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The price of publishing

In preparation for the release of Philip Pullman’s long-awaited La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One on the 19 October, I have been re-reading (should that be devouring?) the original His Dark Materials series. Aside from being awed yet again…

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Mr Tumnal: music as an inspiration

Mr Tumnal: music as an inspiration

Mr Tumnal has an eclectic taste in music. His music collection is entirely vinyl and (mostly) cassette, with some recent additions on CD, thus, Kathryn buys him an iPod which she has engraved for him: For your music collection and…

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Mr Tumnal’s Theme

Mr Tumnal's Theme

From the very first page of Mr Tumnal, you know that music is very important to Lewis/Louis and to his lives. How important you will have to wait to fully discover. With such importance you might expect me to know…

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The Seeds of a Story

The Seeds of a Story

Stories can come to the writer through deep consideration or through random chance. Mr Tumnal came to existence from the latter. As the acknowledgements in the front of the first edition, to be be published in just over two days time,…

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An early start to young career

I finished going though my royalty figures for last year today. It means that 2012 was the first year that I learnt a three-figure sum from my writing. Admittedly it’s been a pretty low three-figure sum but hey, I’ve never…

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Words, words, words

Since receiving the latest version of The End Of All Worlds and my bravery of taking it into Cole’s Books, I’ve taken it up myself to read. It’s an odd experience reading back one’s own words. I’m used to it…

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The Indie Experiment #8: Sales Figures

So, The End Of All Worlds has been out in the world for 6 weeks now. Whilst sales have not rocketed to 4 figures (!!) they are nonetheless keeping themselves respectable. Earlier this month I did a free promotion for…

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The Indie Experiment #2: Weirdness!

I’ve always had that dream of receiving the first box of books delivered, hot off the press, and straight from the publishers, and imagined what it would feel like to open it up and suddenly have the books revealed inside….

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A Day in London Town

So, I had a away day into London Town today – let out for good behaviour if you will. I was attending the Technology For Marketing & Advertising trade fair at Earl’s Court. It’s a slightly odd fit for me…

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The Guardian and The Grauniad

I’ve been reading a daily paper for five months now, and I have to say I like it. There are some days when I do it. You know the ones; the ones where you don’t have time to read much…

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That Magical Feeling

Emma and I watched another episode of Stephen Fry’s Planet Word tonight – this time about the written word. When he was looking at printing it made me watnt to get my Adana Eight-Fives working and play with good, honest,…

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