William P Thomson

One Who Would a Writer Be.


Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile. Bit tied up, in a manner of speaking.

My second book, ‘GEORGE’ (published by AUSTIN MACAULEY in Nov. 2017). Introduced it to two separate groups of seven-year-olds. Now that was an experience.

I’ve now had accepted a first collection of ghost/horror stories (first of six), under the collective title of ‘HORROR’, Series One …. Two … etc. It’s all go.

On top of all this, I’m working on something to do with adults reading to children. I’ll explain next time around.

Until then ….. ‘Byeeeeeee!

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Well, I live to tell the tale, having faced two groups of seven-year-olds, telling them about ‘GEORGE’.

Both the children and their teachers were terrific. At one point, I invited the second group to guess my age, and one little dear suggested I was 103! Out of the mouth of babes, comes ……

It was a wonderful experience, and one that I would not have missed for the world.

It was part of a ‘festival’ of words, and some of the events, including mine, were at the Dulwich library. And well done the library. It really was/IS a hub of the community. All power to its elbow …. so to speak.


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This coming Monday (4 June) I shall be doing a presentation of my book ‘GEORGE’ to a group of 30 seven-year-olds …. three times over! God bless my publisher. I shall do “performance” reads as opposed to straight reads. What seven year old wants to sit and watch an old fart reading!?

This whole episode takes me back to my Drama training days. Talk about ‘Back to the Future’!

Right, back to rehearsals for me.



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Sorry I haven’t posted of late; somewhat busy.

I’m preparing to introduce a gathering of 30 7-year-olds to ‘GEORGE’. A sort of modern day firing squad for green-at-the-gills authors!

I’m also awaiting publisher judgement on two of my efforts. A piece titled ‘ARRIVAL’ and the first collection of my horror stories. We also hope who sit and wait.

That’s it. Take care.




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My third book manuscript has been accepted …. but …. in the way I have thought it would have to be; as most likely a THREE-BOOKS series. As it stands, it would simply be too big as a one-off. This means, yours truly must sit down and select around 20 or 21 stories, with a total of some 50,000 words. Good game, good game.

I’ll keep you posted.



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Onwards and Upwards

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Sorry my postings are somewhat erratic, but things are happening in a few directions, so all seems somewhat up in the air.

On the one hand, in conjunction with my publisher, AUSTIN MACAULEY, we’re putting a new bookmarker together. Although it will bear George’s image, the actual theme is reading to children. I’ll tell you more later, when the whole thing is clearer – to me!

On the other hand, the new Marketing Manager of AUSTIN MACAULEY, Janine, is editing the final version of the show reel which will feature a few author’s and their latest works. I’m one of the authors, and ‘GEORGE’ is my second work. Janine, is also thinking of putting my verse about reading to children, on the show reel, in both print and voice over, which she would provide.

Good game, good game.

That’s it.

Onwards and Upwards!


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Book trailer

Hello Good People. Re ‘GEORGE’: you may have better luck with the I.T.address noted below. PT

From: Pete [mailto:fox.pro@btinternet.com]
Sent: Friday, March 2, 2018 2:42 PM
To: ‘maria kasapis’; ‘Huw Jeffrey’; ‘Finola Stack’; ‘Marjorie Tozakidou’; ‘Mahala Patel’; ‘donna harrington’; ‘Roulla Violaris’; ‘Thomas Evans’
Subject: FW: Book trailer

Hi, Guys & Gals! I hope you can play this trailer. Cheers, PT J

From: Austin Macauley [mailto:vicky@austinmacauley.com]
Sent: Friday, March 2, 2018 1:11 PM
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Subject: Re: Book trailer

Dear William

We have created a book trailer for your book George.

Please click on the link below to see your book trailer. If you like it then please send me an email of approval and we will publish it on our you tube channel, website and social media feeds.


Kind regards

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‘GEORGE’: See below

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I’m not very good at matters I.T., not the dumb addresses that go with them, either.

