Monday, July 27, 2015

The Asterisk Years available to download from October 1st

So last night I okayed an online cut of The Asterisk Years. A website is currently being built that will enable anyone to download it once they have made a donation to The Kano Foundation.

The website will go live on October 1st.

Investors in the film will be able to download it free on request.

There have only been a few minor tweaks from the cinematic version, namely at the end where we have protected the brilliant song "We Still Won" by Joe McKenna (So go and download it on iTunes immediately!) and we also dedicated the film to the person who inspired the entire project.

The Asterisk Years project itself was an incredible experience with ups and downs, thrills and chills and even some dungeons and dragons.

However, a line must be drawn somewhere and that line comes on October 1st with the launch of the online cut and the last bit of chat, from us, about the project.

It's time to move on and we move on with Anyone but Celtic the book of which can be pre-ordered on Kindle from August 1st and from Lulu on August 21st.

The film of Anyone but Celtic is currently in pre-production and we will go wide with information on that from October 2nd.

We shall return...




Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Asterisk Years is back on Kindle

In a week where you get mindless abuse like a meteor shower, what do you do? Open up another platform for it of course.

A quick backstory: The Asterisk Years (Book) was only ever meant to be out for a year exactly. Thinking back, I'm not sure why this was, something about the film standing alone (I think I'd watched an Andy Warhol documentary one night and went a little nuts)

Anyway, once the film came out there was a big demand for the book to come back out and so the paperback one did. I had nothing in mind about Kindle. There have been quite a lot folk asking about it going back on there and then came this week where I was accused, by the dark side, of getting rid of Amazon reviews.

I have never done that and wouldn't even know how to.

Let's talk about reviews, good or bad, I don't read them. People always call bullshit on that but it's true. A bad review will stick in your craw whereas a good review fattens you up and that is a bad place for a writer.

(Huge name drop coming)
I spoke to the brilliant author, David Peace, and he also doesn't read reviews even though his daughter will often say to him "You should see what people are saying about you on Amazon" and that's something I get a lot too.

Listen, if someone wants to constructively criticise anything I do, I've absolutely no problem talking to anyone. Many have been reciprocated on that score. However, if someone wants to batter the keyboard putting a review on Amazon that amounts to "I will do anything I can to stop people buying this book" then the furthest I'll go is to visit them once a week to ensure they haven't hung themselves in their basement. K?

Similarly, I get abuse from Sevco and Rangers(IL) fans almost every day and they will never like me or anything I do. I get that. Plenty of them will part with a few quid so to batter into the keyboard their best shot at it being the last few quid the book makes (The money from them gets evenly split between the Catholic Church, Sinn Fein and HMRC)

As I say though, if folk want to criticise the writing, no problem at all. The Asterisk Years was written as a comparison piece, my life growing up in poverty as a Celtic supporter in Edinburgh against the source material provided about the lives and crimes of those in The Edinburgh Establishment. I completely understand that adds a "Hurry up and get the to good stuff ya bastard" shout (Once, someone drunkenly came up and told me at half time in the League Cup Final against Dundee Utd that the book was shite until the 'guid stuff' started) and it's something I took on board for Anyone but Celtic which has very little autobiographical element in.

Point is this, apart from those who just despise me no matter what I do, the others who focus on the autobiographical element of The Asterisk Years do so because they don't want any focus on the juicy stuff.

The juicy stuff which, much to their chagrin, went onto become a highly successful documentary. I attended every screening and throughout them all there was just one dissenting voice I heard, a guy was outraged that a film had been made rather than all the stuff in it handed over to the MSM. That didn't even come at the screening, it came that night on social media so, again, it's not worth worrying over.

You'll notice a price decrease all over the world, that's due to sales and the ability to do that.

There's also a wee joke on the cover.

In fact, all my books in Kindle have been marked down in price because a new one is coming on September 1st and that will also be cheap and, hopefully, affordable to all.

Finally, I'm going to review what I just wrote:

"Paul Larkin really should stop talking about abuse. If it doesn't bother him then why mention it? Clearly, he is really bothered by it and this ties in with his crap blogs, which I will NEVER click on again and I would urge EVERYONE to be like me"

You can buy The Asterisk Years: The Edinburgh Establishment v Celtic by clicking on this link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00G1ER1YM?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Friday, July 17, 2015

A book for Kano



With other projects bang on schedule, it's time for a wee announcement. The thing I am doing in between ABC (The Book) and ABC (The Film) is a novel. A Celtic themed novel with every penny in profit made from any sales going to The Kano Foundation.

