PUBLISHED AT LAST! All the Lonely People, Rafferty & LLewellyn #12

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#12 Rafferty & Llewellyn series

Finally got over the last hurdles with this book and published it to Amazon last night. So pleased. And so relieved! I swear that malevolent fate that follows my poor DI Joe Rafferty around has transferred its attentions to me. 🙂

But it’s done now, in spite of the lost disc, in spite of the endless copy- typing to update the digital edition, in spite of my hatred of copy-typing and the unwelcome attentions from the fates, I finished sorting everything out. And it feels wonderful!

I’ll get busy today and upload it to the other retailers, too.

Heres the blurb and the links:

All the Lonely People

#12 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series 

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…

For readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals. 

When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to talk to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But Rafferty is not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.

What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. The witnesses all plead alcohol-induced amnesia, and Rafferty’s habitually cautious sidekick, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, isn’t helping either—casting doubt on all of Rafferty’s conclusions.

And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he also has to wrestle with Abra’s determination to avoid their problems. Soon, he is in despair on both counts…

The twelfth book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series. 

LINKS:

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415022404&sr=1-2&keywords=geraldine+evans

AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_20?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415023098&sr=1-20&keywords=geraldine+evans

AMAZON CA: http://www.amazon.ca/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415023311&sr=1-3&keywords=geraldine+evans

AMAZON AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/All-Lonely-People-Detective-Llewellyn-ebook/dp/B00P5EPSXK/ref=sr_1_22?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1415023486&sr=1-22&keywords=geraldine+evans

 

 

 

 

 

Tremendous Growth in the Sale of Self-pub eBooks in the UK

Did all you indies out there see this? And if you have a phobia about the number thirteen, you might be interested to note that this Guardian article appeared on Friday the 13th!

According to the latest information from Neilsen Book, sales of self-published titles in the UK increased by a massive 79% in 2013, with an estimated value of about £59 million over 18 million units sold. In spite of the book market as a whole reducing by 4% last year, the growth of the ebook market in the UK rose by 20%, around an estimated £50 million, of which around £26 million were self-pub books; Just over fifty per cent. How impressive is that?

The article also comments on which type of ebook sells best and to which age range: if your books appeal to women, either buying for themselves or for their children, you’re on to a winner!

Here’s the link if you want to read the rest:

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/13/self-publishing-boom-lifts-sales-18m-titles-300m?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=a9e699575b-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-a9e699575b-304500337

Okay, those figures might still be only a small percentage of the overall market, but it surely shows the way things are going.  I, for one, take enormous encouragement from this data and have no desire to scurry back to traditional publishing any time soon.

How about you?

And for those of you concerned that library loans of your books won’t translate into sales, here’s another article that should help to lessen that anxiety:

http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/04/13/uk-library-ebook-pilot-shows-library-loans-drive-sales/#.U51o2ihZhng

 

And, if you’re eligible for Public Lending Right income, it’s looking hopeful that legislation will shortly be enacted to make PLR payable on library loans of ebooks, as the UK Government intends to seek Parliament’s approval to allow rights holders to register their works from the 1st July 2014 to allow for payment in February 2016.

Here’s the link (click on ‘Government Response’): https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-the-extension-of-the-public-lending-right-to-rights-of-holders-of-books-in-non-print-formats

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RELUCTANT QUEEN: Price reduction plus new cover for the amazon ebook

I’ve today reduced the price of my biographical historical, Reluctant Queen, by $1 / 77p (though, as usual, amazon has altered the price upwards! Why do they do that?!). It’s meant to be $4.99, down from $5.99, but on the book page it’s showing as priced at $5.14 / £3.09. wish I knew how to persuade them to leave my prices alone (unless they decide to lower them and bear the price hit themselves!).

Any opinions on the two covers?

Previous Cover

BIGGR FINAL ORIGINAL EBOOK IMAGE OF MARY ROSE TUDOR TITLE AND AUTHOR ALL DROPS MK 16 TWO COLR WIKIMEDIA MaryTudor111

 

 

 

 

Latest Cover

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I was interested in trying out the green and white Tudor colours on the cover. I’m pretty pleased with the effect.

 

 

 

Reluctant Queen is currently on Amazon UK’s Biographical Historical Novels Best Seller list at #29.

