Well here we are at the end of another topsy-turvy week – some bits have been some, others less so, but I’m off work today and looking forward to the weekend.
Just thought I’d do a sort of book update... not that sales have exactly gone through the roof since Christmas. Officially, sales are “languishing on the cellar steps”, my first submission to a publisher has been flat-batted (albeit politely) and the fame and fortune tunnel has no light in it whatsoever, but am I downhearted?
Well, actually I am, but I’m going to soldier on bravely in the hope that this old bloke will one day be discovered... in a kind of Howard Carter and Tutankhamun of way, but preferably before mummification takes place.
So this is where I am at the moment... volume two of the Gateshead Thunder history (2000-02) is complete, except for an updated afterword with former player and current head coach Kevin Neighbour which Kev and I are in the process of setting up. The club and supporters club have offered their help and a local journalist has said he would do an interview when the book is published. All sounds really positive... think I’d better do one more proof read...
I’ve updated a short book I completed three years ago, charting the early fights of Cassius Clay up to and including his defeat of Sonny Liston for the world heavy-weight title in 1964. It’s not really intended for sale, but if any of you are keen boxing fans, I might be able to get hold of a few copies for a fiver each?
And finally (well nearly), due to public demand (and my definition is “two people”),I’m seriously considering a full rewrite of Desperately Seeking Susan Foreman. Three of the female TARDIS companions have passed away since the first edition of the book was published in 2010 and recently I actually “found” the eponymous Ms Foreman when Carole Ann Ford’s signed photo arrived after nearly three years of trying.
And finally (definitely)... for all you Coronation Street followers out there – The Lynch Mob is still available – discounted – so please hurry and buy your copy. Not because the price is going to go back up... not because the book will be going out of print... but because time is getting on and I want to be able to spend the royalties while I’m still middle-aged!
Have a great weekend.
All my own work... almost.