So, here's the thing! I've been neglecting my writing. I know, but it was all in a good cause. I needed to revamp my covers. The trouble is, I have a lot of covers to revamp. Anyway, I've done the Parish & Richards series for now - plus three future titles in the series.
The plan, of course, was to let someone else do my covers, but I couldn't let go. While I'm writing a novel, I like to design the cover as part of the creative process.
So I decided to get the bit between the teeth and just get on and do it. I have done a bit of writing, but there's been some neglect. Designing book covers is a lot more fun than using my brain.
I needed two things: 1) A decent font, which hopefully you'll think that I found; and 2) A ready supply of photographs, which I was pleasantly surprised to find on Morguefile. This site is wholeheartedly recommended, and has thousands of free photographs, which you are allowed to: "Copy, distribute, transmit and adapt without attribution (mostly, but check each photograph when you download just in case)." To the photographers I say: "Thank you very much indeed."
Finally, I know you're sitting there thinking: Wow! I wish he'd design my covers! Well listen, no reasonable request refused. This could be the germination of a new career. Who'd have thought - Hey, Toady!
Now, don't start looking for the next three books because I haven't written them yet. At the moment, I'm writing Silent in the Grave, which is due for release mid-March (if I can stop designing book covers). Also, I reserve the right to change a cover if I decide I can produce a better on!
So, here's the thing! This morning, I published the 5th book in the Parish & Richards series called His Wrath is Come, and as I write this blog, it's No.1 in Amazon Uk's Movers and Shakers because you fabulous people have bought it and it's moved from previously unranked to 271 (and No.18 in the Police Procedurals Bestseller list) - Thank you!
For the writers, you'll be interested in how many books I had to sell for that to happen - 70! Currently, I'm No.252 (16 in Police Procedurals) and I've sold 94 books in the UK in about 8 hours. The number of books sold in a short space of time obviously factors into algorithms that are interested in that type of thing!
It took me about 4 months to write that book - 77,500-words, and after I'd written each chapter I sent it to the proofreader, and it worked very nicely, because as soon as I'd finished the book there was no delay - I simply published it.
Also, I've nearly finished the first chapter of the next book (No.6) in the series - 'The Breath of Life', which I'll publish on here soon, but don't get too excited because I've made promises. Apart from writing a short for an American anthology, I've also got to write 'The Skulls Beneath Eternity Wharf' (Quigg 3) and 'The Gordian Knot' (Stone & Randall 2) before I get to Parish & Richards 6.
Hi, I'm Tim Ellis - I write a lot and I hope you enjoy what I write.