Jonathan Pinnock - Writer of Stuff

NO SOONER THE WORD THAN THE FICTION

The Birdman of Farringdon Road

After reading this post at the Digital Fiction Show, I was afraid that there wouldn’t be any copies of Litro 84 left by the time I got into London today. But I guess it takes a little while to shift 100000 copies, and there were indeed a few left in Foyles in Tottenham Court Road. I had it all planned in my head what I was going to say at the counter:

Me: How many of these can I take?

Glamorous assistant: Sorry, you’re restricted to only one copy.

Me: Even if I’ve written one of the stories in it?

Glamorous assistant (fluttering eyelashes): Really? How exciting!

But in the end, she was busy with another customer, so I grabbed two of the three on the counter and shuffled out. I still haven’t really got the hang of self-promotion.

Still, “The Birdman of Farringdon Road” is now in the hands of up to 100000 readers, which is rather cool – especially as it’s one of my favourite stories. I said a little about where it came from in my recent interview at the Digital Fiction Show, so the only thing remaining is to answer the question: why Farringdon Road? Easy. It’s got a nice rhythm to it. These things matter.

5 Comments

  1. Jon, that is amazing! Congrats on your getting your work in that publication. Print publications are tough but one with that type of distribution is even harder. Get a frame for it!!

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    April 1, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks, Casey – I most certainly will get one :) (and thanks for dropping by!)

  3. Hi Jonathan, as one of the fellow writers in Litro 84 would just like to say how much I enjoyed your story, thought it was excellent. As someone who lives in Newcastle though I am yet to get a copy of it myself, which is most frustrating as it’s my first publication. Would be up for buying a copy from you if you have a spare one? Lol, can’t quite believe I’m saying that, but would be grateful if you got the chance to perhaps email me advice on getting a copy. Thanks, Guy

  4. admin

    April 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Guy! Many thanks – I enjoyed your piece, too. I picked up a couple of extra copies from Foyles in St Pancras on the way home, so if you e-mail me your address I can send them to you. My e-mail address is over here on the left somewhere.

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  5. Have just emailed you back Jonathan, I’m very grateful for that offer.

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