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Monday, February 19, 2018

The World Almanac Turns 150!



The World Almanac and Book of Facts: 2018 celebrates 150 years of informing us of all kinds of things, including statistics, facts, and history as it relates to sports, politics, culture, entertainment, science, arts, and other areas.  Every year since I was a boy I’d get the new edition to read up on things.

A number of items covered relate directly to books, including stats on libraries (p. 248), most challenged books in libraries (p. 249), best-selling books (p. 250), best-selling books (p. 250), winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature (p. 261), Pulitzer Prize winners for Fiction (p. 263), new words in English (p. 208), writers of the past (p. 209), Poets Laureate (p. 214), and foreign words and phrases (p. 709).

The World Almanac claims it is the best-selling U.S. reference book of all time with more than 82 million copies sold since 1868.  It actually disappeared for a decade, from 1876-1885, when the newspaper that published it, The New York World, folded.  In 1886, famed newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer revived The World Almanac and has published it annually ever since.

So what happened of interest back in 1868, the year of the inaugural edition?  It was a time of rebuilding a tattered post-Civil War America -- and it was a year before professional baseball leagues would be formed.

In literature, Willkie Collins published what is considered to be the first full-length detective novel in English, The Moonstone.  Also penned that year was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, and Horatio  Alger’s Ragged Dick.

A century ago, in 1918, some of the headline stories included:

·         Influenza pandemic begins, killing up to 100 million worldwide, of which some 650,000 die in the U.S.
·         World War I concludes.
·         The Sedition Act is signed into law, forbidding “disloyal, profane, scurrilous or abusive” speech about the U.S. government or its military.

Just 50 years ago, in 1968, some big books were published, including:

·         The Double Helix by James D. Watson.
·         The Population Bomb by Paul Ehlrlich
·         Couples by John Updike
·         Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
·         The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

Lastly, I leave with some predictions of the future that were made in the past.  In 1968, to celebrate the book’s 100-year mark, Professor Isaac Asimov made a number of predictions for 2068.  We’re now within 50 years of those bold insights.  Here are some things that he said:

"Food will become the product of gigantic laboratories and the percentage of space on land and sea which must be devoted to food will be decreasing in 2068.  More and more of the Earth’s surface can be turned into amusement resorts, parkland, and wildlife refuges.

"With the declining birth rate, the rise in ectogenesis (the development of fetuses outside the human body) the disappearance of routine housework, and the conversion of all work into low-muscle, high-brain endeavor that can be performed by either sex, it is clear that the woman of 2068 will be completely equal to the man economically and socially…Sexual associations will be looser in 2068 and more casual."


SAVE THE ARTS!
“To have a National Endowment for the Arts is to sanction creativity to provide space to support the poetic and to give meaning to struggle, hope and life.  Whether it’s transcribing Great Negro Spirituals, protecting indigenous Native languages, attending outdoor jazz concerts, preserving quilting b the Amish and the Gee’s Bend women, singing the Delta blues, weaving narratives of neglected LGBTQ history, creating plays of the immigrant experience or collaborating across state lines, we are a country of expression.  Art is the bridge when walls of fear keep us insulated and reactive.  A society loses meaning, purpose and direction without it.”

--Karen Finley, Time Magazine


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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Allure of Books About Books



Books about books.

This is my favorite kind of book.  I love books that talk about other books, publishing, writing, literacy, free speech, authors, book history, bookstores, language and all things bibliophile.  My never-ending fascination with such books is embraced by a minority of people, but it’s a sizeable group.

You know the kind of people that like such books.  They are wordsmiths, maybe writers, professors, educators, or historians.  They love the smell of books and engage their senses to consume books that touch upon history, communication and creativity.

There are even lists devoted to identifying such books. Many stores have sections dedicated to them.

