As I sit here, at the close of 2014, it seems that big names rule, whether because like Ian McEwan, Hilary Mantel or David Mitchell, they have earned their place by writing brilliant novels or like Katie Price, Russell Brand or even the mighty Stephen Fry, they are bankable authors because they are famous for something else. There is no point moaning about this, it is just The Way Things Are, and one of the most important attributes of any professional writer is being realistic, determined and very slightly steely-eyed. (Can you be slightly steely-eyed? Not sure. Let's just say you need a bit of steel somewhere. Marshmallows need not apply.)
So what should you do? The jury is out on the way to market your book, and if you have some bright ideas, please let me know. But something happened to me quite by chance which I realised was a. potentially a great way to find new audiences for my novel Dark Aemilia, and b. rather wonderful in itself. It's very exciting and a great honour to have inspired something, and to work with artists in other forms.
A friend of mine called Nina Lovelace read my book and was inspired to write a song which her band Darla and the Blonde has now recorded, and she approached an illustrator called Kingman Cheng who has produced a wonderful animation. The result isn't a book trailer, because it exists independently of the novel, and is only tangentially connected to it. But it conjures up the book's dark atmosphere, and is a recreation of the dramatic turning point in which the heroine conjures a demon to save her son from the plague.
And here it is. I hope you enjoy it, and would love to know what you think. Posting it on Halloween, which seems appropriate!