Patrick G Cox

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 ...

Wthdrawn ...

Some visitors may notice that I have withdrawn the title 'Their Lordships Request' from the site, and will soon have withdrawn it from sale anywhere else. There is a simple reason for this. The story is being 'republished' by IndieGo Publishing. At their behest, it has been heavily revised and a large chunk of it rewritten. So it will reappear under a new title, more in keeping with a 'new' story since it is now over 50% 'new' as a result of the overhaul.

Another Year ...

Here we go - again. Another year biting the dust, and me wondering where it went. It has been a busy and demanding year. I've done a lot of writing, rewriting and generally trying to get a quart into a pint pot as the saying is. That has mean not a lot of time for blogging, either here or at my 'other' blogsite. The compensation is that I have managed to write most of a new novel,

Guilty as Charged ...

Yes, I have been neglecting this blog. As they say, the road to that very hot and unpleasant place so many of us are, according to some, destined for, is paved with good intentions. In mitigation I will plead that I have been rather busy working with Janet Angelo of IndieGo Publishing to get a book sorted out and published, writing another (which hasn't quite gone as planned), and arranging, and going on, a trip to South Africa to attend the fiftieth anniversary of my completing my schooling ...

Revision, revision, revision ...

I wonder whether Sir Terry Pratchett, Tom King, Enid Blyton, Agatha Christie or any of the other 'big' names one could throw around have the same problem when they try to publish, or republish, something they write very early in their careers? I'm currently revising one of my early books for my publisher. It's been laying around after collecting lots of rejections, but, rereading it, I can see how badly I structured things back then, and worse, I can see all the errors, all the 'passive' voice, all the 'telling' in narrative voice, rather than 'showing' through dialogues ... 

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