Posts made in October, 2014


13. Getting close now


Posted By on Oct 29, 2014

Getting close now: In a few weeks I’ll be speaking on two panels during Crimefest in Bristol, May 15th-17th, which will be the first writing festival I’ve ever attended, let alone spoken at. I anticipate feeling slightly fraudulent as, unlike every other author present, I will still not be published. My book won’t come out until the 5th of June. I have to say, I still feel rather a fraud in this whole business, it still doesn’t feel...

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12. Getting Invitations


Posted By on Oct 29, 2014

Getting Invitations – The fear and fun of PR: In between some of the my previous postings I’ve been drawn into my first few bits of PR. In March 2013, not long after that final re-write I attended the inaugural Penguin Crime Drinks. The purpose of the event was to introduce to invited press, bloggers and buyers the authors and crime books Penguin were to publish that year. As you may recall from blog #9, my book was not due to...

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11. Getting quite excited now


Posted By on Oct 29, 2014

Getting quite excited now – Bound and jacketed: : The title problem had been holding up the cover art for weeks. Soon after the change, I was emailed the proposed hardback jacket. I hope you like it as much as I do. I love the imagery of transition; the moody sky sunset and falling autumnal leaves. The view of the Docklands from Greenwich Park locates the book perfectly and the lone figure with his back to you, his jacket...

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Getting a shock – An awkward conversation: Interspersed as the wilderness year is with long spells of real life, it gets hard to say when things happened, but the next thing to happen was a shocking call from my agent. My publishing editor (the lovely man who was enthused by the revised synopsis – see blog #7) who had commented at that first meeting on how much he liked the title of the book, had called to say he wanted to change the...

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