Published by Zaffre (8 March 2018)
Available in ebook and paperback
It’s a pleasure to be hosting T M Logan on the paperback publication day for 29 Seconds. I reviewed his debut, Lies here on the blog last year and 29 Seconds is another fast paced tension filled thriller – my review will follow soon. I have a great guest post to share but first here’s a little about the book.
| About the Book |
Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .
When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.
He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.
No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.
All it takes is a 29 second phone call.
BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A NAME TO GIVE. DON’T THEY?
Ten things NOT to do when your debut novel is published
by T M Logan
I didn’t know what to expect when my debut thriller Lies was published last year. I don’t suppose anyone does, really. I had spent the best part of ten years working up to that point – finding an agent, getting a publishing deal, writing and editing and re-writing – that I hadn’t given much thought to what it would actually be like once the book was published.
There is a ton of advice out there for aspiring authors. Lots of lists and tips. But not much about what you do next, when you reach that wonderful day when your book is in WH Smiths? And perhaps more importantly, the things you shouldn’t do when your novel comes out.
So, for what it’s worth (and with the benefit of hindsight), I thought I’d make a list of my own: ten things NOT to do when your debut novel is published. In no particular order…
1. Don’t check your book’s Amazon ranking 37 times a day. Although you probably will.
2. Don’t quit your day job. Having said that, I did kind of do this (not entirely through choice).
3. Don’t forget that you are very, very lucky to have your book out there in the world. It’s an amazing thing to walk into a shop and see your debut on the shelf. Enjoy it.
4. Don’t read your one-star reviews. Most people are lovely, but a few will write some truly horrific stuff about your first-born. Don’t read it. Unless you’re feeling particularly happy and want to bring yourself down a little.
5. When you’re asked to do a reading at an event or a festival, keep it short. Any more than two pages is not a reading – it’s a hostage situation.
6. Don’t compare yourself to other authors. There’s always someone out there who will be getting more reviews, more coverage in the media, more love from readers and bloggers. Comparison is just going to make you grumpy. Don’t do it.
7. If you’re at an event, don’t drink more than two glasses of wine while signing books (then forget/misspell/smudge the name of the person you’re signing for).
8. Don’t go too far down the rabbit hole of social media. It’s great for connecting with people, but don’t let it eat into your writing time. It’s about the writing, first and last. Don’t lose sight of that.
9. Don’t stress over things you can’t do anything about. There are lot of things that are outside your control as a debut author – let go of them.
10. Don’t waste time making up award speeches in your head, or start planning your retirement on your own private island in the Maldives.
And most importantly, don’t forget that you’ve got to write book 2!
And yes, I’m guilty of some (most) of these…
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My thanks to Emily and Bonnier Zaffre for arranging the guest post.
If you’d like to read 29 Seconds for yourself, it is currently available to download from Amazon UK for just 98p
| Author Bio |
T M Logan was born in Berkshire to an English father and a German mother. He studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently works in communications, in the field of higher education, and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. Follow him on Twitter @TMLoganAuthor