Today my friend Graham Smith has a confession to make….
A Silly Mistake I Made
By Graham Smith
Yes you read the title right. I made a mistake and I don’t mind admitting it.
‘What mistake?’ I hear you ask.
The mistake is quite an obvious one which is all over the cover of my latest eBook. No it’s not the blurbs, or a typo on the cover. It actually is more obtuse than such a simple thing. In fact it’s only something someone as pedantic as me would pick up on yet it reverberates throughout the novel and grates me every time I think of it. (I’m typing this up with clenched teeth)
The mistake is to do with the title of the book and the cover image. When I engaged my graphic designer friend to make the cover I asked for a shotgun to feature. He did his usual excellent job of designing a cover which fits my brand and I was chuffed to pieces.
It was only after I had signed off on the work and had started with pre launch publicity that I realised the error. The title is Gutshots: Ten Blows to the Abdomen, yet the cover image shows the shotgun broken over to reveal two 12 gauge cartridges. (The graphic designer has even rotated them from the original image so they were the right way up such is his attention to detail) Why oh why hadn’t I realised that Gutshots: TWELVE Blows to the Abdomen would have tied everything together much neater?
Still you live and learn eh?
Gutshots actually has fifteen stories in as I have included five free stories which have been published elsewhere. Grab yourself a copy and revel in my mistake It’s less than a pound after all and you get fifteen hard-hitting crime / noir stories which will tickle your fancy or fancy your tickle.
Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. For the last eleven years he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.
As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
For more information visit his blog http://grahamsmithwriter.blogspot.com/