Calling all self-published UK authors!

As well as running this website and my events website What’s On Where UK, I also run a digital quarterly magazine called Merryn Magazine. Over at Merryn, we love to champion independent retailers, unsigned music artists, charities, community groups and events. We also love to champion self-published authors, so every Wednesday, we will be bringing you a different self-published UK author! Take a look here for more information 🙂

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“A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars”

I have just come across an article on The Guardian’s website, “A new chapter in cinema: why books are big at the 2016 Oscars“, where they say, “Of the nine best picture nominees to be announced this Sunday, four are based on novels and one – The Big Short – on a celebrated account of the 2008 financial crisis.” This is great news for all authors out there, as there are so many books out there that would make great films, if only they were picked up. How many times have people gone to see films and said “the film was better” or “the book was better”? There couldn’t be that conversation without there having been a book in existence first.

Stylist.co.uk posted their “100 best films based on books“, and having looked through the list, I must admit that I hadn’t realised that so many of them started out as books first, with the oldest film being from 1924 (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) to 2011 (Water For Elephants).

So, if you’re currently promoting your book, or even still reading it, you never know: it might be the film adaptation of your book that’s up for an Oscar in the future! 🙂

It’s Science Fiction Day!

According to Days Of The Year, Saturday 2nd January is Science Fiction Day. It’s celebrated on 2nd January as it is Isaac Asimov’s birthday. Isaac was an American author and is considered as one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers, alongside Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein. He is one of the most prolific authors of all time and his Wikipedia bibliography page lists over 500 books. 

How many of them have you read?

Book Giveaway For Wife Maintenance Quarterly!

Via the lovely people at Goodreads, you can win a signed copy of not only Wife Maintenance Quarterly but also Wife Maintenance Quarterly II! Wife Maintenance Quarterly is a satirical comedy self-help book 🙂

SYNOPSIS
Do you have a wife?

Yes, you went ahead and did it, took the plunge and got married. And now, it’s too late to give her back and you’ve realised what an unmitigated disaster the unattended woman makes of everything.

Never fear

The marriage guidance writers of the world renowned Institute of spousal correction, Wife Maintenance Quarterly, are here to help. Whether you’ve got a fat frau, an insolent missus or a lazy wretch of a little woman, we’ve got just the right insider knowledge on which nuts to tweak to get your capsizing marriage ship-shape and tight as an au pair’s briefs.

Wife Maintenance Quarterly is primarily intended for new husbands, but it is also of use to old hands looking for tips on how to train and how to get the best out of their wives, singletons who’ve heard bad things and are afraid of making the plunge and, of course, women themselves looking for advice on how to be the best little wives they can be.*

Whatever your marital situation, make room for Wife Maintenance Quarterly on your bookshelf!

*Statistics show that at least 1 in 3 adult women can read.

Wife Maintenance Quarterly - front
Wife Maintenance Quarterly II - front

The next project from us will be…. The Undead: Book Three, Asia

So, exciting news from us with regards to our next project. Michelle will start research for the next book in the zombie series in the new year. Again it will tell the story of what happened after the zombie outbreak happened and will cover Asia.

You can buy the first two books in paperback or as a Kindle e-book:

The Undead: Book One, Overview
What might life be like in a world beset by billions of human zombies? The Undead: Book One, Overview is an introduction to a nightmarish world in which the last few million humans are living in the shadow of a terrible and incurable virus that is drowning the species under a wave of billions of zombies. Book one focuses on how a British government would react to the crisis of suddenly finding that more than 58 million of its people had become highly infectious zombies and that the survivors are all infected with an incurable condition that will turn them into zombies upon death. The worldwide Infection Event occurred in 2020 and the dwindling human race has been struggling to survive in a poisoned world ever since.

The Undead: Book Two, North America
The sequel to The Undead: Book One, Overview looks at the worldwide RVS2 zombie pandemic as it happened in continental North America. Focusing on the emotional reality of life in the Crisis and the conditions on the ground of the new nation, United America, Book Two details the continuing survival of the Western superpower, even as it stares slow, inexorable oblivion in the face.

Find out how to buy these books at our webshop.

News round-up: Thursday 31st December 2015

Below are the interesting news stories I’ve found online today 🙂 (the last one for 2015!)

Are soundtracked books a stunt or the future of ebooks?
The Independent
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/are-soundtracked-books-a-stunt-or-the-future-of-ebooks-a6791316.html

Anne Frank foundation fights plans to publish diary online on 1 January
The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/31/anne-frank-foundation-fights-plans-publish-diary-online-1-january?

Is Dietland 2015’s Most Surprising Book About Women?
NY Mag
http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/12/this-2015s-most-surprising-book-about-women.html#

32 New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-book-releases-2016_5684607ae4b0b958f65b3a65

Biggest Book Trends: Print Is Back, and Everyone’s Reading Science Fiction
io9
http://io9.gizmodo.com/biggest-book-trends-print-is-back-and-everyones-readi-1750494059