Monday, 23 December 2013

Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy: The Heat Is On

The deadline to get the text to the publisher is fast approaching. He is actually quite relaxed about it, but the book is due to be released in May 2014 and a promotional tour  has already been planned. So not a good deadline to miss. My original estimate of 50,000 words is way out - we are up to 72,000 and heading for 80.

Should have lots of good photos to include. Robert Plant has completed the foreword and I did indeed catch up with Dr Feelgood's Steve Walwyn. Also had good chats with several people including Andy Fairweather-Low.

Ive only got 1 or 2 more interviews to undertake and some spit and polish to apply, but got some nice words from the publisher telling me that my work is of a significantly higher quality than he is used to working with. That means the chance of rework is low making it more likely to get the book out by May. Expect more frequent updates as we thrash out the last stages of the copy editing.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy

Its been a busy summer working on Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy, the authorised bio of a larger than life rock and roll piano player / vocalist, but its not all rock and roll!

Met Robert Plant and Peter Richardson at Mike's wedding in June, and spent a couple of hours talking to Jeff Beck. Also met Mike's original band, The Rockets, and spent some time with them in Kidderminster. Got some great stories, and have lots of other material from people like Martin Lunt (Jools Holland's sax player), Antonio Coni, Ricky Cool, etc. Waiting for more info from Rick Vito, Bill Wyman and many more, and off to see Mike in Leamington Spa in a couple of weeks when I am hoping to catch up with ex Dr Feelgood and Big Town Playboys guitarist Steve Walwyn.

Also waiting on news on the foreword from Robert Plant!

Spent a couple of days with Mike at his home in Madrid at the beinning of September, and we made a video of some of his pics.

Mike Sanchez photo gallery

Still a ton of work to do - and in terms of progress Ive completed about 28000 words, of which 22000 are in the right place! And Im only up to 1986.

Unfortunately the sequel to Stags! is very much on the back burner but its still getting 5 star reviews. Here's the latest...

I enjoyed reading this book and the humour regarding football, sex, pubs, sex, and more thoughts of sex. The story evolved around Pete getting a fake passport for one of his mates for a trip to Amsterdam.
But the author should get his facts right. Passports are not sent in a brown paper envelope through the post they are sent by a courier and they must be signed for with proof of identity such as a driving licence.

Not sure about the bit about the passport, but hey, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Might have news of a sporting biography coming this space.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Too Many Books, Too Little Time

Regular readers will know the disaster around MMM...Student...Cookbook, however I have not given up on that completely. I've also got a load of new recipes, such as butternut squash soup, home made burgers, and a variation of key lime pie made with chocolate and oranges. I also know a lot of students. So I could just get them started on the cookbook rather than relying on Salford University, and the latest US review of Mmm...No1...Cookbook makes me want to write more!

I am glad to say that this cookbook stands out from others because it is actually useful. The recipes are easy to understand. That right there is a major plus for this book. And when that is combined with the fact that the recipes are interesting and the variations make me want to try things in more ways, the book comes out a winner.

Also, the chatty way the author shares about cooking and his family is really endearing. I hope he publishes more cookbooks soon.

Stags! is still my most successful book, and I have started, stopped, started again and stopped again on the sequel, "Infidelity". Reviews always stimulate more effort, and this appeared on Amazon recently

I don't remember getting this, so when I started reading it, I couldn't remember what I had reviewed about this book and boy I was hooked within a few pages and couldn't put this book down. What a brilliant insight into how men think or not think has the case may be. Lots of great characters that a reader can relate it and quite a few moments where your laughing out load because its hilarious or embarrassing. I will definitely look out for more by this author

And then there's Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy. Im seeing Mike again next week at the Burnley Blues Festival, and we should get enough information together to get half way through the book.

Anyone interested in other stuff should visit Whaley Bridge Cricket Club. I maintain the website - as well as the infamous "Captain's Blog".

Thats all on top of the day job. I'll keep you posted

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Moving Up - Mike Sanchez, Moving Down - Students!

Interesting, exciting and disappointing news this week, and I'll start with Mmm...Student...Cookbook. After several drafts from the students at Salford University I have officially put the project on hold. When they can't even produce an original recipe for cheesy garlic bread and egg mayo sandwiches, and when two of their other recipes consist of adding hot water to packet jelly its time for a rethink. Maybe I'll do this on my own in the future, or maybe I'll revisit Salford for a different set of students next year. Lessons learned and all that!

Anyway, the interesting and exciting news is all around Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy. I met Mike at his gig in Shaw on Friday night last week, and met the members of his current band too. Everyone was keen to have their say on Mike's career, in a warts and all kind of way. Mike also gave me his assistant's number, so things may move more quickly from now on. Mike recently did a lengthy interview for Blues In Britain which gives me plenty more material to work with, whilst Mike's assistant is certain that Robert Plant will do the foreword for the book. Mike was recenly contacted by an author writing a book to commemorate Eric Clapton's fifty years in the music business. Mike played with Eric and supported him on tour many times, and Mike's input to the book covers a significant period of time in Eric's career. In a sort of "you scratch my back" arrangement, the author thinks that Eric will be more than happy to contribute to "Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy".

Expect more frequent updates over the next few months as we try to confirm input from other notables such as Bill Wyman, Mick Fleetwood, etc.
Artist and author catch up at Playhouse 2 in Shaw
Getting to know oustanding guitarist Tom Bull

Monday, 21 January 2013

Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy - coming to a bookshop near you!

It started in the usual way. Dear blah blah would you be interested etc etc....No thanks our list is full! Anyway, variety is the spice of life so I thought I would try to get my biography of Mike Sanchez (see above for working title), published by one of the many blues and rockabilly magazines around. No joy, although they have all offered free publicity, Especially Juke Blues , Blues & Rhythm and Blues In Britain. Two of them, however, pointed me in the direction of Music Mentor Books, as the owner, George Groom-White specialises in music books.

So I sent off a synopsis and chapter breakdown in an email together with a bio of myself.

I got a reply saying he was giving it serious consideration, and then another asking for more details which I eagerly supplied. Finally, yesterday, he offered a publishing contract. Really! I am awaiting the draft, but for a niche book such as this its as good as it gets. Now I just need to get Mike on the BBC and that's the marketing sorted! Well maybe not but its a huge step forward. Publication planned for early next year. Watch this space for future updates.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Christmas Results and Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy

Mmm...No1...Cookbook proved surprisingly popular in Canada and the US, whilst Stags! was still the most popular title overall, particularly in the UK. Ole And Zac And The Port Of Tumbattle does not really lend itself to Kindle, but it did get a few hits, notably in the US.

Next up its all systems go on the authorised biography of Mike Sanchez. Work title Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy, and with the outline already complete I am now starting to pitch to agents and publishers.

Mike started his career in Kidderminster, and I have already had a promise of publicity and coverage from The Kidderminster Shuttle when the book is released.

My next task is to get quotes from around 50 people for inclusion, as well as others for cover endorsements, so more news on that in the next update. As these include Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Mick Fleetwood, etc, it may prove to be quite difficult!