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Game as Ned book trailer

The first book trailer I ever viewed was for Richard Flanagan’s The Unknown Terrorist. I was hugely impressed that a publisher would invest so much time, effort and funds into a promotional website for one book, let alone give it a cinema-style trailer. It worked on me. I went out and bought the book.

I’ve seen several book trailers since and, despite the nay-sayers, I reckon they’re a great way to give a quick and tempting taste of a story. So, while I wait for a verdict on my current manuscript, I decided to have a crack at a trailer for Game as Ned. Please have a squiz and let me know what you think.

Many thanks to the very talented and generous Ash Davies for the use of his track Stormclouds, from the album Ned Kelly.

International Ned

Further to the ripper review I highlighted yesterday, I can offer an exclusive peek (link below) at what Game as Ned looks like in its Polish format.

I don’t speak Polish so I have no idea what this page says – but it’s intriguing to see how my book has been presented overseas. I wonder what the Polish readers make of a story featuring an Australian bushranger…

To check out the Polish cover design, click here.

I once had the opportunity to meet pioneering YA author Ivan Southall whose books influenced me as a child (and still do today). Ivan had a bookshelf full of every edition ever published of his books. There were Russian, German and even Japanese editions of his very Aussie tales. Very cool.

Powering up

As I’ve noted elsewhere on this Blog, reviews are part of the life of an author, like it or not. Good, bad or indifferent, hopefully they trigger enough curiosity and interest for readers to chase up your book, read it and make up their own mind as to its worth.

I plan to post an article soon where I talk about the importance of encouragement in the writing process. Believe me, a few kind words can fuel an author for months. So even if you didn’t enjoy reading something, try and find something positive to say to your wordsmith friends. Constructive criticism is also valuable and anything is better than faint praise.

Anyway, the catalyst for this post was a review of Game as Ned that I just stumbled across online. It certainly put a smile on my face and has given me a jump start for the writing/editing day ahead. To the reviewer, Sally Murphy at, I say a big thank you.

Check out Sally’s review here.