Patrick G Cox

Marketing, writing and development ...

Writing the story is, as most authors will tell you, the fun part, the hard part is selling it. Juggling the various things is sometimes demanding and a little tricky to say the least. Especially when the author is trying to be the marketing man, develop the story he's currently writing and mange the process of getting a book through the publishing process. So it is with a little relief that I can say I've received the final versions of the marketing "trailers" for my first four Harry Heron books. The fifth is now close to 60,000 words and about two thirds complete. 

Between trying to chase the marketing, research things for the current story, develop the plot and write it -

Getting sucked in ..

You know you're getting sucked into a story when you dream of the characters and wake up mapping out where the story is going from here ... My latest story has a working title of "The Outer Edge" and is developing strongly if the feed back I'm getting from my test readers and editor is anything to go by. It has a complex plot and keeping everything straight within it is a challenge, but it's also great fun. Here are some comments from the feedback ...

Some excellent feedback on my new draft ...

Having started a new Harry Heron story, I am posting sample chapters on a website to get feedback on the story and on the writing standard. So far the comments have been extremely encouraging. Some samples include -

Out with the old ...

And in with the new as we say good bye to 2011 and welcome 2012. As I am definitely not a subscriber to the "2012 - we're all doomed!" set, I look forward to the new year with a sense that at last my writing is getting some recognition and seems to be building up a following. It has certainly taken an effort to get there and will take even more to keep up the momentum and really keep it going. Plus, I've made a start on the first draft of a new story in the Harry Heron series.

In the last year I seem to have been kept very busy, writing, revising, editing and re-editing - plus, of course, getting a real editor to look at it all - and I think I can say without embarrassment, that my writing is far, far better for it. 

Merry Christmas to all my readers

I'd just like to say Merry Christmas to all my readers and to those who don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a great holiday as well. I really appreciate all the support, encouragement and help I have received in the last couple of years, from my friends (long suffering!), my family (Even more long suffering!), my editor and the folk I have dealt with at the publishers.

Trailers ...

I am impressed. Seriously impressed. Apex Reviews have done a superb job of the trailers for all four of my Harry Heron series, but the final one, ON the RUN, is terrific. I had to watch it twice just to be sure.

Nothing like holding a book

My "Author Copies" of On the Run arrived today and yesterday. There's nothing quite like holding a hard copy of your own book to give you satisfaction. Writing it takes a lot of effort, revising, polishing and editing take even more - and then its out of your hands and the publisher gets to do some more polishing tweaking and setting up.

Waiting on my trailers ...

My latest book, On the Run; a Harry Heron adventure, is starting to sell. It's going slowly at present, but I have high hopes that the trailer I have commissioned will be available soon and will increase interest and sales. There seems to be some hold up in the works with producing them which is a bit disappointing.

Great Review of Their Lordships Request ...

I am very pleased to be able to say that I am flattered by a very good review of Their Lordships Request ... which has appeared on the website The Fyddeye Guide. The author, Joe Follansbee, is a noted naval historian specialising in American Maritime history. His comments regarding the historic seafaring aspects of the book are a compliment indeed.

The full review can be seen by following the link to the website above. Two exerpts I find particularly encouraging -

ON the RUN now in the online sellers ...

I have to say that Abbott Press have certainly not wasted any time in getting ON the RUN onto all the online sellers lists. Having done a trawl around I find it is now listed in all its formats on the Amazon sites, Barnes and Noble and their own online store. I've just finished building the links to all the sellers sites in my suppliers pages here so now readers can find it quickly and easily by "clicking the link" of their choice.

Abbott have produced a good looking book

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