Here is a sample of books that talk about books or have a central theme built around books:

·         Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
·         The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
·         Book List:  Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Reason
·         So Many Books, So Little Time:  A Year of Passionate Reading
·         The Jane Austen Book Club
·         A Novel Bookstore
·         The Bestseller
·         How Reading Changed My Life
·         The Book Thief
·         The Bookstore
·         The Case of the Missing Books
·         Fahrenheit 451
·         Matilda
·         Bibliotopia
·         Book:  A Memoir
·         The Bookshop Book
·         1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
·         A History of Reading
·         How to Read a Book
·         When Books Went to War:  The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II
·         The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe
·         The Year of Reading Dangerously:  How Fifty Great Books (and Two Not-So-Great Ones) Saved My Life
·         The Novel Cure:  From Abandonment to Zestlessness:  751 Books to Cure What Ails You
·         The Pleasure of Reading:  43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books that Inspired Them
·         Book Crush:  For Kids and Teens – Recommended Reading for Every Mood Moment and Interest
·         The Book of Lost Books:  An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You’ll Never Read

Are you book curious?  Do you find yourself more fascinated with a book about some aspect of books than by some ordinary books?  We are so inquisitive about writers and their creative powers, their checkered pasts, and their struggles to influence others.  We want to be taken behind the scenes of the publishing industry and into the lives of those who impact it – from editors, literary agents, book critics, and press agents to those influenced by books – society and its institutions. 

If you read any book this year, read one about books!


Selected Excerpts From Trivium: The Classical Liberal Arts of Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric (Bloomsbury)

Scripts
“The word ‘grammar’ comes from the Greek term gramma (a letter), itself related to grapho (to draw or write).  The invention of script, around 3000 BC in Sumeria and India, suddenly made it possible to write and read texts of law, commerce, ritual, poetry, history, philosophy, and science.  And, perhaps most important of all, it gave birth to the detailed discussion of the correct form of such texts.

“Broadly speaking, scripts come in two types.  Logographic systems try to depict the meaning of a text without relating to the sound of language (the Chinese script being a prime example).  Phonographic systems, on the other hand, record text as it would sound when spoken.  The Roman alphabet, which we use to write English and other Western European tongues, is phonographic, as are the scripts used for Hebrew, Russian, Greek, Arabic, and Sanskrit.  Today’s International Phonetic Alphabet is used for correctly writing the pronunciation of languages.”


Language
“Every natural language uses a distinct set of sounds as building blocks, these generally being classified as either consonants or vowels.  Distinguishing how and with which parts of our speech organs these sounds are formed can be of great help in the acquisition of a language.  The science of sounds in speech and language is called phonetics.

“Language is humanity’s primary vehicle for though and communication, both internal and external.  Indeed, the ability to learn the complex system of symbols and rules which underlie syntax and grammar is arguably the most distinctive feature of the human race.  Grammar enables us to inform, edify, and entertain; it allows us to reason, debate, and argue; it helps us study, build, and use complex things, from recipes to spaceships.

“One of the earliest written languages for which governing rules were established is Indian Sanskrit.


“Broadly speaking, older languages have more complex systems of inflection, while the grammar of younger languages is more simplified.  Immigration, trade, invasions, and occupations may have forced villagers to learn more languages over time, and, rather than mastering the intricacies of any particular tongue, they muddled along with a simplified speech which later became the rule.  Perhaps the finest example of such a process and its result is English.”

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource."

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Interview with author Eleanor L. Tomczyk


The Fetus Chronicles: Podcasts from My Miseducated Self” (A mostly true memoir)
Eleanor Tomczyk is a memoirist and humorist blogger whose work features the musings of an engagingly funny ex-Evangelical Conservative Christian, African-American Baby Boomer.  Not many authors can begin a book with words such as “I was born in a toilet,” literally mean it, and live to tell about it with such grace and humor.  At the age of 60, the wife, mother, singer, actress, motivational speaker, and award-winning voice-over artist set out to establish a new career in retirement as a storyteller, using her life as fodder.  Currently in her late 60s, the mother, grandmother, and wife of 38 years has published three books:  Monsters' Throwdown (2013), Fleeing Oz (2015), and The Fetus Chronicles: Podcasts from My Miseducated Self (2017).  She also posts a humorous weekly blog: How the Hell Did I End Up Here? Website:  www.eleanortomczyk.com

