No news is no news
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
I do apologise for the lack of updates for a month but there's really been no news to share. Funding is still floundering and I'm waiting for a meeting with Unbound to discuss options for moving the book forward on a cheaper production plan. That said, it's been a good opportunity to revisit the manuscript and to do a final re-write - well, a little tweaking - while I have the luxury…
Season of change
Friday, 7 September 2018
Hello splendid supporters
August zoomed by didn't it? Heatwaves and holidays. I spent some of it in the Outer Hebrides, which was nice as it was cooler than down South while still sunny and warm. You can see some photos from the trip on my blog here, And it was fantastic to see A Murder To Die For nominated for two awards.
But now it's September, the kids are back at school, the tan is…
Then two come along at once ...
Monday, 30 July 2018
Blimey chums! Just as I'm getting over the excitement of making he shortlist for the DEAD GOOD READERS AWARDS 2018, I now discover that A MURDER TO DIE FOR - prequel to THE DIABOLICAL CLUB - has made the longlist for the GUARDIAN's NOT THE BOOKER Prize!
So now I have to ask for votes.
If you were a subscriber to 'Murder' (and I suspect that most of you were) then YOU made the book happen…
Noble in Defeat
Sunday, 22 July 2018
Ah well, A Murder To Die For didn't win at the Dead Good Readers Awards in Harrogate this year. But it was shortlisted and was a runner-up. And I'm happy to take that. It was pretty humbling to have been nominated in the first place for a first novel. And, to be honest, it would have been a minor miracle if I had won, considering the well-publicised and bestselling contenders that I was up against…
Murder She Wrote ... Badly
Saturday, 7 July 2018
I'm a fan of Jessica Fletcher and I don't mind admitting it. I've seen every episode of Murder She Wrote several times (including the four TV movies) and I love it. It's cosy, silly nonsense. Pure entertainment.
The shows are constantly on repeat on TV and, just recently, one of the ITV channels has started showing the later series; you can tell that they're later because the opening titles feature…
Help make a book an award-winning book!
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Hey you lovely Pledgemakers! I'm guessing that most of you are subscribed to THE DIABOLICAL CLUB because you read the prequel.
If so, then PLEASE consider voting for me in the Dead Good Readers' Awards. A MURDER TO DIE FOR is shortlisted in the brilliantly-named 'Cabot Cove Award for Best Small Town Mystery' and I'm up against some big hitters.
You made the book happen. Now you can make…
It's Prize Draw Time!
Monday, 11 June 2018
Okay people, time for a prize draw! The Diabolical Club is 52% funded and I want to get it closer to 100% and publication.
So, here's what I'm going to do ...
When the funding level reaches 75% I'll put the names of every pledger, existing or new, into a hat and let someone randomly draw out a winner. The winner will then choose from a range of prizes. Then I'll do the same again. And then…
It's Audiobook Release Day!
Friday, 1 June 2018
Yes indeedy! The audiobook of A Murder To Die For is released today and is available from Audible, Amazon, iTunes, ISIS Publishing and wherever audiobooks are sold. Over nine hours of Rula Lenska deliciousness, murder, mayhem and laughs! Enjoy!
And DO keep tweeting, posting, reviewing, and otherwise spreading the word about The Diabolical Club! The book is written and ready to go - all I need…
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Hey lovely patron people! How do you fancy a sneaky listen to the first chapter of the audiobook of A Murder To Die For - prequel to THe Diabolical Club - as read by Rula Lenska? You do? Oh, go on then. Just click here.
It's on sale as a CD and download from1st June.
And, if we can get the sequel funded (50% of the way there!) it may well get the audiobook treatment too.
Another Festival ... Another Murder!
Sunday, 6 May 2018
'The great crime fiction author, Agnes Crabbe, was born in Nasely in South Herewardshire on the eighth of May 1895. Which is why, on or around the date of her birth every year, hundreds of her most devoted fans descend upon the little village to enjoy a weekend of readings, competitions, screenings, dramatic re-enactments, historical tours and talks by Crabbe scholars and other eminent people. From…
Putting you out of your Misery
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Here's a short update about what's going on in the world of A Murder To Die For and The Diabolical Club.
Firstly, TDC is finished! It's been through a raft of re-writes and critical reads and it will, once funded, go through a further series of edits and proofreads, of course. But it's pretty much there and I'm very pleased with it. If you enjoyed AMTDF, I don't think you'll be disappointed…
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Sorry to bombard you lovely pledgers but A Murder To Die For has been nominated for an award and I need your votes!
Voting has begun for the 2018 Dead Good Readers' Awards and I'm in with a chance this year in the category of: The Cabot Cove Award for Small Town Mystery. So, if you enjoyed the book, please take a couple of minutes to vote. Oh, and feel free to vote in any other additional categories…
Look where a pledge can lead you!
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
I went over to Oxford today to the studios of ISIS publishing to meet the team and to say hello to the gorgeous Rula Lenska who has spent yesterday and today recording the audiobook of A Murder To Die For. It'll be out in June.
So let's get The Diabolical Club funded sooner rather than later because she wants to read that too!
Monday, 26 March 2018
Not a lot to report - but here's the news that's fit to print :)
Since my last post on the 1st March, the book has only garnered an additional 4% and we're teetering on the brink of 40%. One more pledge should push us over. But there's still another 60% to go and, like all crowdfunders, I've been going through those dark nights of the soul and wondering whether The Diabolical…
World Book Day!
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Happy World Book Day! Here's me as Paddington Bear.
Actually I look more like Jamiroquai's grandad.
The campaign to fund THE DIABOLICAL CLUB kicked off on the 11th January and hit the 33% mark - a whole third of the way there - about a month later. What a great start! But the pledges have stalled now and it's taken three weeks to crawl up to 35%. Which is a shame as, judging by the feedback…
F*rts and Photographers - Where do ideas come from?
Sunday, 4 February 2018
'Where do you get your ideas?'
It's the question that all writers fear. And it's the question that's most difficult to answer.
Neil Gaiman used to say that he got his 'from the Idea-of-the-Month Club,’ or 'from a little ideas shop in Bognor Regis.’ Other writers have given glib replies claiming that there is a secret society who send you ideas once you've been published. The rather more…
Sunday, 28 January 2018
What a difference three weeks makes, eh?
Thanks to you lovely people, we're 25% funded already. To provide some sort of comparison, A Murder To Die For took twice as long to reach the quarter mark. But we can't rest on our laurels - if we want the book to come out sooner rather than later, we need more supporters.
Tell your friends.
Promote it on social media.
And PLEASE leave reviews…
Friday, 12 January 2018
I suspect that, for most - if not all of you - this isn't the first time we've said hello. A Murder To Die For, the prequel to The Diabolical Club, isn't even in the shops until 25th January, so I imagine that most of you have pledged because you read the first book. And, presumably, liked it enough to come with me on this damnable crowdfunding roller-coaster all over again. Thank you.