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Now available ... everywhere (almost)

It looks like the distributors have got the cogs well and truly turning now. Amazon , Waterstones , BooksEtc and some others are now selling the paperback and eBook on their sites. I'm just waiting on my printed copies, so I can give them to friends and family, the competition winner ( enter now if you haven't ) and sell signed copies on my website (at some point in the near future). If you want to read the first chapter online now, you can have a look here: Here's a bit of the first chapter: ‘Come on!’     ‘No.’     ‘Come on!’     ‘No!’     ‘You mis’rable bastard! I’ve got money; no good for you is it?’ slurred Borell.     ‘Look, you’ve had more drink than you can clearly handle. Folk are leaving ’cause of you,’ said the bartender, keeping a cool head.     ‘Kiss mine, there are other —’     Borell came to, lying face down on the icy cold autumn pavement outside the pub. The bartender clearly knew how to dea


I've now got the first print proof copy in my hands, and it's amazing! Feels very strange having a physical copy of my novel, apart from the ones I'd printed myself. There are a few little bits to change, such as the size of the blurb text on the back, so it doesn't overlap the page fold, but other than that it's almost ready to go to print! I've just got the press release from the publisher to agree and then it's the eBook version and physical print run to do. This should all be done by the end of the month, so it'll be available everywhere in May! You can also read the synopsis and pre-order the paperback on my website now at: if you want to get there first. When I get the box of advance copies, I'll post another picture (that's what we do these days isn't it?) of the unboxing :)

A printed proof in my hands (almost)

Well, I had some good news from my publisher last week. They have the printed proofs back from the printers, and have gone over them for any changes that are needed. I should get my copy today or tomorrow, so will post a suitably cheesy photo of it in my giddy-excited hands at some point. I also have the ISBNs for each version, paperback, eBook, ePub and PDF. Doesn't mean much at the moment, but does mean things are getting real!! More when I get the paperback proof!

Almost there!

Almost there! The quality control copy of the manuscript has been back and forth to the editors a few times in the last month, and that's it ... done! We've sorted out the blurb for the back cover too. By the end of next week I should have the manuscript back again with all the formatting changes to approve, which means there's a proof copy of the book on the horizon. Very exciting stuff!

Final Quality Control manuscript back from the editors!

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great New Year? So, I've now had the quality checked draft of the manuscript back from the publisher, and I've gone through the corrections and changes briefly (last night). It's looking in good shape! There are some errors that crept in, and some corrections that need to be implemented, but on the whole I wasn't expecting too much at this stage. I've read this manuscript too many times, so having two editors going over it with a fine tooth comb, has picked up the errors you simply just overlook when you've read something too many times yourself. This has brought home the importance of having your work proof read and edited professionally! I don't plan to change anything in the manuscript now, although I have amended a couple of sentences to make things sound better! Once this process is complete, then there'll be no chance to make more changes, without causing massive delays and incurring costs (as things will