Blog 02 – Happiness Is A Warm Laptop and other puns I can’t be sued for using!
Updated: May 4, 2018
Hi, welcome to the Paul Phillips 2018 blog! Officially this is the second in the ‘Three Books, Two Laptops and One Funny Blog’ series but as the first was basically an introduction this will always be the starting point in my eyes. I hope you all enjoyed the music blog we uploaded on Wednesday ( https://www.paulphillipsauthor.co.uk/blog/obsession-you-will-always-be-mine-the-music-special) and I hope it gives everyone a little insight into my workings and the songs I believe best sell the book. We will be doing more and more of these in the coming weeks so keep looking in the usual places to find them. In other news, I can confirm that each blog in this series will have its own, unique name and cover. Some of the titles (like last week) will provide a small spoiler of what is contained in the blog, others (like this bad boy) exist because I couldn’t think of anything relevant so made up a jokey title to amuse myself. Plus who doesn’t like a Beatle related pun? Now with the housekeeping done lets crack on with what we are all here for, the blog!
Book One – Obsession You Will Always Be Mine – The Selling a Book Section
There is so much to say in this section that I am not sure if we will be able to get to it all. First a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of the book. Every sale moves us one step closer to the book landing in a shop near you and more importantly (well to me anyway) helps me argue for a bigger marketing budget next time round. It has been a strange few weeks, to say the least, starting me finally getting my hands on a finished copy of the book and ending with us selling out on Amazon (twice) and then Waterstones (On a side note, I am delighted to say that both Amazon and Waterstone have re-ordered and the book is back on sale on both websites, links at the bottom of the page).
Despite having a book published I can’t find the right words to describe the joy, pride and satisfaction I felt as I flicked through the pages of my own book and looked down at my own words on paper. I’ll just say it was ‘well cool’ and leave it at that. Indeed the whole experience has really surpassed my expectations so far. I was told by my publishers to expect things to progress slowly at first and to not be disheartened in the first few weeks. I was advised ‘It is a marathon, not a sprint’ so It was a fantastic sight to see the sold out signs going up weeks before the official publicity for the book begins!
Now that’s not to say we here at team Phillips aren’t carrying out our own promotional push. We have tweets (so, so many tweets) we have Instagram posts. We even have music blogs and posters. Yep, we are certainly doing our bit, but just as we begin to tire the professionals are about to arrive and take up the good fight for us. In the coming days, the Austin Macauley Marketing team will start putting their powerful machine behind the book. I am not allowed to say what is going on but I can say they have several very exciting projects lined up for me. We might even be able to break the news of some of them during the next blog. I think that is it for selling this time round, all that is left to say is that both myself and the publishers are very, very happy with how things have gone so far and we are both excited about what is to come!
Book Two – The Devil In Disguise – The Editing Section
My second book, The Devil in Disguise, is finally finished. It has taken a little longer than I had planned but after a number of less than pleasant health issues towards the back end of 2017 I am finally back up and running, or writing, yeah back up and writing is the sentence to go with here. I finished the book a few weeks ago and the plot and synopsis are a closer guarded secret than what magic potion I used to convince Leanne into marrying me ha! As I sit here typing I can see one of my editing people scribbling away and making all kinds of highlighted notes. Occasionally this little editor looks up, points at me, points at the page and shakes her head. I am taking that as a good sign lol. We are aiming for the end of this week to be the cut off point for draft twos edits. If everything goes according to plan I will have worked my way through the sets of notes and wound up with a much better reading book by Friday morning. After that, I will be messaging, texting and prodding the usual suspects and begging them to go through my little baby and spot any mistakes which remain.
I do not enjoy the editing stage. There is too much sitting around and waiting for my liking. I like to type new things and create new stories not sit down and correct names and add comas. Without the help of all of the wonderful people who give up their time to spot my (few) mistakes, there is no chance what so ever that I would ever have been published.
I am going to move on from editing now, but I will leave you all with a little spoiler, for the past year this book was going to be called ‘A Darkness On The Edge of Town’. It was a title which fit the story (well a very specific part) and one I thought was quirky enough to stand out a bit, I was wrong. I still do like the title and I am happy to say, in advance, that I will one day raid the Springsteen song title catalogue to have this bad boy but for reasons which will hopefully become clear in the future, The Devil In Disguise just works better.
If the theme of Obsession You Will Always Be Mine revolves around the danger of desire slipping into Obsession then book two will explore the many faces people can wear. It will delve into the way the life and soul of a party can go home and feel depressed, how the nicest guy you know can also be a killer. If the devil does wear a disguise would you recognise him even if you saw him every day?
And with that little nugget dropped we will move on!
Book Three – Title To Be Decided – The Writing A Book Section
Seems unfair that despite having to tweet like a mad man, think of clever poster slogans, write blogs and edit early drafts of other books I am still expected to somehow find the time to write another book. I would complain but it is honestly so much fun that, in this blog at least, I am enjoying it too much to moan. I am roughly twenty pages into this new story and so far I am having a blast. It is way, way too early to be even dropping hints about plots but I am allowed to say that book three will take a large step in the direction I see myself going as an author. It is already a very different style to the other two and I am trying to write it in a different way. I am taking a few risks this time and developing a style as I go along. I have no idea if it will work, or if in blog seven I tell you all that I have abandoned ship and gone back to my usual style of writing. I hope not, but even if I do I am very, very confident about the strength of this story.
So that is that then. My first proper blog in what feels like a very, very long time. It wasn’t as bad as I remembered so I promise to be back in two weeks with another update on the three books and hopefully some exciting news!
Until then thanks for reading and remember you can purchase Obsession You Will Always Be Mine on any of the below links.
Austin Macauley – http://www.austinmacauley.com/book/obsession-you-will-always-be-mine
Barnes and Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1128265283?ean=2940155182283
Booktopia (For Australian Fans) - - https://www.booktopia.com.au/obsession--paul-phillips/prod9781787109780.html