Was it murder--or something serious?
Philip Marlow in Murder, My Sweet

Friday, April 25, 2014

Poetic Devices

I’ve been working on republishing the first four Poetic Death books. Pocket returned the rights to me a year or so ago, but I didn’t have any of the final files (everything was done by galley back then) and I didn’t have the energy to deal with it.

But things are a little calmer this year (yeah, not really) and so I sent print copies of the books out to Blue Leaf Book Scanning Service. They scan the pages (destroying the books in the process) and return digital files to you in word and PDF documents. So I spent a few days on that -- I’m delighted to say it actually worked quite well! -- and now the word files are off to my editor who is checking for general weirdness (there are a lot of funky characters and so forth) and giving them a once over. She’s very thorough, for which I’m grateful.

After she’s done, off they go to my trusty formatter. Mr. Thrilling has put together very simple but very elegant new covers using images from public domain postcards of the English Lake District. I love them. I think they are perfect for these quirky, old-fashioned stories.  

On impulse, I decided to have the books made into audio as well. I’m using Saskia Maarleveld at Brick Shop Audio to narrate. Some day I’ll post on the challenges of finding the right narrator. Saskia has a lovely voice, but the decider was her ability to do a passable British accent. Mother of God, WHY do people who cannot do accents try to do accents? Anyway, Saskia does a lovely Grace and a decent Peter, and I am thrilled to hear the final version this weekend.


It’s going to take  awhile to get all this done, of course. I hope to have the digital version of High Rhymes and Misdemeanors out before the end of the month. Mr. Thrilling is working on the print formatting (in between everything else he’s doing for my empire). I’m not hoping for a lot, but the books are, well, unique. Nobody does that kind of retro romantic-suspense anymore. They weren’t even doing it in 2003. Heck, I don’t even do it anymore! So I’ll price the first one temptingly at $2.99, and we’ll see what happens.


I wanted to try and share a little sample of the audio, but I’ll be darned if I can figure out how to get Windows Movie Maker to work. Put that on the list of things I need to learn and/or deal with.