Monday, 7 November 2011

Mondays are Red is coming

Please accept my apologies for hijacking my own blog to plug something of my own. Normal advice will be resumed soon.

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 a free copy of the pdf or Kindle version? Well, on Friday* I will be introducing my annual signed-books-for-Christmas offer, which includes a free copy of Mondays are Red every book ordered. And I'll be doing be some giveaways during December. (*Friday is a very special day for me for another reason, too, as some of you 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. (

Do you know a secondary school librarian who would like a free copy? Any school librarian who contacts me at 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 :)


Fiona Faith Maddock said...

I agree with your description of the cover - distinctive and moody. Congratulations. I look forward to reading it.

JO said...

Plug away, Nicola - and this is a great cover. Good luck with the ebook.

Sally Zigmond said...

Looks great. I have a Kindle and I will order!

Em-Musing said...

Ooooo! Is that red blood? Or red flames? Can't tell on my laptop...but whatEver it is...ooooo!

Joy said...

Fab cover!! Love the way the face, and especially the eyes, seems to loom out of the 'red'. Good luck!!

David Griffin said...

I love the cover too! I'm really looking forward to buying a copy to read. :-)

Clare said...

Wonderful cover - really complements the book. I loved it in its' original form but will be getting a Kindle copy because those supplementary pieces sound fascinating. Hope it finds the new audience it deserves.

1950s Housewife said...

looks fab! Love the red.

Jaxbee said...

I think it's fair to say you've earned the right to plug your own book, Nicola :)I didn't know it first time around, off to check it out.

M Louise Kelly said...

Looks great. Creepy cover. And so looking forward to your exploration of how you've updated the book and to your discussion here of breaking the rules!

Nicola Morgan said...

Thanks, everyone! Sorry i've been a bit absent - busier even than normal. Rushing madly to get more done.

Dorte H said...

Gorgeous cover! - and the colours go so well together - good taste!

womagwriter said...

Ooh, I fancy this for my shiny new Kindle!

Catt said...

Exciting! Of course you can plug! Although not somone who gets on with e-books well I have read this and love it, as you know. Also wish you well/luck/success with it x

Emma Pass said...

Gorgeous cover, Nicola, and I love the sound of all the extras. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!