Occasionally – and usually unexpectedly – you get days when everything seems to go right, and yesterday was one of those. First I met my “map man”, and things are moving on, albeit in an unhurried fashion. He has agreed that it would be best to have a small, simplified map for each book, noting the key locations for that story, and then a grand, more detailed London map for all of them, for conversion into a PDF which will be downloadable from this website. I have left it to him to decide which to tackle first.
Second, I decided to pursue another bookshop that has been on my radar for some time and, to cut a long story short, Daunt Books in Cheapside has agreed to take eight books – two of each title – on a sale-or-return basis. Long-time blog readers will remember that I did manage to winkle one copy of “Fatal Forgery” into the original Daunts in Marylebone, but nothing came of it. To be fair, they did warn me that their stock was heavily travel biased. Their Cheapside outpost, however, has more of a balance between travel and – crucially – fiction, and I have managed to persuade the manager that his City clientele will appreciate the financial crime angle. (Plus, of course, Sam’s dear friend Edward Freame has his banking house on Cheapside, almost opposite Daunt Books.) I’m doing my inaugural (I hope) delivery run next week.
And third, I had a belter of an afternoon plotting for “Plank 5”. I have decided on two deaths already – one natural, one not – and on the main twist of the story. To tantalise you, I have been reading about Wesleyan missionaries in Jamaica, and the history of Kew Gardens…
vicky blake said:
Your books sound like a perfect fit for Cheapside. Congratulations and I hope they get snapped up for Christmas presents. My sister has just requested one after reading your Q&A!
Ah, that’s very kind, Vicky! I’m a bit nervous about Cheapside – I always feel so protective of the books when they head out somewhere new…
vicky blake said:
I just bought a physical copy of Fatal Forgery for my sister who had asked me for one having read your Q&A and I was struck by how very handsome the books are so they will hold their own very well in Daunts.
Between you and me, Vicky, I sometimes fear that the covers are better than the insides…! My cover designer did a superb job with “Fatal Forgery”, and set an excellent pattern for what then turned out to be a series. Thank you for all of your support and kind words – very much appreciated.
Best wishes from Susan
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