2009 promises to be a busy year for me with seven of my books being published and some talks and events already lined up. But first, as it is the New Year, it's a good time to reflect on what has gone before and then to set objectives and look forward to events in 2009. So here goes:
Looking back at 2008
In Cold Daylight, my thriller featuring Adam Greene, reached the top ten shortlist for the World Book Day Prize 2008 and came sixth in an on line poll.
Deadly Waters, the second DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery crime novel was published in trade paperback, large print and as a Talking Book.
The Suffocating Sea, the third DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery crime novel, was published in hardback.
In For The Kill, my thriller featuring Alex Albury, was published in Poland, retitled Uwiklany.
In Cold Daylight was published in Poland retitled Ogien i Woda.
I was commissioned to write my first professional play called ‘Murder at the Pelican Club’ which is to be premiered in March 2009 in Liverpool. It is set in 1940s England and features a gruff, middle-aged detective called Inspector Doyle.
My business and motivational books were acquired by Crimson Publishing in April 2008 and I was commissioned to revise three of these business books to be published by Crimson in 2009.
I gave fourteen talks and book signings in 2008, which included a unique eight hour marathon book signing session on the Wightlink Ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight; participation in Portsmouth Library’s first ever Murder Mystery evening; appearances to help celebrate Independent Booksellers Week; a talk at the first Havant Literary Festival; a talk at a Women into Business Conference and many library, reading groups, retirement associations and charity talks.
I was chosen by BBC Radio Solent to be one of their 100 Lives Project. This meant appearances on BBC Radio Solent and a fantastic morning at the BBC Radio Solent Christmas party where presenter, Julian Clegg, managed to conduct his programme live from the BBC canteen and interview over forty guests, me included of course.
Interviews by Polish journalist Anna Kutrzuba for the release of my thrillers in Poland and by Completely Novel. Other regional press interviews and media coverage including interviews on Express FM, Dublin Radio, and Angel Radio
Events and happenings in 2009
The Suffocating Sea, the third DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery crime novel, to be published in paperback in January 2009.
Tide of Death, the first DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery crime novel, to be published in Poland. Śmierć nadchodzi falami, in January 2009.
Deadly Waters, the second DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery crime novel to be published in mass market paperback in April 2009.
Dead Man’s Wharf, the brand new and fourth DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery crime novel, to be published in hardback in May 2009.
Business Books - Successful Marketing to be published in May 2009, Successful Customer Service to be published in July 2009 and Successful Selling to be published in October 2009.
Talks and book signings
March 11 – Mengeham WI Meeting, Hayling Island, Hampshire.
April 20-21 – London Book Fair 2009
May 12 – Cornwall, St Ives Library and a further tour of Cornwall Libraries and bookshops being arranged.
May 15/16 – Crimefest, Bristol.
September 29 – City of Newcastle Library and Wallsend Library, North Tyneside.
November 20 – Guest Speaker at Wessex Cancer Trust Lunch.
Do join me at any of the events if you're in the area. I'll post more details and more events as they are confirmed.
So lots going on. And my writing objectives for 2009...
To complete the fifth DI Andy Horton novel by April 2009. Publication date is yet to be confirmed as is the title. Watch this space for further details. For more information you can visit my official web site at http://www.rowmark.co.uk/
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Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.