OUP has now had its editorial and sales meeting and has produced this thrilling cover for my book. I’m really delighted with it, as it is almost the same as the image I’ve had in my head all along. Book covers are often a source of friction between publishers and authors but I couldn’t be more […]
Publicising the Book
Sunday 16 October 2011 is the 177th anniversary of the 1834 fire. Today I’m tweeting a ‘live’ feed of events from 1834 in real time on Twitter. I’ve prescheduled the tweets so I can watch as the come through: it will be fascinating to experience it myself in real time, rather than just writing about […]
If you’re writing a history book which is original and scholarly but which you hope has popular appeal too, then the news is pretty grim. The market for such books is extremely tough at the moment. You only have to glance at this photograph to see what I mean. Taken earlier this week at WHSmith in the departure […]
Hooray! This blog is celebrating its first birthday! In the course of the last year I have completed my book, which found a great agent, who found me a great publisher, and as an added bonus I met lots of like-minded folk on Twitter. Thank you all for reading this blog or tweeting me with ideas […]
Dickens in the 1830s, looking a good deal more glamorous than in later life Filling in the publicity form, one question which came up asked about anniversaries or other events which could be used as a hook to promote THE BOOK. There’s the fire itself of course (16 October every year – 178th anniversary in 2012). More topically, there’s the […]
Very exciting news on the book emerging over the last week, which I hope to be able to divulge shortly… In the meantime, I have joined Twitter @dustshoveller…tweet you there!