In the whirlwind that is life, books come and go in the blink of an eye. But as a new author I’m very observant of every single interaction and processes involved. I felt there should be an annual award to recognise such efforts and to perhaps inspire future strategies…
Best store support-
This goes to Lancaster King Street. From the get go, Edith and her team were super positive, even setting up a table in store with plentiful copies of the book on it, handwritten chalk plaques with quotes and got me in to sign copies. They’ve been very supportive and without them I also may never have known about the superb Morecambe & Vice Crime Festival!
Jarrolds in Norwich deserve an honourable mention for letting me walk around in my SKIN tight VR suit, posing with me and signing copies, but Lancaster’s dedicated table wins it, because it put the book on a very prominent platform.
Many thanks to the staff in both stores. Book sellers and stores are a critical yet often overlooked journey in the reader’s experience. With so many books released every week, readers are often drowned in options and these little things make the difference to getting a book noticed in the constant book-nami!
This goes to… Zoe. Not only is the review super enthusiastic without giving too much away, she was the only blogger who downloaded and reviewed the tie-in app CATCH A KILLER available iOS: http://fal.cn/y2CE Android: http://fal.cn/y2CK ‘I thought the interface and interaction with the game were so riveting like I said, you feel like you are Rose! When I picked up the book, I then realised why the app ended where it did…….it ended at the beginning of the first page of the book!’
The prequel app CATCH A KILLER where you get to seduce a serial killer- took me and my team 4 painstaking months and was barely noticed by other bloggers and reviewers. Whilst not essential to PLAYING WITH DEATH, it certainly allows you to get more invested in the story world and enhances your experience of the PWD universe. Zoe was also very vocal about it on Twitter and for a short time even pinned the review to her profile! Now that’s dedication. There’s so much digital noise that I felt Zoe had really made a superb effort to give our killer thriller a fighting chance of being noticed. So many thanks indeed!
Honourable mention goes to Cheryl M-M, who wrote a brilliant review and nailed an important conflict between Rose and Diva.
‘I am looking forward to seeing where Francis and Scarrow take this peculiar crime-solving duo. Diva doesn’t think the law applies to her and Rose doesn’t mind bending it a little to solve a case. It’s an innovative idea completely in keeping with advancements in technology and possible potential future threats to society and human life in general.’
Thanks also to all the other bloggers and Anne Cater who took part in the blog tour for PLAYING WITH DEATH.
Best press coverage-
This was a tough one, but based on sheer coverage, it has to be Steven Russell from the EDP.
Steve called me up, we spoke for half an hour and his detailed piece really focussed on my contribution to the project and the book’s themes. Not only that, I then found a month later the same article had got a DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD on the Saturday edition! I couldn’t have asked for better publicity, so many thanks indeed. Although we did have an amusing earlier edit where my name was initially LEE HARRIS!
Honourable mention goes to Nick Lakin at the Lancaster Guardian for his concise article, supporting a local author and the app.
That’s it for this year. I’ll do the same for every book (hopefully) I’m involved with.
Happy Christmas to you all and I wish you a prosperous new year… with lots and lots of reading!