Showing posts with label Shakespeare's Blood. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shakespeare's Blood. Show all posts

Dec 3, 2018

So Much to Do, So Little Time

Readers are aware that I'm making the Loser Mysteries mine by getting new covers, re-editing (which I shouldn't do but can't stop myself from), and re-releasing them. That's enough to keep me busy...sort of. The problem is there's lots of wait time. Wait for proof copies. Wait for beta readers to comb through for those last few niggling mistakes. Wait for more proofs. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

Because I can't stand to be idle, I took up a side project: the sequel to SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD. I blame this on a reader who claims it's the best book she's read in years--how's that for incentive?
When I had an agent for SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD, she told me to work on the sequel while she shopped the book to publishers. Being the good girl I am, I did that. Then after a year, I got a letter saying she couldn't sell the book (though she said she still loved it) and she was dropping me as a client. That's how it goes in the biz.

Anyway, I had the book, and Amazon had begun making it easy to do your own e-books, so I released it that way. There were glitches, because it wasn't quite as easy to do a good e-book as I'd thought, but eventually I got it right and it was out there. A while back I decided to make it a paperback. Got a new cover and did that, which is how the reader I mentioned above got hold of it.

With her comment, I recalled the sequel, pretty much finished but just lying at the back of my computer. With time to wait for Loser, I brushed up CHARLIE DICKENS' DOCUMENTS and sent for proofs of that one. Teaser: Mercedes Maxwell, the protagonist of SHAKESPEARE'S BLOOD, returns to Britain for a second adventure, this time chasing the secrets of Charles Dickens so she can find, maybe rescue, her SO, Colm Kennedy.

So yeah, now I'm waiting for TWO books to be ready...It never ends!



Aug 27, 2018

Everything Old Is New Again


Amazon is great for authors. Their print book division, CreateSpace, has been very helpful for me in publishing books on my own, either from Day One or when the rights revert to me from a publishing contract. Recently the news came out that CreateSpace will be going away, and KDP, Amazon's ebook division, will take on both print and ebooks in the future.
I decided to convert my books to KDP now rather than later. It's pretty easy if the book is already in CS, though one needs to pay attention to the details. In the process, I did some updating, including altered covers and even new covers for some of my books.
Above is Shakespeare's Blood, the old version on the left and the new one on the right. I'm going to do a print version, which I hadn't done before, and that one will have the cover on the right as well.
I like having Mercedes featured and like it lighter, both in mood and actual light. I still might make some changes in placement, depending on how the proof copy I sent for looks when it arrives.

So...old book, new cover. It's pretty exciting for an author, maybe not so much for the rest of the world.
BTW: This doesn't change anything about buying books from Amazon. They're all still there, so don't worry...and don't stop reading!

Mar 7, 2016

Dredging Up Old Novels--for 99 Cents

Okay, it's not THAT old. I wrote Shakespeare's Blood back in...maybe 2005. It's a tad bloodier than my other books, but that's not my fault, it's the Bard's. Shakespeare's got lots of death and dying in his plays, and the bad guy in my book is a copycat.
The Kindle version is on sale this week for .99 on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeares-Blood-Peg-Herring-ebook/dp/B0053GCTLE
I recently modernized the book, since the technological changes in the last ten years are pretty extensive. I still like it, and during the edit I got excited about the sequel, which has been languishing in my computer for years.
You see, when an agent takes on a book, he or she will often tell the author to get busy on the sequel. For writing a first book, an author has a lifetime. For the rest, she gets a year if she's lucky, and fans are grumbling the whole time about how long it's taking. So while I waited for SB to sell to a publisher, I worked on another adventure for Mercedes Maxwell, this one related to Charles Dickens. (Can't help it. English lit is in my DNA.)
Shakespeare's Blood didn't sell nationally, the way the agency thought it would. They dropped me, and I moved on to what was selling, my Simon & Elizabeth historicals, the Dead Detective Mysteries, and the Loser Mysteries. But now I've finished those, so what's next? I like Mercedes, so it might be her turn.

The reason I looked at SB again is that an author with a similar book (NINE DAYS TO EVIL) asked if I'd like to co-promote for the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death. When I agree, she found two other books (PLAN X and MACDEATH) with the same theme, so we have a foursome. I've read all the books and enjoyed how each author weaves Shakespeare's work into a modern mystery.
http://www.amazon.com/Macdeath-Ivy-Meadows-Mys…/…/B00OQJG9NI
http://www.amazon.com/PLAN-Rory-Tate-Thrillers…/…/B00D68H8PI
http://www.amazon.com/Nine-Days-Evil-N-West-eb…/…/B007PJ5PYU

So here's the premise of Shakespeare's Blood: an American tourist is plunged into danger when she finds an old book that might be related to Shakespeare's brother. The fact that he was on the trail of Spanish gold just makes the danger all that more real. Mercedes thinks she doesn't have anyone she can trust as the killer zeroes in on her. She might be right about that, but of course, we can all be wrong sometimes.
And the sequel to SB? It's going to take some time and a trip to Toronto, but I'll keep you informed.



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