Author wins approval of livestock for tales of rural living!

‘She knows great literature when she hears it, that pig,’ said author Fiona Stocker, pictured on her ranch with Bettina, the Berkshire sow.

‘I don’t know what she’s on about,’ Bettina was quoted as saying later. ‘I only came out of the shed because she promised me vegetable waste.’

Author and pig

Greetings, readers, from myself and Bettina (that’s her on the left). Time for a quick update on the crowdfunding campaign for my book, Apple Island Wife: Escape to Tasmania. And the huge news is that I’m well over half funded, at 63% as I write!

I’ve gone up by two pledges and 1% today. Strange how such tiny digits can make you feel so bloody marvellous.

A teeny recap: my book has been accepted by Unbound, a changing-the-face-of-publishing group based in London, the world’s first crowdfunding publisher, now with an international reputation, and publishers of 266 books since their inception, some of them best sellers.

I’m crowdfunding with them to meet the cost of publication. When I reach my target, they will swing into action, bring me out in paperback in the UK and Australia, and publish me globally in e-book form, thus bringing my quiet little corner of Tassie to the world!

I’ve been taking all manner of advice, and keep popping out to events locally for inspiration. Last week I went to a meet up at the Launceston Town Hall – four guest speakers talking about how we can make northern Tasmania an even more sensational place than it already is. All had words of inspiration that gave the old brain cells a refresh, and then when I got home, some bloke I didn’t know whose group I had cheekily infiltrated on Facebook had pledged, and put me up by 2% – the kindness of strangers!

I shall have the afternoon off more often.

 

Yesterday I had a meeting with a very talented young woman who is the creator of a fantastic tourism venture here in the north east, amongst the Derby mountain bike trails that have just been voted the world’s best biking experience. We had a discussion about my ‘brand positioning’. I thought that was something I might do with a le Creuset casserole in the kitchen, but no. The upshot is that I’m not really doing it right, but her help would cost a mozza, so I’m going to continue to make it up as I go along!

That means relying on the help of you, my buddies, supporters and blog readers! If you can bear to keep chatting to people about the book, what a marvellous read it’s going to be, how exciting it is to be getting a Tasmanian book published by an international publisher, then we’ll make it for sure!

I’m confident I can get this over the line now. If you’d like to find out more about my tales of feral chickens and casseroling them (the le Creuset wasn’t big enough and sadly that didn’t work out) – check out my campaign page!

My publisher Unbound continues to bring great books to print that people want to read. Just this week, Matt Cain’s ‘The Madonna of Bolton’, which was rejected by publishers for being ‘too gay, too working class, too eighties pop culture’ achieved 100% funding within a couple of weeks, with the story featured in the Guardian. Mainstream publishers just don’t have all the answers any more, and very often don’t get it right. I’m so glad to be with Unbound!

I’ve used up my allocation of exclamation marks for this post so will have to go now. I hope you enjoy the gratuitous picture of me reading my last book, A Place in the Stockyard, to one of our pigs. As she says, I did have to bribe her with vegetable waste to get her to pose for the photograph. Never work with animals.

Until next time!


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