A Murder Of Crows

By Ian Skewis

A psychological crime thriller set in Scotland

Monday, 2 May 2016

Close To The Edit...and into the Top Twenty!

Hello again!

Long time no see!

Forgive me for not being in touch this past month but I've been catching up on three months' worth of real life chores that were put on the back burner whilst all my energy was put into fundraising. Now that the book is funded I've been rewriting the last few chapters and working on other pieces (short stories and the ocassional poem) as well as getting various other aspects of my life back on schedule - almost there! (Oh, and I finally went into the deep end at the swimming pool for the first time ever - I can swim at last, not brilliantly, but I can do it - and it feels great!)

So, now that I feel pretty much on top of stuff again I felt it was time for a wee update.

First of all, the novel has now been handed in for editing to Rachel Rayner. She specialises in crime books and comes from Harper Collins and Transworld Publishers (the latter is one of the biggest media outlets in the world) so it will be interesting to see what she makes of my wee book, which is currently around 160 pages long (at one point it was 300 but I took out an entire sub-plot as I thought it was superflous). I've been building the book back up since then and now it's 70,000 words and counting up with each draft and edit.

I'm also very pleased to be able to say that A Murder Of Crows has now entered the top twenty books that are funded on Unbound out of a total of 226. Crows has climbed to number 20! I am thrilled and happy to see that patrons are still trickling in too. Spread the word - I'd love it to get higher still in the charts!

Thank you to the latest patrons: David de Croy, Jane Dunbar, Shirley Frame, Jason RB and Moira Hogg.

As promised in my last post here is the link to a blog I wrote about crowd-funding for crime writer Michael J Malone:


Thanks once more for all your support - I am so excited to see how this book takes shape!

Best Wishes,




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Deborah Franco
 Deborah Franco says:

Hi Ian,

So happy to hear all this good news. I'm looking forward to the finished book and hope it is a great success for you. Enjoy your updates, thanks for keeping us informed.

Deborah Franco

posted 4th May 2016

Janice Holve
 Janice Holve says:

Trying to plan tour of "your" Glasgow. Hopefully between 7/11 to 7/15. Advise if any of these dates will work. Not sure if other messages got through? My email address is: jmholve@gmail.com. Thanks! Janice Holve

posted 4th May 2016


Hi Deborah,
Thanks for your support and your recent feedback - much appreciated.
Best Wishes,

posted 5th May 2016

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