William P Thomson

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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

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Sent: Friday, March 2, 2018 1:11 PM
To: fox.pro@btinternet.com
Subject: Re: Book trailer

Dear William

We have created a book trailer for your book George.

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‘GEORGE’: See below

Hello Good People

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 ….

Hello Good People

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

Hello Good People

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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Hello Good People

Not much to tell at present, mainly because I’m slowly coming out of one hell of a cold. However …..

‘GEORGE’ will be featuring in an AUSTIN MACAULEY “showreel”, which will present little features on some more recent publications, of which ‘GEORGE’ is one.

Also, the manuscript my third (and probably final) book, is being read even as I write about it. And that’s about it, really.

I’ll keep you posted.

Hope you’re all surviving the cold ….. and colds!


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In answer to ……

Hi’ya, Maria.

On Saturday, in a text, you asked me how the publisher, AUSTIN MACAULEY (AM), decided to go with my first two books; ‘PROMETHEUS ASCENDING’ and ‘GEORGE’. It made me think, especially with the first one.

Obviously, money plays its part, as it’s a partnership between publisher and author. Even so, my financial contribution is, in reality, no true reflection of the personnel involved and the expertise they bring to the table. The subject matter of ‘PROM’ at least had the reflection of Shelley’s ‘FRANKENSTEIN’, but far more realistic and immediate; this being borne out by the Italian neurosurgeon, SERGIO CANAVERO. Indeed, at one point, we believed he would be performing the world’s first ever living human head transplant (in Russia) in the same month ‘PROM’ was published. However, it didn’t happen. It is now scheduled for April of this year, in China. So, ‘PROM’ is a real, live subject.

Then came ‘GEORGE’. As different from ‘PROM’ as it’s possible to be. However, it is tailored to the biggest market in the world: children’s books. But, I also wanted the stories (fourteen, interlinking, creating the one overall story/book) to be fun for the ADULTS who’d read them to their own children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces; with the reading ‘chores’ I believe falling most heavily on granddads and NANS! The first indication that I’ve managed to achieve this was declared to me only this Saturday just gone. A few kids have expressed their delight, and also their joy for the illustrations, of which George comes out tops, with Butch getting an honourable mention. This, of course, is down to the illustrator, FINOLA STACK. She translated my word descriptions of the little rascals into perfect images. There’s also good Marketing/PR mileage in ‘GEORGE’, as he can be put forward TWICE a year: 24th April being the REAL Saint George’s birthday and, of course, every Christmas. Way to go, George! And there is the film/TV media to think of. At present, I and AM (through you, Thomas) have approached the BBCtv’s children‘s channel, CBBC. Also, for the record, ‘GEORGE’ was barely half my financial contribution, in relation to ‘PROM’

And now there’s ‘BON APPETIT’. I know it is a hard proposition in publishing when it comes to putting out collections of short stories, unless you’re a ‘named’ author. Still, I can now claim to be a published author, with two books to my name. Also, as I think Thomas and Rachael Speake (she’s in Submissions) at AM would testify, my stories are somewhat different, and also well and truly in the Mystery, Magic and Horror genres. Hee hee. Aaarrgghhhh!!

Also, we must not forget the media of radio. My first success was via the old Capital Radio’s ‘MOMENT OF TERROR’ series, which kicked off my writing in my adult years. To this end, I’ve had the pleasure of being interviewed by Georgie and her little Podcast broadcasting venture. I’m trying, with the help of Thomas, to get her interested in ‘broadcasting’ a few of the ‘BON APPETIT’ stories. We’ll see. In passing, ladies get a reasonable, fair and positive airing in the stories. Honest!

So, it’s all in the mix. I’d love to see ‘BON’ published on June 30th of this year; my 75th year of existence. Write on!! J

Finally, Maria, and to you all, thank you for being you, and the support that you give to me, and remember what I said at the end of my interview on Georgie’s Podcast: ‘A writer is a writer is a writer, but it’s the publisher who turns him or her into an AUTHOR!’.



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The Podcast interview

Hello Good People.

Firstly, those who are down to receive copies of ‘GEORGE’: I’m told by the publishers, they will be out by the end of this week, so watch out for your post!

As to the podcast interview I emailed over to you, if you bring it up onto your screen you will see that Georgie has re-set the Presentation page, so anyone can now post their comments on the interview directly to her. She will Forward them on to me, and I’ll Forward them onto the publishers.

Finally, to any one of you suffering the bleedin’ flu, you have my sympathy, as I too am suffering that particular displeasure!



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Podcast Interview

Hello Good People. I hope you get this in its complete form. Whilst the interviewer, Georgie, was beautifully clear, I sounded like Alfred Hitchcock on a bad day! Mind you, I was on the other end of the telephone, so I was trying to be as clear as I could. Even so, all things considered, I’m quite happy with it, and Georgie edited a two-hour sessions superbly well. Onwards and upwards!! PT J

From: Georgie Norgate [mailto:georgie.norgate@hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: Monday, January 8, 2018 9:22 PM
To: Pete; thomas.evans@austinmacauley.com
Subject: Re: Podcast Interview

Hi again!

The podcast is now up on the website! Please click the link below 😊 It has had to be edited down somewhat to fit the time restraints but I hope you like it!


It was a pleasure interviewing you!

Best wishes,



‘GEORGE’ reviews and YOU!

Hello You Luv’ly People

When you eventually get to read ‘GEORGE’, might I ask that you write a little review and post it on your blogsite/website. Feel free to say what you like …. just spell my name right (and George’s)!

I should know later today when the revised copy of the book will go out to those expecting their copies…. via AUSTIN MACAULEY. It seems the process isn’t as fast as I’d expected/hoped for.

That’s it, save to say once more – HAPPY NEW YEAR – and hanging in there with me.



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Hello Good People

Over the last few weeks, you will have received a few postings that were addressed to multiple recipients, other than your good selves. This being due to ‘GEORGE’, which was published at the end of November, 2017. After Christmas/New Year, the long slog of marketing (i.e. selling!) the book becomes the next stage. A lot of close friends know well of George, so are interested to know where he is, what he’s about. Hence, such postings that come your way.

At the moment, the few personal contacts who have a copy of the book, have all been uniform in their praise of the presentation of the book (size, colour, front cover, etc.), the illustrations within, and the very brief story at the end about Father Christmas. I have yet to have comment as to what is thought of the narrative.

Now ‘GEORGE’ is up and running, I begin preparing to try and get ‘BON APPETIT’ up and running. In the laptop, it’s almost 500-pages and 540,000 words! Mind you, all short stories, with a few poems thrown in, and written over some 45 years. Good game, good game.

Right, that’s it. back to the salt mines.

Cheers, and Happy New Year.


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