Sneak peak of the next “Layman’s Guide”

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It’s been a while since I wrote a Layman’s Guide. My last few writing projects have been for traditional publishers (Reaching for the Sky & Invasion!) so I haven’t really had much time to put one together.

But, as it stands I have no traditional projects on the go, so I have the opportunity to sneak one out. To help me choose the next subject I turned to my social media followers and the wonderful people who subscribe to my monthly ‘Listening Post’ newsletter for their opinion on which subject the next Layman’s Guide should tackle. The result was somewhat surprising but very definitive – The Battle of the Somme.

So, over the last few weeks I have started the long process of bringing this book to market. I am going to try and write the whole book and put it all together as publicly as possible, with as much input from you the readers as I can! I am working on the table of contents – and I will release version one in due course (although the way I work, the first version of the TOC often looks nothing like the final version!)

The other bit I have been working on is the cover – which has been put together by the fabulous people at Battlefield Design. It is very much in keeping with the other Layman’s Guides books – using a big title and a wordcloud – but I would love your opinion – you can see it below. Let me know what you think!!

The Battle of the Somme: Book Cover.
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  • Steven Cheney

    Love the Somme cover Scott.

  • Fraser Brydon

    Hi Sir,
    Just finished reading WW1 Layman’s Guide, excellent stuff and hard to put the book down. I think the addition of a map would enhance the readers imagination and allow them to be more immersed in the geography of the conflict. Having a love of military history I had, regrettably, largely ignored WW1. I bought a few books about the battlefields and a history of WW1.
    Then on a whim jumped on a ferry from Newcastle to Holland and spent 10 days touring on my motorbike, Ypres was a base for 3 days, Verdun for 3 and wandered the Somme, Arras, Cambrai etc to return home. Bought your book on my return and was able to relate more to the history, a really fun read, thank you. I have now bought the recommended Verdun book The Price of History and a walking Guide to Verdun , I’m going back as soon as i can.
    I look forward to reading more of your work, keep up the excellent dialogue.
    Best regards

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