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April events with Stuart David

We’re excited to announce a set of special events coming (very) soon, where Stuart will be talking all things Belle & Sebastian and In the All-Night Café.

Thursday 16th April, 6pm – Waterstones Edinburgh West End
Stuart David in conversation with Vic Galloway
Tickets £5/3 – redeemable against purchase of the book at the event.
Info: 0131 226 2666/ events.edinburghwestend@waterstones.com.
Tickets available on the door at no extra charge

Friday 17th, 7.30pm – Waterstones Glasgow Sauchiehall Street
Stuart David in conversation with Ian Rankin
Tickets £5/3 – redeemable against purchase of the book at the event.
Info: 0141 332 9105/ Events.GlasgowSauchiehallST@waterstones.com.
Tickets available on the door at no extra charge

Wednesday 22nd April – Monorail Music, Glasgow
Members of Belle & Sebastian in conversation about In the All-Night Café

Thursday 23rd April, 7pm – Waterstones Trafalgar Square
Stuart David in conversation about In The All-Night Café
Tickets £5/3 – redeemable against purchase of the book at the event.
Info: 020 7839 4411 or TicketScript http://bit.ly/1FKkxzN

For more information about the Waterstones events, visit www.waterstones.com/events (scroll to the bottom of the page).

My Belle and Sebastian Memoir

Today, I handed in the manuscript for my Belle and Sebastian memoir, to the editor at Little Brown. I’m going to keep a blog here about its progress, for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the publishing process. I will be finding a lot of it out for the first time myself; I’ve never worked with an editor before, and I have no idea how much the book will be transformed by the process. I’ve come to understand recently that an editor’s role is a lot like the role of a record producer, and that a lot of what readers attribute to the writer is actually the work of the editor.

Apparently, Raymond Carver’s prose style was as much the creation of his editor as it was of Carver himself. There is a good article about that here:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/sep/27/raymond-carver-editor-influence

So, this blog will hopefully give some insight into how the process works, as well as describing what has been involved in writing the book up until this point, how it came to find a publisher, and what the book is about. I hope you’ll find some of it interesting.