Rob Parnell - Author

Rob Parnell - Author
Writing faster than the speed of night...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

PURGE re-released!

PURGE by ROB PARNELL

Recently I met an editor online by the name of Peter Wilson. 

I can’t quite remember how we began talking. I think he emailed me a question about one of my Academy courses and we hit it off. We got to chatting. 

I was interested in what he had to say because he said he’d been editing a detective thriller that had just been released on Kindle. 

It was a genre piece and I wondered if he might be interested in editing my next detective thriller, at the moment called, All The Right Reasons.  

Peter said he’d be interested and where was the manuscript? 

I had to break it to him that although I’d finished the first draft, I wasn’t ready to hand the story over to him yet. 

You see, that’s the thing with work in progress manuscripts. 

The author has to do everything he can to make the story AND THE TEXT perfect BEFORE he hands the MS over to an editor.

That’s the way of the professional: make your manuscript PERFECT before you even think about letting anyone else read it.

Never show people work in progress!

Not even family members.

Not even writer friends.

NEVER anybody associated with publishing books! 

Now, sadly, a lot of lazy new authors don’t think this way. They think they can write any old crap and just get an editor to fix it. 

Admittedly this phenomenon is a lot more common in the modern nonfiction publishing world where many would-be writers - who are actually more like salespeople disguised as authors - write very quickly to produce often very short e-booklets - and then release them on a weekly basis.

This may seem like a strange way to make a living but I kid you not. 

I’ve read blogs produced by these people and they say that it’s the only way THEY can make a living on Amazon Kindle: they have to release a lot of short (crappy) e-books on a continual basis.

Why would you want to do that? 

Because that’s not my experience. I’ve found that if you take your time and write longer, quality books, then they tend to stay in the book chart for much longer, sometimes AGES. 

For example, some of my books are still in the top 100 of their category TWO to FOUR YEARS after their initial release. I believe in creating the best possible books I can. Whether fiction or nonfiction, no matter how long they take to write and GET RIGHT!

But this article is actually about fiction.

Fiction is generally a much harder sell these days because there’s so much more competition than there used to be. 

In the old days, traditional publishers were able to effectively hold back the tide of new novels by rejecting 99% of all author’s books. Now, authors don’t need to bother with these self-appointed gatekeepers. 

I read recently that about TWENTY new novels are appearing on Amazon and Kindle EVERY DAY. 

That’s a seriously huge amount of authors vying to be read and taken seriously.

And in a world where only the cream will rise to the top, the only trick necessary for a new writer is to remain consistently good. 

It’s tempting to be cavalier about such things, especially when you’re starting out. Plus it’s all too easy to get so scared of putting something online that you never get around to it. 

That’s why you need to engender a nice balance between courage and skill.

Plus, get yourself good beta readers and especially good editors.

As much as you can do yourself, you can NEVER catch all the typos. For some reason, the brain can override what you see and actually put in words that aren’t in the manuscript. 

You literally CAN’T SEE your own mistakes. It's a very strange phenomenon.

Hence the need for a great editor. 

All of which is a preamble to announcing the re-release of my crime thriller novel PURGE.

Considering it’s fiction, the book has done pretty well. It floats in and out of the charts all the time and the reviews are great.

To cut a long story short, Peter - from an editing company he’s calling Grizbokkit Editing Services - offered to edit Purge because, as he put it, it would help him get to know my writing style in preparation for the follow-up novel, All the Right Reasons.

I think he’s done a superb job of editing the story, especially improving the references to Boston, where Peter used to live.

Now if you don’t know already, Purge features my hero character, Matt Johansen. He’s a young cop who keeps getting passed over for promotion and is eager to prove himself to senior management. 

He wants everyone to know he’d make a great detective. Problem is, his behavior and his youthful temperament doesn’t sit right within the Boston Police Department. 

So, he goes it alone when he discovers a serial killer has caused the death of his long lost sister. Purge is a story about redemption because not only is Matt trying to rid the streets of crime single-handedly, he’s also trying to purge some inner demons that keep him from powering ahead in his career.

Of course, there’s an autobiographical strain to Purge - and the follow-up. 

