Firstly - the children's book. Well it is finished at last, in fact I've started writing another. I'm now arranging a proof reading - to make sure that I've crossed the i's and dotted the t's, or something like that. In September I'm off to a seminar at Matador to find out all about self publishing, e books and stuff like that. Should be good - I decided against the traditional publishing route, it could take forever and I don't have the patience for that.
And then the news that I'm really chuffed about - I found an illustrator who will make the final thing look fantastic. I've spoken to him and we'll discuss the project this week, so once we've tied up what's happening I'll let you all know who it is you need to Google 'cos his artwork is brilliant.
The current working title is DOGNAPPED! and although it has been through a few incarnations during the writing process I'm pretty sure that this will be the finished name.
Also, although this is a lot more speculative, there may be a killer marketing ploy in the pipeline - I had a brainwave yesterday. I'll let you know if it turns out that I'm not actually raving!
The sci-fi/ fantasy novel? Well I'm editing that again now. God knows how many times this is! I started it in 2009 and have picked it up and put it down so many times since then it must be feeeling sea-sick! I re-read it the other day and you know what - it's not bad. I think I'd got tired of it as it's been hanging around so long, but I've re-written chapter one and I think I'll try and get it ready to go for next year. Funny (hopefully!) but a bit controversial - watch this space.
Castle Writers, the group I joined in Dudley a couple of months ago have got some more events planned for the next few months.
We've already done a couple of readings at The Coffee Bean cafe in the Trident Centre for the Black Country Day celebrations.
Friday 25th September 10:30 - 11:30 Dudley Library are organising a Macmillan coffee morning where we will read out some of our work - I'm informed that there'll be cake!
Thursday 29th October 2:30 - 3:30 To be confirmed - a Halloween childrens event again at Dudley Library.
Friday 27th Novemer 5:30-6:30 again to be confirmed (timing may change) A criminal and horror reading event - 18+ so I'm told. Dudley Library going to be really busy.