Guest post is up on Isabel Costello’s super Literary Sofa site…
I’ve not had time to post as much as I’d like recently but I wanted to share the title page from the final typeset proof of The Wave. Dead Ink have done an excellent job and I cant wait to see it in its physical form.
Everything is now looking pretty finalised and the files should be going to print soon so hopefully the first hardbacks will be coming off the presses in a matter of weeks.
More details to come about the launch but we are aiming to hold it somewhere in central(ish) London in March so keep your eyes peeled if you like either strange, new fiction and/or free wine….
The Wave is published by Dead Ink Books as part of their New Voices series.
“The writing is taut and stylish, the effect immersive and atmospheric: the whole work had something of a Kafka meets David Lynch vibe whilst retaining a distinctive personality of its own.”
~ Isabel Costello, The Literary Sofa
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The Open Cage is out now as a limited-edition pocket book.
It looks (and feels) gorgeous and has been released by startup publishing firm InShort Publishing based in Melbourne, Australia. It is one of 18 limited-edition short chapbooks.
The book measures a teeny, tiny 140 x 90mm and at just 27 pages in length is an extremely short read!
Postage is free within Australia, and free for international orders of 5 or more books (currently posting to Europe, North America and New Zealand only).
Thanks to everyone that supported PublishingTheUnderground. It was tense as we approached the deadline but we did it in the end and reached 101.60%!
It has been really amazing to see so much interest in The Wave from readers all over the world. Hearing from people with no connection to the project who are interested in reading the book is really motivating and one of the exciting things about this project is that it really does seem to connect with readers in a new way. (more info about The Wave here: bit.ly/The_Wave)
It has been great to be involved with Dead Ink and watch the crowd-funding experiment take off. It reinforces the belief that people are inclined to take risks, they want to read things that challenge them, but too often the traditional model of publishing steers them away from the more challenging choices and just presents the same old ‘tried and tested’ commercial fiction.
Now looking forward to (and busy preparing for) the launch of The Wave in January. If you you know anyone that might be interested in the book or the project please, please do share and I will aim to keep updating via twitter (@lochlanbloom)
We are so close now. Its amazing to have watched the total rising over the last two months and now we have reached 86%! Thanks to all the support from everyone around the world. It has been great to be involved in Dead Ink’s crowd-funding experiment but its not finished yet. There is still one day and it would be great if we can reach 100%.
If you know anyone that might be interested in any of the books or the project please, please share this post or the project page at:
Thanks to everyone that came along to the launch event on Thursday. It was a fun night and a really interesting mix of people at Coate Studios.
Great to see so many people turn up even though none of the books even exist yet and thanks to everyone that pre-ordered! After the event we are now at over 55% in the Publishing the Underground campaign.
Along with the other two authors in the campaign – Wes Brown and Harry Gallon – I had the chance to do a short reading and there is a (very rough mobile phone) recording of it below. It is from the very opening of The Wave as μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived in the post from Brazil…
If you are interested in pre-ordering a copy of The Wave every bit of support helps at the moment. For more information visit this page about The Wave and to pre-order visit: preorder.publishingtheunderground.com
Here are a few pics from the night of me, Wes and Harry reading.
Great to visit Manchester for the first time yesterday and read at Dead Ink’s #PublishingTheUnderground event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Thanks to everyone that came down and thanks for helping us reach 24% of our crowdfunding goal so far.
If you are thinking of getting any of the books then please do pre-order now as every one sold at this stage is really important, not only to reach the goal, but to make the whole project happen (if none of the three books look your cup of tea then please share the link below anywhere you can)
To recap on the Dead Ink crowdfunder:
—Both of the other excellent novels in Dead Ink’s New Voices list
—A Dead Ink T-shirt
—Your name printed inside as a supporter
For £12 you get:
— A beautifully produced, signed hardback edition of The Wave with artwork by Lola Dupre
—A Dead Ink tote bag
— Dead Ink membership
Visit PUBLISHINGTHEUNDERGROUND.COM select ‘pre-order’ then ‘support now’ and choose an option.
My novel The Wave is one of three books in Dead Ink’s New Voices 2015 series and all three are now available for pre-order via the link above. The project is part-funded by Arts Council England and in Dead Ink’s words it is:
“an ambitious new experiment in participatory publishing, bringing readers closer to authors… combining crowdfunding, subscription and membership to redefine the way that we think about publishing and ensure the future of challenging new literary fiction.
The project brings three more daring emerging British authors to publication…Publishing the Underground is 21st century publishing for a 21st century readership.”
All three books will be out in beautiful hardback editions and if you order all three books before the 30th November then you get a discount (and a warm fuzzy feeling for having supported something cool).
If you are reading this and like weird and spiky fiction then head over to the site and help support us and hit the target by the 30th November (you can get a multitude of goodies such as t-shirts and free ebooks too)