Recently, my agent and I were delighted to get the rights back to my first novel, Mondays are Red, and now we are publishing it again as an ebook. Very exciting for me!
Here is the gorgeous new cover designed by Andrew Brown of Design for Writers. I love it. It's fiery and red and sinister and rich. What do you think?
One lovely thing about doing this new edition is that I have the freedom to add some extra material, so I have written these extra bits:
- A new intro.
- Some fascinating facts about synaesthesia and links to interesting sites.
- An analysis of some things I've changed for the new edition, and why. As writers, you might find this interesting because what I've found is that in the ten years since I wrote the book, certain writing fashions have altered. Some words have changed and some writing conventions, too. So, as an end-piece, I've written about what I changed and why and what I haven't changed and why. I've changed very little, though in many ways I'd have liked to change more. Never satisfied.
- Where I got the idea.
- There are some pieces of creative writing by some school pupils from St Laurence School, Wiltshire, who've been studying Mondays are Red. Loads of schools use it, for reasons which will be obvious to you if you've read the book. You will be amazed by the boys' work. I will be doing some projects with other interested schools and if you know any English teachers, do let them know.
Would you like to be involved in the blog tour? There are a few spaces left. If you have a relevant blog and think you can appeal to the right readers - writers, teenagers and all YA book-lovers - let Becky Hearne know. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do you know a secondary school librarian who would like a free copy? Any school librarian who contacts me at email@example.com before December 1st can have a copy.
Have you already read it? Want to say something I could quote in press releases? DO!
Later on this blog I'll be looking at some of the weird language of Mondays are Red and I'll be showing you all the rules I broke for this debut novel. Do as I say, not as I do... *frowns*
What will it cost? I think it will be £1.99 until mid January and then go up to £2.99.
When is it published? Monday 28th November is the plan. A bright red Monday.
I am very excited! I hope you don't mind my plugging it here but I kind of hope I've earned the right :)