Well folks, it’s taken me 48 hours of solid proofreading and editing, but my second crime novel The Long and Winding Road (L&WR) has now been successfully uploaded to Amazon Kindle. It goes live in a day or two, so I’ll share the link once it’s live.
Here’s a pic of me launching the print edition a few years ago.
It was fascinating to read it again after so long. It’s the continuing adventures of Detective Constable Dominic Strider of Chester CID, who we first met in my debut novel No More Lonely Nights (NMLN).
Admittedly, it did need some tweaks to tighten up the dialogue and update some of the factual elements, including stuff that was happening in Chester at the time! But it has been well worth it… Even if I was still up at 3am this morning finishing the edit.
So why did it take so long to upload The Long and Winding Road to Kindle? Fair question, guys. A simple but boring answer would be ‘cos the day job takes up so much time and effort’.
A more elaborate answer is: until last year, I had been submitting both NMLN and L&WR to literary agents and publishers, to no avail. Both were released in print form a few years ago, and had a limited run. I’d held book signings in the Chester and Ellesmere Port areas, where I lived at the time. It was also available online on Amazon, Tesco, Borders Books (remember them?), even Barnes & Noble booksellers in the USA.
Thing is, why would publishers want to reprint something that’s already been published? So I joined a fantastic group in London, my new home, called Byte the Book. It holds regular events for authors to meet agents and publishers and have a Q&A with them. I told a publisher about my circumstances and he advised “Forget about getting NMLN and L&WR reprinted. Give publishers and literary agents fresh material instead!”
He was absolutely right! I was so enthused that I went home and started planning the THIRD Strider novel, writing it late last year. I’m ready to start the FOURTH book next week, with plans in place for books 5 to 8!!!
But while this fresh material has taken up a lot of my spare time, does that mean I forget completely about NMLN or L&WR?? Of course not!!
The first two books are still a very important part of my life and represent a heck of a lot of blood, sweat and tears in producing them. I’m so proud to have got them into print in the first place (they’re still available on Amazon!).
So why not get them both on Kindle, I thought, and use them as the perfect marketing tool to promote my new work? After all, if I can prove I have an in-built audience (I do), who love those first two books (they do, judging by the many positive reviews online), and who are clamouring for more tales of Dominic Strider (they tell me they are), then how could any sensible agent/publisher turn that down?
Well, so far they have because the publishing industry these days seems so much more geared towards celebrities (the more Z-list the better, apparently!). But that’s a rant for another blog!! To date, I am continuing to submit my fresh work to literary agents and one day one of them will ‘get’ me and ‘get’ my work, just like my thousands of satisfied, happy readers already do.
Till that day happens, I’ll keep blogging! So thanks for reading this. Please feel free to share, comment and/or follow me. Speak soon guys!
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