Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
A top secret meeting
This is Cafe 162 and it's frankly a bit rubbish. But did that stop Liz and I heading there today? No, it did not. For we had a meeting with one of the higher profile film producers in this part of the world and two development executives who laughed at all of my jokes. The purpose of this gathering was to discuss turning e-luv into a film. Or sitcom. Or animated TV series. Not only did I get a free apple juice, but I learned that TV channels and film funding people don't just expect scripts, but also a full range of marketing tie-ins, including plans to utilise the internet and mobile phones. Needless to say, I felt totally out of my depth. We are meeting again next week.
Monday, November 27, 2006
I consult the experts
I have a new plan. I am writing to CEOs of the world's leading advertising agencies as well as various celebs asking them how I can sell more copies of e-luv. Today I got a reply from Kevin Roberts, überboss of Saatchi and Saatchi, which I have posted for you. Paris Hilton has also been approached for her ideas, which should be hot.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
A slight correction
Whether this scheme is a stroke of genius or sheer insanity is open to debate, but personally I think it's a brilliant idea. Why? because the more people who read books like these from indie publishers who don't have huge marketing budgets, the better. It can only help the word of mouth...
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Here is the news
E-LUV: THE FILM - I have a meeting with a producer next week - I sent him a copy of the book a few months ago and now he wants to talk. More news on this as I have it.
E-LUV: THE SEQUEL - I have had millions (well, six to be exact) of emails in the past couple of weeks asking if there is going to be a follow-up to their favourite internet romance novel. The answer is that I don't know. The plot is done and I've vaguely planned out the chapters, but the motivation isn't really there currently.
THE FRIDGE - I have managed to borrow some money, which is good news for the fridge. Soon it will be filled with papayas, which are the finest fruits known to man. I could live on the stuff - really.
TIMBO - It is approaching Timbo's payday and as soon as it arrives, he will be the proud owner of a brand new copy of e-luv. Hurrah!
X FACTOR - My wife, who is American, informs me that Ray, the annoying twat who inexplicably hasn't been kicked off X Factor yet, is a dead ringer for the Big Boy Restaurant mascot.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Fridge and Timbo update
Caroline and Jude have requested, as a matter of some urgency, a status report on my fridge. I'm afraid the news is not good. As you can see, there is just a small scattering of food to be found and not much prospect of adding to it. But late last night, things took a turn for the better when Timbo finally relented and informed me of his plans to buy e-luv on his next payday. I am anticipating that he will love it so much he'll tell all his friends to buy it and it will then be only a matter of time before the fridge is full to overflowing with Beluga caviar and Dom Perignon.
Monday, November 13, 2006
From Russia with e-luv
"happybutterfly" has asked me to pass this message on to Timbo
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Timbo is close to buying e-luv
I like Timbo (seen here in festive mode). He has a blog which I regularly peruse, an amusing Roger Moore anecdote and a love (which I share) for The Flaming Lips. He hasn't bought e-luv yet, but I sense he is weakening. In the space of a few hours today, he went from saying " I must buy this book of yours" to " I found your book in Waterstones. I liked the introduction. That's all I have to say."
So. There is still work to be done as I am picking up on a certain reluctance to commit. The question is, how do we persuade Timbo to cross that line and buy it? I have added a link to his rather good blog, as you can see on the right. I'm thinking that might work. I will let you know if it does.
Friday, November 10, 2006
I get a sales update from the publisher
One of these statements is a lie - but which one?
2. I managed to convince Portsmouth Public Libaries to buy two copies of e-luv, by writing to them under four different names from four different email addresses.
3. There is a chapter in the book that makes no sense, because I meant to go back and finish it when I felt more inspired, but completely forgot.
4. The music of James Blunt (seen here in his only pose) kept me going through my darkest hours of writing e-luv. After all, who doesn't feel a little better after constantly being told they're beautiful?
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Person of the Week
Remember - if YOU want to be Person of the Week, all you have to do is tell me you've bought the book.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Things I have been doing while waiting for my book to move up from its Amazon.co.uk Sales ranking of 235,516
PLAYING on a brilliant site where you put your photo up and some kind of face recognition computer trickery tells you which celeb you look like. I'm a dead ringer for Donald Sutherland, apparently, while Mrs Roberts resembles someone called Kristanna Loken.
THINKING it would be a tragedy to go through life without tasting Oatibix.
LISTENING to Recycled Air by The Postal Service, Waterfall by The Stone Roses, Yoshimi vs The Pink Robots by Flaming Lips, Born Under a Bad Sign by Richard Hawley, California Snow Story by Saint Etienne and The Dark Is Rising by Mercury Rev.
READING Temptation by Douglas Kennedy, which is as fabulous as I expected.
TRYING UNSUCCESSFULLY to get an agent.
WONDERING if anyone is buying e-luv. They certainly aren't on Amazon, Waterstone's are stocking fewer copies than before and I haven't heard from the publisher in ages.
URGING anyone who sees these cards to buy them, so I can afford to eat.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
More 80s pop stars spotted in New Zealand
Following my extremely successful recent post on the whereabouts of Pepsi, I can now bring you reports on two more 80s pop stars who fled to New Zealand. Alannah Currie of the Thompson Twins is now a mother against genetic engineering, and produced a billboard featuring this multi-breasted woman to make a point which is not entirely clear. Meanwhile, Roland Gift, former Fine Young Cannibal has become a gravel-voiced bank spokesman who appears in moody and stark TV commercials.