Welcome to my new website. As an author of three books and hopefully more to follow in the future I have decided to create this website to keep you informed of all the latest news of my writing career.
My latest project An A-Z of On The Buses is now in the hands of Troubador Matador Publishing. It is a book that took around a year to research and a year and a half to write. After that it took around six to nine months to transfer the written manuscript onto Microsoft Word and a further few months correcting, editing and adding photos to the manuscript preparing it for possible publication.
At the moment I have no concrete publication date but I will keep you all informed. It is hoped that I will be able to stage a book launch event which I would imagine would be somewhere in the London area and again I will keep you informed as to my plans on that front on this website and on Facebook and my own forum.
In the meantime I will be handing out flyers about my latest book An A-Z of On The Buses at the sixth Annual On The Buses event which I organise in Borehamwood on Saturday the 29th of June 2013. Hopefully, it will wet a few appetites as the publication process moves along and with it the marketing process starts.
THURSDAY THE 3RD OF AUGUST 2017
At present work on Hold Very Tight Please has been put on hold as a possible unforeseen opportunity aiding a much-loved actor in writing their book has cropped up. If this comes to fruition I'll have more news in the coming weeks.
WEDNESDAY THE 5TH OF JULY 2017
Today has saw the website pass the 13,000 mark for number of hits and by my estimation my four books have now sold a total of just over 6,000.
SUNDAY THE 18TH OF DECEMBER 2016
I would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and best wishes for 2017.
SUNDAY THE 11TH OF DECEMBER 2016
With work on my new book now underway, the number of hits to the website have now passed the 12,000 mark. Thank you all for visiting.
MONDAY THE 28TH OF NOVEMBER 2016
The time is right to begin work on what will be my fifth book and the idea and format is developing in my mind and preliminary work on the introduction to the book is now underway.
SATURDAY THE 12TH OF NOVEMBER 2016
As Christmas looms on the horizon I am weighing up putting up a limited package of signed copies of three of my books purchasable from the Shop page. Watch this space for details.
WEDNESDAY THE 22ND OF JUNE 2016
This coming weekend is the ninth On the Buses event that I have been involved in as organiser and I will have a supply of my books on sale at the illustrious Elstree Studios. If you already have a copy then bring it along and it will be a pleasure for me to sign it for you. I hope to see you there.
THURSDAY THE 12TH OF MAY 2016
A quick reminder that at 1.15pm today I will interviewed on Cannock Chase Radio with regards to my upcoming book - On the Buses: The Filming Locations and the book launch event.
TUESDAY THE 16TH OF FEBRUARY 2016
Earlier today the website passed another milestone as it moved past the 7,000 hits mark. Thanks to everyone for visiting and I hope you all continue to do so and keep up to date on my career as a writer.
SATURDAY THE 19TH OF DECEMBER 2015
I thought I would take this opportunity to wish every visitor to this website and everyone who has read my books a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking ahead to that new year and I am sure that 2016 will see my fourth book On the Buses: The Filming Locations hit the bookstores so an exciting year lies ahead for me.
THURSDAY THE 17TH OF DECEMBER 2015
This morning I have taken the decision to delete the Forum page from the website. Sadly, it just wasn't being utilized and other parts of the website serves a similar and more utilized purpose.
TUESDAY THE 15TH OF DECEMBER 2015
What a hectic and worrisome last two days I have had. First my pc's Microsoft Word software crashed and I feared my whole manuscript for On the Buses: The Filming Locations was lost but thankfully I have retrieved it. Also I have now received a delivery of 17 copies of the paperback reprint of On the Buses: The Complete Story and am now able to sell and post off signed copies of the book if you are looking for late Christmas presents. Pop along to the shop page to purchase a signed copy.
THURSDAY THE 10TH OF DECEMBER 2015
I hope to have a supply of paperback copies of On the Buses: The Complete Story which I will sign and sell on the website. Watch this space for updates.
SUNDAY THE 6TH OF DECEMBER 2015
In a matter of hours On The Buses: The Complete Story (in paperback form) published by Apex Publishing Ltd will be on sale. A perfect stocking filler to get you started learning more about On The Buses.
