HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!
I received an email over the course of the weekend that has had me thinking quite heavily, once more, about Jackie McCann. I can’t seem to get away from him or his story. Let me explain. The email concerned a publisher that I have often thought of pitching the story to. In fact, they did approach me around three years ago to see if I would be willing to sell Hunting Jack through them, but I declined due to their terms and conditions being less than I would expect.
However, since then their royalty policies have changed, and what has got me thinking this time are two major developments in how and where they publish. First, they have formed an association with a major e-book marketing and distribution company, and secondly, they also now publish in trade paperback.
In short, I think I’m going to pitch Hunting Jack to them. The story needs a strong edit and a new ending but yes, I think it’s time. Not forgetting I want to complete Greener is the Grass and get Slick out on submission – they are the priorities – but today I began an intense run through of Hunting JackGreener is the Grass into the computer. It’s going slower than I hoped compared to the longhand writing of it, because I’m editing it as it goes into the word processor. I’m not sure how clean that will make it but it feels as if it’s going well.
I found myself up in the Liquid Rooms this evening to see a band that I had to admit not knowing anything about. I went on the recommendation of my mate Rob, who has a good record of introducing me to bands that I seem to have missed while I was growing up. This particular band have been around since the early 1970’s, have developed a world-wide punk rock following, and smashed into the UK with one, hugely recognisable single that was used in a kids TV programme.
The Dickies gave is The Banana Splits, and tonight they brought their madcap mayhem to Edinburgh. It was a hugely enjoyable gig, which although was only an hour long I’m sure they played almost 30 songs. Their music is fast, furious, and funny, and their on-stage antics was pure entertainment.
Rob did it again – another band I’ll be back to see and will be going out to get their CDs very shortly.
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