Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tarot reader supreme

Les Mason gives psychic readings at the Psychic Circle under his professional name, Theo (He's one of the most popular clairvoyants on the site). He also gives private readings: he's a brilliant psychic and I should know: I consulted him a few years ago, when I was confused about which writing project I should pursue. Should I write Crushed, my YA novel, the script, the play, my laundry list etc?! Les predicted my novel was the most likely one to initially succeed. In retrospect, he was right. Les has just featured in a magazine article in "The Circle" magazine, and next week (Monday September 22), he will be appearing in a BBC documentary called "Dom's On The Case" at 9.15 a.m. He recently appeared on BBC'S Breakfast TV, being filmed having teeth implants put in under hypnosis, the first man in England to be brave enough to do so. Les is not only the psychic to the stars, but he is also a star himself.

New Book co-op

I went to a new book co-op meeting at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain's office in Kings X at lunch time. (Tasty catered food). The co-op will be a non-profit making limited company, but the Guild is supporting it. One of the co-op's aims is to help book writers (traditionally published and self-published) with their marketing. A brilliant idea! When my two novels ( "Crushed and "Frantic") were published in 2006, I had to promote them myself on the net: a time consuming learning curve. The new book co-op will be extremely useful when I (finally) finish my third novel.

I thought the meeting was very interesting. At the end of the meeting, an enthusiastic writer/poet called Leo Aylen wrote down headline stuff like: 'Are you interested in additional distributing for books? Are you thinking of self-publishing? Are you interested in joining a writers' co-operative open only to Guild members? The first stage is to create a website with a page given to every subscribing member. The cost will depend on the number of subscribing writers.' He then stormed into see the Guild's Assistant General Secretary. 'Print that in the e-bulletin,' he commanded. It was just like, 'Hold the Front Page!' This new book co-op is going to have another meeting quite soon. Material for a new play, perhaps?!