Friday, 26 August 2011

The stuff of dreams

With autumn approaching, preparations for the publication of 15 Days Without A Head are picking up momentum. I received a very strokeable embossed cover proof in the post last week.

Check out the emboss on this!

A lot of work went into the cover and I'm really pleased with the way it looks. I have to admit though, that the part that gets me grinning every time is the quote from Keith Gray – one of my all time writing heroes.

Keith's novel Creepers was one of the books that inspired me to write, and to receive such a great recommendation on the front of my debut is truly the stuff of dreams!

In addition to the cover artwork, I also received a bulging envelope full of 15 Days uncorrected bound proofs with special limited edition lemon yellow covers. The final version will look slightly different inside and have the red and blue cover, but it was great seeing a stack of 15 Days Without A Head in book form.

15 Days Without A Head  (Citric Lemon Limited Edition)

The proofs went out to readers at the start of the week and I'm delighted to say that the response I've had so far has been fantastic, including this one from 14-year-old, Rewan Harper, who read the book within a day of receiving his copy!

"This book is truly awesome! It has everything a good book needs. It is funny and witty, but with a serious edge giving the novel another layer. Excellently done!"

And this from Josh Bouvier, who is 12:

"This book is immense, 10/10. I could see everything happening in my head as I read. I really felt for Laurence and couldn't stop myself from thinking of ways to help him out. I didn't want it to stop and now I want another 15 days."

So, quite a good week, all things considered!


  1. Fabulous reviews, Dave! They clearly know what they're talking about!

  2. Yeah! How exciting for you. Can't wait to read (and feel) the genuine, embossed article.

  3. They do indeed, Viv! Seriously though, it's great to get such a positive response from readers – I couldn't ask for anything more. I am, as they say, over the moon, Brian!

    Not long now, Jane. Great news on your agent deal by the way! Congratulations.

  4. Wow! All three reviews are great. Can't wait till January now.

  5. It's a jewel of a book, Dave - I LOVED it and really think it will be one of the major contenders of 2012. Congratulations.

  6. Justine told me how much her kids loved it, so I tried to pre-order. Amazon needs to get their a**e into gear!

  7. Sorry to hear you had a problem with Amazon. What happened? As far as I'm aware 15 Days is available to pre-order, and nobody has reported any issues.

  8. Thanks Michele and Candy – I hope you're right!