After a few delays getting the right shade of black for the cover, The Wave has finally gone to print. Very excited to see the finished result and launch the book next month. Still finalising details for the launch event but probably somewhere in deepest, darkest Hackney. If you’re interested in coming along or have any suggestions for a venue drop me an email here and I will make sure to keep you updated with dates and times.
The word from Dead Ink is that the real hardbacks are shaping up to look pretty damn fine but in the meantime here is a 3D mockup…
Today’s post is a great follow-up to Tom Vowler on crowdfunding his collection Dazzling the Gods. I’m amazed how difficult it is to get any book published but there are certain types of fiction which face additional hurdles due to preconceptions about what readers want. This can lead to questionable assumptions and self-fulfilling prophesies. Is everyone’s attention span really so fatally truncated that we can’t choose to filter out distractions and engage with narratives that demand and reward thought and attention? Does the reader/viewer need to have everything laboriously explained? Is it reasonable to claim there’s no market for material that is under-represented/promoted to begin with?
Today’s guest Lochlan Bloom has succeeded in bringing his work to readers by means of a collaborative project I hadn’t heard of before. Here he shares his experience with Publishing the Underground and Dead Ink (my review of his novel The Wave
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.
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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You can find me on twitter if you’re into that sort of thing: @LochlanBloom
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…
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:
Or for £30 you get all the above, plus:
—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 debut novel – The Wave – will be published as part of Dead Ink’s New Voices series in January 2016. You can pre-order a copy now. For more details head on over to publishingtheunderground.com (hit ‘pre-order’ then ‘support now’ to select The Wave)