THURSDAY THE 24TH OF SEPTEMBER 2015
Tomorrow I head to Prestatyn for the Holiday on the Buses event to be held over the weekend. I will happily sign copies of my books On The Buses: The Complete Story and An A To Z of On The Buses so if you are attending feel free to bring copies along.
SATURDAY THE 5TH OF SEPTEMBER 2015
The website has reached a new landmark as it has now moved past the 6,000 hits mark. Thank you to everyone for continuing to visit and keep up to date with my writing career.
TUESDAY THE 25TH OF AUGUST 2015
Today I attended the funeral of the great Stephen Lewis at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Wanstead. It was a service that covered the great man's life very well and allowed us fans to reflect on his great life he lead. A couple of photos of the day (all media shots) are in the gallery on this site.
FRIDAY THE 14TH OF AUGUST 2015
On the back of yesterday's sad news of Stephen Lewis passing away I have had a busy start to the day doing almost ten radio interviews across the country.
THURSDAY THE 13TH OF AUGUST 2015
Very sad news has broken today that Stephen Lewis who played Inspector Blake in On the Buses has passed away at the age of 88 in a nursing home in Wanstead. Terribly sad day for On the Buses fans everywhere. I am certain he will live on in our minds for many generations and On the Buses will continue to be loved as well by countless new generations. RIP Stephen
MONDAY THE 22ND OF JUNE 2015
This coming Saturday is The 2015 On the Buses Jamboree event in Borehamwood at The Fairway Hall and I will be signing and selling copies of An A To Z of On The Buses and will happily sign any copies of my books if you wish to bring them along. I hope to see some of you there in what is always a great weekend of fun and nostalgia.
THURSDAY THE 4TH OF JUNE 2015
As my latest project the On the Buses: The Filming Locations book is well underway it has become apparent the book will contain hundreds of photographs. These will be of the locations as they look today but shots of as they were would be nice to add so to cut down on production costs I may look to use the latest technology in the book - QR codes. They have the benefit of reducing costs but on the downside only those with smartphones or some means of reading these QR codes will be able to see these pictures. However, if that is the case the book already will tell you where and when in the episodes/films the location appears so you can still check out how they looked by watching the scenes on DVD. If you have any thoughts on this feel free to let me know.
WEDNESDAY THE 8TH OF APRIL 2015
I hope to work on redesigning my business cards later today. That should be interesting.
SUNDAY THE 5TH OF APRIL 2015
Browsing the internet yesterday I was astounded to see a copy of On The Buses: The Complete Story selling for a few pence short of £200 on Amazon!! Now I realize the book is no longer in print but I never thought I'd ever see the book at that price.
SUNDAY THE 29TH OF MARCH 2015
I would just like to thank everyone who bought a copy of An A To Z of On The Buses yesterday at Central Hall, Westminster and hope you enjoy the book and feel free to leave your reviews here or at Amazon. It was also great to chat to those who had questions about the iconic series and enlighten some about certain details. I hope you all had as good a day as I did.
THURSDAY THE 26TH OF MARCH 2015
Well despite being struck down with a bout of gout in my right knee hindering my mobility I will still be signing copies of An A To Z of On The Buses at Central Hall, Westminster all day on Saturday. I hope to see some of you there.
THURSDAY THE 19TH OF MARCH 2015
This morning the website passed another milestone as it passed the 5,000 hits mark. I'd like to thank everyone for visiting the website and hope you will continue to do so in the future where I will be keeping you all up to date on my latest writing project.
SATURDAY THE 14TH OF MARCH 2015
I have today created a new page for the website entitled Any Questions? If you wish to ask me any questions about my books or about my writing career or even if you'd like tips ask them on the new page. I hope the page is utilised.
SATURDAY THE 14TH OF FEBRUARY 2015
The sad news is that Pamela Cundell who appeared in the first On The Buses spin-off film passed away this morning at the age of 95. I was privileged to meet and chat with Pamela a few times and she was always a warm, bubbly personality and it was a joy to be in her presence. Rest in peace Pamela.
SUNDAY THE 18TH OF JANUARY 2015
As research for my latest book continues apace I have taken the decision to delete the Blog page. It was not serving its purpose or being utilized so decided it was time to delete it.