The pb (due out 1 May 2014) is a Goodreads Giveaway that ends on 30 April 2014 with ten copies up for grabs! Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/83791-reluctant-queen-the-story-of-henry-viii-s-defiant-little-sister

Amazon ebook links:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reluctant-Queen-Historical-Defiant-Little-ebook/dp/B0054SDUPA/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396820201&sr=1-6&keywords=geraldine+evans

US: http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Queen-Historical-Defiant-Little-ebook/dp/B0054SDUPA/ref=sr_1_18?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1396820140&sr=1-18&keywords=geraldine+evans

All about the indie life v traditional publishing: See my article on the storyreadingapesblog

I wrote an article about my experiences both before and after I took up the indie author lifestyle for thestoryreadingapesblog. I enjoyed writing it and I’ve had some lovely, appreciative comments for my honesty (Rafferty’s family wouldn’t be impressed!). If you’re contemplating the indie life yourself, you could do worse than take a look. Here’s the link:

http://wp.me/p3mGq7-1QU

 

Just published a Little Guide on How to eFormat for Amazon’s Kindle

This is my updated, neatened Guide. It’s a simple,  A-Z, no longer than twenty-odd pages.

Those of you who want to eformat a novel created in a Word document for Amazon’s Kindle, would, I’m sure, prefer not to have to wade through a hundred pages or more in order to do something which is, in reality, pretty simple.

That was what I wanted, anyway, but was unable to find. So I wrote my own set of instructions, which, as well as posting on this blog (see eformatting, down a bit on the right-hand column), I have now uploaded to kindle.

Although, you can still print off my original instructions from this blog, for free, I decided to upload it and charge a few pence. Anyway, here’s the link to the free copy on this blog: http://geraldineevansbooks.wordpress.com/category/eformatting/.

And here’s the link to the updated version on Amazon’s Kindle: http://qurl.com/3j3lh

FREE FOR FIVE DAYS FROM TODAY 24 MAY 2013. A KILLING KARMA #2 IN CASEY AND CATT PROCEDURALS

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A KILLING KARMA

Just a quick reminder that my 2nd Casey & Catt procedural, A Killing Karma, goes free on amazon for five days from 24 May 2013. NOW! Get your copy here:
Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/10ExmkN
Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/10Ex7q3
Amazon.ca: http://amzn.to/10BuU2B
Amazon.de: http://amzn.to/12JeWlU
Amazon.es: http://amzn.to/11MtlCh
Amazon.fr: http://amzn.to/10YEONr
Amazon.it: http://amzn.to/13CBrv5
Amazon.co.jp: http://amzn.to/14g905q

‘Another solid procedural leavened with a dash of quirky characters.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS ON A KILLING KARMA

 For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals

 If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you’ll likely love this British detective series

 Enjoying a week’s well-earned break, Detective Chief Inspector ‘Will’ Casey’s peace is shattered by a frantic call from his mother. Moon Casey, the maternal half of his drug-taking, ‘The Sixties never died’, hippie parents, confesses there are two dead bodies in the grounds of the Fenland commune where she and Star, his father, live.

 His brain numbed by shock, Casey failed to question Moon thoroughly on the ‘phone. But, on arrival at their ramshackle commune, he learns that neither death has been reported — not surprising, when it emerges that the body of the first victim was found lying on top of their crushed and illicit cannabis plants and has already been buried for some time. While the body of the second victim was laid out in one of the sheds, surrounded by candles and bearing signs of violence.

 Casey is bemused to discover that Moon, Star and the rest of the commune members seem to expect him to sweep these inconvenient bodies under some kind of magic carpet rather than call in the local constabulary. And although he is a loving son, for a senior police officer, this really is an expectation too far. Determined that, for once in their lives, his parents take responsibility for their own actions, he insists that they ring their local police and report the deaths.

 As if that’s not enough, once back on duty, Casey is also called upon to solve a very unpleasant murder on his own patch of King’s Langley: this time of a John Doe found dead in a dark alley. With the help of his knowing sergeant, Thomas Catt and his assorted contacts, Casey must try to get to the bottom of both official and unofficial cases.

 Neither proves easy, particularly the latter, which suffers under the additional complication that he needs to keep a very low profile. If the media get a sniff of his connection to the druggie parents who are also suspects in what turns out to be a double murder investigation, his career could blow up in his face.

 

UP IN FLAMES #1 IN CASEY AND CATT PROCEDURAL SERIES

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I’ve now uploaded my latest ebook. Up in Flames is the first book in my Casey and Catt procedural series. You’ll find links and the blurb below.

This book will be going free for five days on 23 April 2013. I will post again by that date so you don’t miss the freebie!

