Archive | October, 2011

RESULTS NOT TYPICAL Blog Tour Digest: Week 2

14 Oct

This has been a bit of weird week for me because I relocated to my new temporary, novel-writing home and got immediately distracted by comfortable chairs in the sun and waiters who kept little cups of coffee coming to them. But I was working on the novel really, because I was thinking about it. It does count. No, really. It does. Very important part of the novel-writing process, thinking is. And it just so happens you can do quite effectively while sitting in the sun drinking coffee.

I know this doesn’t look like novel-writing but trust me, it’s a vital part of the process…

But from tomorrow, it’s down to business. To show that I meant business, I bought a pack of Post-Its today. Post-Its are vital to my plotting method and I plan to sit on the floor in the morning and layout my book in 40 chapters with one Post-It for each one.

(That should waste hours of time…)

Luckily all the work for the stops on last’s week stretch of the ongoing blog tour was done before I got here, so that went ahead without a hitch. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by this latest batch of lovely hostesses, now is your chance to catch up.

On Monday I stopped by Sally Clements’ blog Love and Chocolate where I had a guest post about that little known self-publishing problem: explaining what it means – and doesn’t – to family and friends, trying not to be offended when some of the people closest to you don’t read your book when utter strangers not only read your book but write reviews, tell all their friends and send you long gushing e-mails about how much they enjoyed it. Read it here.

Tuesday it was the turn of Lindsay Edmund’s blog, Writer’s Rest, where Lindsay interviewed me about writing fiction versus writing non-fiction, Cadbury’s Wholenut chocolate bars and Oreo Cakesters. Read it here.

Wednesday found me guest-posting on Mel’s fantastically-named blog, High Heels and Book Deals, about my love affair with flip-flops. My favorite ones have soles made from recycled yoga mats and they are as comfortable as they sound. Read it here.

On Thursday I was guest-posting on Ellen’s lovely blog, Pink Tea and Paper, about what doesn’t matter when it comes to self-publishing. So many blog posts, articles, websites, etc. are devoted to what you should be worried about, but what about what you shouldn’t? What about the things that don’t matter a damn, even if some things you might read on the internet would lead you to believe that they’re the be all and end all? Read it here.

Finally today I was on Keris Stainton’s blog Della Says, where she asked me some really difficult questions that had me scratching my head for quite a while! (But it made a change from “Why did you self-publish?”!) Find out what book I’d like to live in, what my top tip for Disney World is and who I’d like to play me in the movie version of my life. Read it here.

Results Not Typical is out now – needless to say but I’m saying it anyway – and available from Amazon’s Kindle stores for just $2.99. You can find out more about the book here and find out where I’m off to next week on the blog tour here. Thanks to the fact that not all my books are available in the same places (thanks CreateSpace!) I’ve made this new handy “Where to Buy My Books” page. So, you know. Go buy my books. Help me maintain my coffees-in-the-sun-when-I-should-be-writing-habit.

Or maybe don’t. I really should get around to writing that book…

Coffee Break: I Want to Have an Idea THIS Good

12 Oct

I don’t normally dine in McDonald’s because the one item on their menu I like – the Sausage and Egg McMuffin – stops getting served way too early for me. But there is a shopping centre (mall, American friends) in Cork that has the most horrendously inadequate offering of coffee-drinking options of any place in the civilized world and so after seeing Jurassic Park a couple of weeks back we were forced to get some McDonald’s coffee in the food court.

Which is how I discovered that someone at McDonald’s has had a brilliant idea.

(Or, potentially, stolen it from someone else. But someone has had a brilliant idea.)

In theory, a coffee (or other hot beverage) loyalty card is a great idea. You’re buying coffees from the same place on a regular basis, so why wouldn’t you want to get a free coffee after every five or ten purchases? And of course it benefits the store, because on that morning you almost hit another cafe for a bit of a change, you remember your loyalty card and make like you’re loyal.

But in practice, loyalty cards are a pain in the arse. The company has to get them designed, produced and then kept in stock, and the staff have to remember to keep them to hand by the register and/or offer to hand them out. When a coffee is ordered, they also have to remember to ask if the customer has a loyalty card, and then they have to stamp the card, if the little stamp-thingy hasn’t been lost since its last use, or dried out by that weirdo who works Friday nights and spends his time tattooing his arms with it. The customer has to remember to bring the loyalty card with them, which is where I always fell down. I’d leave the office with cash in my hand, leaving the card in my wallet back at my desk. The cashier would give me a new loyalty card so the purchase wasn’t “wasted”, a practice that eventually filled with wallet with single-stamp loyalty cards. So, no free coffee for me.