WEDNESDAY THE 31ST OF DECEMBER 2014
A Happy New Year to all visitors to my website. In the coming year I hope to continue to make updates to the website with news of my new writing projects On The Buses: The Filming Locations and The On The Buses Scrapbook. I hope to also modify or add new features to the rest of the site and delete some of the less popular sections. Watch this space and once more a Happy New Year to you all.
TUESDAY THE 23RD OF DECEMBER 2014
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all visitors to this website and readers of my books everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2015.
THURSDAY THE 27TH OF NOVEMBER 2014
The website today passed another landmark as it passed the 4,000 hits mark. Thank you all for your continued visits to the website and stay tuned for further updates on future writing projects.
SATURDAY THE 22ND OF NOVEMBER 2014
As you will now know my next writing project will cover filming locations used in On The Buses. If anybody has thoughts or feel they know a location then please feel free to contact me with the information at [email protected] and I will visit that location to verify it. If it gets inclusion in the book your contribution will be recognised in the book. At present I have catalogued around fifty filming locations to date.
WEDNESDAY THE 19TH OF NOVEMBER 2014
With sales of On The Buses: The Complete Story now well over the 5,000 copies mark and An A To Z of On The Buses not selling so quickly I will be considering a promotional package for the book. Also the website is now closing in fast on 4,000 hits so thank you for your continued support.
SUNDAY THE 28TH OF SEPTEMBER 2014
I have just got back from the 2014 Holiday On The Buses Event in Prestatyn. Another great day out but I am disappointed I couldn't be there for the whole event. I hope those that purchased signed copies of An A To Z of On The Buses enjoy reading it.
TUESDAY THE 2ND OF SEPTEMBER 2014
Apologies for the lack of updates to the website over the last few days but I am a bit in limbo with my move to London now in mid-flight so to speak. Hopefully, normal service will be resumed in around a week's time.
WEDNESDAY THE 20TH OF AUGUST 2014
This morning has seen the website pass the 3,000 hits mark. I hope you are all enjoying the site and hope you visit again soon as your continued support is appreciated.
WEDNESDAY THE 13TH OF AUGUST 2014
Over the next few weeks you may notice a drop in website updates due to personal upheaval in my life. I will be relocating from Edinburgh to London to take on my new post as Sleeper Host aboard The Caledonian Sleeper. I will endeavor to update the site as and when I can.
MONDAY THE 23RD OF JUNE 2014
After a fantastic weekend at The Annual On The Buses Event it is back to work on the website and I have now made an addition to the Shop page and you can now purchase signed copies of An A To Z of On The Buses.
WEDNESDAY THE 18TH OF JUNE 2014
Later this evening I will be travelling down to London for the 2014 Annual On The Buses Event on Saturday. It will mean the website may not be updated for a few days but on my return hope to have some photos to add to the website as I launch An A To Z of On The Buses on the Sunday formally. I hope to see some of you there for what should be a great weekend of festivities. Also can I just inform you of this site's new web address which is now:- http://www.craigwalkerauthorscorner.com/
TUESDAY THE 17TH OF JUNE 2014
This morning has seen the website pass the 2,000 hit mark. Thank you everyone for visiting and do pop in again.
MONDAY THE 16TH OF JUNE 2014
It now looks unlikely I will have any copies of On The Buses: The Complete Story at The 2014 On The Buses Event this coming Saturday. My apologies.
SUNDAY THE 1ST OF JUNE 2014
I hope to have a supply of ten copies of On The Buses: The Complete Story to sign and sell at this year's annual On The Buses event in Borehamwood on Saturday the 21st of June 2014.
TUESDAY THE 6TH OF MAY 2014
Unfortunately, I have been forced to delete the Guestbook page as it has ceased to accept new posts so no longer served a purpose. To air your views on the website please now use the forum section. Thanks.
MONDAY THE 28TH OF APRIL 2014
Just under a month after starting work on my latest writing project The On The Buses Scrapbook I can now reveal that I have begun placing the written material down onto a word document - a necessary act in the road to publication.