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
Growing old—that is what prompted The Fetus Chronicles, which is the third book of a trilogy about my life.  Before I wrote TFC, I saw a picture of myself stuck on a zip line 200 feet above a rain forest, twirling around in the air like a random leaf stuck in an errant cobweb string.  I couldn’t move forward and I couldn’t move backwards.  In my panic, all I could think about was the Internet meme that was going to headline that picture being uploaded by all the cameras taking pictures of my misfortune:  “Old Fat Black Woman Didn’t Get the Message to ‘Stay Home’!” For years that photo mortified me until one day I looked at it again and decided “this shit is funny as all get out!”  I soon realized that I had scores of stories about my life (some horrific, some extremely sad, but many that were hilarious because they were so embarrassing) that dealt with universal fears from which I had gained deep insights that might be worth sharing.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?
My target audience is Baby Boomer women of all ethnicities, races, and religions, and the men who love them (although the men may need a hazmat suit).  As an African-American woman who grew up in the ghetto of Cleveland, Ohio, got carried on the wings of the Civil Rights Act into higher education and freedom, and almost squandered that gift of intellectualism and freedom in White, Evangelical, Right-wing churches for 30 plus years, I felt that I had a lot to say as a woman about the universal missteps of life and the issues we face just by being born a woman, as well as the grace needed to overcome those situations.  I wanted to leave the next generation of women a bird’s eye view of what it means to try and let go of shame (“My rape and sexual abuse does not own or define me”), laugh at ourselves (“Embarrassment won’t kill me even if it seems the entire world is watching”), and shake off all those things that try to thwart women from evolving (“You can’t because…”). 

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
Everybody hurts…everybody suffers…nobody is perfect.  At the risk of going all Oprah on you, what I hope would remain with readers is the strong incentive to try and become their “best selves”—to exit the stage left of life living their most authentic selves. Do what you want.  Go where you will.  Say what you mean—regardless of what others think.  If it’s your truth—live it!

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
If you want to write—just do it!  Don’t wait for someone else’s permission.  I had 235 rejections from literary agents for my first memoir Monsters’ Throwdown, and I realized (after reading that 16-year-old Justin Bieber got a book deal for his memoir) that I’d be dead for a hundred years before anyone gave me the green light to write, simply because I didn’t bring to the table a platform of several million followers on social media. I knew I had something to say, and nobody had the right to tell me I couldn’t say it.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
Where the book publishing industry is headed is already here and it is fast becoming the trend:  independent book publishing and author-generated promotions.  The five major publishing houses don’t have the inclination nor the desire to “waste their time” or budgets on writers who don’t bring them a built-in audience who will bring the publishers immediate guaranteed sales.  Thus the book deal for the memoir of a 16 year old who was still wet behind the ears as opposed to someone who brought gravitas but no hysterical teenage fan base to the table.  Even if an unknown author is “lucky” enough to garner a book deal, there are no glory days of book advances anymore, no sitting back while publishing houses create publicity for the unknown writer, and most times, once the publishing house is paid, the author rarely sees a cent—not to mention that the final result of the product may not be what the writer intended.  At least when an author independently publishes, he or she has total control over the work and stands to receive a good portion of the returns to invest in future books and promotions.  If writers have to do all the leg work, why pay a middle man?

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
My idol is Maya Angelou, and she once said: “There are teachers who write and writers who teach.”  I am a teacher who writes.  I am always trying to point the reader to hope, truth, light, grace, and mercy through my life stories.  My challenge is to do so without preaching.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
My book (actually all three of my books) is made for such a time as this.  We (especially women) are really hurting as a culture and as a nation.  I personally think that our hope is not in a leader or a political party but in ourselves portraying authentic lives filled with truth, love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace that we want to see played out in our relationships, communities, government, religious centers, and activism.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource."

Interview with author Mike Nemeth




128 Billion to 1: Ten Steps to Beat the Odds and Win Your NCAA Tourney Office Pool

Mike Nemeth is a novelist, blogger, former AAU basketball coach and former Information Technology executive. He is also a fan of NCAA basketball, and his passion inspired him to write his new book, 128 Billion to 1. Nemeth is known for his crime thriller, Defiled, which became a bestselling book on Amazon. Mike now lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Angie, and their rescue dog, Sophie. Please see:  https://nemosnumbers.com

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
In 2003 I watched my under-respected alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, defeat a team the experts considered far superior to win the Big Ten championship. None of the experts on TV could explain the outcome using traditional statistics and inside-the-box thinking. Intrigued, I did a forensic study of the game and discovered that traditional statistics and inside-the-box thinking misrepresent hundreds of games and dozens of teams every season! As a hobby I collected statistics and tracked the experts’ erroneous predictions for thirteen years and eventually realized that the game simply needed a new set of statistics to properly explain outcomes and accurately rank teams relative to one another. The ah ha moment led to the realization that diehard basketball fans don’t make poor guesses when filling their March Madness brackets; they make poorly informed guesses. I believe all fans should know how and why they go wrong.

