Having worked as a teacher for a couple of years and given well over 1000 adventure talks at schools, it always seemed likely that one day I would write books for children.
It took four years from beginning to write about a boy who biked the world to the publication of my first kids’ book. It’s not an easy niche to break into.
After the excitement of publication came the down-to-earth slump of dismal sales figures. I enjoy writing for children but it felt rather futile if nobody was reading the book! And so there was a long delay before my publisher persuaded me to write the second instalment of Tom’s adventures. I found it a hard book to write and I don’t honestly feel it was as good as the first one.
But something happened. Sales figures picked up, Amazon reviews began to mount – good reviews, too. A few children dressed up as Tom for World Book Day. And I began receiving handwritten letters from kids who had enjoyed Tom’s adventures and wanted to know when the third book was going to be available.
With a sigh of guilt, plus a dollop of renewed enthusiasm as I sensed the books were beginning to make an impression on young people, I set to work on Book 3.
The book is finished, young Tom’s journey round the world is complete, and I am delighted with the book. I think it’s the best one I have written.
Buy the Book NowÂ (if you want to!)
I really hope that you will buy a copy or two for kids that you know.
You can read a sample chapter here to get an idea of the age range who will appreciate the book: I’d suggest roughly 5-years old to 10-years old will enjoy it.
The bookÂ is available for pre-order on Amazon now. The book is released on September 30th but I am trying hard to get a spike of pre-orders on Amazon from right now. Getting a spike helps a book jump up the Amazon rankings which makes an enormous difference in how many new people get glimpses of the book on Amazon. It can make a very significant impact on how well a new book does.
(I know not everybody likes Amazon: please feel free to buy the book elsewhere, if you prefer.)
I shall be making a similar push, shamelessly begging for sales, when the book is released. Apologies for the hard sell!
If you don’t know any kids to buy the book for, please could I ask you to share the link with anyone who may do? If you have enjoyed my adult books about cycling round the world, then I hope you are willing to share the link for the children’s version of the adventure.
Thank you very much!