Written Off – a new novel from Paul Carroll

THE CURSE OF THE UNREAD

Paul Carroll’s new novel Written Off casts a satirical eye on the desperation of today’s wannabe authors.

It’s said that everybody has a book in them, and in the words of the late Christopher Hitchins: ‘in most cases that’s where it should stay.  Paul Carroll’s latest novel, Written Off, takes a wickedly satirical look at today’s rush to publication, regardless of whether a book is any good or not.  Written Off follows four disparate, aspiring authors who dream of getting their work into print.  Self-publishing is seen as a cop out.  But as they strive to attain their goal, they fail to recognise that all is not well in the world of traditional publishing…

Unrealistic and over-ambitious authors, hard-pressed publishers and supercilious literary agents all come under fire, with Carroll reserving particular mockery for self-proclaimed experts who offer ‘how to get published’ advice – at a price.  In Written Off, all roads lead to a residential writing conference, resulting in hilarious – and tragic – consequences.  Don’t be fooled into thinking writing never killed anyone.  Plus, will any of the writers strike it rich?

Anybody who has ever tried to write a novel, attempted to get published, or knows someone who has (which, let’s face it, is more people than voted in the last general election) will find Written Off an entertaining and all too familiar account of thwarted ambition, frustration and rejection.  Paul Carroll’s inspiration comes, unapologetically, from his own experiences.  “As I peered over my ever-growing pile of literary rejections, I was forced to ask myself: could anybody help me to land that elusive book deal?  Well, there was no shortage of people offering to try.  It was then I realised that the only ones making any money out of this particular gold rush were the people selling the spades.”

Behind all the fun, Carroll also points out that Written Off contains more genuine ‘how to get published’ information than can be found in any number of highly expensive courses and workshops currently available to would-be writers.  He says if you don’t agree with that claim after reading it, he’ll even give you your money back…

PUBLICATION DATE 28th January 2016 ISBN: 9781785890284 Price: £8.99 eISBN: tba Price: £2.99

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