Welcome mystery fans. It seems I took an extended hiatus from writing in this space. I can explain.
Launching a new book takes time. So does switching publishers. I was in the middle of the former but am now neck-deep in the latter, or maybe both.
All three Nostalgia City mysteries are available again on Amazon, both e-book and print. They will soon be available elsewhere, although for the time being the e-book versions of two of the mysteries, numbers 1 and 3, are exclusively with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited.
Each of the three Nostalgia City mysteries has a new international standard book number (ISBN) used to identify and locate books and identify the publisher. As a result, some website links, if they’re older than two months, may not connect you to the books. The easiest way to find them is to go to Amazon and type in the title. Details and links are also always available on this website.
Articles (posts) in upcoming weeks will be book and movie reviews, observations about readers’ particular interest in authors, offbeat and background information on (my new book) The Marijuana Murders, hints about mystery #4 that I’m working on and a few surprises.
As you may have noticed, Death in Nostalgia City was recently–for two days– on sale for free. Does that qualify as “on sale?” I dunno, as one of my characters would say, but thousands of people snapped it up. If you missed the sale, Death in Nostalgia City will be offered for free again on Amazon. Stay tuned.
Right now you can register to win a print copy of The Marijuana Murders. Kings River Life magazine is giving the book away. To be eligible, simply comment on the reviewer’s article about my book or simply send him an email. Details here: https://www.krlnews.com/2019/08/the-marijuana-murders-by-mark-s-bacon.html
Writing a novel is easy. As you can see, I nailed it on the first draft.
I’ve been meaning to share this picture. Many authors’ protracted blog explanations about the task of writing to the contrary, I don’t think many readers are interested in how we create a story. Does it make a story more meaningful if you know, for example, it was written on a Mac, on a yellow pad or an old fashioned typewriter?
So, I’ll make this brief. Although I compose and edit on my computer, every so often I need to print out my latest chapters and go over them with a pencil. When a complete manuscript is finished, I redo things. Several times. Critique groups, beta readers and an editor all contribute to draft after draft. Then it’s done.
Actually deciding it’s done is one of the most difficult tasks in writing a novel. Thus my stack of drafts gets taller. I usually save the drafts until the book is in print—sort of like a cloud backup, only this paper backup is recycled when the job is done.