I'm not looking for a pat on the back for that because self-indulgence comes into it as does two bits of inspiration. Regarding the novel aspect, it's been something I've been itching to do since The Last Pearl Diver but I'd always been tempered with the worry that no one really cared about the stuff I wrote outside of the big books as it were. The novel has sold, to date, just under 1700 copies. I'm proud of that but it also has been out for over two years so it's thumb print on the window of a skyscraper.  However, where it has been popular is the Kindle Library with it being read around 193 times a month on average. So at the minute I've written 30,000 words and hope to treble that.

I did mention inspiration and the first part comes from Perth, WA. Whilst on tour with The Asterisk Years, Club President Andy Gordon asked me, on stage in front of 200 people, would I mention their CSC in the next book? For once, I was speechless. No has ever asked me to include them in a book before, well certainly not on stage in front of people, and I made a mental note to make sure I did. That then mushroomed in my mind to a thought that there are lots of people out there who I have encountered with great stories that simply haven't fitted anything I've published previously. Now I think I can weave them into a story.

The second inspiration is, of course, The Kano Foundation. Not just the work they do, not just the children they help, not just the lives they enhance, but the people. Kano is all about the people involved and the sheer determination they have all adds up to great book characters.

And the fact that they don't mind having fun poked at them helps a lot too.

I was honoured to be made an ambassador for The Kano Foundation in March and wanted to do something as thanks and this is it. Jumping out of planes, white water rafting and the like just ain't my bag (I get enough chills and thrills in my day to day life) so hopefully this can do something towards helping The Kano Foundation.

The aim is to have it out on June 1st 2016.

My aim between then is to write something you'll like and they will be proud of.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Anyone but Celtic 2.1



Where are we? Well, as busy as ever. Whilst The Asterisk Years kind of fell from one part of the project to the other, ABC feels bigger, far more efficient and a lot more like something we know what we are doing with.

The book was completed around two weeks ago. This was met with a lot of support, the ubiquitous hate and the usual suspects standing on a corner looking the other way, whistling. It's been about 14 months of writing all in, the vast majority in April, May and June of this year, with a slight change of style and huge reliance on research, contacts and sources, this is a 180 from previous two books of this loose trilogy (By Any Means Necessary and The Asterisk Years being the first two parts) with the almost complete absence of the autobiographical aspect that was deluged over the first book and skewered through the second book.

As things stand, pre-orders for Kindle/Kindle App start on Aug 1st whilst the Paperback on www.lulu.com can be pre ordered from Aug 21st.

General sale of both starts on September 1st.

Some other dates concerning ABC(The Book)

Aug 7th-Twitter interview with Richard Swan.

Aug 15th-Video interview.

Aug 21st/22nd-10 in a row show ABC special with Graham Wilson.

Sep 4th- Book Launch in Carluke.

Whilst all that is going on, we are in pre-production for ABC (The film). This includes forming a narrative for the film, structure, seeing what sort of budget we will need, how we will fund it, where we will be filming, who we will be approaching and so on.

All book sales will go to the film and the launch in Carluke is a fundraiser as well.

You may have noticed that I haven't been on air talking about this book or it's contents.

That is deliberate.

For now/

Indeed, we had to keep a level of secrecy about this project that meant a dummy book cover/blurb was thrown out at the end of May to throw a couple of people off the scent as at least one source of the book came very close to being compromised. The real cover and blurb sit atop this blog.

You may also notice soon that this will be the cheapest book I've ever brought out. This is twofold. The first point about it is to get the price as low as possible to help get the story out there. The second point is that the success of The Asterisk Years has allowed this (Ironic given the lengths some of the people and some Celtic fans went to stop folk buying it, maybe that's why more bought it?)

Like with anything we do, your role is absolutely crucial in this. We don't deal with the MSM, use PR companies, seek serialisation or bombard radio shows.

The main question of this book is "Who's the mason in the black?"

We will provide answers.

Also, we hope to have a good bit craic with all this and you as well. In my experience, that's what Tims are best at and what we all excel in, seeing the funny side.

With some of the refereeing we have been up against, you'd have to.