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Joe
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10 July 2012 - 5.10pm

Hi all. I thought I should check in as I haven't been around too much lately.

I've started writing my first book! It's looking really good so far, but I've got a long way to go. At the moment I'm collecting source material, outlining chapters and writing a first draft. I've done about 10,000 words so far. Busy, busy.

What's it about? I'll tell you in time - it's a good idea and I don't want another writer to steal it. It's about The Beatles though (dur) and it's the sort of thing you'd definitely want on your shelves. No, it's not The Beatles Bible in book form.

I might ask some of you for help with old interviews etc as I go along (thanks so far to ITSWD and Mr Sun King - your scans have been put to good use).

I'll probably be self-publishing, selling ebooks via Amazon and Apple, and also print-on-demand paper copies through Amazon's CreateSpace. I haven't thought about pricing yet, but the ebooks will probably be cheaper. Not sure when it'll be on sale - I have to write it, get it proofed and copy-edited and sort out loads of little things (footnotes, index, advertising). Sometime next year hopefully.

For anyone interested, I'm writing it on the amazing Scrivener app, which is excellent for keeping notes, drafts and final copy in one place. If you're a writer or student I thoroughly recommend you download the trial version.

Oh, I also have the perfect cover photo. Hopefully I'll be able to get it cleared.

Anyway, this is an early warning. The site's gone on the back burner for a while, but I will keep things ticking over when necessary.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

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fabfouremily
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10 July 2012 - 5.16pm

Congratulations! I bet it's exciting writing a book - especially if it's about such an interesting topic. Good luck!

Moving along in our God given ways, safety is sat by the fire/Sanctuary from these feverish smiles, left with a mark on the door.

(Passover - I. Curtis)

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mr. Sun king coming together
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10 July 2012 - 9.19pm

Good luck Joe - if it's a tenth as good as the site it'll be a masterpiece.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Zig
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10 July 2012 - 9.29pm

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.

To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

Every Little Thing you buy from Amazon or iTunes will help the Beatles Bible if you use these links: Amazon | iTunes

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mr. Sun king coming together
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10 July 2012 - 9.30pm

Zig said 

So, which book will we see first - Joe's or Lewisohn's?

My money is on Joe.

How much?

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

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Into the Sky with Diamonds
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11 July 2012 - 3.38am

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Joe, good luck on your long and very winding road!

It's guaranteed to be worth it. Promise.

[expect getting permission to use pictures to be brutal though]

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" (the Beatles and the Race to the Moon – a history)

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mithveaen
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11 July 2012 - 3.45am

This is just AMAZING!!! Congratulations Joe!!! apple01apple01apple01apple01

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie……

Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower…

Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go.

Beware of Darkness… 

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Joe
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11 July 2012 - 11.53am

Already thinking I might have bitten off more than I can chew. So much to write, so little time. Still, I'll keep at it. Thanks for all the support!

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

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Zig
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13 July 2012 - 7.42pm

mr. Sun king coming together said

Zig said 

So, which book will we see first - Joe's or Lewisohn's?

My money is on Joe.

How much?

Four million Beatle Bucks!

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To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.

Every Little Thing you buy from Amazon or iTunes will help the Beatles Bible if you use these links: Amazon | iTunes

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meanmistermustard

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14 July 2012 - 12.06am

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). 

"I told you everything I could about me, Told you everything I could" ('Before Believing' - Emmylou Harris) 

"Don't make your love suffer insecurities; Trade the baggage of "self" to set another one free" ('Paper Skin' - Kendall Payne)

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14 July 2012 - 11.27am

Good luck Joe! Look forward to reading it. Also intrigued to find out what it's about! (more specifically than the Beatles of course).

SHUT UP - Paulie's talkin'

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Joe
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15 July 2012 - 7.53pm

Wow, I don't think my IRL friends will even get a discount! It'll be onsale through Amazon, so I don't think there's a way to sell it cheaper than list price. But this is all WAY ahead.

I'm actually tying up a few loose ends before I really start going for it on the book. I've interviewed someone from their early days and have talked to a couple more people who knew them, and I've got a stack of research material to get through. However, I want to try to finish off the site redesign before my head gets too full of book-related matters; otherwise it'll never get done.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

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GeorgeTSimpson
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15 July 2012 - 8.16pm

I'm sure it'll be the best beatles book ever done. It would be the best beatles book if it were only a quarter as good as this website. Will it tell a story or will it be a fact book? I always thought a book would be intersting about what would have happened if the beatles never broke up or if stu had stayed in the band or so

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby

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Stephanie
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16 July 2012 - 4.52am

I'm sure it will be fabulous, I don't usually buy books (I'm a read it once and be done kind of person) but I will definitely make an exception because this site is great, I can't imagine how awesome one of your books will be! a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Joe
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19 July 2012 - 7.30pm

It's going to be broadly chronological, but focusing on a very specific aspect of their career. And it's non-fiction, so there's no speculation about what happened if Stu survived, if Yoko hadn't arrived or if they'd signed to Decca (though they'd all make quite interesting stories).

Thanks for the kind words - it's nice to know people are enthusiastic! I'll post progress reports when I can, but there's a loooong way to go.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

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GeorgeTSimpson
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15 August 2012 - 3.55pm

How much have you written so far. When do you think it willbe finished?

Once there was a way to get back homewards. Once there was a way to get back home; sleep pretty darling do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby

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vonbontee
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15 August 2012 - 4.40pm

Joe said

It's going to be broadly chronological, but focusing on a very specific aspect of their career. Thanks for the kind words - it's nice to know people are enthusiastic! I'll post progress reports when I can, but there's a loooong way to go.

Hard to believe I could be enthused about yet another new Beatles book, but you've managed to give us all something to look forward to! All the best in your endeavour, Joe, and if you get discouraged about the amount of work ahead, keep in mind that million-plus words you've already contributed here by way of comparison.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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JET!
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15 August 2012 - 5.01pm

Oh, this will be good! I haven't read a Beatles book in awhile. How is it going, Joe? That's an impressive undertaking!

The sunshine bores the daylights outta me

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Drake 42681
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16 August 2012 - 5.24am

Best luck to you Joe! It must be tough (but it will be amazing i'm sure).a-hard-days-night-george-9

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Eilwynn
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16 August 2012 - 8.44am

Indeed, good luck; I know how difficult it can seem sometimes to research and finish a whole book!  We're all looking forward to it!  

"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."

- Dr. Seuss

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