LINKS UP IN FLAMES

EXTRACT TO UP IN FLAMES: http://amzn.to/10Mxt0A

AMAZON.CO.UK: http://amzn.to/11KBi7Q

AMAZON.COM: http://amzn.to/14SktLg

AMAZON.CA: http://amzn.to/XovoIa

AMAZON.DE: http://amzn.to/15019vZ

AMAZON.ES: http://amzn.to/12BWaNx

AMAZON.FR: http://amzn.to/XzImoz

AMAZON.IT: http://amzn.to/1501jn4

AMAZON.JP: http://amzn.to/146lPms

AMAZON.BR: http://bit.ly/12BXuAb

UP IN FLAMES

#1 IN THE CASEY & CATT BRITISH POLICE PROCEDURAL SERIES

’’Well researched. Intriguing plot. Good pace. Excellent characterisation and wry humour make this a very enjoyable read. Highly recommended.’ Mystery Women

For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals

If you enjoy some humour with your murders, you’ll likely love this British detective series.

BLURB

When Chandra Bansi and her baby, Leela, are burned to death, DCI ‘Will’ Casey and his less than politically correct sergeant, Thomas Catt, rapidly come under pressure from their superintendent to put a couple of skinhead thugs behind bars for arson.

Superintendent Brown-Smith, acutely aware, after the fiasco over the murder of black teenager, Stephen Lawrence, that he is in the hot seat, is desperate for a speedy and politically-satisfactory solution to the case. Worried that his previously smooth and upward career progression will be irretrievably damaged, he places additional pressure on Casey.

But the investigation quickly unearths suspects other than the skinheads, suspects unlikely to endear him to his superiors or the Asian community.

The resolution of the most difficult case of his career is not eased by the arrival of his impecunious hippie parents. Urgently in need of a temporary home, they selfishly concluded that decamping to Casey’s peaceful haven will provide the solution to their current difficulties.

But their raucous, undisciplined lifestyle causes Casey sleepless nights at a time he most needs calm. Bedevilled at home by his irresponsible parents, bedevilled at work by accusations of discrimination from the usual quarters, Casey and ThomCatt must wend a circuitous path through all the additional problems the investigation throws up.

For instance, just how respectable is Chandra’s businessman father? And what about her in-laws, who seem to have blamed their westernised daughter-in-law for the death of their only son? Other members of the victim’s family also come under suspicion. Casey must use the utmost sensitivity in his handling of the case if he is not to cause unrest in the Asian community.

And, at the heart of the case is the fact that Chandra, a modern young woman, had been uncomfortably caught between two cultures. It’s hard to say which of them is the more dangerous.

 

 

LATEST EBOOK, BLOOD ON THE BONES #9 IN RAFFERTY SERIES

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BLOOD ON THE BONES,#9 in the Rafferty and Llewellyn procedural series, is my latest ebook. Just uploaded to amazon. £1.92 / $2.99 or thereabouts.

If you like some humour with your murders, you’ll love this series

BLOOD ON  THE BONES Free on amazon kindle from 3 April 2013 for five days.

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/11A9KEj

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/11zXYtM

But WAIT! Because the book will be FREE for five days from 3 April 2013.

What’s the book about? I’ll tell you.

‘Clever plotting and polished prose make for a cracking good British police procedural.’ Booklist on Blood on the Bones.

Gladly-lapsed Catholic Detective Inspector Joe Rafferty wasn’t best pleased when he learned their latest case was at the local RC Convent, where a body had been discovered in a shallow grave in the grounds. The nuns’ order was an enclosed, contemplative one, and access to their house and grounds, with its surrounding eight foot high walls, far from easy.

Rafferty was inclined to think this was an inside job. Prejudiced by his rigid schooling, he didn’t find it as hard as his DS, Dafyd Llewellyn, to believe that nuns were capable of murder. But then, events meant that the suspects stretched to include the nuns’ doctor and the priest – who turned out to be none other than Father Roberto Kelly, ‘the greatest sinner in the parish’.

It was, for Rafferty, a difficult case from the start, not helped by the fact that he had received a blackmail letter that very morning. Convinced that one of the nuns had killed the man, Rafferty’s question: ‘Why?’, required him to dig deep into the past and to the mores of an earlier generation.

‘As always with a Rafferty/Llewellyn story, Geraldine Evans keeps you guessing and provides a pleasing vein of humour throughout. This is a well-plotted tale with an unusual theme. Clever and unexpected twists make the story a delight and, as always, the ending remains a surprise until the very last page.’ Mystery Women (now Mystery People)

For lovers of cozy mysteries and procedurals.

