A bit of naked self promotion here – and a desire to share some good news.
I’m happy to announce that I’ve just agreed a contract with the lovely people at Ringwood Publishing for my first novel, Calling Cards. It will be appearing in the shops, on Amazon and in e-book form, hopefully in November 2013, just in time for your Christmas shopping.
It seems appropriate that a psychological thriller set in Glasgow will be published by a local company. Ringwood have published several novels by new Scottish authors and I am very happy to be joining their number.
So … novel one will be coming out soon. Novel two is in final draft form and I’ll be doing a bit of polishing of that once the editing process for Calling Cards is completed. And I guess I had better crack on and get number three in the series finished too.
Writing is a fairly solitary craft. Much of the time it is just the author, his or her imagination and that blank page. OK, these days it may be Microsoft Word and a laptop rather than a piece of paper in a battered old typewriter, but the process and the inevitable times of frustration that go along with it are very much the same.
There is a real sense of achievement when you complete a novel. When you have that fat text file with 100,000 or so carefully crafted words, securely backed up in several different places of course. But there is also a lingering question – how many people will ever read the fruits of several months’ labours?
The fight for publication is not an easy one. Even the JK Rowlings of this world accumulated files full of rejection letters before receiving a publishing contract. And like most industries these days there is far less money in publishing than there used to be, making it even more difficult for new authors to get to the market.
Over the summer I will be working with an editor to finalise the text, a designer to produce a cover and dealing with production, proofing and aspects of the book industry that I know nothing about.
I will be looking at a new web site to promote my work and learning how to market a book. And of course, in time, badgering everyone to buy copies of Calling Cards.
It’s going to be an exciting journey.