Writing update: My little old ebook of gritty crime shorts, MANCHESTER 6, is still selling consistently (pushing 400 now), considering it was just an 'appetite-wetter' while I continued with the traditional publishing route. When I've finished the third draft (big sigh) of 'novel attempt two' for my agent, I'm pleased to announce that I'll be bringing out another ebook of shorts via Ganglion Press. I've just got to go through twenty shorts and maybe whittle them down to the best dozen or so. Look out for THE COPS OF MANCHESTER in early(ish) 2013.
Highlights of 2012:
... Briefly chatting with three of my favourite crime authors, Simon Kernick, Stuart Neville and Mark Billingham. And... being in that room when TOSSERGATE erupted! (Quickly digressing...)
... Going to London to meet class acts, Bill 'AJ' Hayes and Richard Godwin, and having a damn good 'chinwag' and walk along the Thames with their lovely wives (don't tell Richard 'n' Bill though!). Richard even took us to Richmond Park which inspired the 'Woodlands Murders' in Apostle Rising - my fave novel of 2012 (that's when I read it anyway).
... Without that intro', the annual Gretna gig wouldn't exist, and arguably, neither would Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers ezine.
... Personally, I was thrilled to bits that my short story, MOPPING UP (Tonto Books), made The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 9, alongside the likes of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Zoe Sharp... and FISTS OF DESTINY (from MANCHESTER 6), was selected for The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 10 beside Lee Child, Ruth Rendell and Paul D Brazill, among other top crime scribes.
Non-writing highlight... obviously...!
All the best everyone. Let's make 2013 a year to remember too!
All the very best,
Merry Xmas, Col!
Cheers. Hic. Same to you, mate.
Merry Christmas, all the best for 2013
Have a good un, Phil!
Happy Christmas to you and the family, buddy. Have a great time. Love and best wishes from the Barber's!
Cheers, mate. Have a great time with your lovely girls! xxx Oh, go on then, seeing as it's Chrimbo - X (for you!) ;-)
Hope you and yours have a great Christmas and new year, Col. Tell your Mam hiya and Happy Christmas from me, too, will ya?
Will do, mate. Cheers. Hope you, Den & the fam' have a belter!
Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2013.
Cheers, Patsy. Hope 2013 is prosperous for you too. x
Congrats on making the Mammoth book!
Cheers, Les! Long way to go, but edging closer...
Hi, new follower, here. I am glad i found your blog. I know exactly what you mean. It is tough- chasing the writer's dream, having a family and holding down a full time job. I am determined to make 2013 the year I finally get an agent for my legal thrillers. Nice to meet you.
Hey, Melissa. Good to hear from you. Think you've got a new follower too! ;-)
All the best for 2013. Let's make it THE year!
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