Q * “Can I Have a Word?” What the heck is that all about, you might ask? And right you’d be to do so.
Answer: Well, it’s like this: YOU think of ANY word that you’d like ME to incorporate into the text of my book.
In return for a huge sum of money (£10), you will then see ‘your’ word listed against your name in the book’s index, alongside our definition of said word, and what page number it appears on.
Q * Can you show an example of how the listing would look?
Answer: Sure thing. Here:
Q * W.I.I.F.Y? (What’s In It For You?)
Answer: You have the fun, the kudos, the craziness of seeing your word(s) and your name in print (and on Kindle). And not only that, see how I (with the help of my Editor, David Roberts) I’ve managed to slip your chosen word into the story in a way that it makes perfect sense.
Q * W.I.I.F.M? (What’s In It For Me?)
Answer: Apart from the obvious tenner that goes towards the humungous cost of writing and producing a book, it actually helps with the creative development of the plot – it makes me think outside the box in a way that, in my opinion, enhances the story, and hopefully your reading experience.
Not only that, if only you could know the laughs that David and I have had in working in some of these words! Well, you could knock me down with a feather – it’s been a blast. And long may it continue with future books.
Q * Who can submit a word?
Answer: Anyone. Male, female, young, old, gay, straight – I don’t care. It’s the word that counts.
Q * Are there any rules?
Answer: Of course!!! It can be a real word, or a made-up one. It can be a place or a person’s name. It can even be a soft swear word – BUT NOT anything TOO STRONG! So ‘DRAT’ or ‘DAMNATION’ is fine, but not anything like ‘CULT’ or ‘BILLHOCKS’. Get the gist? (I don’t really mean ‘cult’ or ‘billhocks’ – you know what I’m saying! And I get to make any final decision!
Q * Is this madness limited to just words?
Answer: No. You can ‘buy’ any PUNCTUATION MARK you like that will appear somewhere in the book, and it will be listed in the index, alongside YOUR name. That’ll set you back a cool fiver.
And, how about this?: You can also ‘buy’ the very FIRST or the very LAST word of the entire book. For example, the word ‘ONCE’ as in Once Upon A Time, or the word ‘END’ as in The End. The sky’s the limit, the world’s your lobster!
This could be your chance to not only get your name in print, but to literally have the last word.
Q * And how much would that set me back?
Answer: Only a hundred quid.
Q * BLOODY HELL!!! HOW MUCH???
Answer: You heard. This is a much coveted position of great importance. And when the book becomes an international best-seller you can point to your name in it and amaze all your friends. Either that or they’ll think you’ve gone bonkers. It depends on your sense of humour.
To submit your chosen word, punctuation mark, or to reserve the much coveted first or last word, click here.