I couldn’t find a single suitable image of the loyalty card-embedded coffee cup, and I didn’t have the foresight to take one. So you’ll just have to use your imagination.

McDonald’s have, in one move, removed all these problems. The sleeve of the cup has a loyalty card within it that you can easily peel off, along with a sticker to get your loyalty card started. If you already have one of the cards, you just peel off the sticker to add to it. With you having that cup in front of you for at least as long as it takes you to drink the coffee, you won’t forget to peel off the sticker. Even if your card is back in the office, you’re probably taking your coffee back there anyway. At no point does the staff have to get involved in the operation and as the card is part of the sleeve, if it’s unwanted there’s no additional waste.

It’s just all kinds of great, isn’t it? I’m an avid watcher of shows like Dragon’s Den and I can’t recall anybody coming in with an idea as simple as this that solves as many problems. Sure, those problems aren’t world hunger or global warming or anything, but it’s still good stuff.

I hope I can have an idea as good as this someday. Of course I hope mine is more along the lines of “How to sell a gazillion books a minute” or something, but still. I live in hope.

The Results Not Typical blog tour continues! Imagine your surprise. Yesterday I was on Writer’s Rest, the lovely blog home of Cel and Anna author Lindsay Edmunds, answering questions about creating fiction versus writing non-fiction, writing snacks and the benefits of drinking gallons of water mixed with lemon juice and pepper. (Spoiler alert: there are none.) Today I’m over on the lovely Mel’s High Heels and Book Deals, with an ode to flip-flops. Yes, I know they’re not technically high heels, but I love than more because I can actually work in them. Find out more about the RNT blog tour here

It’s That Time of Year Again

10 Oct

Two years ago this month, I was holed up in a little holiday cottage in East Cork, writing Results Not Typical. I’d hit upon the idea after reading an interview with Irish crime writer Alex Barclay in which she mentioned that she’d written her first novel in a “series of holiday homes” around the country. Thanks to my then newfound status as unemployed/aspiring writer, I was living with my parents and working out of a room approximately the size of a large cupboard – Harry Potter had probably had more space than me. So this holiday home thing sounded intriguing. Especially since the summer was now over and with it, presumably, the majority of bookings. Who’d want to be down by the beach when it was freezing, wet and grey? Only me, as it turned out. I got a cheap rate and total solitude, and I managed to write the first draft of Results in just six weeks.

Inside the holiday home where I wrote Results Not Typical in 2009. It all happened at that very kitchen table. (Note proximity to coffee-making facilities!) 

Last year I had a trip to the States booked for October, so between the cost of that and its timing, I couldn’t get away to a holiday home. But there was still a novel to write. One of the editors who had read and rejected Results wanted to see something else, something different. I started work on it at home and got about 30,000 words done, but it was like blood from a stone. I just couldn’t get in the zone but there was too much going on in the house, and I was constantly interrupted. I wasn’t blameless of course; there was many a day when I somehow managed to time my afternoon coffee-making so that it coincided with Oprah and well, I might as well just sit down and watch it during my break…

So now that my self-publishing stuff has been sorted for this year, it’s time to turn my attention to Novel No. 3 (or finished Novel No. 2; last year’s efforts probably don’t count). I have a great idea for it – I hope! – and I’m itching to get started, but I don’t want to take any chances this time around. I want to get it right, and I want to get it finished. So I’m away in a holiday home again, but this time I’m really away; I figured some sun wouldn’t go astray…

Upgrade! So, on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being not even a little bit and 10 being you’re upchucking into your mid-morning coffee right about now, how jealous are you? 

I’ll still be blogging, of course, and reminding you all several times a day about the Results Not Typical blog tour for the rest of the month, but I’ll be a bit quieter on Twitter, Facebook, etc. My crown as Queen of Near Instant E-mail Reply will probably slip off too. But fear not: it’s not because I’ve suddenly taken a dislike to you. It’s because I’m sunbath– I mean, um, writing.

(Note that I haven’t told you where I am. That’s because I like a little mystery.)

The Results Not Typical blog tour continues. On Friday I was on Emma Newman’s Post Apocalyptic Publishing asking just who is it who’s reading all this 99c novels (because I don’t anyone who does), and today I’m on Love and Chocolate, the blog of the lovely Sally Clements,  talking about the headache of explaining what self-publishing means – and doesn’t mean – to family and friends. If you’ve haven’t already entered the Goodreads giveaway for your chance to win one of five paperback copies of Results, just what have you been up to?

