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My first book
16 August 2012
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That's awesome, Joe!!!
Good luck!!! I know it will turn out AMAZING!!
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Sorry, only just checked back here after being away for a while. The book's been on hold since I lost my friend and colleague in a road accident at the start of the month. I haven't really had the energy to sit down and write/research Beatles stuff.

I've got quite some way to go, but I'll post news when I have it. There are various threads I'm trying to get to the bottom of, but real life keeps getting in the way (day job, small child etc).

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21 August 2012
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That's fine, I'm sure it's worth waiting for!

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

21 August 2012
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Joe said, "Sorry, only just checked back here after being away for a while. The book's been on hold since I lost my friend and colleague in a road accident at the start of the month."

 

Now that's really terrible; these are things you don't completely get over. Alas, I speak from experience.

Makes you think of "In My Life"

Look forward to your bouncing back.

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21 August 2012
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Thanks Ron. It's really knocked the wind out of my sales. Bereavement is exhausting. I've been Tweeting anniversary Beatles stuff most days, but that's pretty much all I've done this month.

My friend James was also someone I managed at work. I'd known him since we were students, for nearly 16 years. I gave a speech at his funeral yesterday – he was only 34. It's still very raw but slowly getting easier to deal with.

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15 February 2013
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OK, this thread deserves an update. I've been working on the book since the new year, squeezing in bits and pieces here and there. I've just had two days off work, and another one free tomorrow, and I've really made some headway.

I've spent the last few months gathering material, but now I'm starting to give the book some shape. I'm focusing on one particular chapter at the moment – it's kind of central to the whole thing, and when it's complete the rest should be a lot easier to finish. But in honesty I'm finding longform writing HARD – I've been an online journalist for the last 13 or so years, and can turn around 600 words without breaking sweat, but a 20,000 word chapter? That's a whole different ball game (it's not just a case of writing more; it all has to be carefully structured and hang together logically). It's also quite hard to fit writing a book around a day job and child-care duties (Ted's doing fine, if anyone's wondering), as well as bits and pieces of site maintenance.

The plan is still to self publish, in print and ebook formats. I'll reveal the subject when it's approaching completion. I might post an extract when I can, but in the meantime I'll disappear again and keep working. Thanks for keeping the forum working, and sorry I don't drop by so much nowadays.

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15 February 2013
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Wow, I didn't even know you were writing a book Joe! That's amazing. Great to hear it's getting some shape.

I look forward to it. Good luck!

Also, your book may be out even sooner that Lewisohns haha!a-hard-days-night-george-10

15 February 2013
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Linde said
Also, your book may be out even sooner that Lewisohns haha!a-hard-days-night-george-10

LOL!

Good luck with your book, Joe!

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16 February 2013
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Good luck, Joe! Looking forward to it 8)

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Personally, I don´t know how you find time for everything. Glad to hear you´ve made some progress! :)

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16 February 2013
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Personally, I don´t know how you find time for everything. Glad to hear you´ve made some progress! :)

I second that! Hope the book's going OK for you Joe, I really appreciate everything you do here. a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

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19 February 2013
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Good luck, Joe! :) I had no idea you were writing a book until I saw this thread, and I think it's great that you're writing one. :)

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7 May 2014
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Hey Joe!

I noticed this thread now and it seems really cool that you are writing your own book! But the last post is from over a year ago, so I was just wondering, how are you getting on with the book?

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Zig said

Joe said
I've started writing my first book!

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!a-hard-days-night-ringo-15

So, which book will we see first – Joe's or Lewisohn's?a-hard-days-night-john-3

My money is on Joe.

Good luck, my friend – very exciting.

Well, maybe before Lewisohn's vol. 2.

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meanmistermustard said
Do we loyal dedicated passionate beatlebiblers get a discount when the book is released? For every post we get x amount off.a-hard-days-night-george-10

 

Good luck Joe, its hard enough writing an essay cant imagine what it costs to write a book (and i dont just mean finance). 

Joe would end up paying you to take a copy, mr. top poster.

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How have I missed this??! Joe's writing a book??

Good luck with it Joe, it's been a while as Beatleva said so I hope you've made some good progress!

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Ooo, can't wait until it comes out (if it's still planned).

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How is the story going? Does it feature any unicorns or butterflys?

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16 May 2014
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It's not a story, it's non-fiction. No unicorns or butterflies as yet.

It stalled again when Rosie was born, we moved house (twice) and all my Beatles books temporarily went into storage. Even now I can barely get into my study – it's full of boxes of books which need unpacking, plus other assorted bits of clutter. I've decided that the only way I'm realistically going to finish writing it is if I take a career break, but I can't currently afford to do that.

I did chat about it to Mark Lewisohn a few weeks ago, and he gave me some good leads to follow. It's just time. Someone give me time! And money!

Seriously, though, I just need to get on with it. Our house is still quite chaotic so any spare time goes into getting it fixed up. Once the dust settles I'll have to throw myself back into it.

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Joe said
It's not a story, it's non-fiction. No unicorns or butterflies as yet.

As a little Easter Egg for the Forumpudlians you should throw in a mention of unicorns or butterflies (or both perhaps) somewhere in the book. Even if it's in the 'the author wishes to thank: section' 

Go on, I dare ya! 

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