Tom Vowler: Child-B

A few days ago I was con­tac­ted by Tom Vowler, a writer liv­ing in Devon (like me). Tom has pub­lished a num­ber of short stor­ies and art­icles — indeed, he is also a freel­ance writer — and has writ­ten a nov­el called Child-B, the first two chapters of which you can find on his web­site. (Tom has gone ‘old school’ with his web­site, by the way, so if you come to his site via Google you might be con­fron­ted with just his bio­graphy; to get the ver­sion with the menu ‘frame’ on the left, either use the link I pos­ted above or snip the URL text down to

Anyway, to recap, Tom is a would-be nov­el­ist with an excerpt of his work on the web. BFD, right? Well, maybe. But hold on. Readers in the United Kingdom will be aware that the Richard and Judy Book Club has done for UK pub­lish­ing what Oprah Winfrey has done for its American coun­ter­part. That is, a book is (i) selec­ted for on-air dis­cus­sion, (ii) said book then receives massive sales boost, (iii) author then gets a McLaren F1 and, a week later, writer’s block.

Tom’s book has not actu­ally been pub­lished, so it can­not be selec­ted for the book club treat­ment. However, Richard and Judy recently ran a com­pet­i­tion to find the best open­ing chapter of a nov­el by an unpub­lished author. Guess what? Tom’s chapter came in the top ten. This isn’t some obscure com­pet­i­tion run by a low-cir­cu­la­tion magazine that costs you a fiver to enter, either. The total num­ber of entries for this com­pet­i­tion exceeded 43, 000.

Interested? Read more.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

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