A novel has been rejected over 30 times by publishers who cited that it was “too niche” just because it centred on a gay character. It was also said the story of Charlie Matthews’ obsession with Madonna was “too working class, too 80s, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay”.
The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain is a family drama and sees the protagonist Charlie’s obsession with the pop star Madonna. His infatuation with her “sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up and family heartbreak”.
The book was rejected so many times by mainstream publishers that Matt Cain decided to ask the general public for help.
Crowdfunding has been a boon to creatives all over the world, accessing funds from backers to make their projects a reality. Cain decided to use Unbound in order to ask for backing for his novel and get it published.
Famous names offered their support: comedian and author David Walliams, and television’s Mark Gatiss are just two fans of Cain’s novel.
“It’s Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing wearing a conical bra – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love, dreamed of more, or wanted a Soda Stream more than anything else in the world…”
It seems strange that a book would be rejected for not being ‘relatable’ for the majority of people when it is a human story about human issues. A gay main character shouldn’t be off-putting for straight people- just as a book centred on straight people is not alien to gay people. Love, obsession, family, angst, are all themes people of all sexualities can relate to.
Read an excerpt here via Unbound and decide for yourself.
40-year-old professional skateboarder Karl Watson has been skating since the early 90’s and has made a living skating for numerous high profile skating brand around the world. Now a father to four children, Watson wants to pass on his passion to the next generation and inspire kids to take up the sport.
The Day She Saved the Doctor
When Jodie Whittaker was announced as the new Doctor, and the first ever female incarnation of the character, half the world lost its mind. But what has become clearer in the last couple of years is that we need better female role models in both literature and the screen.
So the news that Penguin Random House is to publish the first ever all female authored collection of Doctor Who short stories reached us earlier today, we were thrilled to bring you the news!
LiarTown started out in 2013, and was created by graphic designer and funny guy Sean Tejaratchi. Through creating LiarTown USA on Tumblr, the author brought us a glimpse into his weird and wonderful interpretation of popular culture. Nothing is safe- books, TV, movies, and memes are fair game in his quest to weird you out and make you laugh.
Tejaratchi himself describes LiarTown USA as a “duplicate world maintained by a moderately benevolent but not necessarily detail-oriented God.” He creates the funniest and most absurd book covers that look just like real books- but thankfully they are not… If they were they’d not be suitable to read on the train commute home, that’s for sure.
Since the off hand remark was made, writers and journalists have shown that through history the women who rocked the boat were the women who got things done, and the phrase has inspired lots of positive action. Read More
When many of us think of poetry we often think of stuffy tomes and undecipherable old English but modern poetry isn’t like that at all, and to show you, we’ve put together a list of 5 poetry collections, all released in recent years and all bright, modern, relatable and engaging and by poets who are very much still alive. Read More
The hottest non-fiction books this Christmas are titles about bushcraft, firelighting, and wilderness survival. It seems people are looking to nature more and more, and getting ready to connect with the natural world around them.