In preparation for the book launch, he has also launched a brand new website, courtesy of our sister eco-company Swan Developments.
Chris is a phenomenal social media hound and if you’d like to keep up to speed with his literary activity, hop across to www.ChrisHillAuthor.co.uk and subscribe, or follow his Twitter stream or Facebook page.
Chris Hill is an accomplished author with a Bridport Prize winning feather in his cap too.
We are very proud to be publishing his forthcoming title, The Pick-Up Artist during the Lyme Literary Festival in early February 2015.
He was born on Walney Island off the coast of Cumbria in the North of England and now lives in Gloucester with his wife, their two teenage sons and Murphy, a Cockerpoo.
He works as a PR officer for UK children’s charity WellChild and spent more than 20 years as a crime reporter and editor of regional newspapers. His vocational knowledge strongly influenced the plotline of The Pick-Up Artist which is based in the office of a local paper.
The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2014-15 was a truly unique international writing competition that sought excellence in two categories; short stories and poetry.
This anthology contains the 10 best pieces and winners from each category. They were awarded the highest marks by 21 judges from around the world, which were whittled down from almost 800 entries received from 31 countries.
For every purchase of the anthology in paperback or e-book, we will plant another tree in the Word Forest and we’ll also contribute royalties that will fund the building of an urgently needed classroom at the Kundeni School.
Having been to the London Book Fair this year, I can tell you my feet were quite unforgiving for several days.
LBF2014 was a tremendously impressive show for many reasons, not least for the fact that it restored my faith in the paperback book buying market. Virginia Woolstencroft of Harper Collins described it as, ‘Impressive as ever, a brilliant hub of literary activity and a great week for all publishers’ and a smattering of instantly recognisable famous faces brought further glittery sparkle to a work event that was anything but work.
Without wanting to sound too nostalgic – after all, it has only been 370 days – our compact and bijou team feel we’ve come a long way during that time. With almost 20 titles either out in paperback or e-book and the rest in production, it’s certainly not shabby progress in what is a very challenging, volatile and occasionally fickle market.
I’m delighted to introduce you to one of our fabulous authors, Mark James.
Today, his award-winning play, Dear Motherhas been published by us as a play script.
Mark is an actor, a music teacher and playwright based in the South West. I wanted to find out a bit more about what makes him tick and asked, which of those three hats he enjoys wearing most?
Hi Tracey, I can honestly say that the best part about my career is the variety that I get in it. I love my job and couldn’t pick an area that I enjoy the most out of them. Each one leads itself around to the other.
You were introduced to me as an actor. When did you first get the bug to act, what was your first role and in which performance?
I had always wanted to act since being at school, it was a huge passion from a very early age. Unfortunately, the school I went to was an all boys secondary that had no theatre or drama departments and music was restricted to an after school club. When I left school, life just got in the way and a new career started.
We get an interesting variety of calls at Magic Oxygen from budding authors who want to talk about their manuscripts, some of which are sitting under virtual lock and key and others have been sitting on top of the wardrobe gathering dust and dead spiders, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to burst forth.
We love it when that timely event combines with finding Magic Oxygen’s contact details, because only a few things come close to talking to somebody about making their literary dreams come true.
Assuming (a) the writer can string an entertaining sentence or two together and (b) the initial discussions go well, step (c) will be to look at the practical steps that need to take place to turn the manuscript into a paperback, graphic novel, play, e-book etc.