Monday, 30 January 2012

Update

I thought I would have a quick catch-up post on recent news.

First, the new Mammoth Book of Best British Crime (Best British Mysteries in the US version) is now out, featuring my short story A Fair Deal. It also has stories by Val McDermid, Peter James, RJ Ellory, Reginald Hill, Zoe Sharp, Simon Brett, Martin Edwards and (of course) a certain Brian McGilloway.

I recently saw the cover of the French edition of The Herring Seller’s Apprentice. I love the design and I think that the title is inspired - I wish I’d come up with that myself. It’s out this autumn (Sonatine Editions).




Wherever writers gather (pubs and bars usually) there is a general agreement that reviews in national dailies are becoming rarer and that [insert your genre here] is especially neglected. I was delighted therefore to see a review in the Daily Mail for Herring on the Nile. Coming some months after publication meant it was an added bonus.

And finally I have started to tweet under the alias of @lenctyler. (There’s already an @lctyler and @lentyler out there.) I have to admit I’ve been slightly sceptical of the value of Twitter, but it’s fun. I already have two followers - not a world record exactly, but it’s early days yet. And I’ve had my first reply to a tweet (thanks, Aliya!) I’m also following some interesting tweeters, including Aliya and Eliza - and check out Middle Class Nightmare if you haven’t heard of it. Which other MNWers are tweeting by the way?

9 comments:

Tim Stretton said...

Lots of good news there, Len. I love the title and cover of HSA - I can see that the English title defies ready translation.

I'm on Twitter--but largely dormant--as @timstretton.

Len Tyler said...

Hi Tim. You will see I am now following you - in the Twitter sense of the word. (No need to keep looking over your shoulder for a shadowy figure in a trenchcoat hiding in a doorway.)

Aliya Whiteley said...

Cool stuff happening! Love the French cover.

Frances Garrood said...

Congratulations on the anthology, Len, and the distinguished company! And I LOVE the book and the title. As for twitter, I did sign up, but hesitate to waste (?) even more time. Also, I've forgotten how to do it...

Len Tyler said...

Many thanks, both - and thank you Aliya for the re-tweet. (I'm slowly learning how all this works ...)

Alis said...

That is a fabulous title and somehow manages to convey the tone of the book in very few words - inspired. I hope the book does really well in France.
No, I don't currently tweet - I'm very wary of the time it would take up as I'm already sufficiently addicted to the internet!!

Ann Weisgarber said...

Len, congrats on the anthology. Very cool for the other authors to have this chance to shine with you. I'm also glad to see Brian in the mix.

Terrific review. This has to be the one time where "intrepid duo of incompetents" is a compliment.

The red car on the cover seems to be part of your theme, Len. As soon as I saw this, I pulled "A Very Persistent Illusion" off of my shelf. That's a snappy convertible so what will be next? A Bentley?

Eliza Graham said...

Fantastic cover, Len! Love it. Glad things are happening your end.

Matt Curran said...

Great cover, Len. And I love the Mammoth books already (became a convert to their SF and Horror anthologies last year) so huge kudos for making the collection; I'll keep my eyes out for it...