Monday, 8 July 2013
HarperCollins pre-orders record smashed
I'm pleased to be opening today's bulletin with the gratifying news that SACRIFICE - the second in my series of novels concerning the investigations of Detective Sergeant Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg - has officially become the most pre-ordered book in the history of HarperCollins.
At the time of this writing, some 12,825 readers have paid their money are now impatiently awaiting the arrival of said tome, even though it is still two weeks off. The publication date is July 18th (the first day of this year's HARROGATE CRIME-WRITING FESTIVAL as it happens, which is a happy accident - and which is where I'll be for the Thursday and the Friday, so please say 'hello' if you're there).
This rounds off a rather amazing few days for me, I must say.
I attended the HarperCollins summer bash last Tuesday night at the Orangery in Kensington, and had the honour of chatting to several writers I haven't met before. ROBIN JARVIS is a thoroughly decent chap, and having a good natter with him stirred fond memories of when my children were little and used to read his marvelous DEPTFORD MICE books. ASH CAMERON is also a smashing lady. A fellow ex-cop, she's also something of a force of nature; a term of phrase I don't use lightly. Her first book, CONFESSIONS OF AN UNDERCOVER COP, due out this September from THE FRIDAY PROJECT, just screams to be bought. Some of the tales she was telling knock a few of my own experiences into the shade.
It was a great night all round, and a hot one, I must admit. But I was still on Cloud Nine to a certain extent from a meeting I'd had the previous morning. In a nutshell, I'd met with a Hollywood producer who didn't just treat me to breakfast at Claridges - there's a first time for everything, as they say - but also expressed interest in optioning a number of my short stories and novellas for movie and TV development.
It wouldn't be truthful to say that I've had this kind of experience before. Okay, there are a number of us who've had projects optioned - and I'm one of them - but quite often these projects go nowhere. This felt significantly different. At least, that was the feeling I got. I'm not going to mention any names as yet - either of personalities or companies - but one key project, which I'm being hired to script as well, could be shooting as early as next November. That would be a hell of a turn-around given that this ball only started rolling for me a couple of weeks ago. Ultimately of course, we'll have to wait and see.
Back on the subject of my crime writing, people may be interested to know that I'll soon be launching a new website. It'll be linked directly to this one but will deal exclusively with Heck's investigations. We've got two books in the barrel now, with STALKERS and SACRIFICE, while the third, HUNTED, will be out next February, and the fourth, which has no title, will follow next summer. The new site has no title yet either, but it is very near completion, and I'll be shouting about it all over Facebook, Twitter and this blog, when it goes online. So keep your eyes skinned.
And now, as promised a couple of weeks ago, here's the full transcript of a recent chinwag I had with RACHEL ABBOTT, a remarkable lady and fellow crime-author, but one who's enjoyed phenomenal success despite having done it all by herself (she really is an expert when it comes to self-publishing, and her views and opinions are well worth taking on). Her novels ONLY THE INNOCENT and THE BACK ROAD have sold astonishingly well to date and have gleaned over a thousand online reviews between them.
This conversation recently appeared on Rachel's own BLOG, and basically concerns the differences we've both experienced in the writing game to date, Rachel having made her way to best-seller success along the self-publication route, and me having gone via the more familiar the mass-market publisher avenue. Anyway, enough of my gabbling. Here we go:
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