Just started gathering ideas for my next Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel (that will be number fifteen, after my latest published, Death Dance, and the follow-up, Deadly Reunion). No title yet. No murderer yet. But I’ve got a few ideas for characters and motives. Will update as I get further along. Meanwhile, I’ve attached the jacket of Death Dance, which comes out on Thursday 26 August 2010.
I’ve just written this short article on writing for one of crime author, Pauline Rowson’s, blogs (advice for writers). Perhaps you’ll find it helpful, also, if you’ve written a book that has received nothing but rejections. Check it out below:
Start Counting the Money, Honey
Author of the Humorous Rafferty & Llewellyn and Casey & Catt crime series
Del Boy of Only Fools and Horses fame, always said: ‘By this time next year, we’ll be millionaires’. Perhaps that’s your belief, too – if only you could get someone to read your book. Maybe it’ll happen, too. After all, you’ve done all the usual things. You’ve penned the Letters to the Editor, subscribed to writers’ magazines, joned the local Writers’ Circle and received your first rejection letter. Or maybe more than one…
Perhaps it’s time to consider having your work professionally criticized?
Yes, I know it’s expensive. I know the critique might be wounding to your ego, but so are all those rejections. It could well be the step forward you need. I doubt if I would have got published but for the advice I received after finishing Dead Before Morning, the first novel in what went on to become a series (Rafferty & Llewellyn). I’m currently fourteen books into the series, having just finished Deadly Reunion. It’s possible I would still be that forlorn and struggling wannabe without their help.
Unfortunately, the criticism service I used seems to have vanished off the radar, but if you check the Links Page on my website (www.geraldineevans.com), you’ll find the names of two reputable firms. And if you buy the latest writers’ bibles (Writers’ Handbook and Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook), you’ll find a lot more.
Yes, I know, you can get a critique from your friends at your writing circle, but I don’t think that’s the most suitable area for a book critique. Think about it. It could take a year (or two) for you to read out the entire book and by the time the last monthly critique meeting comes by, the other members will have forgotten most of the first half of it.
So, if you’re frustrated and yearn to have your book read in pretty quick fashion by someone in the know, think about having that professional critique. As Del Boy would say: ‘You know it makes sense’.
Just put a Facebook Link to my page.
But we all know that it does. I’m still getting to grips with this blogging business. At the moment, reducing the size of my photo is defeating me. Two kind people, Helen Ginger and Johnny Ray, have both spent time trying to set me right, but I’m obviously wayward (or dim, whichever you prefer). I wouldn’t mind so much, but I’m of an age where smaller photos are the way to go. Bear with me. I’ll get there eventually. Meanwhile, you can have a laugh or two at my expense, while counting my wrinkles.
This is my second attempt to welcome you to my blog and my first attempt at a proper blog, so please bear with me. I’m already making a hash of it. Could I upload my photo? No I could not! Thick or what?!
Never mind. I suppose I’ll get the hang of it eventually. Anyway, I expect I’ll be posting about writing, books I’ve read, marketing and associated stuff as well as anything else that occurs to me.
I’ll keep this short in case I get chucked out again (I’ve already written this once – see what I mean?).
So that’s it for now. Regards to anyone/everyone who chooses to read these musings.