Welcome to the Distress Signals Blogging Bonanza! What’s that, you’re wondering? Well, you can either go and read this post or read the next sentence. In a nutshell: Distress Signals – my serial killer thriller set aboard a cruise ship sailing in the Med – was out in paperback in the UK and Ireland on January 5 and hits the U.S.A. on February 2, and every day in between I’m going to blog as per the schedule at the bottom of this post.
Today is Sunday, which means we have a digest of the previous week’s activity plus some cool links I think you should check out.
What You Might Have Missed
We are more than half-way through our 28-day blogging bonanza. (Thank FUDGE.) This past week I went a leetle bit crazy, blogging exactly 9,001 words, 5,309 of them brand new. (Yes, I have counted.) Tragically there was no video blog this week – I can hear your cries of anguish from here – because I simply did not have the time. I was back at college, I sat through three (very enjoyable) hours of Anna Karenina at the Abbey, and I celebrated the fact that Distress Signals is going to be published in Japan. Oh and every minute I wasn’t doing one of those things, I was writing. Book 2 Draft 2 will be sent off this week. Here’s what you may have missed…
We started the week with a fairly long blog post about, ironically, acknowledgments being too long – Acknowledgements: The Long and the Short Of It. I think a laundry list of names at the end of a novel is like a sledgehammer to the imagination, reminding me that what I just read was completely made up. I think these roll-calls should be reserved just for people who really, actually, measurably helped you with your book and, since writing a book is 99% time spent alone in your PJs, that can’t be that many people. Right?
On Tuesday I shared my Top 11 How To Write Books books, including one that has a terrible title but great advice, one that will make you laugh until you cry (and then probably just cry) and the one that made me feel like the author had climbed inside my head and copied down my most secret writerly thoughts, it was that relatable.
Mid-week, I posted about The ‘Get Published’ Advice I Wish I’d Listened To. Spoiler alert: it included things like finish your damn book and calm down and don’t rush. Click on the link to find out the rest.
Thursday is for throwbacks, so I dusted off one of your favourites (going by my stats, anyway): How To Do Goodreads Giveaways (And Why You Should). And, bonus: there was a new ranty bit down the end. Ooh, I love a good ranty bit. Don’t you?
We somehow made it to Friday, on which I had to deliver the terrible news: no video blog. But to make up for it, I wrote a whole new one! And it was long! Why I Wouldn’t Self-Publish POD Paperbacks (At Least To Start With) listed my reasons for sticking with e-books, at least at the start. In the comments, author and self-publishing expert David Gaughran came up with another excellent reason for doing it that I hadn’t even thought of.
Here’s a handful of stuff I came across online that I thought was interesting this week:
- Why Your Attention Span is a Great Excuse For Someone Else’s Failure by Tara Sparling (who I am very much looking forward to consuming mucho gin with this week!)
- Meet the Internet’s Hoax Buster, a long read from The Guardian
- This is from 2011 but I was thinking about thinking about Stieg Larsson for a uni assignment earlier this week and I came across this essay in The New Yorker: Man of Mystery: why do people love Stieg Larsson’s novels?
- Sarah Hilary on Patricia Highsmith’s legacy (her 96th birthday would’ve been this week)
- For the week that’s in it, this profile of Obama, his presidency and what it meant in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a very long read but utterly worth it.
It is just 12 days to the U.S. publication, according to the little ticker widget thingy in the footer of this blog. Come Thursday I’ll be able to say it’s a week away. What?! You can pre-order it from Amazon.com here.
Your 85th reminder: Distress Signals is out in paperback in Ireland and the UK now! If you’ve read it already, hunt down someone you know who likes thrillers and tell them that my rent is very, very high. (Or that you liked it, if you did. You know, whatever works.) If you have no idea what I’m talking about and you’re not quite done with your procrastination yet today, you can find out more about Distress Signals here.