Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vote For Plain Jane!

As one (if not the) superstar of the Thanet creative writing firmament, I like to give a helping hand to struggling local authors. Apart from the fat, hypocritical, thin-skinned ones from Margate that is, who seem to think it's fair game to bite the helping hand that feeds them. But no, I promised I wouldn't go there again. Besides, there's no more I can do on that score that a decent spellchecker couldn't accomplish.

So it is that I bring to your attention something I stumbled upon on the interthingo the other day, whilst I was cruising for a cottage in the Kent countryside as a possible retreat from the madding metropolis that is the Millionaires' Playground. It seems that the Jane Austen de nos jours, et de notre ile, Jane Wenham-Jones... should I continue this in French? It would sort out the riff-raff, wouldn't it? No? Well, anyway, JWJ is up for the Booker Prize! Um, no, er, that should read the 'People's Book Prize', a prestigious literary accolade awarded by popular vote, very much like my own TV Times Award for Most Promising New Celebrity (1993).

Jane's excellent tome wannabe a writer? [Some capital letters might be a good start - Ed] is currently in fourth place with 327 people's votes, just behind three others, naturally enough. Topping the poll is some turgid read about the US and Russian empires, penned by no less an author than Brian Landers [Never heard of him - Ed] who just happens to be a director of Penguin.

So why not tool along and pop your electronic 'X' in the box for one of our local heroines? Surely she deserves it more than some publishing potentate? I know she lives in Broadstairs, but she can't help that, poor love. Go on, whaddya waiting for?!?!???!!!

Click here to register and vote for wannabe a writer?

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least she lets people know who she is, rather than being a spinless coward like you!

Anonymous said...

yes, but at least ecr can write and is funny!

Anonymous said...

not a bad book, entertaining, still i detect a bit brown of er brown nosing.

Eastcliff Richard said...

'Spinless' eh? You really do need that spellchecker Tony!

Lucy Mail said...

So in order to be brave, you have to have spin?
The Doc will be chuffed to bits!

Er, was that long enough after your post to avoid looking suspicious, Cliffy?

Eastcliff Richard said...

Yep. Think we got away with that Luce!

Lucy Mail said...

Cool!

Eastcliff Richard said...

Cool Raoul even!

Amanda said...

Any lesbians in Thanet?

Dick Rubin said...

Yes

Anonymous said...

While you're promoting local authors, can I be cheeky enough to mention that my updated and expanded edition of Dreamland Remembered should be out in the shops by second half of October. As the title suggests, it's about Dreamland, Margate's famous, but currently closed, amusement park. It will cost £15.99 and have more than 200 old and new photos of the park, cinema and more.

Many thanks ECR, I'll stand you that beer sometime soon hopefully!

Nick Evans

Eastcliff Richard said...

No worries Nick!

Anyone else got anything they'd like to plug while we're at it? And no Lucy, that is not a cue for one of your wude wemarks!

ascu75 aka Don said...

spinless I like that one

ascu75 aka Don said...

Wichard wot wude wemarks can you make about plug and cue

Anonymous said...

ECR you are slipping. I was at least expecting a 'Pushing up the Swayzes' in memoriam or a '(Not in the pink) Floyd'!

Anonymous said...

Some cafe in Faversham has just edged in front of Age&Sons in the best cafe catagory hurry up and vote.

The Oscar Road cafe has now fallen well behind, even with its media hyped backing

Amanda said...

Thanks Dick. Where's the best hangout?

Anonymous said...

I think the price is a bit steep-£9.99 for a paperback when the new dan brown is only £7 in hardback!!!

Paul said...

ECR, take a look on SMEG's blog, says that its now closed??!!!

Anonymous said...

I, strongly, suggest that asking
people to vote "blindfold" - having no idea of Jane's content is -
PLAIN; PURE, CHEATING REQUEST!!!