"Who in their right mind wouldn't want to read a book by Mark Barry!" (Mary Quallo, St Louis)

"Who in their right mind wouldn't want to read a book by Mark Barry!"  (Mary Quallo, St Louis)
Coming next week - Carla Eatherington

Friday, 15 June 2012


Green Wizard is on schedule for a Monday night relaunch.

We completed the fourth cover last night, I've written 12.000 words on TIW in two days and we're doing the cover for UV tonight after the big game. I've sent the materials over.

Even if you don't want to buy the books (and with two as cheap as a £1 and the most expensive at £3, less than the price of a pint of Bishop's Tipple, I can't see why not), then come and have a look at the covers Dawn has created on my FB page on Monday night. They are really colourful and fun.

Ultra Violence: I am desperate to relaunch Ultra Violence. In my business plan, I had a thousand sales by now, but its been a huge disappointment. I love the book because its about Notts and I thought it would have wider interest. Its not even attracted the interest of Notts fans! I don't understand it. That evil bastard on The Apprentice who analyses CV's (he makes my blood run cold), would probably sort out the reason why in seconds, but I can't see it. Hopefully, the relaunch will right the wrong. It's a fun book and it contains one scene which has upset everyone that's read it.

Ask the prolific Rich on FB what he thought of it. 

Branding: I'm going to take a risk too. The Green Wizard brand is going to take a back seat. The whole concept. I believe the good ship Green Wizard has been compromised by my covers and its probably wise if I forget the entire concept for a while. The new covers are just great. They haven't featured Green Wizard at all and that's probably a good thing. Browsers repulsed by my "graphically disinclined" covers could return and I have a feeling they'll be pleasantly surprised. 

Paperbacks: I'm also looking at Createspace and publishing three of the books in on-demand paperback. UV, Carla and The Illustrated Woman. This would access those without Kindles and these three in particular (plus the uncategorisable Kid Atomic), are worth reading, particularly if you know Nottingham and Southwell. I don't know how feasible this is. I'm going to check it out. 

The Illustrated Woman is by far the best writing I've ever done. Period.

Not just fiction. Psychology. Bid writing. Message boards. Horse racing. I hate my own work, so I'm not being narcissistic, but this is good stuff. Its tight, its fast, its furious, its sexy (bloody filthy, actually), and it says something about the way we live now. What more would anyone want in a book? Goblins? Talking daffodils? I'd charge twenty quid for it and wouldn't feel embarrassed (it will be £3).

If you like reading about the way things are, about real streets near you and the people you know, you will like this book. Honest! Or at least you'll hate me - which is a reaction and in a jaded world, that's something.

Oh, and no one read the last blog post. It's got a really good joke in it. I don't mind wasting most of this stuff, but not witty jokes. One should never waste an opportunity to piss oneself.

Correct Score:England 3 Sweden 1. Surely we have to attack the Norsemen like there is no tomorrow. They are one of the dullest teams I have ever seen.

Simple instructions: Milner, Parker - Give ball to Gerrard. Let him do rest. Football management? POP.

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