How to publish your first book
The vast majority of first time authors write a book, send it to agents with a carefully crafted letter, and hope to secure a quality literary representative who will bring them writing success and the fame and fortune that goes with it. It does happen, but rarely. It’s a bit like winning the lottery, as million to one chance. In reality, agents are those few publishers who accept un-agented submissions are inundated with a sea of manuscripts each and every day. If you want to go down that road, I wish you luck, but I would suggest there’s a better and more realistic option. Firstly write a good book, then have it edited and professionally proofread if you can afford to, and ensure you have a great cover that stands out from the crowd. Once you’ve done all that, it’s never been easier to get your book out there on a worldwide basis. Platforms like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing provide would be authors with a fantastic opportunity to let readers decide if your book is worth reading. And believe me, they’ll let you know via reviews and poor sales figures if they don’t. Then, if you price it low and it goes well, and you still want an agent, you’ll have a much better chance of success. Most agents take note when you’ve sold at least 50,000 books. It’s a lot of hard work, but it can be done. Write because you want to write, write from experience, be willing o receive honest feedback, develop your craft and your book may stand out amongst the 3,000 plus that are published every day. Don’t expect to make a fortune, because most authors make a very modest income. Write because you love its and you may be one of the lucky ones. You can find out more about John Nicholl and his books at http://www.johnnicholl.com
ABOUT THE BOOK
Date Published: August 5, 2017
The hunters become the hunted…
When Rebecca's childhood abuser avoids prosecution, it sets her on a path to revenge, revenge on any man who preys on the innocent.
Twenty-three-year-old Rebecca poses as a child online and sets her trap, luring one predatory sex offender after another to their deaths.
When a severed head is found washed up on a windswept estuary beach, the police begin their investigation.
The internationally bestselling author of White is the Coldest Colour is back with a heart-racing, electrifying psychological thriller packed with suspense.
Brilliantly gripping, A Mind To Kill will have you hooked from the very first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.
What people are saying about A Mind To Kill:
‘A brilliant, searing, page-turning story.’ Renita D’Silva - Bestselling author
‘It chilled me to the core.’ Book Reviews To Ponder
‘Don’t miss out on this gripping page-turner of a psychological thriller.’
‘A very dark psychological thriller fraught with tension and the sense of evil radiating from the pages.’ The Book Revue Cafe
‘This is an author who likes to write and jump just a little over the edge to keep his readers gasping.’ Read Along With Sue
‘Another elegant and exquisitely composed story.’ Melanie Lewis - The Book Club
‘Packs a punch between the eyeballs that will keep you reeling all the way to the end.’ Ann Girdharry - Bestselling author
‘Brilliant, emotionally charged story telling that will leave readers on their edge of their seats until the very last page.’ Tome Tender Book Blog
‘Another superb read by John Nicholl.’ Cheekypee Reads And Reviews
9 October 1982
Detective Sergeant Gareth Gravel sat back in the driver’s seat of his West Wales Police Mondeo and stared at the Smith family’s front door for almost five minutes before finally exiting the vehicle. Delivering bad news was never easy. He’d seriously considered delegating the task to one of the force’s new-fangled touchy-feely family liaison officers for a time, but he’d eventually decided that it was something he had to do himself. He was a DS now, and rank carried responsibilities as well as privileges. It was his case, his failure and, like it or not, he had to man up, say his piece and face the inevitable shitstorm coming his way. Best get it over with and get out of there just as fast as his size tens could carry him.
Grav, as he was known by all in the force, took one last drag on his cigar before throwing the glowing butt to the floor and grinding it into the gutter with the heel of a shoe that was badly in need of polish. Come on, Grav my boy, let’s get this done. He’d be in the rugby club with a pint of best bitter in one hand and a set of darts in the other before he knew it.
A small part of him was hoping he wouldn’t receive an answer as he walked down the concrete driveway, approached the front door and knocked with gradually increasing force. But, all too soon,a naked bulb bathed the hall in a depressing yellow hue and a man in his mid thirties, who he immediately recognised as David Smith, stood facing him.
‘Can I come in for a chat, Mr Smith?’
Smith gripped the doorframe to either side of him. ‘Any news?’
‘Can we speak inside, Mr Smith? There’s things we need to discuss.’
‘Just say it, man. We’re sick of waiting.’
‘I’d rather not do this on the doorstep, if that’s all right with you?’
Smith lowered his arms, turned without reply and hurried towards the lounge, where his wife was shuffling from one foot to the other as if the floor was too cold to stand on.
‘Sergeant Gravel’s finally got some news for us, Jan.’
About the Author
John Nicholl, an ex police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written three dark psychological suspense thrillers, each of which have been Amazon international bestsellers, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or the media, and can be contacted via his author website at: http://www.johnnicholl.com. Rights enquiries should be directed to Mr Toby Mundy - Literary agent at TMA. A Mind To Kill was published on 5 August 2017.