As an indie publisher, it’s sometimes hard to know when to celebrate. Could it be when I’ve completed my initial draft? My final draft? When it’s copyedited and proof read? When I have a copy from the printers in my hand? When I’ve sold my first one? My first fifty? My first hundred? There doesn’t quite seem to be the right time to sit down and say, well done, what an achievement, as the next thing looms on my ‘to-do’ list.
However, there is something thrilling about having the physical book in my hand. Because I decided to go with a local printer, I have a few boxes of The Art of Survival in my back room which I can go and admire. I have done what I can to create a tempting and interesting read, now is the time to try to connect with readers.
I have some events set up. This Saturday, the 24th of October, I will be at The Book Corner in Saltburn from 11am-1pm with a reprise of my Poisoned Pen talk on crime writing at 12pm. The Art of Survival is being launched on Amazon on the 21st of November, and that day I will be in the WH Smith in Scarborough for a signing, 10am-3pm. And on Tuesday the 1st of December, I will be at Filey Library giving a talk on crime writing, 6pm-730pm. It’s lovely to get out and meet readers and other writers, maybe see some of my blog readers there too.
For anyone who hasn’t read the first in the series, The Art of the Imperfect, it is free on Kindle and there is a Goodreads giveaway next week.
When do you as writer and/or indie publisher celebrate? And how do you celebrate?
The Art of Survival
The Art of Survival asks: What will fear push ordinary people to do? What happens when little girls get lost? DS Theo Akande is investigating the disappearance of eight year old Victoria Everidge. Her mother, Yvonne, is a desperate woman. What is she capable of? Eminent journalist and newspaperman, Stan Poole, dies leaving a filing cabinet full of secrets. As these leak out, his daughter, Hannah, begins to question her own girlhood. She is losing her way. Her best friend, Lawrence, newly an item with Theo, finds it hard to remain supportive. Instead Hannah clings to her work as a trainee counsellor and to her client Julia. Julia is apparently no little girl lost, but appearances can be deceptive. Then a body is found.
This is the second novel by Kate Evans. Her first, The Art of the Imperfect, was long-listed for the Crime Writers Association debut dagger in 2015. Kate Evans is a writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her book, Pathways Through Writing Blocks in the Academic Environment, was published by Sense Publishers in 2013. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex University and teaches on the Degree in Creative Writing at the University of Hull, Scarborough campus. She is trained as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. She loves walking by the sea and afternoon tea, and has an inexplicable drive to bring a new generation to the poetry of Edith Sitwell.
Praise for The Art of the Imperfect:
‘The first thing to mention is the writing style is incredibly strong. … The description through this book is brilliantly constructed so that I really felt completely immersed.’ Lizzy, My Little Book Blog
‘The book … retains its readability on a second or third reading and beyond. It is written by an unobtrusively gifted creative talent, whose gifts will assuredly go on expanding and enlarge their range … The novel is convincing enough to haunt us, and graze us into deeper thought.’ Dr Heward Wilkinson, UKCP Fellow, UKCP Registered, Integrative Psychotherapist.