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Great for a writers retreat
Saddleworth House - holiday apartment in Kilgetty West Wales; is great for a quiet holiday for two, or for a writers retreat. I've spent a week there with my wife and loved every minute of it. Judith and David Barrow are the lovely owners. Judith Barrow is a writer of novel's and plays. David spends much of his time in the garden, tending to the beautiful flowers and hedges that surround this secret hidaway for couples (one bedroom apartment).
If you're a serious author or poet and need time to finish that novel, or if you just need time to kick back and relax. I can't recommend Saddleworth House enough. It's set in Kilgetty and is only ten minutes away from the lovely coastal village of Tenby and eight minutes from Saundersfoot. Check out my 'Links' page for the website.
PENfro Book Fest 2012
This year is the second PENfro Book Festival 2012. This event in September is a two-day spectacular, filled with workshops, author talks and signings. It runs from Saturday September 15th - Sunday September 16th and is set in the beautiful country mansion of Rhos-y-gilwen North Pembrokshire Wales SA43 2DW tel: 01239 841 837. At the event will be, all the big welsh publishers; Honno, Gomer, Parthian, Starborn books and many others.
I will be signing copies of my books at a table with a feast of authors (adult and childrens) in the main hall. I love supporting welsh book festivals and am looking forward to talking and mixing it up with all the best Wales has to offer in literature. Do come and support welsh literature.
Meeting a fellow fantasy author
|Karen Langtree is a young children's fantasy author. I met her first a few years ago at Borders bookstore Oxford Street London. She was doing a signing at the time on her first book 'My Wicked Stepmother.' Since then we've kept in contact and on Monday August 6th 2012 we met again. This time she was signing at Waterstones Cardiff shop. My wife Jan was with me and we also met Karen's husband Ian. They only got married in 2011. Karen has written two more books since; Fairy Rescurers and Fairy Rescuers - Return to Elysia. Her books are selling really well. She is dabbling in YA fiction now too. It was lovely meeting her again and maybe some day I'll venture to her neck of the woods.|
A fantasy adventure
|This is the exciting story of strange worlds and even stranger creatures. Shelley Vendor loves books and, with her friend Katie, another bookworm, take a school trip. It's an event to meet their favourite author on World Book Day. This journey will change their lives forever. Shelley and Katie fall into the weird world of Reflections. Why is the ruthless; Shadrack Scarrat after her? This mean overlord and his Razzard Wolves are hot on her tail. And what are the Plogs? There are twists and turns aplenty. If you like your adventures fast and furious...The Curious World of Shelley Vendor is for you.|
A nice success story
Joseph D'Lacey signs a two book deal.
I met a guy a long time ago called Joseph D'Lacey. I was doing a signing at Borders Leicester at the time (later Borders went into liquidation) not because of me you understand.
Joseph approached and we talked. He had just signed a deal with a publisher called Bloody Books. He's a horror fiction writer and his book was called, Meat. He did a second book with the same publisher called Garbage Man. I, must admit that I haven't read any of them (what can I say, horror scares me), but the books went on to greatness. Stephen King even quoted this man as 'Joseph D'Lacey Rocks!' Things happen in recession and Bloody Books went under! This left Joseph with nothing.
His agent parted ways and he struggled to get a small publisher from the states to take on his work. I found it crazy at the time, I mean he was famous in my eyes and all his fans, but couldn't get another contract. Now things have changed.
He recently got a fabulous agent and a publishing contract with Angry Robot. He secretly wanted to work with Angry Robot for a while and now he's signed a duology deal. The two books will be; Black Feathers (April 2013) and The Book of the Crowman, following in 2014. I am really pleased for him. He's a nice man and great author.
A bit of free time
Keeping you up to date. I'm sort of inbetween things at the moment. I've got the new book, which is in the process of coming together. The cover art and page templates are almost done at the printers, so there's not a lot more I can do at this point. Registering the book details and so forth are being sorted.
I did my last book-signing at the weekend at Waterstones Weston-S-Mare on Sat July 21st 2012 and, I'm not doing another until September 1st this year. I have a project which I'm waiting to hear about, one way or another, so there's nothing I can do there either.
I have a manuscript that I was doing a couple of months ago called; House of Darke. I may well go back to that and get it into shape. I've done around 35-40,000 words on that particular story, so I think I'll take it up to the 60,000 mark and maybe get it edited. I can then send it to agents and see if I can get a publishing contract. It's a hard life when you're trying to get on as a writer.
I like to keep my readers in the loop as to what I'm doing. Maybe I'll have some news later. I'll definitely keep you up to date. For now though, I have a bit of free time.