One week to go. Might not seem a big deal to you but to me, having met with Little Brown in January of 2017, and having heard about their interest in November 2016, it’s been a long time coming.
So, we’re all ready I think. The books have been edited, copy-edited, proofread and printed – and the early ones Waterstones Bristol had been allowed to sell at CrimeFest were all sold – and are in the shops as we speak, probably under armed guard. The advance copies were well-recieved and the reviews are now coming in from the NetGalley promotion. Can’t complain with anything so far.
The front cover was amended to reflect the blurbs that authors were kind enough to provide and in case you haven’t seen it, here it is.
Those of you who know me will understand I was particularly pleased when Mick Herron blurbed me, and those of you who know my wife will understand why she was so pleased when Peter James also took the trouble . . . Here’s me and Peter at CrimeFest, together with a hot-off-the-press hardback copy.
The unabridged audio book has been recorded (by the awesome John Banks), edited and produced and put onto audible and wherever else they’re sold. It comes with its own cover – the same but different, which is sort of the publishing world’s mantra – and has a run time of just under ten hours …
If you want to hear a clip – or just want to hear someone else’s interpretation of how Tilly sounds then click here.
In other news I featured (across 5 pages no less …) in Cumbria Life this month. You may remember the photoshoot I did at the Castlerigg stone circle. That was the one where I was ‘papped’ and featured on the FaceBook page, ‘I Love The Lake District’ where it was a case of guess the idiot. Much fun was had (and people didn’t hold back) – I think my favourite guess was Buster Bloodvessel . . .
We did more photos across Cumbria, here’s the one on the Millennium Bridge.
And finally we’re all set for the Northern Launch party at the Old Fire Station Arts Centre in Carlisle. Details can be found here but essentially it starts at 2:30 (ish) on Sunday 10th June and will be me talking to A.A. Dhand for the best part of an hour (including a Q&A with the audience), followed by a signing should anyone feel inclined. There’s a full bar and we’ll probably have a few afterwards as well. I’m told there will be cake. This is a free event and no ticket is required. Hope to see some of you there.