Would you believe that as late as yesterday lunchtime I still had no title for New Book 3?The midnight deadline was looming, hanging over me like the sword of Damocles. I had spent many sleepless nights, even pacing the house at 5am, fretting about it. Running a competition was such a good idea I had thought at the time. I was wrong. I could never have imagined what anguish I would go through!
I’d had over 50 suggestions and for one reason or another nothing seemed to gel, none of them seemed exactly right. Then out of the blue, just as I was commiserating with another local author at his book signing yesterday morning, my phone did one of it’s burbly things, telling me I had a message. At first I was not even sure who it was from, it simply said “Truth, Lies and Propaganda,” and that was IT! The title just screamed ‘use me!’ I discovered it came from a friend I’d not spoken to in a while, who had not entered the competition, who does not even have a Facebook page and, as far as I know, has never read my blog. [She has a pathological aversion to social media]. I had just mentioned in passing weeks ago I was looking for a title for my new book on my media work in South Africa. OK, she has been in that industry and also in South Africa. What prompted her to send me a message at that precise time I’ll never know, and I have still to tell her she came up with the title that gelled for me.
However, she does not qualify for the prize, though I think she deserves a copy of the book when it comes out, but I still want to award the prize to someone who took the time and effort to enter and follow the rules. As promised, I want to send a signed copy of the paperback version to one of the contestants, and I thought that would be a headache until I looked at my list again and there was one clear winner.
Why? Because she sent me many suggestions and they had taken lots of time and effort. So [big roll of drums here] the winner is……
Nancy I will post your signed paperback copy over to you in the US, I think you are in Maine yes? This should be sometime in November, not sure of the exact date yet. I still need to do the corrections from editor and beta readers and then we publish, although that part is the quickest bit.
To all the other entrants, [and there were lots more than I expected], a HUGE thank you and I will be PM’ing all of you [ugh, what awful English] and you will each receive a copy of the kindle version again, sometime in November. If you do not receive a PM from me in the next 48 hours, then scream loudly!
Is there no end to this woman’s brilliance! Ha ha.
There is a strange story behind this shot as I wish now, I had taken more pictures of the crew when we were out on location. I can’t honestly remember what programme this was for, I think I must have decided it would make a good stock shot, – extra scenes you shoot in the hope they will be useful one day – as I saw these women doing their washing at this spring in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I remember slamming the brakes on and skidding to a halt and telling the crew, “Let’s get that shot, we’ll find somewhere to use it.” I can’t remember if we ever did.
So thank you all for taking part in the competition and I hope you will enjoy the book as it’s got lots of funny moments and it also gives you a behind the scenes look at the world of radio, television and video. Don’t take anything you see on the small screen at face value! Believe me I’m a writer!