William P Thomson

One Who Would a Writer Be.

Archive for the month “December, 2015”

WE’RE UP AND RUNNING!

Hello Good People

PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’

Well, it’s up and running. I found out when a good friend of mine ordered a paperback copy of the book from WATERSTONE’s online facility. It seems the publisher has a link up with such with KINDLE, WATERSTONES, W H SMITH, FOYLES and a few more I cannot remember at the moment, and do the same for all the books they publish.

Now it’s rest and fun as we enter the festive season. ‘Battle’ will resume from Jan 4th 2016.

If any of you good people have the Facebook and/or Twitter facility, it would be great if you could spread the word via those media outlets. Mind you, only if you read the book first and think it worth the effort, of course!

Now it’s break time. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year, and thank you for bearing with fortitude my scribbles throughout this year.

Warmest regards,

PT

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‘Christmas’

Great little story PT, pleasantly humble.

Thanks so much for my book, received this morning and funnily enough open it directly on page 129 where l saw my name! Couldn’t believe it!

Can’t wait to start trading it over the holidays!

Thanks again you generous, talented and lovely soul xx

‘Christmas’

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Dateline: Saturday, 19th December, c3:30pm

This afternoon, I watched the old 1947 film (on BBC2) ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, with Cary Grant and David Niven. The time the story was set was – you’ve guessed it – a Christmas time. Before the film was over, my stupid mind had formed a little story of its own, which I proceeded to rap off in about half-an-hour. The attached is it. Hope you like it.

Cheers,

PT J

Christmas’.docx

A Change is as Good As a Rest

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Well, things move on. On Sunday, two dear friends of mine, Huw and Maria, took me for a curry by way of celebrations of my book. The delight was tempered only inasmuch as we found ourselves in a traffic jam, both going and coming back – at 7pm and after 10pm respectively. Mind you, the company was great and Huw has a big, beautiful …… BMW! Niiiceee J.

On the book front, the ‘Schlock’ sci-fi magazines publisher are going to review ‘PROM’. So, in time I will either be swinging from my ceiling light – by the neck – or doing a jig down the road. If the review is not all that I would wish, I’ll just remember the wise words of Oscar Wilde: ‘Write what you like about me, just spell my name right.’ I paraphrase, of course.

On the writing front, a weird happening. I was watching a BBCtv programme on Einstein last night. As I did so, I was also thinking on two short, interlinking stories I’d written; ‘NORMAN’ and ‘TRANSMOGRIFICATION’. I wasn’t too happy with the latter title; too clumsy. So, I thought on. As a result, the two stories will become one, in two parts. The second part being ‘MORPHEA’. Like they say, a change is as good as a rest.

That’s it for now. I’ll keep you posted.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

PT

Point-of-Sale

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Ellie is the lead on this next phase re the book; getting the word out (almost literally) that it’s there! In other words, informing the media and the major wholesale book buyers. If this goes reasonably well, I might get to do some book signing sessions, and that’s when point-of-sales material comes in. In this regard, a poster and leaflet presentation.

The Poster. A3, a blow-up of the front cover of the book, with the back page blurb also displayed. Looks good. A real rectum ripper!

The leaflet. These are small and clever. Again, on the front, a reproduction of the book cover; the flip side being an order form. Nice.

Typical, Ellie is young, very smart and able, and also possessed of a lovely humour. She may need a lot of the latter before this marketing exercise is done!

And now ….. the weekend – thank gawd!

PT

The “Collywobbles”

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Well, this morning I picked up the first batch of my book (complementary copies), and a dose of the collywobbles! Odd to relate, on looking at the final result of 42 years of endeavour, my overriding feeling was that of detachment. Don’t get me wrong, the printers have done a great job, along with the publisher. It looks great. I read the presentation pages, along with the ‘blurb’ on the back cover. Fine. Just fine. I think it’s just the let-down, now that, in film terms, it’s ‘a wrap’.

Phase Two will be harder, as there is little or nothing I can do directly. It’s all down to the reaction (if any) from the media and the book wholesalers. And let’s face it, the item has only been out little more than a day.

I’ve had fun knocking out some ‘Dedication copies’, and my handwriting is, quite frankly, crap, as I have typed just about anything and everything since I was 20! Yeah, yeah, I know, as a former Counsellor-Therapist, I should do the old ‘physician heal thyself’ number on myself.

On the positive side, I spoke to all the people I’ve been dealing with at AUSTIN MACAULEY (the publishing house, as you’ll recall), and they’re very happy with the finished item.

I think we’ll have a better idea as to the lay of the land by the end of the year. Hell, I hope so, or we’ll have to try another approach.

Still, for now, God bless all at AUSTIN MACAULEY and pass me the bottle!

PT

BLOGGED!

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I’ve been blogged!

I learnt from the publishers that one PR pack they sent out, went to a blogging company, who blog out book reviews. And this company are in New York. Ooooooo! New York, New York and all that.

Stay tuned.

PT

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