2.      What is it about and who is your targeted reader?
The book is about two concepts that travel hand-in-hand. The first is that a correct set of statistics better explains the game and better reveals the relative strength in the tournament field. The second is that the tournament is not designed to reveal the best team in the country; it is designed to produce chaos and reward a fortunate survivor with the trophy. When fans take these two facts into consideration they will improve their chances of winning their office pool. My target reader is anyone who fills a March madness bracket.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
Beyond its relevance to basketball, I hope the book makes readers aware that over one hundred years of conventional thinking can easily be overthrown by a little critical investigation and simple logic. If true in basketball, where else might that be true?

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?
Writing is easiest, most rewarding, most beneficial, when the author is making the reader aware of a truth or an injustice or a social problem. Writing with a purpose should be the goal of all writers. So, pick a cause and write about it. That’s when we’re meaningful to society.

5.      What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
The obvious trend is toward an oversupplied marketplace with too many books, too few readers, too little time and not enough profits. Most of us write because we are compelled by some invisible force to do so, but most of us would also hope that someone other than our moms would read what we write. I also see a resurgence of independent booksellers who provide access to more diverse titles than do the major chain stores.

6.      What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
The biggest challenge was to find a medium and format that suited the material. An explanation of the new statistics was first published as an article in the New York Times in 2011 under the title The Missing Ingredient but the article length could not do the whole story justice. On the other hand, the full story, now published as 128 Billion to 1, was too short to qualify as a trade paperback. Luckily, Morgan James Publishing has introduced a Minibuk format, a paperback of around one hundred pages that can readily be displayed at checkout counters. Voila! 128 Billion to 1 had a path to market.

7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
128 Billion to 1 is short, fun to read, relatively less expensive than other books, and is timely. The official release date is December 12, 2017 which means it can be read before March Madness brackets have to be filled. It also makes a great Holiday present for that person who already has everything else.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Interview with authors Elsa Evripidou & Nick Fletcher


Monsoon Tide

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?

The original story was in the form of a screenplay by Nick Fletcher.  These are his words…

As a young man, I went to live in an old Indian beachside house. The house had belonged for generations to the family of a man back in the UK who had now made London his home.  I volunteered to go with his daughter to close up the house for its imminent demolition and put down the family dog who still lived there.  The house had a small dark room, where I found family albums - evidence of when the house was alive with extended family, socialites and parties. However, I also found articles on the owner pertaining to a darker past and perhaps a reason for him to leave the country forever.  However, there were other things to think about - notably the dog.  I had the feeling that she had long resigned herself to the fate that now awaited her.  On her last day we walked her by the sea, where she bit the waves relentlessly as they broke upon the shore.  A futile and desperate gesture in the face of something immeasurably powerful.  In a fanciful moment I saw the sea as something symbolic, something that represented the force of life and death.

Twenty years later, my own father’s passing had a profound effect on me.  I began writing after a long lay off.  It was a cathartic experience and I allowed a story to evolve as I wrote.  It began to take form almost on its own with those distant memories of India propelling the story.  Soon a universal theme became apparent in the narrative, that the spirit of loved ones can indeed live on in our hearts.… and inform and inspire us.  We just have to let them.  Monsoon Tide was born.

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?

Monsoon Tide is the story of Anni, a young Anglo-Indian aid worker who returns to her beautiful, tropical birthplace in India in the wake of the Asian tsunami.  There she encounters her reclusive and seemingly haunted stepfather in his isolated beachside house.  She soon discovers that her mother's death sixteen years before was not the accidental drowning she had been led to believe.  Armed with her mothers diary which she finds hidden in the depths of the house and with the aid of the local Chief of Police, Anni embarks on a mission to discover the truth whatever the cost. It is a haunting story of loss, love and secrets told in a unique way.
The target readership for Monsoon Tide is quite wide-ranging as it encompasses a number of popular genres; mystery, suspense and romance.  Basically, if you like books and films and are willing to try a new format which combines the two types of media, then Monsoon Tide may well be for you.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?

