In a week’s time, the waiting will be over – No Accident is published as an eBook. It takes its place among thousands, probably millions, of other books, all bidding for attention in the electronic world of Amazon and its contemporaries. I’m not sure how I’ll feel when I see it listed, but I’ll let you know.
It seems like such a long time since I signed the contract and started this ball rolling last December. The journey began long before that, of course, as Kent Fisher had to be created and developed. Like me, he had to grow and evolve to become the character he is today. We’ve shared an interesting journey, Kent and I, much of it through his blog, Fisher’s Fables, which brought Downland District Council to life. (If you do take a look, click on the Archives and start with the earliest entry as the blogs do have running themes). I haven’t added anything for 18 months as I’ve been concentrating on No Accident, but I hope to return to writing more of Kent’s humorous adventures soon. They are such fun, as Miranda Hart would say.
I may even include extracts in the newsletter I’m planning to launch in a couple of weeks. For weeks, I wrestled with the idea of a newsletter, wondering what I could call it. As a lover of alliteration, I tried to find something beginning with ‘F’ and ended up cursing the whole idea. Then, one evening, as I was drifting off to sleep, the title came to me. I leapt out of bed and across to the study where I write, and scribbled the name on a notepad in the dark, and The Tollingdon Tribune was born.
Born, is perhaps misleading. The Tollingdon Tribune is the local newspaper in my books and edited by one of my favourite creations, Thomas Hardy Logan. Take a look at A little bird told me … for more about him. With the newsletter, I’m hoping to give people details that won’t be available elsewhere on my website. This will include additional information about the characters and settings; information about walking in Kent Fisher country from a guest contributor; photographs and news from events as they happen; and, an ‘ask the author’ section for anything that people want to know about me and how I work. If there’s anything you want to know, you can comment below on this blog below or use the contact form on the website. I’m also hoping to interview other authors, whose books I read, and in time hold a competition or two to win a signed copy of one of my books.
I say books because at least half of my working week involves writing the second Kent Fisher mystery, No Bodies. Take a look on the website to see what it involves. I’ve added a progress bar to show where I’m at and when I hope to arrive. I have the basic themes and subject matter for the three mysteries that will follow and I’ll share some of this in time as I develop these basic ideas into stories.
The other half of my working week is spent on marketing and promotion. By this, I mean I’ve spent hours researching, networking and joining groups to learn about this important area. You may have seen some of the tweets and posts on Facebook as I’ve tried to raise the profile of Kent Fisher from obscurity to known to a few people. If you’re reading this, you are one of the select few. With a little help, lots of reviews, and a fair wind, I hope that many other people will discover Kent Fisher and enjoy the mysteries I’ve crafted.
It’s almost three months since I left my job as an environmental health officer and it’s been full on. I could never have found the time to do what I’ve done with a full time job as well. I’m not even sure how I managed to write and revise No Accident from the rambling first draft to the sharper final version while I was working, but I did.
I enjoy being a full time author and I hope to share many of the more memorable moments and experiences with you through this blog as the weeks go by. Next week, the next chapter of this adventure begins.
I hope you’ll share it with me.