The blurb

Well, here we are. After teasing you a few weeks ago with pitches of old books, here’s the blurb for New Gods:

“Revolution in a frozen city.

Robin Triggs’ psychological thriller transports us to the city of Australis, an industrial outpost set deep in the icy wilderness of Antarctica.

Freshly-demoted security officer Anders Nordvelt is hell-bent on finding the person who murdered his comrade. But the people of Australis are more concerned with evidence of atrocities carried out by the all-powerful Company, the organisation for whom they all labour.

As discontent threatens to break into outright rebellion, Anders struggles to walk the line between duty and justice. Having invested his life’s work in the Company, he must surely back the status quo.

Yet the murderer is still out there, and apparently targeting Anders. Are they a lone killer, or are they acting under orders?

As his superiors play a brutal game of politics, Anders must unmask the murderer before more die. In this fallen near-future world, the fate of the whole city may rest on his investigation.”

New Gods is scheduled for a 26th October release. As soon as the darn thing is available for pre-order I’ll let you know. Shouldn’t be long now.

Excitement!

Cover reveal coming shortly!

The next steps

I was going to write today about the bliss of having finished all one’s paying work (not that the money isn’t appreciated but I’ve the luxury of editing cash being an add-on to other family incomings) and having a bit of free waters upon which to do my own work. I have started (ish) writing original material again, see. But then a new job has hoven into sight and my free time is gone once again. Ah well, pays the bills, is not actively unpleasant, ho hum. Back to the ‘putting off my own work’ we go.

At the moment my free energy, when some of which I get, is mostly being spent on readying New Gods for the big wide world. Having just finished my final read-through, my current missions are to write a blurb and type-set the manuscript, all so I can liaise with the cover designer and get the jacket all properly laid out and beautiful. Which it will be, because the designer’s great and knows what she’s doing. I, for one, don’t.

So: typesetting. I have been wholly ignorant of how to go about laying out a book for publication. It all seems to involve setting up a manuscript with different styles and potentially using software more complicated than Word (I tried using Scrivener for a while – in fact, I reorganized New Gods at an earlier draft-stage – and didn’t really get on with it). This is a strain and was causing considerable stress.

Fortunately, in my peregrinations across the internet, I came across this excellent template which essentially does all the hard work for you. If you’re, like me, looking to self-publish and don’t really know what you’re doing, I heartily recommend at least having a look, if not copying it wholesale.

As for blurbing, again, I am a boy of little brain. I have had goes aplenty – hell, I’ve done it before, for Night Shift and Human Resources. But I’ve never felt like I’ve nailed the brief. How do you make a novel sound gripping and moody and intense and all those good adjectives in only 150 words? It makes writing a synopsis look like a piece of cake.

I shall mull and draft and redraft. And of course you, lovely reader, will be the first to see the results.