Writer’s CV – addendum

4 08 2013

I realise that my last blog didn’t tell you exactly what I put into my writing CV. That was deliberate but perhaps I should explain why.

I did some research. Trawled the chat rooms and forums as well as websites of other authors, agents, publishers and pros.  All gave advice and tips. And all was useful. But it was too much! If I listened to all the cooks, my broth would be spoiled. So, as I am sure thousands have done before, I took a pinch from one, a soupcon from another and a handful from the best and mixed them all together.

However, no matter how confident I am in my final output, I am not going to tell other people how to do it.  Two reasons. Firstly, I am no expect – an amateur indeed. Secondly, if I have got the mixture just right I think, for once, I will keep it to myself my cocktail hits the desk of someone who likes the taste.

The t’interweb has quite enough people adding unchecked, inaccurate, subjective opinion about things they know little enough about for me to add more with advice on writing a CV.

I think this mini-blog is enough subjective opinion added for today!

Chris Froome – biography of a champion

25 07 2013

I asked in my blog recently about Andy Murray – how quickly can a biography be rushed out after he won Wimbledon? Not long as it turns out!

The next question is about Christ Froome (born 20th May 1985 in case you need your facts quickly).

According to t’interweb he hasn’t got a biography or autobiography out yet. The 100th Tour de France (LeTour) finishes on Sunday 21st July and any winner should be able to get a book out in a couple of weeks at most.  It’s needed before the hype dies away – no Olympics to follow it up with like Wiggo did in 2012!

To assist those waiting for the biography here are some brief highlights

–       Born in Nairobi, Kenya – luckily for us he has enough Brit in his to join our side (since 2008)

–       Went to school in South Africa as a teenager

–       Got his passion for cycling in the highlands north of Nairobi

–       First Tour in 2008

–       Rides professionally for Team Sky (since 2010). 

–       He is 186cm tall and his fighting weight is under 70kg

I’m not a biographer. Fiction is my game but even after all these years in that game I remain fascinated by the writing process both creatively but also commercially. The commercial aspects of publishing need to be watched – spot the trend, see where change is coming from, ride the wave or plunge into a new fiord? All things that a writer needs to watch!

Here I’m watching speed of output. Will quality suffer for speed? Will sales justify the risk? Will Froome-Dawg be victorious not only on the streets of Paris but also on the e-shelves of Kindle-world!


If you want more bio and updates you can go nowhere better than www.chris-froome.com

Andy Murray – the autobiography

23 07 2013

It is a good week or so since Andy Murray (Andrew Barron Murray to be accurate) won Wimbledon. A week of plaudits, interviews, marriage speculation, considerations of awards, statues, knighthoods, canonisation. All for winning a game of tennis – a great game of tennis, no arguments from me there.

But the question is, the real question, the big question… Where is the autobiography? He’s had a week! Where is it?

There are old ones on t’interweb. Even one claiming to be an AUTObiography rather than biography. They rushed one out after he won the US major tournament and Olympic gold last year so where is it? Where is all the new juicy stuff about how he continued to train hard, practise lots, eat even more sushi and generally keep on doing what he started doing a while ago.

Oh, and he believes in himself a bit more!

Now the thing is – he is a tennis player. He plays tennis, lives for it. He doesn’t have the time, or the literary skills to quickly knock up a couple of extra chapters and refresh the opening sections of his old bios so someone, somewhere – probably more than one person – is frantically proofing something that someone else probably 90% wrote before the first ball of Wimbledon was even tossed high in the air on some outer court.

Who is it – put your hands up? Who is Andy’s current ghost writer? Who’s going to get it out there before Sports Personality voting starts, before the awards committees sit, before the Archbishop or Pope next puts a word in upstairs? 

What are the odds it is in Waterstones before end of July – just in time for some holiday reading?