The Hook Presents… The Bellman Chronicles!

Well, the road has been long and the process has confounded me time and again, but with more than a little support from friends (blogging and otherwise!), family and dozens of CreateSpace wizards, my mission is complete!

I’ve distilled fifteen years of hospitality misadventures into a single volume. And here it is…

The first physical proof is in my hands and all that remains is to review, tweak and revise. Then the fun really begins: selling the blasted thing! By the way, the cover design comes to you courtesy of my multi-talented child prodigy, Sarah.

Once I submit any changes to CreateSpace there will be a final waiting period of five to seven days and then I’ll be occupying a little space on Drop by any ole time…


Niagara Falls Comic-Con 2012

June 9. 2012 10 A.M โ€“ 7 P.M.
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Niagara Falls. Ontario. Canada

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About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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113 Responses to The Hook Presents… The Bellman Chronicles!

  1. wherethedaytakesme says:

    congrats on the big times

  2. Scriptor Obscura says:

    Hey, congratulations! ๐Ÿ˜€

    And what a talented daughter you have! Wow! Did she use Photoshop to design the cover? It looks amazing!

    I’m guessing Robert Hookey is not your real name…or is it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Lily says:

    That’s awesome! Now I know why they call you The Hook! It’s all coming together. I love the cover!

  4. El Guapo says:

    Rock on Hook!

  5. mumchic says:

    Congratulations !!!!
    Love the cover, well done ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. sexuallifeofawife says:

    So cool! Well done!

  7. Jeannie says:

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations Hook! Love the cover–you’re daughter deserves at least a dinner out with good ol’ Dad and a free copy of the book don’t you think? Awesome! When it’s available on Amazon I’m buying a copy! Can’t hardly wait. Let the good times roll! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Smaktakula says:

    Hurrah for the Hook and for The Bellman Chronicles!

  9. zannyro says:

    Congrats Hook!! Can’t wait till it comes out!!
    Strangely, I’m write behind you at createspace..waiting for a physical proof ๐Ÿ™‚
    I LOVE the cover of your book!! Hats off to your talented daughter!
    I have my finger over the keyboard, waiting to order my copy of your book!!!!!

  10. Wonderful!! I am so excited for you!! I am sure it is every bit as smart and scathing as your blog and will be a total smash!!

  11. bats0711 says:


  12. The Waiting says:

    That’s awesome! I will certainly be putting your book on my wish list!

  13. Cat Forsley says:

    WOW ………:)))))) XO

  14. itsmymuse says:

    Your daughter is very talented.

  15. Jennifer says:

    So I comment here as well. Fab job on the cover Sarah, and congrats to the Hook!

  16. Kim says:

    YAY!!! Congrats!!!

  17. Here is your big break. Fame, fortune and a one way ticket out of the hotel. Maybe….we will see.

  18. Awesome!!!!! I cannot wait! Excellent cover by your daughter – better give her a cut. And now we know how you were nick-named “The Hook.”

  19. So pleased for you… I’ll be knocking on Amazon’s door when you give the word my dear Hook… By the way; your name couldn’t be better… I mean, your ‘real name’! It has an easy to remember way of rolling off the tongue with an edge to the surname that bespeaks of tantalising mirth….
    Sarah; what a wonderfully talented young girl you are. As I was reading the cover I was also thinking “great artwork; conveys exactly what is to be expected inside” – well done… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Spectra says:

      – or is that your psudeonym??? I’d go with a psuedonym,what with hotel management breathing down your neck. I wouldn’t want them reading my sordid tales of their establishment and it’s seedy or annoying clientelle. What if they fired you?

      Congrats on your persistance! And great cover concept – very descriptive.

    • The Hook says:

      Sarah thanks you!

  20. Congrats.. You must be so excited! We’re all so proud of you! The cover is perfect!!

  21. The Hobbler says:

    Congratulations Hook!

  22. What a wonderful news Hook so happy for you..and what a lovely cover
    Hugs to Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Fiona says:

    Congratulations!!!I I can’t wait for it to hit Australian stores ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. mairedubhtx says:

    I’m using CreateSpace for my book, too. I’ll buy yours if you’ll buy mine. I’m about 3 months behind you. Congratulations!

  25. Ink Pastries says:

    It looks great! Congratulations, and I’m sorry that for some reason I thought your real name was Jackie. How much will it cost for a paperback (wondering – have to price my own book soon).

