What better way to start the year?
In April of last year (it still feels weird to call 2019 “last year“) I landed myself a new job at a Toy and Games company.
We own card games and boards games, ranging from the likes of Top Trumps to Waddingtons No. 1, but we also create Monopoly and Cluedo, and many more...
Fast forward to 2020, and we had one of our biggest events in the calendar: London Toy Fair.
London Toy Fair is essentially an exhibition where we get to meet with retailers, new and existing clients, licensors, and anyone who fancied coming on board. I was the one responsible for putting the stand together, and making sure the whole operation went smoothly. It was quite an exciting moment to see it all come together as well as it did.
London Toy Fair is also a perfect opportunity for us to show what new products we’re working on for the year.
Which, considering it’s January (Happy New Year, by the way), and this is the first newsletter of the new decade, I thought it was quite a pertinent opportunity to reveal my new products and what’s to come for this year (I’m quite a way off being able to tell you what’s to come in the next ten years, though).
In short, the answer is a lot.
You’ve heard me bang on and on about it (but that’s a good thing, right?), but I’m currently in the production stages for the first three titles in The CID Case Series, while simultaneously writing the second lot of three books.
Which means I’m busy busy busy — added to the extra work that I have to do for another exhibition that we’ve got coming up soon, I’ve never drunk so much coffee!
Nevertheless, I’ve got a few goodies for you this month.
I thought I’d start the year off with an exclusive insight into what’s to come for The CID Case Series: at the bottom of this email is the first chapter in the first CID Case book.
But, before we get to that, I wanted to share my learnings from London Toy Fair (Dear CEO, if you’re reading this, then you might appreciate it just that little bit more).
The biggest thing I learned was about being prepared and being organised. Getting the little things done WAY in advance so that there weren’t any nasty surprises when we turned up on the day and realised that we didn’t have any exhibitor badges or things like that.
Communicating regularly with others involved in the process also helped — it was a team effort and I can’t take all of the credit for it (even though my ego would LOVE that).
But how does this relate to books?
Well, the reasons are two-fold:
It pays to be organised and to have the little things prepared well in advance for a book launch. Ie., for things like book covers, book descriptions, booking editors and advertising slots well in advance;
And, being an independent author isn’t that much about independence. It’s a team effort. Editors are there to help make sure the book is as perfect and well-rounded as it can possibly be. Not to mention, you, as a reader, are there to help celebrate the book with me, to help spread the word and enjoy it. (Otherwise, what’s the point in me doing it?)
I realised there are lessons we can learn from a lot of things in life, and I’m now feeling very philosophical about it all.
But we’ll have to see how long it lasts! ;)
One of the other things I’m going to be working on for 2020 — especially in my newsletters — is sending across Character Profiles.
Character Profiles will be exactly what it says on the tin: profiles on characters in the Jake Tanner universe. They’ll be in PDF format and are quite a funky little thing for you to get to know the characters better.
Unfortunately, I can’t do any for the characters that feature in The CID Case series because... well... it isn’t out yet. So I’ll have to start with those that feature in Standstill and Floor 68. But, fear not, because, as soon as The CID Case series is up and running, I’ll have some of those character profiles ready.
They give you something to look forward to!
For January’s issue, I’ve got character profiles for:
But the new year celebrations don’t end there. No.
At the beginning of this behemoth of a newsletter, I mentioned that I would send to you the first chapter of the first story in The CID Case Series...
Well, if there is one thing that I’m not, I’m not a liar.
BUT, before you get to it, there’s a caveat: this is an unedited version of the chapter, and is subject to change.
So be gentle on me. It’s not perfect, but it gives you an insight into what’s to come and what you can expect.
After you’ve had a read, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it!