The theme of the book was certainly reinforced on a film-location expedition by watching ashes being cast into the Indian ocean and contemplating the eternal cycle of life and death, with loved ones living on in the hearts of those who are left behind.  We hope these sentiments live long in the minds of the readers after they’ve read the book.

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?

There is already a host of information available to writers to help them hone their writing skills but an important factor for any aspiring author who wants commercial success is to consider how his or her book is going to stand out from the rest.
To use business terminology; what is your unique selling point? Is there something in the content of the book, its unique perspective, its topicality, its author or any other factor that would attract media attention?   Although this might sound like its not a very artistic basis to start writing a book, if you consider a books marketability beforehand, you will reap the rewards further down the line.   In the case of Monsoon Tide we have received a lot of media interest because of the unique concept of the cBook or Cinematic Book in telling a story through both written chapters and film clips.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

A lot is being made in the press currently about the relative demise of ebooks and the resurgence of their conventionally printed counterparts.  People seem to be reconnecting with the printed book form and a major factor in our opinion is that e-books, for the most part, are just replicating conventional books in an electronic format.  Why are ebooks content to plod alongside conventional books when they can do so much more?  Although there have been a number of enhanced e-books which have featured audio tracks, film clips, ambient background noise and interactive games, these are not redefining the format but merely icing the cake. 

Our new concept – the Cinematic book or cBook – actually cuts up the cake and puts in whole layers of filling.  We have a chapter of prose followed by a film clip followed by another a chapter and so on each taking the story forward.  We are combining the media, but in a sequential manner.  The result is that the reader can get inside the characters heads and in so doing, deepen their emotional investment in the story.  Conversely, readers often complain about not being able to ‘get into the world’ of the book and find it difficult to visualise the characters and location (sometimes this is not the fault of the book but a common difficulty for the reader to disengage from the real world and enter the fantastical new world of the book).  A cBook transports you right to that world after a first short chapter.

The electronic book market must continue to innovate to prosper - it must do things that a conventional book can not do. 

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?

Although the general story and screenplay were written by Nick Fletcher, Elsa Evripidou, who was the Script Editor for the film, wrote the chapters for the cBook Monsoon Tide.
Elsa:  The biggest challenge was the fact that no one has ever really tried to do what we were attempting before, so we had no blue print to work from.  Monsoon Tide already exists as a feature film and 15 clips from the film were selected as the cinematic clips for the cBook.  My job as the writer of the chapters was threefold:
1. To write in prose format the action between the selected video clips and to ensure that these chapters combined in a logical way with the film clips.
 2. To convey the charactersthoughts and motivations
 3. To imagine new events that happened before or within the same timeframe as the events portrayed within the screenplay.
One of the greatest challenges was to use the original story framework but at the same time come up with  new events and explore the characters in greater depth in a way that complemented and enhanced the original story. It was important to keep a consistency of style and also to ensure that the reader could move seamlessly from written chapter to film clip.

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?

Because Monsoon Tide is the first ever cinematic book (cBook) - a brand new story-telling platform.  By taking the best of the written word and the best of film and using them to propel a story, each element dependent upon the other, we are redefining what electronic books are capable of and delivering a fully rounded reading/viewing experience in under two hours.  We hope that other people will make their own cBooks in the future so wouldn’t it be cool if you could say that you were one of the first to sample this brand new concept?

Author; Elsa Evripidou
Elsa was born in London, England the daughter of a Finnish mother and a Greek Cypriot father and went on to study foreign languages at university.
She has worked in a variety of fields including human resources, teaching and tourism but mainly in the film industry in the last decade.
She has written screenplays, worked as a script editor and is also a producer for Laid Back Films. She has always had a passion for writing and wrote the narrative of Monsoon Tide. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in creative writing.

Co-author; Nick Fletcher
Nick has worked as an award winning photographer, travelling the world and putting on exhibitions of his photo journalistic work. In the 1990's, he got involved in the toy and game industry, inventing and designing products for Manik Games and Seven Towns Ltd (they brought the Rubik Cube to the world).  In the last twenty years, Nick has worked as a producer, writer and director in the film industry, creatively involved in projects such as 'Tales of the Fourth Dimension' with Richard O'Brien and 'Monsoon Tide' the film.  Nick wrote the original screenplay and invented the concept of the cBook whilst in pre-production of Monsoon Tide.

For more information, please see: www.cbooks.co and www.monsoon-tide.com

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