Crime novel blog part 5

My first proper crime novel, where ‘proper’ means there are no vampires in it, is ready for publication. A lot of proof-reading, re-reading and editing has been done over the last few months. Four test-readers have passed the book as not only fit-for-human-consumption but also “unputdownable”, “brilliant”, and “Entertaining all the way through”. There was also this comment in a rejection letter from a literary agent that I particularly liked, and have already mentioned at length in this blog: “cracking pace, plenty of tension, with credible characters and dialogue”.

The downside, because there’s always a damn downside with everything, is that after a heck of a lot of rejection letters from literary agents it’s starting to seem inevitable that I’m going to have to self-publish this book, and I already know what that’s likely to mean after self-publishing my first five novels: single-figure sales and a total lack of reviews anywhere, even on Amazon where the seething masses seem to want to spout their opinion on pretty much everything. Except any of my books.

I don’t want to announce the title yet, because it’s a pretty good title and there isn’t another novel (at least on Amazon) with a similar name.

If you are interested in finding out some more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies being an advance copy reader, or just wants a free copy as soon as it is available.

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