July 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm #5672
Eight years ago I signed up for NaNoWriMo 2011 with plans to write a murder mystery (a genre I then knew little of).
I had a title. An idea: a cruise ship on which brides were bumped off to order. I had back stories for a dozen honeymooning couples; for ship’s crew and owners (some good, some bad). Best of all I had DI Luke Darbyshere and crime reporter Baz Rose, whose from-the-cradle friendship had turned toxic. All I needed to do was convincingly bump off a few brides under suspicious circumstances, by person-as-yet-unguessed-at, for reasons I could not begin to imagine.
Nearly eight years later, the final, final version of ‘Step so Grave’ is now released on Blurb:
Blurb because I’m not after making a profit (I write to please myself) and because our local independent bookshop has said they’ll only stock it if it’s not on AmazonJuly 19, 2019 at 5:44 pm #5675
Will you have copies at York? I definitely want it signed!July 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm #5676
I’ve not booked for York but depending on dates could certainly deliver to anyone interested – good idea, in fact, but we’re in Orkney 5-14th …July 19, 2019 at 9:33 pm #5677
Oh well, it won’t be the same at York without you 🙁July 19, 2019 at 9:38 pm #5678
When IS it? It would be good to catch upJuly 19, 2019 at 11:28 pm #5679July 20, 2019 at 3:56 am #5680
Shame … I’ll check out postage costs. Or better still, hope to arrange a meet up; it’s been far too long.July 20, 2019 at 9:24 pm #5682
Congratulations Sandra! An 8-year gestation after a sprint start 🙂 Well done on persevering and turning your dream and idea into a proper, finished book!July 21, 2019 at 11:14 am #5683
Thanks Kaz.July 21, 2019 at 5:19 pm #5684
Well done, Sandra.July 21, 2019 at 6:07 pm #5685
Congratulations, Sandra. I’m so glad you got there in the end. This always did sound an intriguing plot.July 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm #5686
Congratulations, Sandra! I was going to order a cpy but would love to have a signed one. Can I order one too? Let me know how much.July 21, 2019 at 7:27 pm #5687
Thanks, Bella, have to say I’m glad to have finally got there!July 21, 2019 at 7:28 pm #5688
Thanks Janette, it didn’t work out as expected, but what book does?July 21, 2019 at 7:31 pm #5689
Jane, I’d be delighted to sign and send you one, how much would be the £7.95 + p&p. I’ve not yet got the order back and would need to go to the post office to find out what it costs. Will let you know.July 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm #5690
Brilliant! Let me know about the P&P and I’ll send you a cheque. If it’s hideously expensive to send to France, I’ll get it sent to my sister, or one of the sons…July 22, 2019 at 6:40 am #5691
Congrats, Sandra! A great accomplishment to get it in print after eight long years. Friends who know I write can’t understand why I’m still at it after five. I, too, would love a signed copy, and assume you reap more of the profit (!) if purchased direct rather than via Blurb? Could do a bank transfer.
And a catch-up is definitely due! xJuly 22, 2019 at 7:21 am #5692
Thanks Robyn, I’ll gladly sign and send you one but hopefully it’ll save you money rather than reward me because Blurb charge an embarrassing (to me) £6.99 p&p for a single book. I’m profiting by ~£1.30 per book, which is fine because I’m not after making money, just getting it out to those friends who have expressed an interest (and much prefer them to have a ‘proper’ book. Be a few days yet though.July 24, 2019 at 2:29 pm #5705
@athelstone, @janeshuff, @gippsgirl re posting Step so grave, if I’ve interpreted the Royal Mail site right (and often I don’t) it’ll cost £7.65 to send to France, £3 for the UK, plus, say 75p for P&P so, Jane, if you have a UK address that’ll still be cheaper than Blurb. (My profit per book is 78p, not £1.30 – maths never my strong point!- so I can’t go any cheaper)July 24, 2019 at 4:03 pm #5706
Fine with me, Sandra. Do you want to provide bank details for a transfer (by way of PM) or would you prefer a cheque?July 24, 2019 at 4:05 pm #5707
Please would you send it to France, Sandra. I’ll PM you my address and it would be easier for me to do a trasnfer if you don’t mind PMing me your bank details.September 9, 2019 at 11:26 am #6005
I’ve a couple of reviews on Blurb already, but would be pleased for a few more – honest ones, of course, (I’m not wanting to bit it up for sales) just whether you enjoyed (or didn’t) and why. Or Goodreads.
‘Longest shadows reach’ and ‘Commission and omission’ will be added within a couple of weeks – unless I get them out there I’ll fiddle with them forever!
I have attempted to produce ebooks but failed so far. 🙁September 9, 2019 at 2:23 pm #6008September 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm #6009September 10, 2019 at 10:26 am #6011
‘Step do Grave’ was definitely after the distillery! 🙂September 10, 2019 at 11:57 am #6019September 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm #6020
Phew – and thanks. The Orkney Distillery is gin, not whisky, and given the amount of free gin, good value as well as entertaining.September 13, 2019 at 7:03 am #6042
Longest shadows reach, book 2 in the Love triangles with murder series now available
‘Step so grave’ indicated a wealth of history between Luke Darbyshere and Baz Rose. They’d been born within a week of each other; lived half mile apart, in a Hertfordshire village small enough to allow no escape. Each had successfully come through adolescence courtesy of Susannah Elphinstone.
Before puberty was reached, however, Susannah, to some extent, made an already horrific situation worse, the results of which came back with a vengeance 24 years later.
‘Longest shadows reach’ reveals how nurture and nature influenced what came next.
I’m publishing this (and the next in the series) with what may look like indecent haste, but if I don’t I’ll carry on fiddling with them forever, and I do want to get on with book 4September 17, 2019 at 7:22 am #6062
‘Commission & omission’, book three in the series Love triangles with murder, is now available for sale on Blurb.
DIY promotion (which I am strenuously uncomfortable with) takes up a helluva lot of writing time. Book 4 – ‘Drink with a dead man’, whose opening 400 words was declared winner of Raine’s monthly competition, isn’t likely to see daylight until maybe this time next year.
Meanwhile, if you buy, read and would like to review any of those currently available (I like to know whether they’ve been enjoyed) you can do so on Blurb and Goodreads.
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