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News From The Other Publishing Company

This has just been posted on The Other Publishing Company web site: They’re my publishers – they’re new, they’re growing and they are going to be very exciting – I am so pleased to be with them.

Our new web site is now live and ready for your visit at:
www.otherpublishingcompany.com
We look forward to your comments and feedback. We’ve got lots of new titles lined-up for our readers over the next few months, so this is just our first taster of what is to come. And don’t forget, we’re always happy to read new work from writers of all kinds but PLEASE make sure you follow our submission guidelines or you wont get your ideas looked at. Enjoy.

Short story writers needed

My publishers, The Other Publishing Company, are looking for a few more short stories to complete a volume of new writing that they will be releasing soon. I’ve written a couple of stories for it and they’ve signed up three or four other writers but they’re keen to see ideas from other people. If you’re interested you should drop them an email at the address below. No need to send the story yet or send them a synopsis or anything at this stage, just say you’re interested in submitting a story and they’ll email you back a submissions form and you can take it from there. I know they’re looking for stories between 5,000 and 15,000 words long and they want stories on pretty well any subject except erotica or historical themes. The idea is that these will be a kind of ‘coffee-break read’ or a ‘holiday read’ – so the brief is to write something entertaining, gripping and intriguing.

Be warned you won’t make a lot of money, but they will pay the writers they use a small one-off fee and if you’re chosen you will see your work in print – this might appeal to the new writers out there, perhaps? Either way this is a great opportunity to get to know a new and exciting publisher in the early days of their development.

They have a date for ending submissions: 1st march 2013 – they won’t be asking for/accepting submissions after that date – so you need to contact them quickly.

You can email them at this address:

admin@otherpublishingco.com

Good luck. Let me know on my blog how you get on.

Billy Christ Competition: Win a £20 voucher for Amazon.co.uk – How To Enter…

Billy Christ – New Year Competition.

The Other Publishing Company, the publishers of Billy Christ by Michael Cameron, are giving away five £20 gift vouchers for use at Amazon.co.uk.
To stand a chance of winning and to be entered in the prize-draw all you need do is correctly answer the following four questions about the novel:

Answer the following:
• A) What film do Billy and ‘the girl’ go to see in Leeford on their first date?
• B) What is Billy’s nickname at school?
• C) What name does Billy give to the psychiatrist who he saw in 1966?
• D) Michael Cameron’s new novel will be published soon – what is it called? (To help you, you can find an extract of it at the end of Billy Christ).

Email your answers to: billy@otherpublishingco.com

Do not post your answers on Facebook or submit them in any other way than through the above email address – they won’t be accepted. Five entries with the correct answers to all four questions will be drawn at random after the competition closes. Each winner will receive a £20 gift token for use on Amazon.co.uk.
Answers must be received by midnight on the 29th January 2013 to be eligible for the draw. Don’t forget to include your name and confirm your email address in the body of the text. The competition is only open to those aged 18 or over.
You may enter only once. Only one entry per email address will be accepted.
Read the rules below carefully before entering:

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The Billy Christ New Year Competition – Rules
The competition begins on 9th January 2013 and closes at midnight on January 29th 2013
The prizes: Five X £20 Amazon.co.uk gift vouchers. One voucher for each of five winners.
The first five correct entries selected at random from all the correct entries received before the end date of the competition will each receive by email a £20 gift voucher for use on Amazon.co.uk.
To be eligible you must include your full email address and full name
All entries must be sent by email to: billy@otherpublishingco.com Entries received by any other means will not be entered into the draw.
All entries must include the entrant’s full name and must include a valid email address that will be used to notify the entrant if they are a winner. Only the winners will be notified.
The competition is open only to those aged 18 and over. By entering the competition you confirm that you are aged 18 or over.
Only one entry will be accepted for each email address given.
The competition is not open to relatives or employees of the Other Publishing Company or of the author
Please note the vouchers are only valid on Amazon.co.uk
Winners will be notified by email within ten days of the end of the competition.
The Other Publishing Company will not enter into correspondence about the competition.
The Other Publishing Company will not pass on entrants’ email addresses or any other information about entrants to third parties but The Other Publishing Company may use entrants’ email addresses to notify them of further offers, new book publications etc. Please indicate on your entry if you do not wish to receive such information.

It’s a give away…

The Other Publishing Company is giving away five £20 gift vouchers from Amazon.co.uk as a promotion for my new novel Billy Christ. They’re going to be running a competition for them later this month. I’ll give you details and how to enter in the next few days just a soon as I know what’s involved. All I can tell you for now is that apparently you’ll need to have read the book or at least have a copy of it to hand. (You can get Billy Christ as an ebook or a paperback from Amazon, Apple ibooks, or Smashwords.com.and a few other on-line retailers.) As the paperback costs under nine quid and the ebook is under three quid it’s got to be worth having a go, even if you haven’t bought a copy yet.
And while I’m writing, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy New Year – especially those people who have supported me throughout 2012 and especially to those who’ve bought copies of my books – I really appreciate it, as I do all the nice things you’ve said about them.
Best wishes for now, Michael Cameron.

When Billy met James….

It’s not often I get mentioned in the same breath as James Joyce. I mean – blimey!!! But this review appeared on Amazon – thank you janehuddy – you made my week. Mind you it should be pointed out that Joyce lived most of his life in utter poverty and totally unappreciated by everyone… Ah, I see..!