TUESDAY THE 8TH OF APRIL 2014
Work is now underway on my next book (for now it is called Project X). I now have around three pages of rough work done on my latest project which is in collaboration with another big On The Buses fan.
THURSDAY THE 3RD OF APRIL 2014
Well this evening the website passed the 1,000 hits mark. Thank you to everyone that has visited and I hope that you continue to enjoy and visit the website.
WEDNESDAY THE 2ND OF APRIL 2014
My sister and I perhaps beginning an exciting new venture in the writing industry in the future. I won't say anymore than that for now but will update you with any developments.
TUESDAY THE 1ST OF APRIL 2014
An A To Z of On The Buses is now also available to order from Blackwell's bookstores at:- http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/id/An_A_to_Z_of_on_the_Buses/9781910104200
SUNDAY THE 30TH OF MARCH 2014
Apologies as that article is being held back and is not in The Sunday Post this week. I will get back to you when I have a definitive date for it.
FRIDAY THE 28TH OF MARCH 2014
If you are a reader of The Sunday Post newspaper then I believe An A To Z of On The Buses will appear in an article this coming Sunday. I will endeavour to scan it and post it on the website at a future date.
TUESDAY THE 25TH OF MARCH 2014
As March draws to a close this month has already been the busiest month (for hits) in the website's history with well over 1,000 hits. Thank you for visiting and I hope you are enjoying the site.
SATURDAY THE 22ND OF MARCH 2014
Over the next week or so I will decide on whether to axe the forum section from the website as it has not taken off sadly.
FRIDAY THE 21ST OF MARCH 2014
I do have almost 50 paperback copies of An A To Z of On The Buses in my possession which I hope to take down for the book signing/launch event in Borehamwood on Sunday the 22nd of June 2014.
THURSDAY THE 20TH OF MARCH 2014
My future writing plans are now up on a new page and I hope to update that periodically as these projects develop. As for sales, going by Amazon sales rank, the book is still showing healthy sales with the book well inside the top 100 in all categories. It would also seem that Amazon will have a supply of books in on the 28th of March so hopefully those that have ordered should get them in just over a weeks' time.
SATURDAY THE 15TH OF MARCH 2014
In the next few days I will be starting up a new page on the website where I will talk of future writing projects.
FRIDAY THE 14TH OF MARCH 2014
An A To Z of On The Buses has now been on sale for a few weeks and it currently sits at No.52 (Paperback version) in the Amazon Sales Chart for Encyclopaedia-type books. The Kindle Edition stands at No.40 in the Kindle Store charts on Amazon.
THURSDAY THE 13TH OF MARCH 2014
The roll-out continues as An A To Z of On The Buses can now be ordered from Foyles:- http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/reference-research/an-a-to-z-of-on-the-buses,walker-craig-9781910104200
WEDNESDAY THE 12TH OF MARCH 2014
An A To Z of On The Buses in paperback format is now up to order on the Waterstones site:- http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/craig+walker/an+a+to+z+of+on+the+buses/10493563/
MONDAY THE 10TH OF MARCH 2014
Early indications are showing promising sales figures going by the Amazon Sales Rank system but I will need to wait for three months to get the official sales figures. Also it is nice to see Amazon UK now have the book cover on show on the paperback page.
SATURDAY THE 8TH OF MARCH 2014
Amazon UK now have An A To Z of On The Buses available to buy now. Hopefully, it will soon be appearing on Waterstones and WH Smith's shelves and websites.
FRIDAY THE 7TH OF MARCH 2014
All hard copies of the limited edition (Troubador imprint) of An A To Z of On The Buses have now been sold. If you have a copy I hope you are enjoying reading it and feel free to leave a review on the feedback page. If you have not got a copy yet have no fear as the newly launched paperback version published by Mirador Publishing is now rolling out onto sale in various formats. It is now online to order at Rakuten.com in the USA.
TUESDAY THE 4TH OF MARCH 2014
The roll-out of An A To Z of On The Buses in paperback around the world is underway. It is now for sale in USA, Sweden and Switzerland. Hopefully, it will be on sale soon in the coming days in the UK although the Amazon UK site does have the paperback up to be ordered as they await stock.
