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I am delighted to welcome you along to my stop on the blog tour for Roger A Price’s “Vengeance” and share a piece with you where the author discusses the road to publication.

Book Description:

Vengeance

 

Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker. Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done. But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.

Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police. He was called in when they

received the information about the impending hit. Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess. And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston. He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.

Christine Jones is a TV reporter. She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer. They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional. But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Vinnie agrees to keep her in the loop.

Meanwhile, Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She mak

es contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.

Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother in law’s funeral.  As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger. And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?

Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, this is must read for crime fans everywhere.

You can buy a copy of “Vengeance” in the UK via Amazon here or in the US via Amazon here

 

Roger is kindly running a giveaway over the course of the blog tour and you could win paperback copies of “Nemesis” and “Vengeance” – just follow this link.

 


When did you first decided to get your ideas out of your head and onto paper?

I’ve always harboured the desire to write, but always found excuses not to. That said when I was a working detective, time was a precious commodity, so when I left the cops with a huge amount of experience in both the covert and overt side of investigations, I knew I had to try.

How long did that first manuscript take to perfect?

Over the years, I had done some formal training on how to write creatively, but having not put any of it into practice, I’d forgotten most of it. My dilemma was, do I do a further course/night school, or do I just write? I decided to just get on with it.

After nearly a year, I thought I had my first book – which became ‘By Their Rules’ – as good as I could get it, so then took the plunge and sent it to a literary consultant and paid them to critique it. What came back was little short of a crime scene after it had been ripped to shreds. And rightly so! After I had stopped crying I started to go through the in-depth report and put all the structural mistakes right. Such things as POV errors, ‘head hopping’ being a common mistake made by new authors. I worked and re-worked on it until I felt it was ready to start submitting.   

How did you get it in front of publishers?

I learnt a lot about how to approach editors and agents through Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, perfecting my covering letter and synopsis before attaching my sample chapters and starting to send my submission out.

Did you have an agent?

No, but I have had some interested, some very, but not enough to offer representation. I think fewer and fewer are taking the risks they once took with an emerging voice. Also, a lot is down to luck; hitting the right agent (or editor) with the right story at the just the right time. What feedback I did get from my many rejections was that I could write to submission standard, and I could tell a story. That was a massive positive and inspiration to continue.

My first two books ‘By Their Rules’ and ‘A New Menace’ are in their own series, but ‘Nemesis’ and ‘Vengeance’ are a different series (The Badge and the Pen series). I needed to change publisher so needed to create a new series. It took me a further year of rejections and then I was offered two contacts in the same week! I am now happily signed with the marvellous Endeavour Press.       

What was the first reaction of people?

You really do feel naked when your first book is published and you are awaiting the first reaction from readers and reviewers. I’ve been very fortunate to have received hugely supportive and positive feedback to date. But I’m never complacent; you are only as good as your last book/review.  

Did the publishers want to change a lot? All? Nothing? Did you agree? Or stick to your guns and find someone else?

An interesting question; before my first book was signed, one publisher rejected it but asked for a re-write to reduce it by a third! They were very prescriptive in which episodes they wanted removing. I did the work and then resubmitted, only for them to reject it and ask for no further work to be done! That left me with two very different versions of the book. I chose to stick with the original and drop the abridged version which proved to be the correct decision.

What input did you have on the cover? Font? Etc. …

You are asked your opinion, but the decisions are already made at this stage bar minor tweaks. The cover design is part of the publisher’s brand so it is understandable that they make the decisions. When I was researching who to approach, looking at the cover designs of other books published by a particular publisher is important. I always thought Endeavour Press’ were stunning.

If you could do it all again, what would you change?

Perhaps if I’d taken on some more training before I started I might have saved myself a lot of pain from that first critical critique; that said, it was just the kick up then pants I needed.


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for reviews, guests posts and your chance to win paperback copies of “Nemesis” and “Vengeance”.

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