Promotion Schmotion

Once upon a time authors wrote books, did book signings and a few media interviews and went back to writing the next book and left any other promotion to their publisher. Times sure have changed. Now we have to blog, facebook, tweet, make book trailers, and a host of other activities that leave most of us gasping for breath and hoping we’re not being seen as a cross between a circus ring master and a cheerleader. Max Barry gives a good idea of the feeling in his latest blog. Me? I’m still trying to figure out the difference between my wall and my page on facebook.

If you happen to hear that I’m slowly killing off my family, please don’t take it literally. With the wonderful Clan Destine Press giving me a lot of input with my e-book covers I’ve been using family members as bodies (alive and dead) on the covers. Daughter Kris on Black Ice and daughter-in-law Cherie (writing as Cheryse Durrant) and niece Kelly Byrne on Dangerous Deception. Kris is also responsible for re-vamping my website and is gradually getting it into shape. I asked her to aim for user-friendly and I feel she has achieved this.

I’m looking forward to attending SheKilda Again, the Sisters-in-Crime Convention in Melbourne on 7-9 October. It’s going to be a great two days and nights and I’m in wonderful company on two panels, Crimance with romantic suspense authors Bronwyn Parry, Helene Young and Emma Boling, and chaired by the wonderful Anne Gracie, and State of Play, as well as co-presenting the workshop Writing Crimance with romantic suspense author Bronwyn Parry.

I’m thrilled that Fatal Flaw will be on sale at SheKilda.

Melbourne should be putting on her Spring airs and graces with leaves and blossoms forming on winter-bare branches and the sun peeping through grey skies earlier in the day. But I’m bringing my woollies just in case 🙂

Wonderful news

I’ve nearly driven myself nuts trying to keep quiet about my new publishing deal until all the details are decided, but it’s wonderful to finally announce that Fatal Flaw, my sixth book, will be published in late September by Melbourne publisher, Clan Destine Press. And a bonus is they will be publishing my out-of-print back list as eBooks. After my recent years in the publishing wilderness it’s great to, as one writer friend put it, get back on the horse. Although I appreciate her sentiments, horse-riding and book-publishing seem to have little in common. But I guess if you fall off either one it can be very hard to get back on.

Working with Clan Destine Press has been fantastic in that they have allowed me a say in the cover design. As the publisher says, no-one knows the story as well as the author, so who better to make suggestions that the graphic artist can run with, and turn out a finished product that everyone will think is great. Well, that’s the aim, so I hope that what we put before you, the reader, will do just that and entice you to give my stories a second look.

I didn’t have time to celebrate when the deal was made, but am looking forward to the launch and to seeing Fatal Flaw on bookstore shelves. And I’m especially looking forward to attending the Sisters-in-Crime convention, SheKilda Again, in Melbourne from 7-9 October. I hope some of my readers will be able to come along and share their insights with me.