Matt Cain’s Publishing Journey: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

Matt Cain discusses the challenging history in publishing for LGBTQ History Month. Discover the inspiration for his book, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle.

Matt Cain's Publishing Journey: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

We are giving listeners a peek behind the paywall to share one of my favorite interviews of 2023 in honor of LGBTQ History Month. 

Join us as we delve into the captivating world of renowned author Matt Cain, as we celebrate his charming novel, The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle.

Beyond discussing his book, Matt opens up about the immense publishing challenges he faced, most notably with The Madonna of Bolton, a novel rejected more than 30 times for being deemed ‘too gay.’ 

Discover how it evolved into one of the fastest crowdfunded projects on Unbound after Matt courageously unveiled his rejection letters to the world, and how he views the publishing world now. 

We’ll also explore the genre of UpLit, its key markers, and what to expect in UpLit books. The answer might surprise you!

Join us on this inspirational journey, as we continue our discussion for LGBTQ History Month.

The Best Books for LGBTQ History Month

UPDATED: Don’t miss this week’s bonus book list-  The Best Books for LGBTQ History Month

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle 

Follow the remarkable journey of 64-year-old postman Albert Entwistle, who has quietly delivered mail for decades while harboring a secret past. 

Forced into retirement and facing a lonely future, Albert takes a courageous step to rediscover his lost love. 

This heartwarming and life-affirming love story takes readers on an unforgettable adventure, proving that it’s never too late to find love in the most unlikely and unexpected places.

Matt Cain

Meet Matt Cain

Matt Cain is a notable figure in writing and broadcasting, celebrated for his contributions to LGBT+ issues. 

With a remarkable career serving as Channel 4’s first Culture Editor and Editor-In-Chief of Attitude magazine, he has significantly impacted media and journalism.

As an accomplished author, Matt has penned several novels, notably The Madonna Of Bolton, that became Unbound’s fastest crowdfunded novel.

Today, we celebrate Matt’s publishing revolution and celebrate The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle, a 2023 MomAdvice Book Club selection.

Matt Cain’s Publishing Journey: The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle

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2023 MomAdvice Fall Reading Guide

The Best Books for LGBTQ History Month (BONUS BOOK LIST- UPDATED!)

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The London Séance Society by Sarah Penner

The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain

What is Uplit?

Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain

Becoming Ted by Matt Cain

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Attitude Magazine

Attitude Heroes Podcast

The Albert Kennedy Trust

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

POV: Albert’s First Night Out Playlist

Becoming Ted Playlist

Shirley Valentine 

Magic Season by Wade Rouse

Amy’s interview with Wade Rouse

My Policeman by Bethan Roberts

Matt’s Graham Norton interview

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Amy’s Interview with Lynda Cohen Loigman

Matzah Book Soup Book Club

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