Another 5* review for "Of Paradise and Pigs" by Jim Pearce in France,

"First class read, very amusing.
Some very typical French and expat characters.
I learned much about pigs and truffles.
Hope to see more from this author about France”

Well, GWL Publishers say they will not be offering me a contract for “Pigs Two” so it looks like I have been drummed out of the brownies, buttons taken off and stripes cut away! I want to get “Arsenic” out ASAP and after that I am undecided. I am not sure about doing “Pigs Two” on my own and may spend what time and energy I have left doing something about the pitfalls of Indie publishing, from agents who charge, courses on how to “become a writer” or a proof-reader, weekend seminars for would-be authors – and not forgetting my dear lady friend (dead now) who took out a bank loan for £25K (really!) to have the most awful bodice ripper I have ever read published and ended up with boxes and boxes of the hardback books in her garage, which are still there God-knows how many years after the poor woman’s death. Let’s see…...

I am hard at it, editing “Mercy Quint” and have a super cover done. I will try to get it out in Kindle for Christmas reading, but I get very tired nowadays and am inclined to doze off from time to time, I am afraid, but that may be more due to the scotch than my advanced age!

Thanks to my supporters and readers. Your comments and loyalty are much appreciated and I only hope that “Mercy” will match my previous endeavours.

Based on a cause celebre in 1930's Cornwall, a story of true evil and a great miscarriage of justice. Available in Kindle December.

I have been overwhelmed by the response to my posting regarding "Arsenic and Mercy Quint". Over 1700 responses of support and demands that I do not "give up". Amazing. I have always believed that Dr. Johnson was right when he said that anyone who writes a single word for any purpose other that financial gain is a "blockhead" but "a man could change, couldn't he?" I will push on with Arsenic and try to get it out at least on Kindle before Christmas. Oh - and thanks to everyone for kind support!
Well, the good news is that the contract for “Arsenic and Mercy Quint” has arrived. The bad news, the very, very, bad news is that the publishers have inserted what amounts to a form of penalty clause. This requires that if a specified number of books are not sold within the first twelve months following publication, they have the right to require payment by the author to them for costs of production of the book and this could be anywhere between five and fifteen thousand pounds. This clause was not in the contract for “Of Paradise and Pigs”.

This is a very serious departure. I have taken advice and it is clear that I cannot sign a contract framed in that manner. I now need to make decisions as to what to do, and at my age I do not need this. I have two books - “Arsenic” and “Pigs Two” - finished, but GWL will not publish without the contract which, as I say, I cannot sign.

My feeling is that I will stop altogether. I have enjoyed writing but it is thankless and the rewards are small. Over the years I have had many super reviews and countless favourable comments from readers. Success though, real success, lays in marketing and literary agents and publishers are both commercial entities and are there to make profit. It is quite clear that they will not spend money on the John Rigbeys when there is a host of celebrity criminals, footballers wives and disgraced politicians queuing at their doors.

Still, I shouldn’t have joined if I couldn’t take a joke, and it’s no good moaning!