RESULTS NOT TYPICAL Blog Tour Digest: Week 1

7 Oct

So how are we all this fine Friday? Sick of me yet? If the answer is yes, boy, do you have a way to go before this blog “infect the internets” tour is done and dusted! If you’ve been ignoring my Results Not Typical blog touring shenanigans as a method of self-defense, fear not, because this handy little blog tour digest post will catch you right up…

The What What What?

I just self-published a novel, a chick-lit/corporate satire thing called Results Not Typical, despite saying on numerous occasions – in print, HTML and public – that I’d never self-publish a novel. To not-so-subtly convince all of you to run out and buy it (PLUG ALERT: it’s only $2.99 in e-book!) I arranged a little, 3-week, 16-stop (and growing!) blog tour of the magical interweb. The idea is I stop by a different blog or website every weekday to either answer a few questions, write a guest post or talk about flip-flops. That’s what’s up.

Where I Was This Week

The tour kicked off on TweetTreats.org, where Jane Travers got me discussing important issues such as WeightWatchers, the Black Gates of Mordor and how that thing Aldi claims is mayonnaise is, in fact, not mayonnaise. In an act of perfect blogosphere synergy, Jane started her blog tour for Tweet Treats on Catherine, Caffeinated the very same day. If you don’t know what Tweet Treats is, you can watch this video I made earlier:

Monday morning it was off to Maria Duffy‘s blog, Write Now Mom. Maria is the soon-to-be-bestselling-author of Any Dream Will Do, which will be published by Hachette Ireland next month. (Much squealing!) I took her kind invitation to stop by to talk about finding the right time and place to start writing your novel, albeit with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek…

Twitter friend and fellow coffee-lover Laura Pepper Wu was the hostess on Tuesday, and the venue was her website, Ladies Who Critique. If you’re looking for trustworthy women writers to help kick (or gently push!) your book into shape, that’s the place to be. Laura interviewed me about all things self-publishing, British Vs American English and Writer’s Butt, or Writer’s Bottom or Arse as we’d call it here.

Wednesday was the turn of the internet’s favorite Crabbit Old Bat (her words!), Nicola Morgan of Help! I Need a Publisher, surely one of the very best writing advice blogs on the web. In this interview she reminded everyone that I’d said I’d never self-publish a novel, but have done just that – thanks a lot, Nicola! – so we discussed the reasons why

Are you exhausted yet? Think of me, writing all these posts! But it’s only Thursday of week one, and today we stopped by Alison Wells and her lovely corner of the internet, Head Above Water. This stop was a guest post about my least favorite part of writing a novel: the bit in the middle. I have a great idea for a novel, and I know what happens in the beginning and the end. But what is everyone supposed to do for the 80,000 words in the middle, eh?

And finally Friday, Emma Newman hosted me on her blog, Post-Apocalyptic Publishing. (Best name ever, right?) On this stop I asked the question “Who is reading the 99c e-books?” and examined what’s actually happened when someone clicks “Buy” on your Amazon listing and how, potentially, you can use this information to your advantage. She’s also giving away some e-books so if you pop over there today you might win one.

(Some of) The Reviews are In!

I was very nervous about how people would take this book, seeing as it’s quite a bit different from your average women’s commercial fiction read and about an evil weight loss company. But – phew! – some reviews have come in, and they’ve all been great. Way better than I’d even hoped.

(And I am LOVING the puns, people.)

Shirley Benton (author of Looking for Leon) said over at Chick Lit Club: “When I read the blurb for Results Not Typical, I was slightly concerned that the corporate element of the book was going to alienate me as a reader and that I’d find it hard to get into the story because of that – but as soon as I started reading, I gobbled the book up (no pun intended). It’s a delightfully satirical tale, with a fresh perspective on the well-established theme of weight loss, and a quirky writing style. Just like its title, this book is anything but typical and if you want to take a chance on something completely different, this is the story to choose.”

Marsha Moore (who you may also know as Talli Roland, author of The Hating Game, Watching Willow Watts, Build a Man and one of the few blogs I make sure I read every day) said on Amazon.co.uk: “Having read Catherine Ryan Howard’s non-fiction and enjoyed it very much, I was eagerly awaiting the publication of her first novel… and wondering if Catherine’s wit and humour would translate as well in a fictional setting. I’m pleased to report it did — wonderfully! Results Not Typical is anything but your typical read. Packed full of entertaining characters — some you can’t help sympathizing with and others you’ll love to hate — Catherine’s tongue-in-cheek take on the weight-loss industry will be easily digested (sorry! no pun intended!) to anyone who has ever attempted a diet. Highly recommended. I can assure you, you’ll never look at a muffin the same way again!”

