News & Insights 2 May 2013

Update on The Lightyears’ novel, “Mockstars”

lightyears novelIn light of the new video we’ve just posted on YouTube, I thought I should update all you fine people on where I’m at with my Lightyears novel, Mockstars.

The new video features one of the extracts from Mockstars that I read during our recent headline show at Westminster Reference Library. “Posh Groupies” tells the story of my encounter with Araminta (names have been changed to protect identities), a well-heeled private school girl who has taken a shine to George after seeing him sing one of our sensitive acoustic ballads on the first date of our French Alps tour. Hilarity does, of course, ensue.

Those of you who were at the gig and/or have been following our endeavours to launch the novel/album project may be wondering where we’re at with it. A few weeks ago I attended London Book Fair, where I learned that nobody who works at Earls Court Exhibition Centre has any idea where the toilets are (let alone the conference rooms) and everyone in publishing is finally beginning to embrace the digital revolution.

This is good news for us, as our novel/album double-header has enormous digital transmedia storytelling potential (this is a bit of a wanky publishing term, but basically it means we’ve got songs and stories and videos etc and we have the ability to present them all across multiple media platforms. Which actually still sounds quite wanky). I met several literary agents at the conference, face-to-face, one of whom I had exactly five minutes to pitch my Lightyears novel to in a direct attempt to secure representation. I can’t tell you who it was, but I can tell you that he really loved the idea and asked me to submit more material afterwards. So I’ll let you know if that meeting bears any fruit!

In the meantime, here’s the new video in all its glory:

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