Yes, once again it’s that time in my publishing year. Anyone For Seconds? will be out in August, page proofs have been corrected and bound proofs will be available later in the spring, so I’m looking for volunteers to read the book in advance and, if they enjoy it, to buy a copy for a friend and leave a review on Amazon. I can’t pay you for your labours except in gratitude. When The Early Birds was published last year my crack advance troops did me proud. So if you’d like to join the team just send me a message.
And what next? A very good question. In a sense I’m out of work. I’ve fulfilled my contract and my publishers haven’t offered me another one so… However, I have not been idle. I’ve spent the past few months on a speculative project (the writer’s equivalent of trying out a new high-wire trick without a safety net), writing volume 1 of a proposed series. I’ve had great fun doing it and I feel very positive about it but I take nothing for granted in these publishing dog-days. There are plenty of mid-list writers who are suddenly finding themselves on the scrap heap. But one way or another my new project will see the light of day. If all else fails, I’ll self-publish. You haven’t heard the last of me yet!