Yes, it's that time again... I've got stupidly excited over a new project. And it really is new - a new challenge, to be precise. I've been asked to ghostwrite, and it's something I've never done before. I probably shouldn't say who it is for now, just to keep the intrigue, but I'm sure he won't mind me revealing his identity further down the line. It's just that he's been encouraged to write his story for a long time, and he had begun, but due to his very active lifestyle - he trains most days - he was simply not finding the time to sit down and get on with the project.
At first, I was apprehensive - how could I get the voice right for a man who is a few years older than me, lives in a different part of the country to me, and has a completely different lifestyle to mine? It made the Wayward Daughter project seem like an easy task: after all, I could say pretty much what I liked about Eliza and her story, as it was my interpretation. But on speaking to him, and I've met him a couple of times now, I think it will be fine - he has such a way of speaking, such charisma, then I need to stick as closely to his own words as I possibly can. And already what I've got down on the page isn't recognisable, so hopefully that's a good sign.
We don't yet have a publisher lined up for this project, so I'll be getting some sample chapters, a synopsis and a content plan together and pitching. Though I'm under no illusion - getting a publisher is damned hard - I'm enthusiastic. After all, everyone like's a 'triumphing over the unbelievable' story, don't they? And for someone like him, who has achieved so much and... well, I don't want to give too much away. But fingers crossed, and let's hope a future post is me announcing our new publishing deal! He deserves it.
My very talented friend, Beki, runs Where's Me Jumper, a bespoke knitwear company. This week she has released her very first book, The Knit Parade, which contains patterns and tips to make your own statement knitwear. So make sure you get a copy and fingers crossed you don't notice a single error, as it was proofread by my fair eyes! Eeek!
The brand new SCC website is live: http://songcollectorscollective.co.uk/ and I am delighted to have played a very small part in its creation, writing profiles of the 'Tradition Bearers' and transcribing some of Freda Black's repertoire. I hope you enjoy having a sort through of the material the SCC has already amassed, it's really quite a resource.