However, if you can go on to the Internet and type in the address below, you might be able to see George …. hogging the limelight on an AUSTIN MACAULEY PUBLISHERS “showreel”.


Hope it works.

I also hope you’re surviving the weather!


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What it’s all about ….

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Things are moving a bit, indeed, have been since the Summer of 2015, when the publishing house AUSTIN MACAULEY decided to take on my first book – ‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’. I’m not sure how much I may (or may not) have explained to you. I’ll keep it simple. The publisher works in three spheres: in the conventional sense, taking on all the financial weight of producing a writer’s work, in vanity publishing, in which case you pay a lot, they print your book and that’s about it. The third way is in ‘partnership’. This is the route I was fortunate enough to be taken into. In the ‘Partnership’ mode, I pay a figure, but my share of the cost is but a small part in comparison to what the publisher puts on the table; their facilities (from proof reading, to publishing, to marketing), and, obviously, the experts in these fields).

What does this latter route entail? From the moment I signed the contract and returned it (about three days), they were in there like Flynn, and I haven’t looked back. I knew nothing about publishing, but all I can say is they were not found wanting. And once they’re with you, they stay with you. That becomes apparent when the work is published and the marketing of same gets under way. They are still there, pushing ‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’. After that, they took on ‘GEORGE’ (lighter fare, but in the biggest of all book markets – children’s books). Again, their expertise and support have been outstanding. I’ve dealt with some 10 people on the first two books, and that will probably be the same, if they take it on, with ‘BON APPETIT’. They took on ‘GEORGE’ because, as they told me, it was as different from ‘PROM’ as it was possible to be. With ‘BON’, equally different, as it’s the collection of all my short stories over the last 50 years.

Women seem to predominate at AUSTIN MACAULEY. Young, very able and up for it, and also with humour and grace. This time around, with ‘GEORGE’, I also have two young men on the Marketing front (Thomas and Henry), who I’ve already mentioned to you. Cambridge graduates (in English), who wear their level of academic achievement, and place of learning, lightly, and with humour and grace. I now also, indirectly, have a new Marketing Manager batting for me, who I have also mentioned previously, by the name of Janine. She who is putting together a “showreel” of books relatively recently published by the house (AUSTIN MACAULEY, that is).

So, there you go. I took a gamble and it seems to have worked. Put it this way, I have no complaints.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it, but Thomas has lumbered me …. oops, sorry …. obtained for me an engagement to speak at a literary festival in Dulwich, come 7th June. I’ll be presenting ‘GEORGE’. Back in 2015, it was ‘PROM’ and human brain transplants. Get in there!!

That’s yer lot for now. Keep the faith.



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Onwards, ever onwards

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At present, I’m writing my first short story in about ten weeks. Now I just write if the mood/an idea takes me.

An interesting note of note.

Some weeks back now, a young man in the publishing house assisted me in doing a recording via his super, all singing, all dancing mobile. I was dying of a cold at the time. The man’s name was (IS) Henry. My present Marketing Assistant is Thomas. He handles the marketing side of my books ‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’ and ‘GEORGE’. Hopefully, some time after March he may find he has my third book to contend with (‘BON APPETIT’).

The thing about these two young men is that they’re relaxed in manner and able as regards ability, and don’t have any airs or graces – pretensions – about them. Quite interesting, really, as both are English graduates through CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY. They wear their education background lightly. In fact, Henry only told me indirectly, and Thomas didn’t tell me at all, until I told him about Henry (he knew that, of course). You couldn’t wish to know two more down-to-earth guys. As to the new Marketing Manager of the publishing house, Janine, she’s ‘Somethin’ else’, as our American cousins might put it. “Heavyweight” re experience, and she hit the ground running. She’s close to completing a sort of “showreel” of more recent books published by the house, one of which will be ‘GEORGE’. Way to go!

Right, I think that’s it for now. Toodle-pip.


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