Back at the tail end of 2009 when I first started pumping out books through lulu.com, my plan was to have published eight by the end of 2010: the travel book, three London Film Festival review collections, two Edinburgh Festival review collections, a roundup of all the VidBinges, and a study of my Pick Of The Year music compilations. If you've been counting, this one - the third volume of my LFF pieces - now makes it six in total.
The VidBinge book won't be happening any more: I simply don't think there's enough material to make it fly. The POTY book, on the other hand, has been growing in scope since I first started planning it. The finished product will be a lot bigger than a simple collection of the web articles I've written to date, and will contain at least one third new material. But that's going to take time: and for reasons which should eventually become apparent, it would make more sense to postpone that one until late 2011. So, at least you've got something to look forward to.
Meanwhile, remember how I attempted to cross-promote my most recent Edinburgh Festival book off the back of the actual Festival itself? Well, in a similar fashion, here comes my latest collection of London Film Festival reviews, taking them up to 2009 - and it's hitting the streets just a couple of days before the 2010 Festival starts. I'm sort of running out of things to put on the back cover at this stage (see preview for proof), so I've just grabbed a quote from each of the five years covered that I found particularly amusing. (I nearly used the Japanese masturbation gag for 2007, but wimped out at the last minute.)
So, for the last time this year: out today, from the author of Monkey Round The World, Spank's LFF Diaries Volume One, Spank's Edinburgh Diaries Volume One, Spank's LFF Diaries Volume Two and Spank's Edinburgh Diaries Volume Two, comes Spank's LFF Diaries Volume Three. Buy all six of them together, and you'll have over half a million words of mine on your bookshelf. I don't know how you feel about that, but it scares the willies out of me.