Hello all, I hope everyone is doing fine. It’s been some time since I last updated the No Ideas blog and I have a couple of good excuses. Firstly, there was no tour to follow and latterly, I’ve been whirring away in my dungeon compiling the summer tour blog into a real, live book. It was with acute painstaking reverence I contemplated its profound title: No Ideas. I dunno, it just leapt out at me, like a pair of New York joggers in a theatrical zebra costume. The subtitle proclaims the book’s content: two months on the road with Leonard Cohen.
The front page blurb will inform the shelf-browser that the book also serves as A real-life account of the daily fiction surrounding backstage life.
Well friends, I can only say it’s been a bit of hard work — if you can call sitting still, drinking tea and tapping on keys hard work — but it’s almost done. I clutch in my scraggy meat-hook above a proof copy of the book — around 230 pages I’ve been scrutinising and defacing in an attempt to reach as perfect a plane as can be without plucking every hair from its follicle.
The book is not a simple copy-and-paste compilation of the summer blogs. They have been read, re-read, re-written and in many cases, lengthened, shortened, clarified, junked and pulled apart to make some sense to a reader who might never have followed the blog in the first place. It still retains its first person narrative and the demon still lives, given more detail in places, but I think the spirit of the blogs live and thrive between the pages.
The book will come in two forms — electronic and physical. The e-book will be priced cheaper than the paperback. At present, the paperback is handled by a company called Lulu.com and they charge yours truly £5 for one book, plus £3 for shipping to Northern Ireland. I’m afraid I’ll have to follow a Capitalist coattail and tag on a little extra to pay for all the tea, so please stay tuned for a final price. I am a babe in the woods as far as publishers go, and so I must do some more homework as far as world-wide physical coverage is concerned
As for an e-book, you might imagine it will be available on Amazon, but I shall look into further options as well. Yikes, even as I type I realise there’s more to being an indie author than I thought.
If I said ‘end of March,’ would that please the reader?