Literary media has been buzzing with the news of Masterpiece, an Italian game show which is offering one lucky author the chance of mainstream publication with a planned 100,000-copy print-run. Well, it had to happen, didn’t it?
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I’m delighted to welcome to the blog today none other than Alan Hewitt, official biographer of ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and author of the books Opening The Musical Box and Genesis Revisited. Alan has been kind enough to take time out from his busy schedule of managing Genesis fanzine site The Waiting Room, following Steve Hackett on his recent UK tour, and checking out all of the talented Genesis tribute bands, to answer a few questions on writing about The Greatest Rock Band in the World.
Alan, first question: can you tell us a little about how you became such an authority on all things Genesis?Continue reading →
It’s time to take this “unknown author” thing to the next level. Tomorrow evening I will don a smoking jacket, slap some gel on my Barnet, and do my best to pronounce ten boxers’ names properly and see if I can carry it off without making myself look a complete arse on live television. I’ll be the ringmaster at the World Series of Boxing match featuring Hussars Poland vs. Cuba Domadores, which will consist of five bouts each of five, three-minute rounds. If you live in Poland, you can watch the match live on TVP Sport, and for anywhere else in the world it will be live-streamed on World Series of Boxing’s website, beginning at 8.30 pm CET, 7.30 pm GMT. Oh, did I mention it’s going to be transmitted live? Continue reading →
In a month when the top story should have been the Frankfurt Book Fair, what excited many people was the news that UK retailer W. H. Smith suddenly removed all self-published books it had only recently started carrying. It did this because a customer complained that a search for children’s books with the keyword “Daddies” returned titles of an adult, and in some cases gross, nature. From this naive filter failure, it was only a short but entirely predictable step to the retailer reassuring its UK middle-class customer base that they would not have to suffer such distress any further, and blaming the uncontrolled orgy (pun intended) of self-published books for the problem. To read the full column, click here.
Congratulations to Paulo in Portugal (how alliterative), Rich in the US (I wish I was), and Rob and Lisa in the UK for correctly identifying the track and artist used in the Class Action promo video: the music comes from Can You Understand by Renaissance, which kicks off their 1973 album Ashes Are Burning.
However, I still have two paperback copies of Class Action sitting on my desk, which I would love to dedicate and send out to good homes. So I’m going to give you all a tiebreak question (which sounds odd, I know, since there isn’t technically a tie over anything). The first two people to send me an email with the correct answer will win! Ready? Right, fingers on buzzers (well, keyboards): Continue reading →
World-renowned guitarist and former Genesis band-member Steve Hackett knows a thing or two about life on the road. Currently touring his acclaimed, sold-out Genesis Revisited II shows, when Steve comes off the stage after entertaining thousands of fans with some of the best rock songs ever written, he appreciates some solid literary nutrition to snack on!
So, if you’re looking for an original, entertaining and nutritious literary snack, take a tip from the master Steve Hackett, and pick up your copy of Stories of Genesis, Vol. 1 today!
***With thanks to Steve and Alan Hewitt, and apologies for the liberties taken (Steve did not actually say the ascribed quote because, er, he had a copy of my book in his mouth)
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know about Janusz, a freelance filmmaker who has done the covers for all three of my novels. Lately I’ve been twisting his arm to produce promo videos for my books. Obviously, I can’t afford to pay him anything for these videos (I mean, really, even if I could afford the going rate for such services, I’d squander invest the money in advertising).
So, in the best tradition of being an Independent Author, our cooperation is strictly quid-pro-quo, and here’s what I mean. Modesty unfortunately prevents me from naming the author of this limerick (with editorial assistance from the delightful Paulina), and modesty further prevents me from drawing your attention to the dulcet tones of the narrator
We’ve reached the time of year, once again, when traditional, mainstream publishers flood the already saturated book market with thousands of new titles – made up of pappy, third-rate celeb “memoirs” for the most part – to make as much dosh as they can in the run up to Christmas.
This makes life even tougher for the average Indie Author, and can cause an enormous and potentially harmful build-up of bile, manifested in a tendency to read too much into things and even to hear voices. For example, last weekend I took my youngest to Warsaw zoo, and the animals were saying all kinds of weird and frankly ridiculous things. And only I could hear them. Strange? Maybe, but I do want to share the evidence with you, my dear readers. Continue reading →
Yesterday, the Evil Mastermind told me there was a problem with the reactor core in this Death Star of a blog. Yesterday, I went to have a look, armed with my trusty elastic bands and bits of dried chewing gum. But he didn’t tell me he keeps a very small (but quite friendly) black hole down there. I go down there for one night and return this morning to find months have gone by up here. Damn.
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