Patrick G Cox

Inspiration!

Inspiration is not always straightforward. Sometimes you get a really great idea, and .... it leads nowhere once you start developing it. At others, the idea simply takes on a life of its own and grows into a great story. There really is no way that I have been able to discover, which produces a winner each time. I'm not sure everyone has that problem, perhaps they do, and perhaps, they simply plough ahead and keep hammering at the idea until it does work.

Widening Distribution

I recently uploaded all my current titles to Publish Drive, a new e-book publisher and distributer. This means that all the books are now available through a much wider range of outlets than just Amazon and Kindle. All things being equal, they should now be popping up on Barnes and Noble, through Google Play and Google Plus, with iBooks and a range of others. All the titles are available in paperback and e-book formats, with paper versions being printed by Lightning Source and distribution through Ingram. My editor and primary publisher remains IndieGo Publishing LLC, and Janet Angelo.

Juggling ...

This year seems to be racing for me. It is one of those years, when a lot of things have come together and need attention, so the things I enjoy doing, like sitting at my keyboard and writing, have suffered. This blog is one victim! Current tasks in hand include going over the edits for Harry Heron: Savage Fugitive, Book 4 in the Harry Heron series, which is now on track for publication end of June, early July. Thankfully it has not been a victim of the small disaster (I think every author's nightmare ...) of a laptop that refused to complete it's boot process for the last week.

The Challenges of writing SciFi ...

Writing SciFi presents a number of challenges these days, not least the speed of technological advance! When I first started writing seriously in this genre (now almost eighteen years ago), personal computers, were only just established as everyone's indispensable aid, mobile phones were just that, a phone using wireless technology, and "palm pilots" were a novelty. Tablets were still in the future, and pocket sized CD Players were still the way to carry music about. Within a very short time of my starting to write about ships managed and run by AI computer systems, almost all of that had changed.

Harry Heron; Savage Fugitive Progressing

Work on the final draft manuscript of Harry Heron; Savage Fugitive is progressing well. The story is now complete, and the manuscript is currently being overhauled to cut out the 'fat' and shake out any inconsistencies. My publisher, IndieGo Publishing LLC, plans to start work on the publisher's editing and internal design in March. All being well, we hope to see the book published in August or September.

Published at last!

Harry Heron: No Quarter is published at last! It has been a marathon haul, but I think the end product justifies the effort. What a job it has proved to be, and who would have thought a couple of hurricanes could have their own impact, but then the natural world has it's impact on everything. So, here we are, available at last, and just in time for Christmas, in paperback and on Kindle, Harry, Ferghal and their friends embark on a new set of adventures and sow not a little mayhem in their wakes.

It's been a long haul!

Getting Harry Heron; No Quarter to publication has been a long haul as we have hit a number of snags, including a hurricane that disrupted the publishers schedule horrendously. But we are almost there. The book will be released in paperback and on Kindle next week.

In the meantime the publisher has also commissioned a new cover for Harry Heron; Midshipman's Journey. I must say, I liked the old cover, but this one really pleases me.

Harry delayed by a hurricane

The latest Harry Heron story, following on from Harry Heron; Into the Unknown has been a little delayed by, of all things, a Hurricane. Specifically, Hurricane Irma. Although my publisher, IndieGo Publishing LLC was not in the direct path of the storm, it was hit by it. Nine days without power has delayed completion of editing, layouts and distribution of the Beta Reader's copies ...

The next Harry Heron

The next book in the Harry Heron series is now being given the editing, checking and correcting treatment. Harry Heron; No Quarter is scheduled for publication in July 2017 and I, as author, am looking forward to seeing it "out there" and on sale. There is a lot still to do, and no doubt some rewrites and changes will emerge from the editing process, but, as a taster, here is the cover ready for the Ingram catalogue ...

Reviews and Reviewers

Sometimes you run across a reviewer who really hates the story you've woven around a character. Fine, that is their prerogative, but when they then attack you personally, and go one step further and post their review on a number of websites to make sure they complete the trashing of your work, it does get under the skin. This is what has happened with my lates book, Magnus Patricius: The remarkable life of Saint Patrick, the manIt is particularly frustrating as, in creating this story, I went to considerable lengths to research the background and St Patrick himself.  It is writing as a fictional biography, in which I have used in the first person with the saint himself telling the story. One of the early Beta Readers was a Bishop, himself Irish and an expert on Patrick, and he loved the story. So, to be attacked by someone living in Texas, for daring to challenge her received 'expert' knowledge came as a surprise. So, perhaps, it is worth setting out how the book came into being.

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