Category Archives: Getting Published

Agent Rejections – Here are some samples. Read ’em and weep.

For a variety of reasons, I am no longer writing the Inspector Ramirez series. I had one publisher that owns world English rights to the first two books and another that owns Canadian rights to the second two books and … Continue reading

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Me and Ian Rankin

I have just been invited to host a chat with the famous Scottish crime writer, Ian Rankin, on November 19th during the Ottawa International Writers Festival, and so it seems like a good time to repost this blog post on … Continue reading

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Final Jacket Copy for Hungry Ghosts!

Things really ramp up as a book gets into production. Yesterday we got the final PDF of the text of Hungry Ghosts, and today, I got this – the new jacket cover! It’s a little different from the one in … Continue reading

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The First Pass

The first pass doesn’t refer to being hit on, or what you might find if you’re travelling through a canyon. It’s the name publishers give to a manuscript that’s been line- edited, copy-edited, and formatted to look like the pages of the book it  … Continue reading

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Blurbs: What they are; what they mean, how to get them.

A “blurb” is one of those endorsements that appear on book jackets, kind of like the one line movie reviews we see in movie ads. “A captivating ride!” is the kind of thing you might see. “Brilliantly written, engaging … … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction and why I need a map.

I’ve just finished writing the draft of my historical fiction manuscript, The Jigonsaseh (or Famine Bay as I call it sometimes), and I’ve decided it needs a map. Maybe a couple. It’s set in  17th century North America, and a lot of … Continue reading

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Die Geister von Havanna (The Ghosts of Havana)!

I’m very excited to let you know that The Beggar’s Opera is now out in Germany in hardcover as Die Geister von Havanna (The Ghosts of Havana)! It’s the first time one of my books has been published in hardcover; … Continue reading

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My new (it’s a mystery!) publisher

I can’t tell you who my new publisher is because they’d like the release of that information to be timed to the release of my new book with them as part of its overall marketing scheme. What I can tell … Continue reading

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