Readers help get debut author Daniel into print

Daniel James, author of The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas.
Daniel James, author of The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas.

Debut author Daniel James has launched a crowdfunding campaign to get his first novel into print.

The writer and journalist, from Cullercoats, is raising funds for his debut novel through pre-order sales directly from his publisher Dead Ink Books’ website.

Every copy sold will go towards the crowdfunding target and will help make the book a reality.

If the campaign is successful, the novel – The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas – will be launched in bookshops in November this year.

Daniel, 36, said: “It’s been my dream to become a published author since I was a little boy and I’m asking for the North East to get behind me.

“Dead Ink Books is a small, independent publisher who need to supplement their budget for my novel with money raised through crowdfunding and pre-order sales.

“The novel won’t happen if people don’t pre-order it this month, so if it sounds like the kind of book you’d love to get lost in, please pre-order your copy today. Every order counts and I really appreciate everyone’s support.”

He added: “What happened to Ezra Maas is one of the biggest mysteries of contemporary art – in some circles he is regarded as one of the most influential 20th-century artists – but no one has been able to write a book about his life or work until now due to legal issues with his estate and the intense secrecy of his friends and cult-like followers.”

Every copy pre-ordered during August will help make Daniel’s novel a reality. To pre-order, visit