Friday, 28 December 2012

A great 2012 all things considered... and a huge thank you!

It's after Christmas and just before new year, so I thought I'd enter into a bit of self indulgent navel-gazing before the clock strikes midnight in a few days and we all attempt to sing Auld Lang Syne without sounding like a herd of drunken water buffalo.

This self reflection is apparently a popular past time for anyone in the entertainment industry at this time of year, given the amount of TV shows and website articles I've seen floating about on that theme - and who am I to go against such an ingrained tradition?

Here we go, then...

The past twelve months have been, to put it mildly, rather enjoyable for yours truly.

I started the year by moving to the sunny climes of Australia for six months and ended it as a best selling ebook author, with the kind of paperback publishing deal most struggling writers would kill for.

...yep, I am that word you're thinking right now, aren't I?

Having spent the first three months avoiding sun burn and fatal shark bites, it was April when things really started to get going for my writing career. Up to that point I'd been bumping along making a fairly decent amount of money and gaining a nice following online, but then Love... From Both Sides exploded into the top ten in the second week of April, changing everything.

Since then it has sold over 230,000 ebooks at Amazon.

In total I've now passed 400,000 ebook sales, making me one of the most successful (and probably smug) authors of 2012.

Those sales figures in turn led to getting an agent, who thus far has done a bang up job of scoring publishing deals across the world... with more to come in 2013 with any luck.

The biggest deal was of course with Hodder & Stoughton in the UK, which will see all three of the Love... books available in major high street bookshops, starting with the release of Love... From Both Sides at the end of January.


Now, this is all lovely and good, but none of it has stopped the fact that my hair in thinning on the crown of my head, I can't seem to shift the mild spare tyre I've acquired over the past few months no matter how many miles I do on the treadmill, and still have to get up to pee at least once a night.

Success may bring a high degree of happiness, by you try telling my digestive system that.



Thanks of course go to you lot for ponying up the cash and buying all those books I mentioned above, before I started moaning about my malfunctioning body parts.

Without your support through-out 2012 (and years previous) Nick Spalding would not currently be sitting at his desk with a stupid smile on his face, looking forward to what he hopes will be an even better 2013.

Please continue to send me emails, Facebook messages and Tweets whenever you like. I always try to answer as many as possible. After all, you can have all the publishers, agents, editors, media organisations and PR consultants you like supporting you, but if the punters don't like the cut of your jib you're precisely fucking nowhere, aren't you?


Have a happy, prosperous New Year. Try not to do anything too embarrassing on New Year's Eve.

If you do, feel free to email me about it and I'll stick it in a book (it's a strategy that seems to have worked quite well so far).

Best wishes,


Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Make your Christmas Day complete with a slice of Spalding!


To commemorate this most enjoyable of days, here's a badly Photoshopped picture of me:

Feel free to print it off and terrorise the cat with it while the Queen's speech is on.

I hope you're all having a fun, happy and exciting Christmas, and that you got everything you wanted. I received a Tassimo coffee machine, which has already become the best piece of electronic wizardry in my life, judging by the delicious latte I've just made with it.

I hope, like me, that you're getting to spend the day with the people you love the most. After all, that's what Christmas is really all about isn't it?


Right... that's more than enough of that sentimental rubbish, let's get down to what Christmas is really all about: getting you to buy stuff.

Were you lucky enough to unwrap a lovely new e-reader or tablet this morning? Or did you buy one for somebody very special in your life?

If so, why not exponentially increase its comedy value by buying and downloading one (or more) of my books onto it?

There are currently five to choose from (six if you count a pre-order), so why not pop right over to one of the lovely ebook retailers listed below and pick up something to put a smile on your face over the rest of the holiday season?

Nick's books at Amazon

Nick's books at Hodder & Stoughton

Nick's books at Kobo

Nick's books at iTunes

Nick's books at Nook

If you hear that anyone you know has bought an e-reader, why not recommend them my books too?


Oh God, all this shameless self promotion is making me sick... though it could also be the half tin of Quality Street I've porked since I got up this morning.

I think I've just got chance to remind you that the paperback version of Love... From Both Sides will be released on January 31st, along with the ebook of Love... From Different Skies, before my stomach rolls over again.

I'd better stop this blog post now and go eat a tub of Andrews Liver Salts.

Merry Christmas everybody!!


Monday, 24 December 2012

The best and happiest Christmas story of them all...

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except... 

...the four assholes coming in the rear in standard two-by-two cover formation.'

Because nothing says Yuletide fun like mother f**king 

Hope you're having a lovely Christmas Eve.

(and Bruce).

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Here's the story of Love... Under Different Skies!

Here's the story for my new book Love... Under Different Skies, the third in the Love... trilogy:

Sometimes, the hardest part of staying together is keeping a straight face...

Ever wish you could leave all your problems behind and make a fresh start somewhere else? Trade the stresses and strains of everyday life for your own slice of sun-kissed paradise on the other side of the world?

Jamie and Laura Newman certainly have.

When Jamie’s spectacular meltdown at work results in him being handed his P45, and Laura finds her working days end up with her rugby tackling defenceless pensioners in the high street, a move ten thousand miles away sounds ideal. After all, it might mend some of the cracks that have appeared in their marriage over the past few months…

So when Laura is offered a new job in Australia, the Newman family think their dreams have come  true. But as the old saying goes - be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. As the hapless couple soon find out, problems have a way of following you, no matter how far you go to avoid them.

Can love survive under different skies?

Love... Under Different Skies will be released in ebook format on Thursday, January 31st, and in paperback later in the year.

You can pre-order it now at Amazon and Apple iTunes.

View the book's page at Hodder 

Friday, 7 December 2012

The new NEW cover for Love... From Both Sides

To show that this book publishing lark is a something of an evolutionary process, here's the new cover design for Love... From Both Sides:

This is the new, new cover design, as opposed to the old new cover design that came out in October to replace the old, old cover design that I threw together all on my own last year.

The reason for the change?

My publishers spoke to the book retailers, and between them they decided on a new cover design that they both felt would look and sell better on the bookshelves.

My suggestion was roundly shouted down unfortunately:

Bloody philistines.

So there you have it. The new cover is up online now for the ebook and it's the one you'll see in the book stores next year.

Love... From Both Sides is released in paperback on Thursday 31st January.

Let me just repeat that date in a large colourful font:


Once more, this time in a delightful shade of purple:


Thanks very much.

I'm now off to prepare my defence for when Stephenie Meyers lawyers come calling.