The Seven Misterious Gifts
Additional Info for Reviewers & Staff
I had a dozen sailing instruction books published commercially many years ago while I was also a yachting magazine writer. I wrote this book then and offered it to my London publisher. My editor and all her readers loved the book - "One of those unique and wonderful manuscripts that come one's way all too rarely" - but the accountants convinced the publisher that it was "too unusual. Impossible to categorise and thus calculate the likely sales. It could sell a million or one to his mother". My editor hawked it round all the likely paperback houses to try and get financial support, but to no avail. So it went into the back of the cupboard.
Some years ago I moved from the UK to New Zealand and on unpacking I found the manuscript. As the digital revolution was just arriving I decided to publish it myself, rather than embark on yet another interminable round of disinterested publishers. I investigated Lulu etc but in the end put it together myself and had my local printer produce 100 paperbacks. I also made an ebook, set up a website and started marketing. And here I am.
When my London Editor was working on the book and suggesting a few changes she said to me: "It must be handled with kid gloves lest the magic is lost." I made some quite large changes on her advice then, but when I came to publish it myself I heard once again her comment about kid gloves and decided that in her absence I would do everything myself, and sink or swim accordingly.
So far I haven't quite sunk, but I am frantically paddling to keep afloat. I have had enough complimentary reviews to know it is not rubbish, but not enough to start a ball rolling. A great difficulty I find is defining the genre, which seems no more predictably commercial now than it did to that miserable accountant in London all those years ago.
To "ensure the professional quality" of the book I used my experience of writing twelve others, and countless magazine articles, to edit it ruthlessly. I have always made a point of not letting a book go until I can read through it three times without finding anything to improve on.
I have never sailed in the Caribbean but I did at one time write regularly for both Cruising World and Sail magazines, so I feel a slight kinship and can make a fairly good stab, I think, at visualising some of the stories in your books.
However, this is what made me decide to ask you to review my book: "I believe true magic happens when authors can find the ridiculous in the sublime and vice versa, and make us laugh about it". The Seven Misterious Gifts has been described with: "Walks that fine line between profound and insane" and “Madness dances with brilliance”, together with "Charming", "wise", "surreal" and "funny", so I hope you might agree that it is: "a unique and utterly irresistible novel".
My London Publisher's Editor who wanted very much to publish it, but was thwarted by the dour accountants, called it: "A most unusual and beautiful story that lingers in the mind long after reading" and "One of those unique and wonderful manuscripts that come one's way all too rarely".
I would very much appreciate your opinion of it too.
Review selection has been put on hold site-wide. Expect an explanation from Amy before the end of August.
Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales
Seven Misterious Gifts came to Earth and lay dormant, unknown, like seeds in an empty desert. Then the rains came, in the form of a young boy chosen by an Angel to reveal them. A reject rock star, a bumptious honeybee, a tired old gardener and a lonely white dolphin are some of the many bizarre characters who take the boy on a wild, electrifying ride through their extraordinary tales, clinging precariously to “a fine line between profound and insane” as they challenge him to find and unveil the meanings of the Seven Gifts; and the enigma of the Angel, and the mystery of himself. And perhaps the mystery of us.
“Madness dances with brilliance”
“Charming”, “wise”, “surreal” and “funny”
“One of those unique and wonderful manuscripts that come one’s way all too rarely”
“reminds me a lot of The Alchemist and The Little Prince” … “a unique and utterly irresistible novel”
“everyone will take something from this book that will stay with them for a long time”
“A most unusual and beautiful story that lingers in the mind long after reading”
“A book to make you think”… “I much preferred it to The Shack“.
“This highly unusual tale delivers seven thought-provoking stories, laced with a large collection of some of the most bizarre and memorable characters that have ever appeared in a book … these quite incredible characters and events begin to strike the reader as insanity on the part of the author. However, if insanity it is, this is the type that gives birth to great achievements… For readers seeking something original and thought-provoking, this is nearly perfect” – the Book Review Blog.
Seven Misterious Gifts came to Earth and lay dormant, like seeds in an empty desert. Then the rains came, as a young boy, chosen by an Angel to reveal the gifts after enduring a wild, spiritual odyssey through seven arcane and bizarre worlds in pursuit of a lonely white dolphin