A review from Leah of ChickLit Reviews almost made me cry I was so delighted with it. I read every review those ladies write and trust them implicitly, so to get the thumbs up from them was just fantastic. And judging by their review, they really “got” the book. It’s quite long so please do pop over there and read it, but their conclusion was that “it’s so nice to read something that’s different, to read something that’s not your regular girl-meets-boy fare. Catherine has a natural flair for story-telling and her writing is immense. [Results Not Typical] was such an enjoyable read … I thoroughly recommend it.”

Thank You, Steve

This was also, unfortunately, the week that we learned the tragic news that Apple founder Steve Jobs had passed away at the age of just 56. In the beautiful words of Leo Babauta, I found my dreams through his machines. Jobs has also been very important to everyone here in Cork because we are one of the homes of Apple in Europe (I love that when I buy from the Apple store, my product gets made on the other side of my city!) and so hundreds if not thousands of Corkonians have been employed because of him since the early eighties. So I wrote this.

The blog tour continues until October 21st. Follow its progress here.

Thank You, Steve (Or, An Ode to Apple)

6 Oct

What a sad, sad day today is.

I found out just before I went to bed last night during my usual pre-lights-out Twitter check and there, right at the top of my stream, was the news that technological visionary Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, father of Pixar and inventor of the device I was holding in my hand, had died at the age of 56.

Apple.com this morning.

Such upsetting news. The funny thing is, I used to be a PC girl whose only Apple-related activity were the derisive snorts I threw in their direction.

The launch of Windows ’95 was the first time I remember anyone getting excited about something to do with computers, and it spurred me into a phase of reading every book I could about Silicon Valley. I was mildly obsessed with Gates and the origins of Microsoft and so, when our first home computer arrived in 1998 – I was 16 – I worshipped it like it was atop an altar, even though it was a Compaq Presario running Windows ’98 with a 2GB hard drive and a floppy disk drive. (Remember those?!) From there I progressed onto my own Dell laptop (for, ahem, schoolwork, of course) and then a Hewlett-Packard.

By that stage, Apple computers had become the psychedelic iMacs and iMacbooks, which looked to me like Fisher Price toys that were trying too hard. Why would you want to carry your laptop around like a bag, and why would you want it to be orange? And they were so expensive. I became convinced that Macs were just for Apple fanboys with too much money and too little sense, the kind who watched unboxing videos and camped out overnight just to be the first in the queue for a insignificant software upgrade. In fact, I became such a cheerleader for Windows PCs that I could’ve been in one of those awful “I’m a PC ads.”

Yuck.

In the midst of all this, I bought an iPod. I was in Holland in the summer of 2005 and for my birthday, I forked out something like the frightening sum of €270 for a pink iPod Mini – and then promptly discovered that it couldn’t run with my outdated version of Windows. Ugh – I’d been proven right! Mac products looked good, but in practice they were a pain in the arse. I liked that my iPod was pink and fit in my pocket and had a cool touch-dial thingy, but I couldn’t upload any songs to it until I got a new PC. ENORMOUS APPLE FAIL.

Then in March 2009, I somehow ended up buying a Macbook. (This Macbook.)  I needed a new computer, I had money and Apple had just dropped their prices; everything added up. So I melted my credit card in exchange for a sleek, white box – my first clue that something was very different. My Dell PC had arrived in a box the size of a small car; my Macbook was in packaging you’d barely fit a pair of ankle boots into. I opened it to discover the Mac, a power cable, two CDs, a cleaning cloth and a small, square booklet smaller than a CD case. Oh, and an Apple logo sticker. Um, just where was everything else? Where were all the leaflets, manuals, warranties, discs, partridge and a pear tree, hmm? I turned on the Mac and stared at something alien, foreign and unfamiliar: a blank desktop.

Huh?

What IS this thing?

In fairness, my new Macbook and I were not without our teething problems – it took me a while to get used to no Start Menu, etc. and of course the commands were very different. But I liked it. Thing is, I didn’t realize how much I liked it – how I could now never live without it – until about three months in, when I had to, for some reason, go use a PC.

And sweet.

Baby.

Jesus.

