Books released today

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Both my DCI Claire Winters novels, ‘For All Our Sins’ (re-released) and The Principle of Evil’ are out today on Amazon Kindle. I will also be looking at making the novels available on other eBook formats.

Don’t forget – You don’t need a Kindle to download these books. You can download the FREE Kindle app for your PC, iPhone, iPad and other Android devices 🙂

The books are written in a way that they can be read in any sequence. Although they are part of a series, they can be read like a standalone novel. There isn’t any spoilers about book one, in book two.

To those of you who have waited for the second novel, thank you for your patience. There have been several delays for various reasons.

Those of you who regularly follow my blog – a huge ‘thank you’, by the way! –  may remember that it has always been a goal of mine to secure a literary agent and then find a traditional publishing deal.

That is still my ultimate goal at the moment but there are reasons I’m choosing to self-publish my work at present.

Out of the two books, ‘The Principle of Evil’ is my favourite. I feel my writing has noticeably matured since the first book and the plot is much tighter.

‘For All Our Sins’ had one request for the full MS by an agent, whereas ‘The Principle of Evil’ has had three literary agencies interested to date. It is definitely the better received of the two books.

So why self-publish?

Anyone reading this who has sent their work out on submission will know just how hard it is securing a literary agent. The route to becoming a traditionally published author can be disheartening, and thankless. It’s rare you get any feedback, other than a ‘thanks, but no thanks’.

If you get several requests for a full MS it’s very encouraging, but still doesn’t guarantee you’ll be offered representation. Anyone who has experienced this will share my frustration when you are rejected because an agent thinks they’ll have a hard job selling your work to a publisher, despite having excellent feedback about your work.

Talk about so near yet so far!

Those in the business obviously have more of an insight and a wide knowledge of what’s selling and what a publisher is looking for. I do appreciate the detailed feedback I’ve had from these agents.

One thing that is important to remember, however, is that one person’s opinion on your work is just that – an opinion.

Crime is a very competitive and overcrowded genre. It’s hard to stand out and be 100% original. ‘If it can be done, it has been done’, to quote a friend of mine.

Anyone who is a veteran at sending their work to agents will know that, sometimes the only reason that you got a rejection is because an agent or publisher doesn’t see the sales potential in your work – especially if you’re a début author.

Whether you think it’s fair or not – publishing is a business after all – it’s a cold hard fact.

I’ve now decided to self-publish because I believe my novels have a readership.

My work may not be selling as many copies as those in the top ten, but if readers write a review, tell me they love a story or a character, it means a lot to me, and encourages me to carry on publishing my work.

I’m ambitious though. I do hope someday I’ll achieve my overall dream of walking into a big retailer and seeing hardback copies of my novel on the shelf, and it’s a dream shared by many, I’m sure.

Being an author can be tough. It’s not easy, but things that are worth striving for are rarely handed to you on a plate. You have to work for what you want.

If you download a copy of the book(s), please be kind enough to post a review. If you like them, please spread the word! Word-of-mouth is the best way of getting books to new readers.

If you’re a fellow ‘indie’ author, keep writing, hone your craft and support other authors. Us writers need to stick together.

*note* for some reason if you download a sample of book one, you get the old file, even though the ‘Look inside’ section on Amazon shows the new one – weird. Hoping Amazon sort this ASAP.

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