Thanks for dropping by!
I’m author Ander Louis. Yes, I am working on my next novel. No, it isn’t A Duet for Swans 2 - sorry (ADFS2 is next in the pipeline, though!) But I think you’ll like what I’m writing, it’s a Literary Fiction novel called Personal Fable, and it’s coming along nicely, I reckon.
You've probably noticed that I haven't released a book for a few years. That's because since 2015, I have been busy creating two new start-up businesses:
Since 2015, I have single-handedly turned 1065 Australians into Published Authors through the above two ventures. 1050 of those authors were still in primary school. In 2018, that number will double. By 2019, I want Launch Pad’s method of encouraging youngsters to be Book People to become part of the Victorian school curriculum.
In 2018, I will:
► Host the Launch Pad Writers Club, a creative writing maker-space for authors of all ages & stages.
► Host the Launch Pad after-school creative writing club, every day after school for kids 8-16.
► Host the daily podcast "A Year of War & Peace", a podcast for each of the 365 chapters of Tolstoy's epic novel.
► Host Launch Pad Creative Writing incursions in Approximately 30 primary and secondary schools around Australia, helping ~1000 kids write their own creative fiction, and ensuring they enjoy the experience. (If a participant creates their story but doesn’t enjoy the process, I deem that a failure. So far, with 1050 participants, we’ve had zero failures. The Launch Pad method is more successful than any other method - ever - that is my belief.).
► Continue working on my third novel "Personal Fable", an Aussie Literary Fiction novel.
► Continue to run the indie publishing label "Up & Up Media", including the publication of our upcoming anthology book "Mixtape Two".
► Publish the first ever Launch Pad Favourites anthology, including 20+ stories from the previous 3 years of Launch Pad.
► Publish 30+ Launch Pad Books, including fiction by approximately 1000 Aussie school kids, all to be written this year.
► Host Launch Parties for all 30+ Launch Pad and Up & Up Media books launched in 2018.
► It is also my ambition to integrate Launch Pad into programs which help students with special needs, as over the last 3 years it has been demonstrated that special needs children are benefiting greatly from Launch Pad School Incursions (Children with learning disabilities such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, etc., have all successfully published stories through Launch Pad School Incursions.)
--- ANDER LOUIS NOVELS ---
My first novel, released in 2012, took me 3 years to complete, and was my training grounds in book writing. It follows the story of a boy – Linus – who learns he has a gift for riding War Elephants. This transforms him rather suddenly from an ordinary boy, to a powerful weapon. The question is, what will he do with that new power?
The first in a trilogy called “A Duet for Swans”, this book sees Alex, a young sorcerer, travel across the land in a magically flying tugboat, in a quest to find the ocean. Told from the perspective of his life-long friend Grace, who refused to let him take the journey alone.
--- WORKS IN PROGRESS ---
• Personal Fable (Literary Fiction, Novel)
• Floating Awry (Book 2 of A Duet for Swans)
• The Black Ridge (Fantasy, Novel – Prequel story to…?)
--- OTHER PROJECTS ---
I started my indie publishing label Up & Up Media, with the intention of transposing the “Indie punk label” business model to the writing industry. My goal was to make the indie writing scene into a… well, an actual scene. Our first book MIXTAPE ONE is a compilation of short stories by indie authors from around Australia.
Launch Pad Writers Club is the educational arm of Up & Up Media. It began as a creative writing incursion for primary schools, but in 2017, evolved into an After School Creative Writing Club, where young writers can hang out and eventually become Published Authors.
In 2018, Launch Pad is now a Creative Writing Maker-space, catering to all ages and stages. It's the place that any person of any age can come and follow their dream of authoring a book.
Since 2015, Launch Pad has made 1050 Aussie primary school kids into published authors - and by the end of 2018, that number will be around 2000.
That’s probably enough to keep me busy, right? Thanks for reading!