Friday, March 17, 2023

An invitation to join me online... please register!

My new book - available here 

Earlier this month my latest book Views From The Bike Shed  - and a writer's guide to blogging was published by Cinnamon Press. Since its launch I've been delighted by the positive feedback and messages of support from those who've read it.

I've always been clear that my blogging and the book is not about me. Indeed, I'm especially keen that it gives other bloggers a greater profile, showing that our craft can be a serious form as well as a fun and engaging way to connect with others.

So can I shamelessly ask for your support!

My publisher is hosting an online launch on Thursday 30 March (7.30 p.m UK time). At the event, I will be reading from the book, answering questions and encouraging a discussion on blogging and what it means. It would be wonderful if some of my blogging friends and followers registered to attend too.  

There is a small registration fee of £2.00 but in return, you get a  discount code for the book (and others from Cinnamon). If you can't make the time then the event will be recorded and you can catch it later.

To be honest, I feel terribly self-conscious asking for support, but if you've enjoyed Views From The Bike Shed over the years - and if you love blogging -  please can I ask you to sign up.  It would make such a difference to see some faces from the blogosphere - but perhaps more to the point, it would enrich the discussion to have other regular bloggers there too. 

And PS -  as a special treat, I might even allow my Oscar to join me online!

Registration link - click here

Below is the bumpf from my publisher 

We are thrilled to be launching Views from the Bike Shed by Mark Charlton, the next in our series of books for writers from our imprint Down Deep Books.

For Mark Charlton, blogging is ‘a road of chance and discovery’, one which has shaped the person he’s become; a journey that is ‘happenstance on acid.’

In Views From The Bike Shed he not only shares a selection of engaging, articulate and deeply-felt posts from the eponymous blog, but also charts his praxis as a writer. Advocating for blogging as a process and form that deserves serious attention, Charlton shows how it changes our writing and opens up unexpected opportunities along the way.

Come and explore

-- why blogging is such a rich resource in our writerly and human toolbox

-- how writing from our experience can become an inclusive and authentic means of connecting with readers

-- blogging as a vital meditation on the ways writers can push their own boundaries through this medium.

And more...

Come to listen and come with your questions.

The event will begin at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday March 30 and will include a Q&A session with the online audience after the reading.

We’re asking you to register so that we can manage the online space and there’s a small registration fee of £2 which you can offset by using the discount code to buy the pamphlets, available at the launch.

You can register here and we look forward to seeing you.


  1. Your book is on MY coffee table even as I type!

  2. Hari OM
    I should be back to myself by then (had some mystery lurgy resembling sleeping sickness!)... YAM xx

  3. Zoom meeting done and book ordered. Good luck on the day.

  4. Registered and looking forward to it. No need to feel embarrassed about asking for support.
    Cheers, Gail.

  5. I will figure out all of this and perhaps be a little less mystified by the workings o the field.

  6. Mark, I'm thrilled to hear you have a new book! I would have loved to join the launch online on 3/30 however it will be 5 hours earlier here and I have a scheduled appt. that afternoon. Because I enjoyed your first book so much - and as I've kept a space on my "favorite books' shelf - I'll soon be able to tuck "Views From The Bike Shed" in next to "Counting Steps". I ordered the new book through AMAZON after reading this a couple of days ago and delivery is expected later this week. I'm really excited and can't wait to see/read it.
    Good luck with the book Mark - I'll definitely write a review on my blog after I read it.
    Best wishes to you, the family, and of course sweet Oscar.
    - Mary

    1. Just to let you know I'm now the owner of your new book! Will be reading soon and looking forward to all you are sharing this time around.
      Mary -

  7. Mark, I registered for this event and then completely forgot to attend. So sorry! Is there an online recording of the webinar that I can view after the fact?