Pass it on!

11200622_689828944482580_7587460682993935397_nA reader who recently bought and enjoyed The Pick-Up Artist was asking me on social media whether I mind her passing the book on to a friend.

Well, of course, it’s not my place to mind, that copy of the book is her property not mine, but the answer anyway is – of course I don’t mind, in fact I’m delighted!

I was even more pleased when she got back to me to say her friend had enjoyed reading it:

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The perils of publicity for authors

photo 3It’s publicity time for The Pick-Up Artist at the moment, which means I have to do various interviews etc for the media. Being a literary small fry this mostly means local press and radio, local mags, that sort of thing.

The first problem for me is having my photo taken. This is something you become gradually more allergic to as you get older I think.

When I was in my 20s it didn’t bother me one bit having my picture in the papers. I was a newspaper reporter back then and I remember one occasion when I was writing a series of features on a body-building competition they printed a full length picture of me on the front page wearing just a pair of budgie-smugglers. Did I mind? Did I heck – such are the joys of youth.

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Not a lot of plots in fiction?

There seem to be as many theories about plot out there as there are stories in the naked city. Some experts will tell you there are seven basic plots, some that there are 20 some that there are 36.

But then some people will tell you there is only one plot in the whole of fiction, and that plot is…

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A fabulous launch event for The Pick-Up Artist

photo 3I was down on the south coast of England last Saturday in the beautiful seaside town of Lyme Regis for the launch event for my new book The Pick-Up Artist. Which you can see  on Amazon in the UK here. And Amazon in the USA here.

I’ve not been doing this published author lark so very long and The Pick-Up Artist is only my second book out, but already I’ve weathered some awkward episodes at public appearances – empty rooms, restless crowds, you know the sort of thing. I tend to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

So you can imagine my delight, gentle reader, when the launch for my new book turned out to be such a splendid, feel good occasion. It was like I had died and gone to author heaven.

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Launch day for The Pick-Up Artist

9781910094167-front-lores2So it’s launch day for my new book The Pick-Up Artist!

*Crowd cheers, tinsel and balloons fall from ceiling, champagne corks pop.*

Should you wish to, you can now buy my book on Amazon in the UK here. And Amazon in the USA here. Don’t all rush at once now!

Around the time this is published I’ll be heading down the motorway to the south coast of the UK to the lovely seaside town of Lyme Regis to attend a book launch event at the Lyme Regis literary festival. All things being equal I will tell you how that went and share some pics next week.

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The Pick-Up Artist – what’s it all about?

9781910094167-front-lores2It’s only a week until the launch of my next novel The Pick-Up Artist, so I thought I’d better write a little on what the book is about and what my intentions were in writing it.

It should be quite easy to say what your book is about but I find it surprisingly tough.

I can do the ‘elevator pitch’ of course. The Pick-Up Artist is a romantic comedy about a young man’s inept attempt to find love using the PUA system which claims to use psychological techniques to attract women.

And I can of course summarise the plot, though my publisher Magic Oxygen has already kindly done that for me in the blurb on their website click here.

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A book cover for The Pick-Up Artist

9781910094167-front-lores2Great news for me this week – the publisher sent me the cover for my new book The Pick-Up Artist which will be published on Valentine’s Day February 14th and can already be ordered online on the website of publisher Magic Oxygen click here.

I was delighted to see the cover, it’s a great moment for any author I think – suddenly your book, which has previously been an idea and some words on a laptop, seems real. It has an identity, an image to go with the words.

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