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful piece of literature, 3 Dec 2012
By
janehuddy –
This review is for: Billy Christ (Paperback)
It’s a long time since I’ve finished a book and wanted to shout out to the whole world to read it, but that’s exactly how Billy Christ made me feel. Michael Cameron manages to take you into the minds of his characters without the need to signpost who they are beforehand. His subtle use of character nuances and descriptions bring them to life in a way which often makes you feel like their thoughts are being spoken to you directly.
Billy Christ is a complex character troubled by faith and morality, whilst at the same time wanting to be ‘normal’ and fit in at school. We follow his journey through to adulthood and are left wondering what really happened to him right up until the final chapter. Some of Billy’s story is chilling, but the writing is so beautiful it often tricks you into believing that was he’s doing is perfectly okay.
Billy Christ is a novel which reminds you just how great literature can be. For me, Michaeal Cameron is a contemporary James Joyce and works like this should be held up and praised.

Use these links to find Billy Christ on Amazon:
http://tinyurl.com/cr5tfmv (For Amazon in the USA)
http://tinyurl.com/cbdfog2 (For Amazon in the UK)

When Billy met James…

It’s not often I get mentioned in the same breath as James Joyce. I mean – blimey!!! But this review appeared on Amazon – thank you janehuddy – you made my week. Mind you it should be pointed out that Joyce lived most of his life in utter poverty and totally unappreciated by everyone… Ah, I see..!

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful piece of literature, 3 Dec 2012
By
janehuddy –
This review is for: Billy Christ (Paperback)
It’s a long time since I’ve finished a book and wanted to shout out to the whole world to read it, but that’s exactly how Billy Christ made me feel. Michael Cameron manages to take you into the minds of his characters without the need to signpost who they are beforehand. His subtle use of character nuances and descriptions bring them to life in a way which often makes you feel like their thoughts are being spoken to you directly.
Billy Christ is a complex character troubled by faith and morality, whilst at the same time wanting to be ‘normal’ and fit in at school. We follow his journey through to adulthood and are left wondering what really happened to him right up until the final chapter. Some of Billy’s story is chilling, but the writing is so beautiful it often tricks you into believing that was he’s doing is perfectly okay.
Billy Christ is a novel which reminds you just how great literature can be. For me, Michaeal Cameron is a contemporary James Joyce and works like this should be held up and praised.

Use these links to find Billy Christ on Amazon:
http://tinyurl.com/cr5tfmv (For Amazon in the USA)
http://tinyurl.com/cbdfog2 (For Amazon in the UK)

Billy Christ – a new trailer!

There’s a new trailer for Billy Christ on You Tube from The Other Publishing Company. I hope you enjoy watching this and will remember to buy the book next month (November). It’s been a lot of fun writing the book and working on the videos even if Billy’s World is a very ‘peculiar’ one – but it may well strike a few chords with some of us who lived our childhood days in the 1970s – especially if we happened to go to a Catholic Boys’ school – not that I am assuming that any of us actually murdered anyone… or did we?

Click below to see the new trailer:

He may have strangled her or there again…

He doesn’t remember what happened… He may have strangled her, or there again, maybe he didn’t…

For a long time he’s been confused between reality and what’s in his head…

This much we know… But who is he..? Who is the man who may have killed the girl… Who is it who may have left her for dead, up in the clearing at the top of the hill overlooking Butler’s Farm? The same clearing teenager Billy considers his own – his place of refuge from the ‘other’ world where adults and teachers, girls and priests cause him so much annoyance.

So who has ruined his special place? Who killed the girl with blonde hair – the same girl who splashed him with cold water and embarrassed him at the fun fair and worse… the girl who kissed him and touched him, well… there…!

Michael Cameron reads the opening of BILLY CHRIST in this short video.

Click  below for a glimpse of Billy’s world…

 

Learning To Write Under Joe Orton’s Bed…

Here’s the cover of my next book..

In a few days time I’m going to clear the decks and begin editing the last draft of my new book ‘The Brinkmeyers’ – I think it was Joe Orton who said that when he wrote a play, he put it away under his bed for six months before he took it out again to edit because by then it had ‘matured.’ Well I reckon ‘The Brinkmeyers’ ought to have got fairly ripe by now as I wrote the very first draft of it back at the end of 2007. I liked it then but I got distracted by something else, (three years of illness actually, but I prefer to forget that) and when I went back to it at the start of this year I hated it when I re-read it, but I finally pulled it out of a box a month or so ago and decided I did like it after all – in fact some of it made me laugh. As it’s partly a comedy that was quite a good thing. I think the problem was the funny bits lost their freshness for me when I was working on them and there’s nothing worse than a joke when you already know the punchline. Anway, I pushed on with it and used what I could of the original draft and re-wrote what had to be re-written and so it’s going to be published… and I’m rather pleased with it. I guess it just shows that you should always re-visit and re-write. In this writing game nothing gets wasted, at least that’s what I reckon. I don’t believe in the waste-bin – I’m much more a re-cycling man, if you follow me…

So, the book is the story of Hymie Brinkmeyer and his family – he’s an American New Yorker who came to England to marry his British sweetheart – he’s done well over the years and made a fortune in oil and he’s got two lovely kids – Ah, what a lovely family saga you might think – er, well, not quite – his ‘sweetheart’ hasn’t got any time for him and is having an affair with her psychiatrist, his daughter had a baby at sixteen and now has another on the way and his son is either a dangerous fantasist or quite possibly a mass-murderer – or maybe both, and the oil Hymie made his fortune in isn’t quite what it seems either… oh, and everyone knows he’s madly in love with his sexy Irish secretary – everyone that is except for him – it’s a blind spot, like the lump on his scrotum, that he won’t show the doctor…

So, thank you to Deana Riddle at Liberwriter who designed the  cover – you kind of caught the flavour of it, I think…