I only have my experience to go on, and hope it helps.
(1) My personal view is that you wrote the book you wanted to write - so that's what you should submit. If you believe in it, go with it. An editor will make (the first couple of…"
I am a freelance writer and reviewer, the author of 21 crime and spy thrillers, a writer's help book, a YA ghost novel and 2 collections of short stories.
A new thriller series featuring private security consultants Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik:
THE BID - COMING 8 January 2017
The Marc Portman spy thrillers:
THE WATCHMAN No 1
CLOSE QUARTERS No 2
HARD COVER No 3
DARK ASSET No 4 – Spring 2017
Police series set in Picardie, France, featuring Inspector Lucas Rocco:
DEATH ON THE MARAIS No 1
DEATH ON THE RIVE NORD No 2
DEATH ON THE PONT NOIR No 3
DEATH AT THE CLOS DU LAC No 4
ROCCO AND THE SNOW ANGEL' - a Rocco novella (on Kindle)
The Harry Tate spy thriller series:
RED STATION No 1
TRACERS No 2
DECEPTION No 3
RETRIBUTION No 4
EXECUTION No 5
The Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer crime series - now on Kindle:
NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED No 1
NO HELP FOR THE DYING No 2
NO SLEEP FOR THE DEAD No 3
NO TEARS FOR THE LOST No 4
NO KISS FOR THE DEVIL No 5
SMART MOVES (Kindle only) - part crime, part adventure and a little bit sexy, too.
THE LOST PATROL - a paranormal tale on Kindle.
Short Crime Fiction collection - Kindle
SHADES OF MAYHEM Vol 1
SHADES OF MAYHEM Vol 2
WRITE ON! The Writer's Help Book - (Accent Press)- is an edited compilation of my 'Beginners' articles from Writing Magazine. Advice, encouragement and practical tips for writers. Now available in paperback and ebook.
Thanks, Adrian. Those Russian mobsters do make great villains. I see that you're also a fan of "The Wire" but have trouble deciphering the dialects. Here's a tip -- watch it on DVD and turn on the English language subtitles. Works like a charm. Reece
I read your first book when it first came out, because you very kindly sent me a copy after holding a competition of some kind. Damned if I can remember what it was, though, but I think it was something like a first line question (?) Anyway, I enjoyed the book and we corresponded briefly before you went off and became famous... or something. Nice to hear from you again, anyway.
I appreciate that. I've been reading your wise words again in WM and I did start Finders, Weepers (twice) only yo be interrupted by screaming kids! I'll get to it now they're back at school.
I also have a proposition for you, but best done via email. Mine's next to Matt's on the guidelines to the TKnC site.