First there was the wait. You turn on the computer, but it comes on five to ten minutes later after a cacophony of whirrs and clicks and fan blades. Then there’s the messing with the Start Menu: just four easy clicks start your chosen program! And it second guesses every single thing you want to do – it’s like working with someone whose job it is to insult your intelligence. Are you sure you want to save this file? Are you really sure? Are you really, really sure? Really? This is your last chance… Well, okay, if you’re absolutely positively sure, select “Save” from this drop-down menu and then click “Okay.” And then maybe I’ll save it. We’ll see. I might just crash instead.

(And don’t even get me started on MS Word. Using it to do anything even slightly complicated is a battle of wills between you and the computer – it’s like you want to create one document and it wants to create another. You move an image from one side of the page to the other and BAM! Your entire document suddenly looks like bad impressionism. While I’m on the subject, people always say there’s no point using Mac/Pages because most of the world using MS Word. Well, do you know what? Pages has a “Save as a MS Word doc” option, and Pages will read Word. Yeah. That’s how clever it is.)

I ran back to my Mac, and promised I would never betray it again. Because now I understood. I had seen the light. (Or the apple…) Yes, Macs cost more, but it’s not (just) because they look fancier or come in nicer boxes.

It’s because they’re better, and infinitely so.

Imagine: you’re a PC manufacturer in competition with loads of other PC manufacturers, so you need to get your price down. An easy way to do this is to partner with software companies who will pay for the privilege of having their programs shipped with each unit. This means that the PC costs a lot less than the Mac (who don’t have to compete with anybody and so don’t get kickbacks from a boatload of people they let pay to come along for the ride), yes, but it also means that when you first boot up your computer, you are met with a desktop littered with icons for programs you don’t want or need, programs who will send you constant registration and/or upgrade reminders unless you delete them, and considering they have an icon and a place on the Start Menu and their actual program files, that’ll be a treasure hunt where the odds of success are stacked against you. If you do manage to delete them, you’re still left with a machine that was made by one company, an operating system that was made by another and software that was made by a whole bunch of other somebodies. How can they all possibly work harmoniously together? They can’t. And that’s why PCs take ages to come on, crash frequently and are generally a pain in the arse to use. If you don’t think this is true, I can only assume it’s because you haven’t used a Mac for any length of time. You don’t know yet – as I didn’t – that it doesn’t have to be this way.

Take fifteen minutes to watch Jobs’ Stanford commencement address from 2005. You won’t regret it.

I never turn my Mac off; I just close it and put it to sleep. It wakes right back up when I open it up again. My machine was made by the same company that made the operating system that made the software. I use only two non-Apple programs: Microsoft Office for Mac (which has a “Break Open in Case of Emergency” sign on it; I try not to use it) and the Kindle reading app. My Macbook has one button on it that isn’t part of the keyboard: the power button. The power cable is magnetic so if you do the old walk-into-the-cable-and-drag-the-computer-off-the-table trick, the cable will just give way and your Mac will stay where it is. (I laughed when I saw that cable this morning, pictured below – when I pulled it out of my Mac it didn’t even fall to the ground; the little clip under the head held it at the edge of my desk, ready and waiting for me when I come back. Jobs is in the details.) It never crashes and I can count on one hand how many times it’s frozen up on me. It’s brilliant, and worth every penny – or cent – of its price tag.

And best of all, when I tell it to do something, it says “Okay.”

A few weeks ago when Twitter was ablaze with news that Jobs had stepped down from his role as Apple CEO, one person in my stream asked, “What’s the big deal?” Well aside from the sad fact that this meant that Jobs was sick to a degree that he hadn’t been before, the sudden downward trajectory of Apple’s stock told the real story: it was a big deal because Jobs was Apple. He was the one with the vision, the genius; all the best ideas were his. If someone else had a great idea, it took Jobs to mold it and shape it and refine it until it became a new iPod, iPhone or iPad.

I read a tweet last night that thanked him for letting us live in the future, and I add my thanks.

Technology has been moving so fast in the last ten, twenty years that every three or so we completely forget what the landscape looked like before. We say things like iTunes, apps and iPhone like we’ve always said them, but they’re still so new they’re shiny. I often think back to the day I saw a Space Shuttle launch in Florida, about how once we left the hotel and the radio in our car, we knew no more about what was going on over at the Cape. We could only wait and see if it would go, or get someone who was watching the news at home to send us a text message. None of us had cell phones that did anything other than send and receive calls and texts, and maybe did a little bit of painful internet searching. It was October 2007. If that same event happened today, I’d be able to watch NASA TV live, record the launch on video and upload it to YouTube, post it on Facebook, tweet about it, etc. etc. and all from the one device, a device that sits in my palm: the iPhone.