  26. ljr3 says:

    Looks great! Wishing you all the best!

  27. valleygirl96 says:

    The cover is amazing! If people (as they often do) judge the book by its cover you should do bery well! I can’t wait until it comes out! Congratulations!

  28. Congrats buddy! So glad to see it. I look forward to buying me a copy. Will it be in ebook form as well?

  29. becca3416 says:

    Congrats! That is really a great accomplishment!

  30. ….dammit… why did I even imagine for one second that using the word “congrats” would be something nobody else has already written on here? am i that naive? yes.
    oo i got one: superb effort on accomplishing your dreams haha

  31. The Guat says:

    Awesome. Congratulations! Love that you have it right in front of you. Writer’s dream. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Jonny Eberle says:

    Congrats, Hook! I look forward to reading your scathing comments on the human condition.

  33. Congratulations man! Excellent work!

  34. Michael says:

    Wow, that is an awesome cover. Congrats!

  35. giselzitrone says:

    Hallo Grรผsse lieb von mir auch meinen Herzlichen Glรผckwunsch und alles liebe.Wรผnsche dir noch einen schรถnen Tag Gislinde

  36. jlheuer says:

    Wow! I have been out of touch for awhile. You’ve been busy and all I can say is Wow! Good luck on the marketing trail.

    • The Hook says:

      Thanks, I’ll need all your luck and then some!
      And don’t worry about being out of touch; I barely have any time to blog surf these days…

  37. eva626 says:

    CONGRATS, Hook!!! So exciting! Hope you make millions.

  38. Judging on what I have read so far on this blog, I can say that you truly deserve all these successes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    Oh, man! I can’t wait to read this!!! Please tell me there are none to few changes pending?

    • The Hook says:

      Well, I’m finding issues that I can probably live with – headings in bold and spacing – and some I definitely need to fix – the odd typo and a missing header adjustment – but once those matters are laid to rest, we’re god to go!
      I just need to find the time; I have nothing but 11 hour shifts this week, so I’m going to have to wait for a day off! But I anticipate a June release.

  40. Lynn says:

    Hey!! That is great.Congrats and also to your daughter.I wish you the best and I’ll try to get the book.

  41. mj monaghan says:

    Congrats, my Hook friend!

    Great cover, and I’m sure the stories are awesome.

    So very author-ly of you. Do you have a pipe and smart looking sweater, as well? hehehe

  42. That is so cool my friend. You are indeed talented. You followed your dream and now it is unfolding beautifully before your eyes. Every ounce of hardwork in your profession has brought a winning story. I’m happy for you. I wish you all the best.

  43. Congratulations, your stories are always fascinating and insightful… good luck!!

  44. Jo Bryant says:

    Congratulations Hook !!!!!!!! For the book and producing a talented child…hehehe
    You should send out a few copies to bloggers with a few followers and get them to review it for you. They could also put their reviews up on Goodreads and Amazon.
    But anywho…we are so happy for you over here we are dancing with joy !!!

  45. Red says:

    Congrats! Love the art! If you want to have the writer’s spotlight, drop me a line (click on Ask Momma at M3). We can post your interview around the time you go live!

  46. Oh wow! So let us all know when it’s on Amazon and I for one will buy it and then leave the very nicest review I can think of.

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  48. Tracy says:

    Congratulations! I love the cover – and I always judge a book by its cover.
    I nominated you for the versatile blogger award!(

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  50. Hey, well done !! Congratulations on finishing the book. I’ll be checking it out, Mr. Hook.

  51. countoncross says:

    That is so amazing! I am so happy for you….all your work is finally complete! I am sure the book is amazing, can’t wait to read it.

    • The Hook says:

      I hope you enjoy it; there may be some material culled from previous posts – taken from both blogs – but new material is peppered throughout. I hope it goes over, but I’m realistic… The market is dominated by titles like “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “The Book of Awesome“, so who knows what constitutes a hit these days?

  52. That is awesome! I have a book I wrote, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to publish it. I think because my mother would go to her grave just so she could turn over in it… Maybe I should write something a little more upbeat for the great world of books! Can’t wait to get yours on Amazon. That darn site loves to eat up my money!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Hook says:

      If you feel you should publish your book… do so! The greatest works of literature spring forth from our tortured souls, Tiffany.

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