Jus When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back In The Surgery by Valerie Laws
'A terrific book. Laws has crafted a very creepy, very haunting mystery tale. THE OPERATOR does for going to the doctor, what JAWS did for going to the beach. Trust me, you’ll never feel the same way about disrobing and lying on an examination table. You’re warned!' Phoef Sutton
My new crime novel and twelfth book, THE OPERATOR, the second Erica Bruce and DI Will Bennett thriller, is launching in paperback this month, (LAUNCH DETAILS below) having been available on Kindle since Autumn 2013, and this is the front cover, with one addition. I’m thrilled to have been able to add to the fab comment from Ann Cleeves (new 'Vera' novel HARBOUR STREET), an extract from the above quote by
|Where everybody knows your 'Norm!'|
|'This might hurt - A LOT!'|
When I was in hospital for months after the accident back in the mid-80s, older people in particular didn’t question ‘the Doctor’ but tended to passively accept decisions and take medication without asking what it was and why they were given it. Doctors, Surgeons and other professional medics were gate-keepers of medical knowledge. Nowadays, most of us go to a doctor already armed with all the knowledge we can glean from the internet, probably already knowing what we’ve got, with the information to help us judge the opinion we get and the treatments we are offered - we can make an actual
|This Doctor really does know best|
|Gatekeeper worth preserving|
others do? None of the arguments hold water: yes there are badly edited, badly written self-pub books, but there are some awful books put out by big publishers, quotations from which some of us have great fun mocking on Facebook. Plenty of self-pub books are top quality, and if even badly written books sell enough they may well be snapped up by publishers.
CAULDSTANE is just out on Kindle, to a rush of buying from her myriads of eager fans) sell well because readers love them, though publishers may feel they don’t fit particular arbitrarily and narrowly defined genres tightly enough. Genres which are happily crossed and mixed in commercial movies: the public seem to cope with that.
There is sometimes an apparent fear of a kind of imagined insane uncontrolled flood of books sweeping over the market which haven’t been through an agent or publisher, or even an editor, as if this will somehow damage books and reading for everyone - even though the big publishers still have the advantage of money and clout to get their publicity out and get reviews in the mainstream media. It reminds me of some of the religious right in the US arguing against gay people being allowed to marry because it will ‘spoil’ marriage for straight people. Straight people who marry for love seem to have been managing so far despite others marrying for money, or a green card, or a big wedding, or family pressure or a shotgun to the goolies. Even in the UK, one of the UKippers recently blamed actual flooding on LBGT rights. It seems logic is washed away when some fear 'flooding' by happy gay couples, immigrants, or self-published books.
Many of us now combine a mixture of self-publishing and being published by either big, or small independent publishers, and are informed enough to make our own decisions, as readers and as writers. THE OPERATOR is published in paperback by Red Squirrel Press, an independent publisher based in Northumberland which operates without funding, and publishes poetry too, some of it mine.
LAUNCH: I will be taking part in crime festivals and readings so look out for me in your area, and the first launch celebration is at The Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne, Monday 24th February, 7-9pm, FREE. Do come along if you are in the north east of England that night!
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Good luck with the launch - a bit too far north for me, but hope it goes well!
Most of my reading now is of indies. it has to be something exceptional from the commercial world to attract me. Recent reading: Birds Without Wings (de Bernieres), The Luminaries and Brian Aldis's staggering Helliconia trilogy, just deservedly reissued. All books which SAY SOMETHING WORTHWHILE. A rare quality in traditional publishing now.