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After a Titantic struggle involving, among other institutions Llanelli County Court, the Welsh Wizard has finally rolled over and surrendered and returned the money he owed. (Over the summer he sent us a donkey that was really a mule and panniers that were no more than shopping baskets thereby ruining our promotional tour). Blogs previous have all the detail. While I have nothing but admiration for the Welsh people in general ( I lived there once) there are, as my greengrocer always says, occasional rotten apples in any barrel.
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For latecomers to the party an explantion of the picture on the ABOUT US page. Tan Tan Books had planned a long walk with a donkey this summer as part of a promotional tour. But due to the strange vicissitudes of the Donkey Owner, known as the Welsh Wizard, whose skull seems to be as thick as the mule he sent us, it has all had to be postponed. See blogs passim for details.
Congratulations to Richard Flanagan for his Booker win. But yet ANOTHER account of life on the Burma Railway? How many more do we need? And has anyone rerembered that 100,000 Thai people died as well?
|Posted by [email protected] on October 2, 2014 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
Tan Tan Books is based in Cornwall. We would be happy to see scripts from writers in the region - Devon even. So far have had scripts from all over the world - including an extraordinary story from Afghanistan. But nothing local! Are writers here holding out for the big bucks from the London publishers?
|Posted by [email protected] on September 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
Heard an interview with a Scot on the BBC three days before the vote. He said he was going to vote No because, " He didn't think we were quite ready yet."
What? After 300 years?
Sometimes you've just got to gird your loins, pluck up your courage, take a chance and jump.
Otherwise you risk ending up as David Cameron's lunch.
Good article on the vote by Paul Mason.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article for the WriteWords web site writewords.org.uk/forum/48_454224.asp which read in part:
'There is a scene that must be familiar in a lot of publishers offices. Someone has had the idea to ask a well known media personality, someone who sparkles in the cut and thrust of TV and radio debate, to write a novel. The manuscript is delivered and the editor begins to read. And then as the pages are turned there is the awful realisation that it is a pale imitation of something dated and long gone, perhaps Agatha Christie or Eric Ambler or Tom Sharpe. The characters are wooden, the whole thing is as flat as a pancake.
It as if the famous broadcaster, in searching for a voice and a theme, has returned to his or her parents bookcase in search of a comfort blanket.
I am not sure why this occurs, but the point is it does seem to happen to most writers. You have to push through and come out the other side. For most new writers these drafts are simply discarded. It is a literary growing up process. For the unfortunate celebrity they end up on the shelves of Waterstones.'
A few days later a review theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/10/head-of-state-andrew-marr-review-novel-politics of a first novel by the TV pundit Andrew Marr said ( as a criticism) that it read like a Tom Sharpe novel.
The reviewer then added : 'For me, it was neither funny enough nor exciting enough to make me want to turn the page. While it's not meant to be taken seriously, even a satire has to carry the reader along. The characters were too Cluedo-esque to retain my interest.'
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It is a pleasure to receive scripts from writers. All will be read and commented on. In 2015, with a bit of luck and a fair wind at least one will be published. However such is the wide variety of material that some limits have to be set. Children's stories, poetry, no. Short stories unlikely. The exception would obviously be a book such as Legend of a Suicide by David Vann. A collection of individual stories that merge finally into something remarkable. In the next blog I will expand further on what I am looking for in a script. In the meantime if you are considering sending in a script it would be sensible to familiarise youreself with the current output of Tan Tan Books. ( Kindle version less than the price of fish and chips/hamburger/ glass of wine). If you can offer a script that is compatible with what has gone before, then we could get along....
|Posted by [email protected] on August 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
Wikipedia makes the walls of their castle sufficiently high so that only the brightest and the bravest can scale them. This morning after an hour's work I was knocked back by someone calling him ( or her) self Mean Custard. This confirms a growing impression that sites such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook and Amazon are peopled by precocious 12 year olds. And certainly American. When I posted a short review for Tombola! by the political magazine Tribune on Amazon it was changed immediately to the Chicago Tribune. The Stars and Stripes really does fly over all our battlements.
|Posted by [email protected] on August 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
The idea of adding music to a book is pretty new. In Tombola published in 2007 even if it was possible I dont think anyone considered trying to add the wonderful music of the Touareg that I was trying to describe. Now you just pop in a link. So in One Million Euro the music to which the pilgrims listen as they walk is easily accessible. Just go to the links page and follow the music section. If Mamani Keita does not warm your heart you have ice in your veins.