Crime novel blog part 9 – Cold Inside published for Kindle

Cold Inside is now available on the Amazon Kindle store. Links for Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk pages are below. If you’re in a different region, you can find the book by searching Amazon for the unique Amazon reference code B0768HNCF4.

You can get all the details about this book, and the Amazon links (also included below), on the Cold Inside page on this site.Cold Inside

  

If you are interested in finding out even more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies an advance review copy, or just wants a free copy of the finished version.

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Free books – special offer

To celebrate the launch of my new sixth novel, Cold Inside, I will be offering the two novels from my vampire series – Blood:Lust – free for a limited time.

The books are Midnight Cocktail and Cheating Sunrise.

Both those books will be free for five days – Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December.

Grab ’em while they’re free, have a blast reading them, and do me a massive favour by leaving a review on Amazon.

Links to the books on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are on their website pages which are linked above. Or click the cover images below to go to their pages on this site.

  

Crime novel blog part 8 – pre-order price drop

I’ve dropped the price of the Kindle version of Cold Inside from £3.49 to £1.99. If you have already pre-ordered (and, yes, some people actually have), you will pay the newer, lower price when your copy is sent to your device(s) on release day – 01 Dec 2017.

Why have I done this? Well, because this isn’t currently about money, it’s about getting readers.

You can get all the details about this book, and the Amazon links, on the Cold Inside page on this site. The Amazon links are also included in this blog post underneath the really rather cool cover that you can see right here…

Cold Inside

  

If you are interested in finding out even more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies an advance review copy, or just wants a free copy of the finished version.

Crime novel blog part 7 – available for pre-order

In some ways, it’s disappointing that I can’t be announcing that Cold Inside has been accepted by a literary agent. However, as I always love to look on the positive side – ask anyone, they’ll tell you I’m the most positive, cheerful, never-grumpy-at-all person they ever met * – I’ll take the personal satisfaction of being able to say I have just made my sixth novel available for pre-order on the Amazon Kindle store.

You can get all the details about this book, and the Amazon links, on the Cold Inside page on this site. The Amazon links are also included in this blog post underneath the really rather cool cover that you can see right here…

Cold Inside

  

If you are interested in finding out even more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies an advance review copy, or just wants a free copy of the finished version.

 

* That’s obviously a complete fabrication.

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.

My favourite rejection so far

This is part of the crime novel blog series, but it’s also the pioneer of some kind of masochistic sub-category or soul-baring splinter group. I’m regularly receiving rejection emails for my new crime novel, pretty much as expected because that’s how the world of an unknown author works, and the first [enter a number of your choice here] rejections I received were all drawn from the same generic “Thanks but no thanks” brush-off pool.

Then this one turned up today and I thought it was worth mentioning for several reasons. First, it’s personalised rather than being just another copy/paste “there’s the door” rejection. Secondly, it is incredibly positive, despite being what it is – a rejection. And finally, the reason cited for rejecting my work is not any kind of a criticism of my work. Have a read, see what you think. I’m expecting you’re going to want to read my book, but I could be wrong.

This is the main content of the rejection email, completely unedited:

Your opening chapters are very well done: cracking pace, plenty of tension, with credible characters and dialogue. But – I’m afraid there is a “but” – it’s so hard to sell new fiction in the current harsh climate, even well-written crime fiction like yours, that I just don’t think we’d succeed in persuading cautious editors to take you on.

Seriously, that’s far from bad. I’m not personally aware of this “current harsh climate” but I’m guessing that’s because I’m an unknown author with no real understanding of how there are dozens of new crime novels every time I look on a bestseller shelf in any book shop or supermarket, or Amazon.

From that rejection email, it seems to me that the problem here is “cautious editors”. I’m thinking that my book needs an editor who isn’t a timid mouse. Might that be you, or someone you know? If so, you know what you need to do.

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 a test reader, or just wants a free copy as soon as it is available.