Sunday, September 19, 2010

Why write books when you hardly make any money out of them? Here's why.

A couple of days ago, I got this email from Brian Kennedy, an Irish writer who had just read The Bromley Boys:

"I've just put the book down with tears in my eyes at how beautifully nostalgic the story is.
How innocent, gulliable and yet loveable you and all the characters are.
Funny, witty, and I adored every page - what reduced me to tears was the way you told the story of everyone in the epilogue. Ordinary everyday people , with everyday jobs that gave no less , and probably more, then any Premiership player dispite the handicap of being, well, woeful!
It was the promotion in 2007 and seeing Roy in the backround that killed me you sod!!! I'm 41 !! I don't need to have tears rolling down my cheeks reading about people I've never met!
Just needed to email you to say you've filled my heart with a warm glow, and its even made me track down all the 14 members of my Kilbarry Rangers side that played 18 games of the 1992/93 season, winning 0 drawing 3 and losing 15 so I can invite them all to the launch. Our "Corinthians Casuals" were Stradbally FC and we avoided finishing stone last in Division 4B of the Waterford Junior & District League (the lowest league available) by draw 1-1 at there ground with a last minute goal by our "Phil Amato" - George O' Mahoney who seemed to run 100 meters from the half way line to get a touch on the ball 2 yards from the goal-line I'd chipped over the Stradbally keeper to steal my thunder.
Thank you my friend. Loved it . And hopefully I'll get the pleasure of meeting you in real life some day.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Like Bees to Honey - Caroline Smailes

In a shocking turn of events, I am turning over today's blog post to a subject other than ME. Caroline Smailes, who is a fantastically good writer, has a new book out next week called Like Bees To Honey. Having read a fair chunk of it already (as well as all her other books), I am confident that this is going to be her breakthrough. So, as a way of grabbing a slice of the glory showing support, I am hosting this stage of what modern book-types call a 'Blog Tour'. Here, for your pleasure, is Chapter Nine:

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New site and other news

After a mere four years of writing books, I've finally got around to putting up a website at One enormously popular section of the new site is the 'sightings' section, which has had ONE RESPONSE in three days. Come on, people, you can do better than this. Send me a picture of you posing with The Bromley Boys, and it'll go up on the site, ensuring you'll be recognised everywhere you go.

Will the book be coming out in mass market paperback? It's a question I'm often asked (really!). The current version, a C format trade paperback, is a bit expensive for some at £10.99, especially when similar football books are less than half the price. Well, as far as I know, there are no plans to do this.

Finally, Waterstone's have changed their approach to book selling, and are now concentrating a lot more on local markets. This seems to have helped sales of The Bromley Boys, as it's being promoted quite heavily in branches like Bromley, Orpington, Bluewater and Croydon. Before that, they held a single copy in branches throughout the country, which wasn't particularly successful. Sales have definitely improved since the change of plan and that's why Waterstone's are my favourite bookshop.