Heavens, it's been busy since I last sent a newsletter. I was just starting a second edit of The Visitors Book when a client emailed, desperate for a second developmental report. So I decided The Visitors Book wouldn't harm from a couple of weeks on ice. I'll be back to it soon.
But I do have a big thing to tell you, and it's this. The real title.
No, I couldn't call it The Visitors Book, much as I'd like to. It needs a title that works a bit harder. So after a lot of brain-dinging with my bookseller friend Peter Snell (my co-host on the radio show), abetted by Husband Dave, we arrived at this:
Not Quite Lost:
Travels Without A Sense of Direction
Next challenge: getting all that on a cover. Hmmm.
And yet another challenge.
I'm hoping to place some of the pieces in literary magazines and anthologies, which will mean doing something I haven't done for years - submitting work to editors.
It's a nailbiting prospect.
When I was a neo scribbler years ago, I used to pitch short stories to magazines and competitions.
It did not go well.
The literary people told me 'your stories have too much plot and your ideas are too weird'. The more robust and weird publications said 'you're too literary for a rag like ours'.
I'm hoping the world has moved on and I'll find good homes for some of the pieces from Not Quite Lost. (And I'm also hoping I'm a bit better at the literary/odd/plot blend. With the retroscope I'm glad those stories never saw a printing press.)
Nevertheless, it will be a nailbiting time. If you have any suggestions for suitable destinations, or any blogs or publications hungry for copy, do let me know.
I've already made a start. One of the pieces will appear in the final edition of the Vine Leaves Literary Journal, which will be published in May.
Other news! Out and about 7 May 2017 - I'll be appearing at the PowWow Festival of Writing in Birmingham Booking details and secret arrival instructions are here.
Other speakers include Joanne Harris; Stewart Home, Sam Mills, Elizabeth-Burnett, Alex Wheatle, Arifa Akbar and literary agent Jennifer Hewson.
Give me a holler if you're planning to be there.
Ignore this segment if you subscribe to my blog, but I know some of you aren't bloggish people, so...
Here's an interview I did recently at Henry Hyde's blog, talking about writing and other stuff. Well, mostly writing.
... And finally, I promised you horse.
This month, Byron reached the utterly astonishing age of 29. Here he is getting birthday fuss.