MONDAY THE 3RD OF MARCH 2014
Today I received the finished article - physical copies of An A To Z of On The Buses published by Mirador Publishing.
SATURDAY THE 1ST OF MARCH 2014
Even though An A To Z of On The Buses is only on the verge of going on sale my thoughts are already turning to my next writing projects. I do have a couple of ideas in mind with one being a joint venture and the other being a book of my own. Plenty to think about and planning and deciding to do before work on those projects begin.
FRIDAY THE 28TH OF FEBRUARY 2014
I can reveal that an author's profile has now been added by myself that will appear on all of my book pages on Amazon in preparation of my latest book going on sale. The book is now available to download on Amazon as an E-book with the physical copy sure to follow soon at all leading bookstores.
WEDNESDAY THE 26TH OF FEBRUARY 2014
Well I am delighted to say that the wait is almost over. I was informed by Mirador Publishing that An A To Z of On The Buses is about to go on sale with Amazon about to get the ball rolling in the next few days with other major retailers to follow suit in the coming weeks. I will be holding an event on Sunday the 22nd of June 2014 at The 2014 On The Buses Event: The Magnificent Seven Event to launch and talk about the book, its contents and its values.
WEDNESDAY THE 19TH OF FEBRUARY 2014
Some news on book sales. To date On The Buses: The Complete Story has sold a total of 5,127 copies. That figure includes hardback and e-book sales. The On The Buses Quiz Book which was only released in ebook format has had a disappointing 27 copies downloaded.
SATURDAY THE 8TH OF FEBRUARY 2014
With typesetting now complete and the front and rear cover of An A To Z of On The Buses passed for press I am now awaiting news of the planned publication date which I hope to have sometime in the coming week.
THURSDAY THE 6TH OF FEBRUARY 2014
Today saw the front and rear cover being finalised and passed for press and can be seen on the page dedicated to An A to Z of On The Buses. It differs in a good way from the Troubador book as the rear cover contains the red bus and characters Arthur, Olive and mum. I am very pleased about that.
TUESDAY THE 4TH OF FEBRUARY 2014
I can reveal that the new publisher of An A-Z of On The Buses will be Mirador Publishing. The book has been typeset and a price has been set at £15.99p and the paperback will have dimensions of 280mm x 210mm. Next stage will be passing the cover (front and back) for press.
FRIDAY THE 31ST OF JANUARY 2014
After around three or four phases of typesetting of An A-Z of On The Buses I am delighted to say that this arduous task is now complete and I am happy to move on to the next stage of the publication process. Today An A-Z of On The Buses moved a step closer to publication.
WEDNESDAY THE 14TH OF JANUARY 2014
The book is now going through the typesetting stage and I have written a blurb for the book which will be in the hands of the publisher tomorrow.
FRIDAY THE 10TH OF JANUARY 2014
I am pleased to say I have completed the tasking chore of editing the manuscript of An A-Z of On The Buses and is in the hands of the publishers. The book will now go through the typesetting stage and hope to update you with more news soon. There may also be a handful more photos in this edition of the book but stay tuned for confirmation.
SUNDAY THE 5TH OF JANUARY 2014
I'd like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year. Also I do provisionally have another publisher now lined up for An A-Z of On The Buses and am currently going through the laborious task of editing the manuscript. I have completed just over 40% of this task and then the book will go onto the typesetting stage. I will announce the new publisher in the coming weeks so watch this space. Also my thoughts are already onto my next writing project which I hope to start later this year so again watch out for news on that.
MONDAY THE 9TH OF DECEMBER 2013
I would just like to clarify the reasoning behind me pulling out of my publishing contract with Troubador. Such were printing costs of the book it was brought to my attention by the publishers that for me to make any sort of profit from the book the RRP would have to be altered from the set price of £14.99 to £29.99. For me a 100% price increase never rested easy with me and I realised it would not only harm the marketability of the book but also would not have felt right after another much cheaper price had initially been set. Therefore I cancelled the contract. I am now in talks with two other publishers with regards to An A-Z of On The Buses going into print. By the way I still have some limited editions of An A-Z of On The Buses available to order in the shop on this site.
