s going to need to be if he’s to survive it.
And finally a ‘funny’ story.
PB: 10k – 40.05
PB: 5k – 19.22