OTHER RAFFERTY BRITISH MYSTERIES ON KINDLE

Dead Before Morning #1

Down Among the Dead Men #2

Death Line #3

The Hanging Tree #4

Absolute Poison #5

Dying For You #6 CURRENTLY FREE

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/WZLlEf

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/XquWby

Amazon CAN: http://amzn.to/Wmnqkt

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/11Bm8UV

Kobo: http://bit.ly/QjxaYO

Diesel: http://bit.ly/Z5lJbQ

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/88449

Bad Blood #7

Love Lies Bleeding #8

Deadly Reunion #14

Kith and Kill #15

STANDALONE eBOOKS AVAILABLE

Reluctant Queen: Tudor Historical Novel

;About the defiant little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII

The Egg Factory: Contemporary Suspense

A New Millennium suspense novel set in the infertility industry. The Egg Factory shows what happens when desperation turns deadly…

AND MORE RAFFERTY PROCEDURALS COMING SOON

 A Thrust to the Vitals #10 Available as an ebook end-April 2013

Death Dues #11 Available as an ebook first half of 2013

All the Lonely People #12 eRights held by Severn House Publishers

Currently available in print only

Death Dance #13 eRights held by Severn House Publishers

Currently available in print only

CASEY & CATT PROCEDURALS SERIES

Up in Flames#1. Available as an ebook second half of 2013

A Killing Karma #2 Available as an ebook second half of 2013

 www.geraldineevans.com

THANK YOU TO AMAZON AND MY READERS

I want to say a big, fat, ‘Thank you’ to amazon. Without them and their kindle, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in today.I also want to thank all the lovely people who buy my ebooks. I hope you enjoy them.
I am at last earning a living income from my writing. And I have kindle – and my readers – to thank for that. My ebook sales have increased, month on month. My income arrives month on month, unlike when I was with traditional publishers, when I’d get paid every ten months for each book. First, say in the January of the year, when I’d receive my advance on signature. I  wouldn’t receive another payment from my publisher until the October of that year (after the payment had gone via my agent). if I’d written another book, I’d  receive another advance.
There are none of these lengthy waitings around with amazon. For each month’s sales you get paid 60 days after the end of the month in which the sales were made. So for July sales, I’ll get paid end September/beginning October. And for July sales, I’ll know by the 15th of the following month what I’ve earned. I keep a tally of daily sales, of course, both for my accounts and my own satisfaction, as it’s good to see the numbers mount up.
As I said in my last post, my start with amazon wasn’t promising. I only made a few sales in my first month or two. But I suppose that was to be expected. Readers, in particular, American readers, to whom I make most of my sales, had to get used to the sight of my book covers. They had to prepare to buy, if you like.
So here’s a big thank you, to amazon and all my ebook purchasers. Between you, you’ve changed my life. That’s a nice thing to be able to say on a wet Thursday in August.

MAKING A LIVING AS A WRITER

You want to make a living as a writer? Here’s the route I went.
I wrote a book a year for six years. Totally failed. Until I sold the sixth book, a romance, called Land of Dreams, to Robert Hale. For the fabulous, unforgettable sum (well, I never forgot it!) of £100. Yes. That’s right. £100. That’s around US$160.
As you might guess, my sales were negligible. The marketing less than nil.
I’ve been published by small independents (Hale and Severn House). By big players (Macmillan and St Martin’s Press). By audio and large print publishers (Isis Soundings and Ulverscroft respectively). But, you know what? All of these so-called experts had one thing in common: they not only didn’t know how to market me. They didn’t market me.
Since I’ve taken the ebook route I’ve marketed myself. I’ve done a blog tour,  I’m on facebook, though my tweeting leaves something to be desired. I post on kindleboards and respond to other posts. I’m on DorothyL and Murder Must Advertise and have learned a lot from both. I’m on crimespace and Librarything, goodreads and the Red Room. I have this blog and I send out a monthly newsletter. And you know what? I sell far more books than the publisher ‘experts’ ever did. For relatively little effort.
Hey, I’m no expert. I’m no marketing guru. I’m not even J A Konrath! But I have learned one thing from experience over the last nine months.
And that is that any ebook that is well-written, that entertains and that has been professionally edited and eformatted, with a professionally-designed cover – will sell and sell well enough to give you the living you never managed when you were print-published by the so-called professionals.
Go figure.