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November Nanowrimo and other stuff

Well, I’ve gone and done it again.

Not completed that novel I was supposed to have finished two months ago.

I’d promised myself to have Shot to the Heart written, edited and up for sale waaay before the time of writing this update. However,  a few life events have interrupted the flow and, um…Oh, just stop it! The reason you failed is procrastination, and you know it!

So, with Nanowrimo month looming, I now find myself with no excuse. If you don’t know, Nanowrimo is where overly ambitious writers around the world commit to penning a novel over the month of November, target 50,000 words. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. So, the new plan is – write the damn thing before November 30, see if you can get it edited and banged into shape for uploading before Christmas. Can we do it? Yes we can!

I am, however, able to console myself with a couple of positives.

Firstly, I have managed to (almost) negotiate my way through another CCAMLR annual meeting, translating a ton of material into and from Russian and English. How many more of these will I be enduring? Watch this space, dear reader.

Secondly, the official launch of Revolution Day is just over 10 days away. And here’s the really good news! I’m delighted to let you know that I managed to score a coveted BookBub new release deal, which will see a subscriber list of over 2.5 million readers being alerted to the release of my novel. If even 1% of them buy it, or even half a percent, that should be enough for best-seller status in a category or two. I’m too cautious to predict that will happen, but one never knows. Feedback so far can be summarised as a thumbs-up for the cover and blurb, and I’ve had some favourable advance reviews for the book itself. I’m hoping like mad this book takes off like a rocket. It it does, Viktor Voloshin is itching and ready to head off on another adventure. But if it doesn’t and my Russian cop doesn’t strike a chord with readers, I know I’ll always have my Jack Lisbon fans in the wings, waiting for the next installment of The Fighting Detective.

I’ll be back in a month’s time to tell you all about how the launch went. Stay tuned!

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