NewsA Quick Snapshot into the Writing Life of Amateur Sleuth Mystery Author A. D. Hay
I’m expecting to receive the proofread edition of Suspicion back from my edition either this evening or tomorrow afternoon. In anticipation of this, I have started uploading the novella to all online ebook retailers.
However, if you read either the first or second edition of Missing and would like to read the re-titled third edition, get it for free by becoming a James Lalonde Insider by using the signup form below.
I’m hoping to be able to publish Duplicity sometime in September but have a preorder up in August. But all of this will depend upon the availability of my editors. So Fingers crossed everything goes well. As you can probably tell I’m excited to be publishing this next amateur sleuth mystery novel. I’ll keep you posted with more updates like this.
This week, I sent the third edition, which is titled “Suspicion”, off to my editor. The story has an extra 5,700 words, which roughly translates to 23 physical pages, so it’s a short novel instead of a novella. But, I’m so excited because I’m very close to publishing this new first-in-series novella. And I plan to make this novella available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club.
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But it’s not over yet. Up next on my to-do list is to prepare the novel for editing. Before my editor sees the story, I need to make sure that the manuscript is free of all known errors. I aim to finish preparing the book for my editor before the end of the first week in April. Between now and the next two weeks, I will take a two-week break because I feel a little burned out.
Hopefully, I’ll return to the writing refreshed and ready to go.
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Good News: The giveaway for Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell that I announced on episode TBN005 of the Book Nerd Podcast is still open partly because I forgot to include the details of entry on the show notes, and I only realised quite recently. To enter the giveaway to win a free paperback copy of The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell follow the steps below.
- Join The Book Nerd Reader Club Facebook Group
- Like the post for episode TBN005
- Comment below the post with “count me in”
Please note, only one entry per person is allowed. The winner will be announced in the Facebook Group and on the podcast in February 2022.
On top of this, I can’t tell you how long the story will be; it will be a mystery that I will discover as I write. Nevertheless, I can tell you that it will be a locked-room mystery that takes place in a beautiful English Manor House. But I won’t bore you with that information. This story will be a part of the James Lalonde Universe, and I’m going to make it available to my James Lalonde insider email list.
So, if you want a free story, make sure you sign up. In the meantime, you’ll get a free copy of The Lawn.
The paperback is available on Amazon in all countries and on Barnes and Noble. However, the other day, I approved the paperback copy, which can be purchased via the catalogue in your favourite book store. So all you have to do is quote the ISBN (978-1-9163483-6-3) to the bookseller, and they can order you a copy. Usually, when I publish a paperback, I have to approve one paperback for Amazon and the other from bookstores because your local store orders books from a separate source. But that’s just author life for you.
So, what’s next, you ask?
I need to send my novella to a few beta readers before doing my one pass revision edit. And then I can send my novella off to my editors. Hopefully, I can get this book finished and published by September; fingers crossed.
To download the ebook, you need to create a Booktopia account and download the reader app.
Today, I wrote the first scene in the climactic sequence of The Candidate which is a first-in-series amateur sleuth mystery novella. By the end of the day, I had written and performed minor edits resulting in an additional 1,370 words to the manuscript. So, what does this all mean? I only have three scenes left to write in this novella.