J C MATHESON

Read the first chapter of Echo Valley here!


I've thought of a number of ways to finish off this 3 part blog series, but there are only so many ways I can talk about waiting for agent and publisher replies over a course of 3 months without it turning into a bit of a self indulgent, rather boring rant.
So instead, I'm using this final part to update you with the progress on Echo Valley as breifly and as non-ranty as possible.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Echo Valley will be released on Paperback and digital this summer (more accurate date tba) The boring stuff like ISBN numbers and paperback formatting is currently in progress. Below is the more exciting stuff...

  • There will be a book launch party here in Devon. Again, proper date tba but there will be coffee, tea, creepy cakes, books and me. The event is free, but don't hesitate to buy a copy of EV.  I'll make sure there will be plenty.
  • After the party, the book will be available to buy here on my website. To start off, the book will only be available in paperback, but digital and Kindle editions will follow shortly after.

 

Anyway, that's pretty much it for now. But here's some pretty images of where the launch party is going to be held. I wasn't sure at first, but after seeing that one of the rooms is the spitting image of Theo's Office, How can I not?

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If you want to keep up to date, you can subscribe to my blog posts in the top right or like my Facebook page for instant updates on the whens and wheres of the launch party.

Yours with excitement and impatience,

Jon.

 

 

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