2015 ? So far so good!

It’s nearly the end of (for me, a dry) January and progress on A SET OF LIES has been made.
The style proof was received and approved – the designers at Troubador have done a grand job – next step there is the typeset proof and – for me – the final chance to read and make any necessary amendments. Hopefully these will be minimal. Since its conception (in Plymouth in 1999/2000) it has been a very long gestation but it is about to engage!
Running alongside this is the beginning of the marketing and sale process.
The Advanced Information has gone out to booksellers and local shops. This, hopefully, will encourage at least a few shops to stock it!
The Facebook page for A Set of Lies has been set up https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Set-of-Lies
The Twitter account has been set up (so my fellow The Archers tweeterers are not inundated with book related stuff and my readers are not inundated with information about what used to be ‘an everyday story of country folk’ and is now contemporary drama in a rural setting’ @carolyn_mccrae for the author bits and @iowauthor for The Archers.
I also have a page on www.goodreads.com – which includes all my titles – and which I am trying to get my head around.
All I have to do is keep all these social media up to date – will there be any time to write the next one?

Here’s to 2015

2014 has seen HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER out into the world and 2015 will see the next one A SET OF LIES published in June (though available before that!)

There are still six months to go before official publication date (28 June 2015) but so much is happening. The book is back from the editor and final amendments are being made, the cover has been designed and the marketing information (press release, author information) written and approved but the ‘to do list’ grows ever longer. Marketing materials have to be designed (posters, postcards, bookmarks, business cards, point of sale material), contacts made in 2014 relating to HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER have to be maintained (newspapers and magazines that did reviews, bookshops that did signing events) and, of course, the web-site has to be updated and pre-orders to be taken…….. Luckily it’s Christmas so the world quietens down and stuff can be done!

I hope 2015 is a good one for all my readers, and, of course, everyone else.



February is nearly over, and although I have to say good riddance regarding the weather and the road works in Bouldnor Road blocking easy access to Yarmouth I have to say it has been a good month.

I’ve finished the umpteenth draft of HER PARENTS’ DAUGHTER and am getting happier and happier with it every day. It should be out and about in time for Christmas – one way or another. The future of A SET OF LIES is becoming more settled and should also be available, at least in e-book form in September – in good time for the bi-centenaries coming up next year.

But more importantly the daffodils are out in the garden. And daffodils are increasingly in evidence on people as the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal gets under way.

Every year I buy three daffodils to add to my collection (one for each dead cat – Solomon, Pachelbel and Beaver) and attach them either to my scarf or to my multi-coloured woolly hat. The hat always brings a smile in the middle of winter – it even made the papers in Ludlow five or six years ago.

Buy yours. Marie Curie is such a good cause. “Wear your daffodil with hope.”

Now is the time to submit to agents…….

This should be an interesting week. At least I hope it will be.
Introduction letter and synopsis for A Set of Lies have been written.
The first chapters have been extracted.
All documents are saved as PDF files.
I even had to produce a CV – for the first time in over thirty years!
And now I’m ready to submit A SET OF LIES to various agents who, I really hope, will be sympathetic.
It’s a good story that took twelve years in gestation and four more in the writing.
It’s gone through so many proofs and re-reads, re-writes and rearrangements, re-thinks and even more re-reads I cannot imagine how many hours have gone into it.
Hours spent with a laptop on my knee while Colin watches television.
Hours spent lying awake wondering whether I have covered all the details of how Sir Bernard did what he did.
Hours spent with the laptop on the kitchen table with Lodger the cat trying to help by walking over the keyboard.
Hours spent at my desktop when there was no ‘day job’ work to do.
Every single one of them enjoyable – in one way or another.
I have loved writing A SET OF LIES and I shall be sorry to wave it off into the real world.
I shall have to say goodbye to Skye, Andy and Carl (though Carl may crop up again – he was after all in THE LAST DANCE, WALKING ALONE and RUNAWAYS).
I no longer need to worry about whether William and Josephine are rather too unhappy and whether Bernard and Catherine are rather too unsuited.
And did Gussie really have to die the way he did? And was Bernard’s punishment of George rather too harsh?
And were the Married Women’s Property Laws that unfair and Estate duties in 1917 that draconian.
Ah well – perhaps one of the agents will spot potential and perhaps they will will find a publisher who will want another re-write and I’ll get to know all the Laceys again.

2014 – Well the first few days anyway

Images of 2014 to date:

Our part of the island saved the worst of the weather though it has been wet and windy.

Roads are really suffering with pot holes opening like sink holes.

Road works are making it increasingly difficult to get into Yarmouth – roll on Easter!

Cricket a disaster – hopefully it will improve for the ODIs and T-20s – can’t be any more depressing.

Absence of alcohol in my diet (since 8pm 31-12-2013) is beginning to pay dividends

@iowauthor is tweeting a lot on #thearchers tag and getting lots of retweets and favouriteds (I never thought I’d think those were real words.)

Real progress on A Set of Lies