Updates; AudioBook Question

I’m about 20K words away from finishing the draft of Drury Lane. (For me, about 80 pages.) Then will come rewrites / revisions (which take nowhere near as long as writing the first draft), then editing by an outside editor, then proofing. I will do my best to get the print version out alongside the e- version or very soon thereafter. As soon as I type “The End” I will post a pub date! (I already know it, but again, the whole jinx thing is keeping me from saying it yet.)

I’m also interested in getting Captain Lacey out in audio. I think this series would lend itself well to being read aloud.

That said, I’ve heard from audiobook companies that cozy mysteries sell poorly in audio. Mystery fans, are you audiobook fans? I’ve listened to mystery audiobooks (the Cadfael series; Dick Francis; Mary Higgins Clark), and while I’m not a huge audiobook fan (I like to read fast), I enjoyed them.

Opinions? Would you like Captain Lacey in audio? Is it worth it for me to pursue it?

New covers for print editions

I’ve had a few complaints from readers about the women on the covers of the Captain Lacey books. To some, a woman on the cover signals “romance,” and definitely not mystery. Why this should be, I’m not sure–to me a romance cover has a shirtless male who obviously works out two hours a day and swallows a case of protein powders while he’s at it. If he has a shirt, it’s falling off; and if a female is with him, she’s pushing it off, or he’s pushing her clothes off, or both, or they’re sprawled suggestively in bed. A simple lady standing alone does not shout “romance” to me.

However, I do listen to feedback, and the new print covers will be lady-less (with the exception of Hanover Square and Death in Norfolk, which are already in print–print covers take many weeks to change [designer has to redo it first of all] and racks up additional charges for re-uploading and re-printing). The ladies will remain on the e-book covers, but all the to-come print covers will be of scenes only.

The Glass House‘s new cover is above as an example of how the covers will look sans females.

FYI: The background on the cover of The Glass House is a photograph taken by me in London, in St. James’s. Other tourists in London take photos of the stone-still guards or Nelson’s column–I take pictures of doors.

I am still working to get all the books out in print; they will be appearing one at a time. I will add links to this site under each book’s page to the print edition: Again, I will use “expanded distribution” so that booksellers can special order them.

Capt. Lacey Books in Print

Because the old mass market paperbacks of the Lacey series are now very hard to find (and going for ridiculous prices on used book sites–$25; $45 and more), we are working to get the entire series republished in print (POD).

The books will be available in what’s called “Expanded Distribution” which means that, while bookstores won’t necessarily keep them in stock, they can special order for you (they’ll be available via Ingrams). Therefore, if you don’t want to order via Amazon, you will be able to find these books via Barnes & Noble and independent booksellers.

I encourage you to utilize mystery booksellers, such as Poisoned Pen (http://poisonedpen.com/) and the like, to shop for mysteries. I truly want to see these bookstores stay in business! It’s wonderful to enter a bookstore where the staff knows so much about the genre and can find and recommend books at the drop of a hat. Many mystery bookstores do mail order (and online ordering), if you don’t have an indie mystery bookseller near you.

I have already put the print copies of Hanover Square AffairThe Necklace Affair and other Stories; and A Death in Norfolk into expanded distribution. (It might take a few weeks before they appear as available.)

In the next weeks to months, A Regimental Murder; The Glass House; Sudbury School Murders; Body in Berkeley Square; and A Covent Garden Mystery will follow. All need to be formatted, checked, and then printed–it takes a couple weeks for them to appear for sale on Amazon after they’re uploaded, and then another month or so to be available in larger distribution. I’ll update the website with links as they appear.

Disappearance in Drury Lane will appear in print (and orderable by bookstores) very soon after the e-version goes online.

We’re working hard to get this series up to date and available for everyone, e-book lovers and print-book lovers alike. Thanks for your patience.

(And I’m writing on Drury Lane every day, don’t worry).

 

Image of Royal Crescent, Bath, from

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