Hard Return blog tour, giveaways, and launch party

Hard Return blog tour, giveaways, and launch party

It's time for the Hard Return blog tour, where my beloved book goes on a trip around all the criminal corners of the internet. I'm looking forward to sharing extracts from the novel, my favourite books, and an insight into how the Amy Lane family of characters has grown with the series. There are also a couple of giveaways running during the tour, for both new and timeless fans. https://twitter.com/rosieclaverton/status/1056859683082985474 For long-standing fans of the series, please share your love for The Amy Lane Mysteries and your friend could win a copy of the Binary Witness audiobook. Just post on social media and tag a friend who would love the books - the entry form is here. Finally, and most excitingly, I'm delighted to be appearing at Waterstones Cardiff for the official launch party for Hard Return! Join me for wine, reading, and signed copies from 7pm on November 1st....
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Events with Rosie!

Events with Rosie!

I’ve been having a busy month in terms of literature events. No, not Hay-on-Wye - entirely different - and more exciting - places. I was at CrimeFest in Bristol, on a panel with Jane Corry, Chris Curran, and Dolores Gordon-Smith, chaired by my fellow Crime Cymru author Cathy Ace. It was titled “Darkness and Light: Are you Cosy or Noir?” and we enjoyed exploring both the darker and lighter sides of our work. Last weekend, I attended my first Bare Lit Festival, celebrating writers of colour. I chatted with author Saeida Roass and our chair Jazzmine Breary about crime fiction, authenticity, audience, and colonialism. We had an intimate, engaged audience and it was a really valuable experience for me. This week, the fun doesn’t stop! I am discussing and signing my relaunched books Binary Witness and Code Runner at Octavo’s Book Café and Bar in Cardiff tomorrow. It’s free to attend and is the perfect lead in to... The first Crime & Coffee Festival...
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Are My Book Sales Good? Data for Novelists

Every debut novelist asks "what are good sales figures?" and every seasoned novelist/agent/publisher replies with "it depends". While this is undoubtedly true, it's not very useful to the novelist trying to work out where they fit in the world of books. We know who's at the top - bestsellers are determined by The Sunday Times, The New York Times, USA Today and more recently Amazon. These folks are selling 2000+ copies per day, depending on the season. Newsflash: most novelists do not sell thousands of books per day. Reports on author earnings can be useful, but they are difficult to apply on an individual level. Also, earnings =/= sales. Traditional publishers pay in two main ways - advances, where you get money before you sell anything, and royalties. Some publishers, like my publisher Carina Press, don't give advances but give higher royalty rates. However, royalties are only paid once you've "earned out" your advance (i.e. accumulated royalties are more than what was paid...
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Binary Witness Giveaway Winners!

The Binary Witness Giveaway has finished and here are our winners! a Rafflecopter giveaway They have each won one of the following wonderful prizes and have been individually emailed. Commiserations if you were not among our fortunate winners. Thank you for supporting the Binary Witness launch and blog tour. If you want to own a copy of Binary Witness, use the links below! Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Play...
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Binary Witness Blog Tour Complete!

The Binary Witness blog tour is over! I've been asked fantastic questions, received interesting comments and enjoyed your first reactions to the book and characters. I have visited some excellent book blogs on my tour. Last week's stops are recapped here and these are the stops I made this week: > On Monday, I was at Room With Books talking about my stomach for gore, the Binary Witness theme song, crumpets and my dream car. > On Tuesday, I visited Musings and Ramblings to chat about hungry writers block, evil sheep and the contents of my fridge. > On Wednesday, I was with Booklover Sue talking about favourite crime heroes, my bucket list and pole dancing. > On Thursday, I was at My Devotional Thoughts discussing living on the Enterprise, dream casting Binary Witness and my love of theatre. > On Friday, I made not one, but two stops! I was with C.R. Moss talking about Amy and Jason’s traits, my favourite character and how...
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Binary Witness Blog Tour: Stops so far!

Binary Witness has been out in the world one whole week! The Twitter Launch Party was a great success - thank you to everyone who turned out to celebrate with me. Lots of folk played and tweeted about The Amy Lane Mysteries Online Game. You still have the opportunity to save missing student Elodie Parsons - and discover some Binary Witness behind-the-scenes goodies. I've been touring the blogosphere talking about Binary Witness and my writing. These are the blog tour stops you may have missed last week: > On Monday, I was interviewed by Rogue's Angels and talked about my day job, Kites and Violence and my favourite characters. > On Tuesday, I stopped at Deal Sharing Aunt, where I talked about how life in Cardiff shaped my novel and how the title came to be. > On Wednesday, I visited Writers and Authors to blog about writing around the day job, including some tips for maximising your writing potential in your free time. > On Thursday,...
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Binary Witness Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Binary Witness launches today! Firstly, you can buy a copy of your very own at the following places: Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Play To celebrate my little book's birthday, there are a few things going on and the opportunity for all my readers to win some swag. The Amy Lane Mysteries Online Game Fancy yourself as an online super-sleuth? Reckon you could solve a mystery using only your wits and your computer? Play Amy in this old school text-based adventure game - find it here. Twitter Launch Party TONIGHT @ 8pm BST Come join me on the hashtag #binarywitness, where I will be answering all your questions about Binary Witness, life and writing. There will also be a quick quiz on the half-hour, with the opportunity to win an ebook and enter the giveaway. Binary Witness Blog Tour Thanks to the lovely ladies at Goddess Fish, I am visiting a number of enthusiastic reader blogs over the next two weeks, interviewing and...
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Binary Witness: Chapter One Reading

Binary Witness is out in ONE WEEK! If you've somehow missed me rambling on about my debut mystery novel, let me enlighten you. Binary Witness is about Amy Lane, an agoraphobic hacker, and her assistant Jason Carr, a streetwise ex-con, who hunt down a serial killer in Cardiff. Intrigued? Want to hear more? Thanks to Realm Pictures, you can now watch a video of me reading the first chapter of Binary Witness - to whet your mystery appetite. Without further ado - my reading of Chapter One: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: You can order Binary Witness from one of these retailers: Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Play ...
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Freudian Script: Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia: a mental health problem that everyone's heard of and yet receives little attention in media or movies. In this week's Freudian Script, we will explore the definition of agoraphobia, its connection to panic attacks and other mental health problems, notable examples and writing tips on how to portray agoraphobia sensitively and accurately. DISCLAIMER: This blog post is designed for writers of fiction. If you are concerned that you or someone you know has symptoms of mental health problems, please see your doctor. What is agoraphobia? From the Greek "fear of the market/gathering place", agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterised by fear, anxiety and panic in public places, mostly open or crowded spaces, resulting in avoidance. The phobia part is similar to any other phobia - spiders, heights, small spaces - because a phobia is an exaggerated anxiety response leading to avoidance. I'm emphasising avoidance here because it's a really key part of agoraphobia. The definition hinges on the anxious person's splitting of the world...
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10 Writing Career Lessons from Disney’s Frozen

Frozen, as the highest grossing animated film of all time, has commanded the attention of filmmakers everywhere. There have been in-depth analyses of what makes a successful animated film and how Frozen hits those buttons. This is not that kind of post. Instead, let's imagine the characters of Frozen have turned writing coach - what words of writing advice can they share? What do their life anecdotes teach us about how to be better writers? How can we learn from their mistakes? Here are 10 writing career lessons out of the mouths of Frozen characters: Don't let them in, don't let them see - be the good girl you always have to be. Most writers start out writing for themselves, for the joy of it. Because they can't not write. However, there will come a point when someone will ask why you spend all your time with a computer screen and may ask to see the finished product... I have always been something of an exhibitionist,...
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