Philip Whiteley's Blog

February 28, 2019

Read all about my book! It’s great, honest!

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 8:02 pm

I hope you noticed the ironic tone, and the satire implicit in this generic headline to an online post. You don’t have to travel far into the social media metropolis these days before coming across an author peddling their wares, getting excited about their launch date. Sometimes, I wonder if there are more authors than there are readers; if we do reach that state, we’re in trouble as a society.

My excuse is that writing really is the only skill in which I’ve been sufficiently proficient to earn a living. I’ve been a professional writer for 30 years, in one form or other, starting as a reporter on Printing World, back in the days of hot metal. I absolutely loved that job; I would look forward to going to work every morning, was impatient to get back of a Sunday evening. I learned a lot, too.

So, yes, I write books. Quite a lot of them. When I’m not writing my own books, I’m helping others write theirs. It’s what I do, and what I have to do, just the same as an accountant gets the VAT paid on time and an airline pilot lands safely on the correct strip of tarmac.

Yet it’s never routine, and I still love my work, 30 years on.

This blog post is to announce that I’ve written another book, the third novel, and today I reached the crowdfunding target which means it will definitely be published. The Rooms We Never Enter is a spin-off of the second novel, Marching on Together, and it’s a romcom that’s been described as ‘funny and sweet with a wonderful ending’. That’s a biased verdict, because it’s by my editor, Katy Guest at Unbound. But it’s also credible because she used to be literary editor at the Independent on Sunday. So she, like, knows about books and stuff – more than I do, anyway.

So, do place an order for The Rooms We Never Enter. And read it. It’s really great, honest. There is more information here:

1 Comment »

  1. Great blog! Sums up exactly why writers write and how ambivalent we are about our work. At least, the bearable ones are. No doubt there are some who genuinely think they’re ‘it’ and wouldn’t get the irony of your headline. But I don’t speak to them. The very best of luck with the launch.

    Comment by Sue Clark — March 1, 2019 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

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