Now I know that I have a separate page on this blog for all of the books I read in 2015, but this one was so wonderful that it deserves a separate post. My friend and author Erik Berrevoets gave me this book for Christmas. It is Jen Campbell’s “The Bookshop Book” and is a must-read for anyone who loves bookshops. It is full of magical descriptions of weird, wonderful and totally normal bookshops, heart-felt anecdotes from authors, book shop owners and book nuts alike, and wonderful facts about books and book sellers. I spent half of the time dreaming about opening my own bookshop – I could have a theme one, maybe just sell horror books, or crime books, maybe cookbooks. Maybe I could have one that just sold books about animals – I could call in Fauna Nation! Or maybe I should finish the current draft of my children’s book first and see how I go with that goal first. I really recommend you look at this one.
To access my the list of books I have read in 2015 (list so far) you can use this link: Reading List 2015
I have re-writen the first five chapters of “The Persian Bottle” – now called “Pete and the Perilous Persian Bottle” and I am very happy with the suggested changes. The feedback I received has been really helpful and I can see the difference it is making already. I am hopeful that the changes will make for a much better story and hopefully a successful book. I will keep slogging away at it (not that I am finding it a slog).
Well it was all okay I guess. I have some fabulous leads in terms of a publisher who may be interested (all about quality of work and timing of submission), and some excellent ideas for the story. On the positive side the characters, their interactions, theme and location went down a treat, however I need to do a lot of work on it. I am splitting out the plots so that the rat/genie adventure story becomes a single book for a 6-10 year old market (before was 9-13), and the theme about the returned serviceman gets put aside for a young adult book idea. So the bottom line is that I am starting a total re-wrtie, today, which is why I am procrastinating and writing this post instead. Loads more to come 🙂