SATURDAY THE 23RD OF NOVEMBER 2013
After a spell in hospital with cellulitis I was released yesterday and whilst in hospital I had to make a tough decision to pull the plug on my publishing deal with Troubador Publishing Ltd. for them to publish An A-Z of On The Buses - lets just say it was a necessary decision and the only one left open to me. I do have 40 copies being delivered to me this week which I will sell as limited editions on this website. Meanwhile, I am already in contact with another publisher with views to publishing An A-Z of On The Buses under their imprint. Rest assured I will keep you all informed.
WEDNESDAY THE 30TH OF OCTOBER 2013
With proof-reading over and the book going to press my thoughts now turn to organising the book launch event. News of this will appear on this site's An A-Z of On The Buses page.
TUESDAY THE 29TH OF OCTOBER 2013
Today the book has finally been passed for press so in the next few days it should be heading to the printers and the print process will take perhaps three weeks. Almost there.
THURSDAY THE 24TH OF OCTOBER 2013
The final proofs are waiting with me now for being passed for press (okay to publish) as is the cover design. The back cover sadly has necessitated a slight redesign necessary to fit in the book's blog and is also set to be passed for press.
TUESDAY THE 22ND OF OCTOBER 2013
I have now begun the third stage of proof-reading and feel like I am on the home stretch so to speak. I should think the next stage of proof-reading will be the last and after that - publication.
FRIDAY THE 18TH OF OCTOBER 2013
With the third stage of proof-reading completed last night and sent back to the publisher this afternoon I feel I may be close to the publication stage. Watch this space.
THURSDAY THE 17TH OF OCTOBER 2013
I am now about to start the third stage of proof-reading on An A-Z of On The Buses. Hopefully, afterwards will be a steep nearer to publication but may need another stage of proof-reading. This stage did take a lot shorter to do and amendments just needed to a lot less pages now. The end is in sight.
SATURDAY THE 12TH OF OCTOBER 2013
I completed the second stage of proof-reading late last night and they have now been posted back to the publisher. A lot less needed tweaking this time so we are getting there. Until proof-reading is completed to my satisfaction the book should be ready to go to print.
MONDAY THE 7TH OF OCTOBER 2013
After a very distressing last week it is now time to begin proof-reading the whole manuscript once more. This is the second stage of this task and hopefully I may just have one more stage of proof-reading after this before the task will be complete and after that the book should be set to go into print.
SUNDAY THE 22ND OF SEPTEMBER 2013
The laborious task of proof-reading the whole manuscript is over and it has been necessary to delete a few pictures as they were just too small. The proof-read manuscript will be posted off to the publishers tomorrow morning. I expect to receive another round or two of proof reading before everything is ironed out. Watch this space. I have also completed a pre-publication blog to advertise the book which you can see on the page An A-Z of On The Buses.
MONDAY THE 16TH OF SEPTEMBER 2013
I am now going through the laborious task of going through the whole manuscript in its style-proof form to check for any errors I may have missed and grammar errors. These will then get sent back to the publisher (hopefully by the end of this week) and we should then be getting close to publication.
TUESDAY THE 27TH OF AUGUST 2013
The breaking news is that the cover design and fonts have been finalised and are now available to view at http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=2426 and I hope to add the cover design here to the website in the coming days. Also the typeset proofs are being tweaked and hopefully will meet my approval soon.
MONDAY THE 5TH OF AUGUST 2013
The latest on An A-Z of On The Buses is that the fonts are being designed for the title on the front cover and also am expecting to receive style proofs for the first few pages with the photos added. I still have no concrete date for it release.
SATURDAY THE 27TH OF JULY 2013
Another small step forward today in the publication process of An A-Z of On The Buses. I received the first few pages of the manuscript for my perusal to assess the type proofs. This is for me to voice any concerns over the chosen fonts and page numbering positions as well as page layout details. I only have a couple of slight reservations so I can't foresee any major hold-ups at this stage. More news hopefully coming soon.
WEDNESDAY THE 10TH OF JULY 2013
Today marked another small step forward for the publication of An A-Z of On The Buses. The completion of design of the official press releases and author information details means that media outlets and bookstores will soon be receiving details of the book due for publication in the coming months. I still have no concrete publication date as yet but will keep you all informed.