Introducing Our New Columnist - Lauren FaulkenberryJune 6, 2016
Adam Parker and the Radioactive Scout is tempting for any adult who grew up on a steady diet of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and also Scooby Doo and especially Encyclopedia Brown. The book is infused with Michael Field’s affection for the kid detective genre. The concept is great, but the delivery left me wishing for something different.
Luck is only part of this story. The rest is about perseverance, research, and partnerships. After my hiatus (those years my book lived in a folder in the guts of my laptop), I got serious about fixing the flaws in my book. I found some great resources and a top-notch beta reader—and found a great publisher just a few months later. Can you replicate all of this? YES. You have a story. What are the top three things you can do to get your manuscript in a publisher’s hands?
Robert Cowan is a Scottish author with three titles out to date. Searching for Ethan, Daydreams and Devils and the recently released For All Is Vanity. Having thoroughly enjoyed Daydreams and Devils, a book I can only describe as being a bit like The Commitments meets Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I was keen to interview Robert and find out more about the inspiration behind Daydreams and Devils, as well as his indie journey so far.
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Based on actual people and events known to the 92-year-old author, this romance novel covers five decades of the love affair between a flamboyant woman and her vibrant city. She transforms from reckless teenager, to divorced single-parent, to successful entrepreneur, and ultimately becomes an eccentric relic of a by-gone era.
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