Don’t hand out leaflets, Stephen. I’ll do it.

My next few months are now defined – crowdfunding my new novel, An Other’s Look, which is going to be published by Unbound. The site has gone live and here it is!

I spent all last year writing it, following the Stephen King model: I wrote the first draft as fast as I could, kept it hidden and let it brew. Only after the second draft was complete did I let it out for peer review. And then a third draft before submitting it. (No doubt there will be a few more when the editors get their hands on it.) It worked. I think. Well, I’ll find out

Sager minds than mine who have been through this crowdfunding process more than once advise me that it can be even tougher the second time around. I didn’t think that was possible.

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An Other’s Look leaflet

I hope I’ve learned something since I worked with Unbound on The Wrong Story. I’ve prepared my leaflets ahead of time and I’m looking forward to the windy, rainy days when I can stand on street corners handing them out. Not sure Stephen King does that, but you never know. Actually, I hope he doesn’t because he should be at home in the warm writing more novels. If he wants any leaflets handing out, I’ll do it.

Anyway, returning to topic, we’ve enhanced the reward levels so that now, pledging is as much about pre-ordering one or more paperback copies as supporting the novel’s publication. There will also be bundle options, book club rewards and aspiring writer’s workshops on the reward list.

I’ve improved the video too by keeping my face out of it for as much as possible. That was a definite plus. Of course, I show up in it towards the end – it would be rude not to, but by that time I hope the message has come across and people aren’t too distracted by what appears to be me looking into a spoon. Stephen King n

Feedback, as ever, warmly received.


About James Ellis

I am a freelance writer and editor. I am the author of two novels, The Wrong Story and An Other’s Look (which is in the process of being published). I am currently working on my third novel. I have had a number of short stories and flash fiction published as well as a travelogue of my journey through Central America. I am a Real Writers prizewinner, a Carers UK prizewinner and was highly commended in British Fantasy Society short story awards. I am also on the BBC’s promising writers list for audio drama. I provide structural and developmental editing for fiction writers; creative writing mentoring for unpublished writers; and develop and facilitate creative writing workshops. I have a Masters degree from the University of Oxford in Creative Writing and spent my placement reading submissions at an Oxford literary agency. I am a member of the Society of Authors, English PEN, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, and the International Flann O'Brien Society.
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