Patrick G Cox

Working with an editor

Working with my editor, Janet Angelo of IndieGo Publishing, has been quite an experience, especially on my latest book. Her experience of the publishing industry has been invaluable in shaping both the book and the writing. An author often stands so close to the story that you literally can't see the gaps and the inconsistencies even after multiple overhauls.

Limehouse Boys

My latest, Limehouse Boys, will be available from the 31st July. It can already be pre-ordered on Kindle from Amazon, and will soon be available in paperback as well from all the usual outlets. As I've remarked in previous posts leading up to this, it has been a fascinating journey. The research into the life of the working men and women of the 1830s in London,

Almost There ...

There is always a moment of excitement mixed with anxiety as your latest book finally leaves your hands and goes to print. My latest, Limehouse Boys, has just gone into that final phase. Set in the early 1830s, it is inspired by several things, among them the many children on whom Britain's industries, mines and wealth were built.

Changes to my catalogue ...

The work to bring my latest story, Limehouse Boys, into publication has taken longer than any of us anticipated, but it will be worth the wait. The publisher identified several problems with the story structure which it has taken a little while to fix, but we are now almost there. The work we have done together in bringing this book, and the Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey and The Outer Edge out has made me take a long, hard and very critical look at my earlier books, and that has meant taking a very, very tough decision about them. 

A New 'Historic' Story

My latest book is another historical setting, to be released under the title 'Limehouse Boys'. It is set in the 1830s in the east end of London, and revolves round three orphan boys placed in an orphange attached to a Workhouse. Through the action of corrupt officials, criminal gangs and those who profited on the side, the trio are destined to be swept up in prostitution and abuse ...

 

Paying Dividends

It seems that the decision to completely restructure and rewrite the original story that has become Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey, is paying dividends. It proves to me, if proof was needed, that having a competent editor on board, one who understands publishing and what readers like, is an essential aid to successful writing. Sales have taken off in the two months since it was published, and I'm delighted. Obviously, having invested a lot of time in the book, it is a fantastic boost to know it is a genre and a story readers are enjoying.

 

Online Interview by Kura Carpenter

Steady as she goes ...

It's been a good month. The launch of Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey has gone well, and we're seeing regular sales, proving, I guess, that Janet Angelo of IndieGo Publishing, is right - the market at present is for historical novels and settings. Which actually suits me, since I love history, and I love exploring real history. I also enjoy weaving that into the stories I write ...

New Title Released

It has been a long haul. What started out as an exercise to republish one of my first self-published books has taken just over twelve months, a lot of rewriting, some major revisions and excisions of around half the chapters. The end result - essentially a 'new' book. It has been a very interesting exercise, not least because I have had the advice of a professional editor. Janet has analysed the book, identified what its shortcomings were, what its strengths were, and what was necessary to fix it. 

Home, Work, Life ...

The last three months have been a classic case of work and life interfering with things like trying to keep a blog going. But, at last a break in the clouds, my totally rewritten book, Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey is about to go into print. It has been a long time coming, largely because the publisher, IndieGo Publishing LLC, wanted a major revision, then asked for some big rewrites, and finally some completely new chapters ...

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