I've got some big news I'd like to share with you.
You can read the main story by clicking this link: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/coronet-signs-self-published-hit-spalding.html Go take a look, have a read and come back here when you're done.
Pretty cool, eh?
Yes, the publishing industry has finally gone completely nuts and is allowing Spading into its ranks - and I couldn't be more excited about it.
Under Hodder's imprint Coronet Books, you'll soon be able to buy brand new versions of Love... From Both Sides and Love... And Sleepless Nights everywhere that sells good books (and bad ones as well, but we won't talk about them for fear of involuntary association). Both books have been extensively revised with oodles of added content over 15,000 words each - thus justifying me the opportunity to fleece you for them twice, both in ebook and paperback formats.
What's more, I can finally reveal that the third book in the series, called Love... Under Different Skies, will also be out in 2013 and will feature the further adventures of Jamie, Laura and Poppy.
There will simply be no escape from Spalding, people.
I'll be on your computer, in your book shops, newsagents and in your supermarkets. Soon, you won't be able to pop into Tesco to pick up some marigolds and a tube of Smarties without seeing this stupid face leering out at you from the book display next to the Krispy Kreme donut stand:
I'm delighted to be taking this next step in my career as a writer. Being self-published has been a fantastic start to my career, not least because it's given me a chance to communicate with all of you, but to take things to the next level I need the support a major publishing house like Hodder & Stoughton can provide.
I have a fantastic agent who worked to bring the Hodder deal about and is also working hard on deals for the US market and other foreign language markets across the world. I even have interest from a film production company for the film rights of Love... From Both Sides.
Now I don't want you to think all this is going to my head. I'm still the same idiot I've always been, it's just that I now have to go to London a lot more for meetings* and I can now commute to work in pyjamas. I certainly won't start thinking I'm the bees knees or the dog's bollocks. That way lies madness, and the kind of hubris that comes right before a fall of epic proportions.
Thanks to all of you who have bought my books and taken the time to get in touch over the past few months. It's you who have put me here, and I'm very grateful to each and every one of you. I hope that I can continue to entertain you with the stuff I write in the future.
*well, lunches in over-priced restaurants where someone might occasionally say something vaguely work-related.
Coronet will publish in e-book first, starting this month with the extended Love...From Both Sides released in e-book on 25th October, with its paperback release following on 17th January 2013, and Love...And Sleepless Nights following in e-book on 8th November and in paperback in June 2013. Love...Under Different Skies will be published in both e-book and paperback in 2013.
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