I got this Macbook in March 2009 which means that everything I’ve done in my writing career to date has been done on this machine. I wrote all my books in Pages; I blogged and self-published through Safari; I made all my book trailers with iMovie. When it comes to making decisions about what to write and how to sell it, I always cite my favorite Jobs quote: “People don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

When you insist on pursuing a path that’s deemed risky and unlikely to lead to success, like making a living as a novelist, it’s tempting to give up. When everyone around you says “This isn’t going to happen,” the easy thing to do is to believe them. Jobs is a shining example of why you shouldn’t. As he said in his Stanford address, referring to how dropping out of college led, through a calligraphy class, to changing the landscape of word processing forever, he said:

“If I have never dropped out [of college], I would never have dropped in on that calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college, but it was very, very clear looking backwards, ten years later … You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards, so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: gut, destiny, your life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference.”

A headline I read just before I started writing this said, “World mourns Steve Jobs” and it’s true, and justified; what other individual, what other single person, can claim to have changed our world so much with his life as he has? No one in recent memory. Jobs was the best example of what happens when you align your profession with your passion and, in his words, “stay hungry.” Not only did he spend his life doing a job he loved, but what that produced enabled us to do the jobs we loved as well, and do them better, and do them without spending half an hour each morning tearing out our own hair while we waited for Windows to boot up.

The word “inspiration” just doesn’t seem like enough.

Neither do the words “thank you.”

But thank you, Steve.

For iEverything.

(Okay, okay – I’ll admit it: I watched an iPad unboxing video. Happy now?!)

Special Guest Star: Scott Pack/Steve Stack with 21ST CENTURY DODOS

5 Oct

This morning I’m delighted to play host to Scott Pack (writing as Steve Stack, just to confuse us all) as he embarks on a blog tour to promote his new book, 21st Century Dodos: An Endangered List of Inanimate Objects. You may know Scott as Me and My Big Mouth on Twitter and on his blog of the same name, and as a publisher (The Friday Project), but did you know that he’s also, in his words, the author of “moderately successful toilet books”? To introduce us to 21st Century Dodos, he’s stopped by with a video of his daughter, Martha, (beautifully) reading an extract about newspaper-wrapped fish and chips.

Welcome to Catherine, Caffeinated, Scott (and Martha)! 

Well, Catherine has kindly invited me to gatecrash her blog in an attempt to convince some of you lovely people to buy my book, 21st Century Dodos. In it, I bid a fond farewell to the many inanimate objects, traditions, cultural icons and, well, other things that are in danger of extinction. Some have vanished already. I suspect emotional blackmail might work on you lot, so here is a video of my daughter, Martha, reading the entry about fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. If you don’t by my book today, she gets no dinner tonight.

21st Century Dodos is available now in hardback and (bargain-priced!) e-book on Amazon.co.uk. To find out more, why not check out yesterday’s blog tour stop, Follow the Thread, or look out for tomorrow’s, which will be at The Blog on the Bookshelf. And if you want to hear some more from Scott’s talented offspring, I suggest you have a look at this

A Video That’s Not a Book Trailer for RESULTS NOT TYPICAL

4 Oct

If you don’t already know, my younger brother John is a thespian. A few weeks back him and his friend Alan, also an actor, made a short video in which John plays the part of a crazy infomercial presenter flogging some new fangled exercise device which looks suspiciously like a dumbbell bar with no dumbbells…

Obviously John knows about Results Not Typical but he hasn’t read it (yet), and so couldn’t have known that this video is just like something Slimmit, the evil weight loss company whose headquarters serve as the novel’s setting, would produce, and that they have a crazy infomercial “doctor” of their own (although he’s not called Dr. Valdimir Vodka Eureka…). So even though this video is not a book trailer for Results Not Typical, and it’s really more Results Not Typical meets Father Ted meets my brother’s crazy brain, I thought I’d share it with you.

The Results Not Typical blog tour continues. Today I’m answering probing questions posed by Laura over at Ladies Who Critique and if you missed it on Twitter yesterday, this glowing review from ChickLit Reviews made my week, if not my entire month! Find out more about the blog tour and your chance to win one of five paperback copies here, or click the blog tour post in the sidebar. 

In non-Results Not Typical news, Backpacked is now available in paperback for €11 plus some change and FREE worldwide delivery from The Book Depository Woo-hoo! 

%d bloggers like this: