There are thousand pound marketing campaigns, and
There is this 1p copper coin method!
Hooray, hooray, hooray! Last week I came across copies of my TWO LATEST BOOKS, officially published on May 21st 2004, but already within a bookshop - maybe near you? The two new titles are THE PHANTOM OF BILLY BANTAM - all marshy Eat Anglian waterland - and THE GHOUL OF BODGER O'TOOLE - rocky cliffs and Cornish coves for that setting. They join THE GHOST OF ABLE MABEL and THE SPECTRE OF HAIRY HECTOR to make atmospheric and ghostly reads. (Scholastic, btw.)
I've been blessed by the books excellent covers, created by Klaas Verplancke, and the quirky black and white illustrations of Philip Hopman. Worth a lread for the art work alone.
Oh, and that wonderful place where I found my titles? One of the heroic independent children's bookshops, of course. Called, with great clarity, THE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOP. It's at Lindley, near Huddersfield. Thanks to everyone there!
I'm off on my Tale of White Winter Hollow re-write now, so head down, eyes glued, choccy biscuits at the ready, etc etc. Back soon! Bye!