Yeah, Matt is a bit like me, well, more like the way I used to be when I was his age. 

Okay, simply put, in the spirit of constant improvement and giving my readers the best possible experience of my novels, I have updated Purge, probably my best novel. 

And I’d really love for you to get it. It’s only 99 cents for the next couple of days. Feel free to grab it while you can especially if you’re intending to read the follow up when I release it - probably before Xmas this year.

Keep Writing!

Rob@easywaytowrite.com

Your Success is My Concern

https://www.amazon.com/Purge-Matt-Johansen-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00NETG5F8/

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Essene Heresy Chapter Five

Hi Peeps,

Click on the link below to read the next installment of my thriller in the making.

Chapter Five

Thanks for all the great feedback. Writing a novel with a weekly deadline is harder than I thought - what with everything else I have to do - but it's good discipline.

Here's what's happened up to this point:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll.

In Coober Pedy, Outback Australia, ex-psychic Jake Moss is hiding from the world after a public meltdown in Boston. He needs to feel better about himself before he faces the world again.


In a London TV production office, the host of a Channel 4 show about strange phenomena decides to follow the story of the death of a Harvard professor and his connection with the Essene Copper Scroll. She sets out to find a psychic to help her.
 
Back in Coober Pedy, Jake is trying to write a book - without much success. To escape his unhelpful mind, he ventures out to clear his head. On the road outside of town, he stops to pick a beautiful girl, who introduces herself as Danica Palmer.

Read on to discover what happens next!

My best to you.

Rob Parnell

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chapter Four - The Essene Heresy

Hi Peeps!

Chapter 4 of my new super-charged thriller in the making is available now. Click on the link below:

CHAPTER FOUR

Thanks for following this story - your feedback has been awesome!

To recap - in case you missed the previous parts:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll.

In Coober Pedy, Outback Australia, ex-psychic Jake Moss is hiding from the world after a public meltdown in Boston. He needs to feel better about himself before he faces the world again.


In a London TV production office, the host of a Channel 4 show about strange phenomena decides to follow the story of the death of a Harvard professor and his connection with the Essene Copper Scroll. She sets out to find a psychic to help her.


Chapter Four picks up the story at this point.

My best to you!

Rob Parnell

Monday, September 9, 2013

Chapter Three - FREE download of The Essene Heresy

The link to Chapter Three of my new thriller in the making is here:

CHAPTER THREE

To recap - in case you missed the previous parts:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll.

In Coober Pedy, Outback Australia, ex-psychic Jake Moss is hiding from the world after a public meltdown in Boston. He's trying to write a book without much success. He needs to feel better about himself before he faces the world again.

Chapter Three picks up the story at this point.

Enjoy!

Feedback is welcome.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Chapter Two - The Essene Heresy - Free download

Hiya

You can download the next installment of my thriller in the making here:

CHAPTER TWO

This is where the hero is finally introduced.

To recap - in case you missed the previous parts:

In the caves around Qumran in the Israeli occupied territory, a priest and his young charge have been forced to leave their home following an assault on their town by fearsome mercenaries. They took with them a box of unknown contents.

Next day, a Harvard professor of antiquities is killed by an assassin looking for the professor's files on the Essene Copper Scroll...

Chapter Two picks up the story at this point.

Enjoy! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

FREE - Chapter One, The Essene Heresy

Hiya,

Here's the link to the first chapter of The Essene Heresy - a super-charged thriller in the making!

Click HERE

If you missed the prologue, you can go HERE to get that too.

All FREE!

I've had some terrific feedback for the story so far. If you like fast paced thrillers about buried treasure and international intrigue, then climb on board - I mean subscribe to this blog! - and get some action!

My best to you,

Rob Parnell

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Essene Heresy - the prologue


The time has come!

If you're an email subscriber to this blog, you'll have already received a link to the prologue of The Essene Heresy - the first part of an online thriller to be released weekly as of today!

If you're not on my blog list, you can download the prologue by clicking HERE.

Make sure you get the next installment of the thriller by signing up to the box on the top right of this page!

My best to you,

Rob Parnell