Feb. 28th, 2011

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So! DEMONISED is out tomorrow! 12.01am, in fact, if you're up then. I won't be, because I can only make it to about 10pm before my brain packs up, but you might be. And Damnation Books' variable pricing means if you are up then and you do want a copy of Ethan's Excellent Adventure, you can get it for free! Or as near to free as dammit!

I'm excited and nervous. I love this story, as I may have mentioned, and I want people to read it and love it too. I'm planning to do a Twitter giveaway tomorrow (if I can fit it in around being at work), so if you're not following me on Twitter - @naomi_jay - you might want to. It'll be easy; just tweet at me using the #demonised hashtag in your tweet and you're in with a chance of winning an e-copy of DEMONISED. You can ask me a question about the book, or just tweet me some random nonsense, whatever. I like random nonsense. At the end of the day, I'll draw five names and those five people will all win a copy. How does that sound?

So, in other news, I've been musing. You may or may not remember that some time ago (a long time ago, in fact), I mentioned wanting to put together an anthology for charity. Specifically, mental health charities. For reasons that are probably obvious to anyone who's been reading my blog a while, mental health care is a cause pretty close to my heart, but I'm not in a position financially to do anything to support the charities involved. I think it's a seriously important thing. One in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life. It's reckoned that about 340 million people in the world suffer from depression and rising. In the UK, 400 per 10 000 people have self-harmed.

This is a massive issue for me, because help is available, but people either don't know where to go for it or are too scared to ask. Attitudes towards mental health have improved hugely since 1994, but there's still a lot of stigma attached to issues like depression, and a lack of understanding regarding conditions like schizophrenia (I would love for everyone to read these two articles if you have any interest in the subject).

I'm not going to get on my high horse or go off on a massive rant, because the facts are out there if you're interested in reading them. But I do want to do something to show support to a cause that I care about. And I think I'm in a better position to do so than I was before, mostly because of the rise of the self-pub option. I can put something together and publish it via Kindle and/or Createspace and Smashwords and donate the proceeds to charity. I also know more people in the writing business than I did last time I was thinking about this, and I'd hope it would be something they'd like to get involved with.

I've got two projects in mind: a novel that I was going to write anyway, and an anthology. It's all very embryonic at this stage, but I'd love to get something moving this year on both projects. Obviously for the anthology I'd be looking for contributors, so if you were interested first time around and are still interested now, just let me know so I can get an idea of whether it's worth doing.

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