Thursday, 28 July 2016

Money, meet mouth

The Boat Inn, Penallt, Monmouthshire
Ever since the foundation of this blog, various people, most notably Cooking Lager, have said to me “you really need to do your own pub guide, Mudgie. You know, all those dismal dumps where the only sound is the ticking of the clock and the plaintive miaowing of the pub cat.”

Now, I’ve always rejected that on the grounds that I’m not a professional writer and there probably wouldn’t be much of a market for it anyway. But, on the other hand, various comments have suggested there might actually be some mileage in it.

As I said, I have no professional expertise, especially in dealing with the publishing trade. So I’m wondering if someone who is a professional or semi-professional author, with knowledge of the beer/tourism industry, and experience of publishing, might be interested in a kind of partnership?

My initial vision would be something along the lines of a book version of Campaign for Real Pubs, although obviously that is up for discussion. While by no means made of money, I am willing, within reason, to provide some initial finance, although I would hope that it can be turned into something that is commercially viable and not just an exercise in vanity publishing.

So, if you think there might be something in it, why not get in touch and we can discuss possibilities in more detail? My e-mail address is here.


  1. "all those dismal dumps where the only sound is the ticking of the clock and the plaintive miaowing of the pub cat.”

    Sounds like my kind of place.

  2. In all seriousness, good luck with that. You do write well.

    I do wonder how many copies that Rough Pub Guide Cookie and I mentioned actually sold; it was a good quality publication but aimed at the gift market.

  3. Your Closed Pubs blog would make a great coffee table book


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