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June Contemporary Fiction: Call Me Joe by Martin van Es (RedDoor Press)

Good afternoon,

I hope you're doing as well as possible during this incredible time when the world seems to have stopped! I am working on the promotion of a new contemporary fiction novel called Call Me Joe by a debut Dutch author, grandfather and entrepreneur, called Martin van Es, who co-wrote the book with prolific ghost-writer Andrew Crofts.

I wondered if you would be interested in receiving a copy of the book ahead of publication (it's due out from UK-based publisher RedDoor Press on 4th June) please?

About Call Me Joe: "Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist meets John Niven's The Second Coming"

The world is on the brink of disaster. Can one man called Joe really convince the world and its leaders to collaborate and change their ways before it's too late?

I'm sending more information in the form of a one-pager Advance Information Media Sheet (below my auto-signature), but also you can access further info here in this online press folder:

Or if you'd like to access the ebook files they're available for request on Netgalley if you use that service? And I can send you the files directly via email.

Martin is an entrepreneur with vast business experience in the sustainable packaging industry, and he runs, alongside his son, an outdoor events company called MooiWeer, on the beautiful island of Terschelling in the northern Netherlands. He started writing Call Me Joe in 2017, inspired by the birth of his grandchildren and the thought of what the future held in store for them, living on a planet in crisis. Martin invited Andrew Crofts to join as co-writer in 2019 to make the story as compelling as possible. He hopes the story will entertain as well as provoke conversation, challenge the status quo, and encourage people to question more about what is happening in the world, to question their leaders, and to consider their role in the future of the planet.

Martin is available for media interviews, editorial commissions, and copies of the book can be offered for competition prizes and review.


Helen Lewis
Literally Public Relations Ltd
+44 (0) 7904801669 (mobile)



Call Me Joe

By Martin van Es & Andrew Crofts


The world is on the brink of disaster.

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The environment, society and mankind itself are facing extreme challenges in a world that is both more connected, and yet more divided than ever before. Fear and confusion seep into all parts of everyday life... now, more than ever, the world needs one voice, one guide...


One day the Earth is plunged into darkness and when light appears again so does a man - call him Joe - claiming to be the son of God.

Can Joe bring the world's most creative thinkers and leaders together to tackle the ills of mankind?


Can he convince us all to follow him before it's too late?


In this compelling and prescient novel, Martin van Es and Andrew Crofts highlight the key concerns of our time and imagine a future where we, at last, all work together to ensure the future of our world and all the life that calls it home.


About Martin van Es

Martin van Es is a Dutch entrepreneur, father and grandfather. Born in 1959, the youngest of three children, he studied clinical psychology in Groningen, but got distracted by partying and a permanent lack of money. In 1986, he became a father to his daughter, and his son joined the world in 1989, spurring him forward to quit studying, focus on working and start living more seriously.

After graduating in international marketing, Martin took a job as a purchasing director, enabling him to travel the world. He then became director of a packaging wholesaler in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Over 14 years he developed the company alongside his team to create a leading player in the international packaging industry, working on more sustainable packaging concepts. In 2005, Martin sold the company to the largest distributor in the packaging world, and he ventured into volunteering, investing and advising companies. Martin is particularly proud of father-and-son outdoor events company, MooiWeer, on the beautiful island of Terschelling.

Between 2013 and 2017, Martin was director and co-owner of a large, international group of packaging wholesale companies specialised in environmental issues. The role, as well as the birth of his first two grandchildren, have had a massive influence on Martin.

A person posing for the cameraDescription automatically generatedHe started writing Call Me Joe in 2017, and asked Andrew Crofts, as a prolific ghostwriter, to join him as co-writer in 2019 to make the story the best it could possibly be. Martin hopes the book will provoke conversation, challenge the status quo, and encourage people to question more about what is happening in the world, to question their leaders, and to consider their role in the future of the planet.



Title:Call Me Joe

Author:Martin van Es & Andrew Crofts

Genre:Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Contemplative Fiction

Publisher:RedDoor Press

Publication date:June 4 2020

Availability:Paperback, eBook


Number of pages:360

Price:£8.99 PB £4.99 EB

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