Monday, 27 April 2009

Pauline Rowson reads an extract from Dead Man's Wharf

Dead Man's Wharf is the new Marine Mystery crime novel, the fourth in this popular, entertaining and gripping series to feature the rugged and flawed Inspector Andy Horton. It is set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England and published in hardcover (27 April 2009).

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The London Book Fair 2009

The London Book Fair seemed as busy as ever, though there were fewer Americans and Australians about than usual. It was great to see so many authors and budding authors doing their research and connecting with people. If you are really serious about your writing then the London Book fair is a must. You can learn so much about the industry there and take advantage of a range of free seminars. It was where I first had a glimpse into the peculiar world of publishing back in 1998 before I set up my small publishing company, publishing business and motivational titles, starting with one of my own books, before taking on other authors, expanding the list and then selling it to Crimson Publishing in 2008. If you haven't been to the London Book Fair before then perhaps you can make a note to attend in 2010.

I was pleased to give advice to authors on the publishing business, how they can get their books distributed and how they can more successfully self-publish. It was great to meet many people I have connected with on LinkedIn and on Facebook.

I met with my agents from Brazil, Spain, Italy, the Middle East and the Far East and while on the stand had a surprise visit from Paul Daniels – yes, the magic man. It was great to see him and in no time at all he had a small audience enthralled by his magic tricks. He promised to follow my antics on Twitter! He was at the London Book Fair to promote his creation Wizbit, written by Justine Maynard and published by HandE Publishers.

There was considerable interest in e books, the publishing industry finally seems to be waking up to the fact that e books are here to stay and will continue to evolve and grow, as will Internet book sales. Self-publishing is another growth area and is becoming increasingly popular as a means for new authors to get their books out there.

It was also a good opportunity to meet with journalists and I had meetings with my e book and audio publisher, Summersdale Publishing, and my business book publisher, Crimson, who gave me a copy of the jacket cover of one of my new business titles due to be published in August 2009. They’re doing a big marketing push behind the launch of a major new series of business books including my titles: Successful Marketing, Successful Sales and Successful Customer Service. As soon as I have jpegs, I’ll post them here and put links where you can view details.

Today is the final day of the London Book Fair, and although I am not there, my marine mystery novels and thrillers are, so hopefully they will attract more interest from publishers, booksellers and readers around the world. Many people stopped by the stand to tell me how much they loved my rugged, edgy detective, Inspector Horton and to them I very grateful. I hope many more will enjoy reading my crime novels in the months and years ahead.

I hope to pass on more tips via this web site for authors who are self-publishing or who wish to self-publish so if you're interested, bookmark this site to learn more.

Monday, 13 April 2009

The London Book Fair 20-22 April 2009

The London Book Fair is just a week away and a great place to learn more about the publishing industry with free seminars and lots of publishers present. For published writers and those wishing to be published it's a good way to research the market and find out who is who. You can pick up new ideas at the fair, make new contacts, check out what kind of titles publishers are publishing and network with other authors, and those in the book business.

The Society of Authors has a reduction in entry tickets. Members can register online for the reduced price of £10, which is a saving of £30 on the usual entrance fee. To register, please visit the 'Membership benefits' page in the members area by clicking here.

My Marine Mystery crime novels and my thrillers will be on show at The London Book Fair on stand J205 so if you're going to the London Book Fair do take time to come and say 'hello'. I will be there on Monday 20 April and Tuesday 21 April. I've got some appointments lined up but if I'm not around you can always browse the books and pick up a leaflet or two. You can even pinch a sweet! My business book publisher, Crimson, will also be at the Fair on Stand J250.

I'm looking forward to meeting my overseas literary agents and my publishers and hopefully making many new contacts.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Pauline Rowson reads from Deadly Waters

Deadly Waters is available in paperback for £6.99 from 2 April 2009. Here I am reading an extract from chapter one.