31: Production Schedule, Part I

Posted in Diary posts on May 30th, 2011 by Peter Baker

31 May 2011

Until recently, if I wasn’t pushing, the book didn’t move. Now, due to the HotHive’s wonderful publishing and design team, everything’s swinging along. From February through May, this has been (the first half of …) our production schedule. Read more »

30: Days Gone By

Posted in Diary posts on May 8th, 2011 by Peter Baker

8 May 2011

In the end, it took me a year to get the book published. All in all, not bad, and during that year life got much simpler. Read more »

29: Creative Process Review

Posted in Diary posts on April 27th, 2011 by Peter Baker

27 April 2011

When I got off that plane from South America in 2007 – the bit between my teeth – I’d calculated that writing a book might take a few months.

Complete fantasy.

With hindsight, such naiveté was probably for the best. Read more »

28: Clear Blue Skies

Posted in Diary posts on April 9th, 2011 by Peter Baker

9 April 2011

After securing the publishing deal for The Jolly Pilgrim, I experienced a two-hour period of elation, then knuckled down and focussed on next steps. Eyes on the endgame.

Top of my to-do list that afternoon was getting the hem of a suit fixed. That meant a visit to Sam, proprietor of ‘Smarty Pants’ dry cleaning and one of my local Manor-Park homies. Naturally, we talk about stuff. Read more »

27: The Publishing Deal

Posted in Diary posts on March 8th, 2011 by Peter Baker

8 March 2011

The Hot Hive is an independent book publisher based in Worcestershire. I first heard of the company last autumn, via a couple of authors who’d secured a deal through it. Given what I was then learning about the book-publishing world, said deal sounded very good, but at the time it was one more lead I didn’t have time to follow up. Crucially, I got my hands on one of the Hot Hive’s books. It was a thing of beauty. Read more »