The proof copy of the printed version of ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ arrived yesterday.
The title of this post notwithstanding, I’m not feeling as excited as I think I should be. It’s not in any way anticlimactic, but to hold my printed novel for the first time just didn’t feel quite as ‘special’ as I was expecting. Perhaps I’m just a really, really boring kinda guy. Other writers have spoken to me of their thrill at receiving the first physical copy of their work, but I seem to have taken this first-in-a-lifetime event rather disappointingly in my pragmatic stride. Typical male, haha — men think, women feel.
I’ve made a couple of changes to the cover and submitted it for review again. Then I’ll request another proof copy. Once the proof is okay I can get going with some sales of physical books. This should hopefully just take a couple of days and so perhaps the printed version will be available by the end of next week at my e-store.
I was taken to task this week by my friend Sergeant Crabfat, who spotted some technical issues in the story, mostly to do with the sounds that bullets make in flight — although he did tell me he’s enjoying the read. I’m very grateful to him for correcting me on these details and I’ll certainly fix them in the sequel. To be fair though, I already did a gargantuan amount of research to get as many details right as possible, so that fact that so few slipped through the net is actually quite encouraging. As I said to my friend, there’s only so much research one person can do.
The other and somewhat vindicating side of this particular coin, however, is that this week it was again assumed that I am an ex-spy, former special agent or retired covert operative. Now, I can’t comment on specific details, but clearly the reader will draw (and is apparently drawing) their own conclusion. How’s that for an ambiguous answer to a leading question?
Roger and out, X.
As you’ve probably gathered by now, I am incredibly grateful to have met Jonathon Earl Bowser, the artist who painted the awesome cover for ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’. I am now even further indebted to him for this excellent review which he posted on Amazon. Holy cow do I ever owe this boy a few beers!
“When I was asked to produce the cover art for this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can’t really say I’m a fan of the genre in general, and certainly not an authority on such things. But I have indeed read every one of Cussler’s Dirk Pitt series, and I think Richards’ book compares favorably to them. It’s exciting, funny, knowledgeable of its subject, and packed full of quirky “Britishisms” that really made the old formula seem fresh. Most importantly for me (the cover artist who must find a way to convey in a single image some of the substance of the whole story) were the vivid descriptions of the many exotic locations. I found surprisingly complete, almost cinematic, pictures forming in my mind as the dynamic action unfolded. It’s easy for a narrative to lose its way when many crazy things are happening, but Richards keeps you well anchored with an unusually strong sense of place – rather like he is recalling events that actually happened (and he did slyly raise an eyebrow at me when I jokingly suggested as much to him in one of our design meetings). Can’t wait for the sequel!”
Thank you Jon! And that is all for now.
Roger and out, X.
This morning I was able to view an online proof of the printed version of ‘COAST: An Act Of Burial’ and it’s looking pretty good. However, just to be certain I’ve ordered a physical proof version which will arrive next week. Shortly after that, I’ll be able to sell it, either directly or via my e-store. Isn’t it funny how everything seems to begin with e- or i- these days? I’m off to get an iQuarter e-pounder with iCheese.
The printed version will be going out at $19.99 from my e-store, but if you buy a copy from me directly you might get a slightly more favorable iDeal. Don’t forget; you can already get an e-book of the novel from Amazon, Kobo, B&N and Sony. There are reviews appearing at some of the sites.
Yesterday we filmed (videoed) some more material for this interview to which I subjected myself a couple of weeks ago. This was done at work, where we have a very controlled environment and, to all intents and purposes, went really iWell. Now it’s up to e-Ryley and iNick, the directors, to turn it all into something cohesive. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished iResult, albeit e-nervously. The interviewer, by the way, was local actor and all-round decent e-chap called Damien Bartlett whose most recent iClaim to fame has been working on the independent e-movie ‘Rufus‘, which will more-than-likely be the last movie made in iSaskatchewan until someone gets rid of the ridiculously short-sighted and contemptibly stupid iPremier who recently dumped the provincial film tax credit scheme. What an e-muppet. He can go sit on an iTack.
A bunch of iPeople are reviewing the novel right now and so hopefully there’ll be more e-reviews online soon. Those and additional sales links will be iPublished as soon as we e-get them. Stay iTuned!
iRoger and out, e-X.
Five days to go!
I’ve found a printing company who can turn round copies of my spy novel in small quantities at very reasonable costs. This is great news because it means I can get physical, professionally printed copies into the hands of more reviewers, many of whom prefer that format. It also means I can give a nice copy with a note of appreciation to the people who have really helped me out like Jeff, Jon, Brian, Steve, Kyla and so on. I could maybe sell a few too, and thereby offset some of my costs. I’ve thought about doing a charity thing, where people pay a little more for the book, but I give the proceeds to a worthy cause.
So I’ve been working on a cover layout to send off to this printing company. I say ‘layout’ because it’s not really a design; it’s a pretty generic book cover and it was Jon who did all the hard work with his incredible cover painting. He also provided an updated picture of me, which looks a lot better. My biggest challenge has been how to strip down the ‘blurb’ on the back from 220 words to about 150-160 without totally ruining it, but that’s another story for another time.
Getting back to Jon, regular readers will be familiar with this odd little story, but—would you believe—I share a cover artist with Saddam Hussein! Amazing as it may seem, the notorious dictator stole Jon’s painting ‘The Awakening‘ for his ghost-written 2000 novel ‘Zabibah And The King‘, on which the upcoming movie ‘The Dictator‘ is based. The full and very interesting story can be read on Jon’s website. It is an odd feeling to know that the cover of my espionage thriller was created by the same talent that (unwittingly) painted Saddam’s cover, but it’s a kinda fun little story nonetheless. Jon’s postscript may cause a wry grin.
Swinging the subject rather radically, my computer messed up this morning and lost an incoming email. So if you’ve not heard back from me over something important, please let me know. I’m not being ignorant, I promise!
Roger and out, X.