It’s difficult to make crime pay (as a writer that is!). Even though it’s a big market, there’s plenty of competition. For a long time there have been two approaches to crime novels – write from the perspective of the victims and/or the detective (private, amateur, or police), or write from the perspective of the perpetrator (who almost never gets away in anglo-saxon literature, but often does in European novels). There is also a third way – as Tony Blair would put it – which has seen an increase in popularity in recent years, to the point of spilling over into other genres like science fiction: the anti-hero who is living and working on the wrong side of the law/morality in order to deal with perps who have evaded the legal process. One could argue that this goes back to the earliest days of literature (Achilles, Odysseus, Agamemnon, Ajax, Gilgamesh, all spring to mind), but that might be stretching the point! That aside, the popularity of the vigilante, with or without plausible deniability, is on the rise – perhaps it’s a reflection of the insecurity and indignation people feel whenever they turn on the evening news. Continue reading
Crypto da Vinci was nominated for the Global eBook Awards (as I mentioned at the time). The judging phase is about to start and it would be very helpful if Crypto da Vinci had some votes from enthusiastic readers
So, if you’ve read Crypto da Vinci and enjoyed it, please nip over to the awards website and make your vote count. It won’t take long. Thank you.
Amazon have just launched a German Kindle store on the amazon.de website, enabling customers in Germany to buy Kindles and Kindle editions of eBooks locally. Library of the Soul and Crypto da Vinci are included in the English Books section.
- Global eBook Awards Nominee
Crypto da Vinci has been nominated for the Global eBook Awards. Click the sticker above for more details.
Following a suggestion on an Amazon discussion thread by Alison Buck, who created the cover and the amazing illustrations for Crypto da Vinci, I will donate all my royalties from sales of either of my books on the UK kindle store on Thursday 17th March, Friday 18th March (RED NOSE DAY), Saturday 19th March, Sunday 20th March.
If you’ve been thinking about buying a copy of either (or both?) now is a good time to do so and support Comic Relief in the process. Here are links to make it even easier for you
Library of the Soul on UK Kindle Store
Crypto da Vinci on UK Kindle Store
Res Gestae Divi Augusti (or RGDA) can be translated as “The Deeds of the Deified Augustus”. It was written by the Roman Emperor Augustus at the end of his life, as an account of his achievements, to be displayed as a monumental inscription outside his mausoleum and elsewhere around the Empire. Too long for an epitaph and too short to be considered an autobiography, it could perhaps be seen as the forerunner of the modern blog consisting, as it does, of 36 consecutive posts, some of which had been drafted and edited over time as events happened and circumstances (and his name) changed. Covering his achievements from raising an army at the age of nineteen (while still Octavian) to exact revenge for the assassination of his adoptive father Julius Caesar, through the triumvirate with Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus, the establishment of the Roman Empire, the Senatorial award of the title Augustus and the gift of the Pax Romana to the world. Covering his military, political and societal achievements, his generosity and the accolades lavished on him by the Senate and people, it was a skillfully crafted exercise in ensuring how he would be viewed by posterity (but calling it propaganda may be going too far?). Continue reading
Crypto da Vinci, a Peter White mystery by Simon Buck, from Alnpete Press
Crypto da Vinci has now been published as an eBook, just in time for the end of Read an eBook Week! It is now available on Kindle and
will soon be is now live on Kobo as well.
If you want to try a sample first you can download a pdf excerpt from the Alnpete Press Crypto da Vinci page, or you can read a sample on the Kindle Crypto da Vinci page.
It’s Read an eBook Week at the moment.
So if you’re looking for inspiration for an eBook to read and you haven’t already read Library of the Soul (why not?) now would be a good opportunity It’s on sale for a very reasonable price in both the Amazon Kindle store and Kobobooks.
When my first novel (Library of the Soul) was originally published it came out in paperback in the UK and I licensed the first worldwide rights to my publisher (Alnpete Press) – which meant they could sell it in any country; but in practice, being in English, the bibliographic data services tend to result in exposure being limited to the Anglosphere. Although Alnpete Press were happy to dispatch copies anywhere, the additional cost of post and packing (and insurance) made it very expensive for customers beyond the EU. They therefore also supplied Amazon who, of course, have a network of retail sites in various countries and are geared up for international delivery. That seemed a good solution and I was happy to sit back and see copies of my lovingly crafted masterpiece winging their way around the world. Continue reading