Lots of exciting things going on at Your Life Story HQ at the moment and I'd love to share a few pieces of news with you.
In December I mentioned that a ghostwriting client was so pleased with the book I wrote for him that he asked me to write his next book. I really like writing in this particular voice so I immediately accepted the offer, with a view to starting the new project in January.
As planned, in January, my client sent over all of the materials I needed to start this next book: the brief, videos of him speaking about the subject, transcripts of the videos, links to relevant articles. I got to work deciphering and digesting all of the info and I came up with a potential chapter by chapter outline, which he approved.
And then... he asked if we could take a pause because he has another book he'd like me to write first. So we have inserted this book into my schedule - it has a closer deadline than the first book with his publisher expecting it in May. So it's all systems go now with the second book so we meet the May deadline, and then I'll continue with the first book. This is really great news for me - it means I have two contracts lined up and it means the client is appreciative and happy with my work. Win-win.
And though I can't reveal who this client is, or what the books are about - they are in my field of interest which certainly helps the writing process.
Alongside this, I'm preparing a couple of guest lectures and workshops for the Creative Writing course at my local university, York St John, where I was also a student many moons ago. It's such an honour to have been asked along to speak to the students both about my work as a ghostwriter and my experiences of being a published short fiction writer.
My year got off to a great start when Matchbook Lit Mag published a piece of my flash fiction, The Route, and this has been nicely followed by the news that I'm down to the final 50 out of 548 entries in the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize. Judging is taking place this month and winners will be announced early March.
That's all for now, folks. As before, my schedule is pretty full but I'm always happy to hear from you about potential projects. Use the contact form on the website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.