My novel Below The Strandline is published in paperback (ISBN 9781838205119), ebook and kindle formats. The paperback is available through Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, Daunt Books, Foyles and from all good bookstores in UK & US. The eBook can be purchased through all the usual global market places including Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. To order a signed copy (UK only) please send me a message from the Contact page.
The writing was the fun bit. I only realised after typing the final words that the hard graft was about to begin. All of the marketing that one might otherwise take for granted naturally falls onto the self-published author. Regardless of that, it was a thrill to see my book uploaded on an on-line retailer’s store for the first time. A few days later, the doorbell rang. There sitting on my doorstep was a parcel containing a proof copy of the paperback. So exciting!
My sons all kindly provided editorial comments after I had completed my first draft. “Dad, you can’t write that!”, “Nobody under eighty would say that!” They were harsh but fair.
As someone who is more comfortable with a notebook and a pencil sharpened with a penknife, the book marketing process beyond manuscript stage has been an eye-opener and a steep learning curve. I am in awe of the publishing houses who are so efficient at this sort of thing. Next time around, I hope to avoid engaging in the dark arts of metadata and ISBN numbers. To those best selling crime novelists out there, you don’t know how lucky you are!
Legal deposit copies of Below the Strandline are now being catalogued in the hallowed vaults of The British Library, The Bodleian Library Oxford University, Cambridge University Library, National Library Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and The Library of Trinity College Dublin. They will certainly out-live me and hopefully my future generations will shift uncomfortably when they see what an odd chap I was and be concerned that it might carry through the family gene-pool. Maybe, just maybe, my book will get “spotted” one day. Long after everyone has forgotten those kitsch, cosy mystery reads knocked out by TV show hosts who live transiently in the public eye. Below The Strandline doesn’t do kitsch nor cosy and I doubt if its sequels will either. It is a one-off. It has grit. I’ve been told that the book could be turned into a great film if anyone from the film industry is up for the challenge.
There is a free preview further down the page. This means that you can read a good chunk of the book before deciding to buy, which I hope you will.