You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at. -WH Auden.
I’ve been working on a re-issue of one of my murder mystery novels, this one set in 1934 Hollywood and starring an amateur sleuth schoolteacher with ambitions to star on the silver screen, who finds the dead body of a famous actor on her sofa.
There’s never been a better time.
There’s never been a better time for many aspects of our authorial lives, including re-issuing works. I’m very grateful that my work can go out in re-issue, although it’s not a process I take any more lightly than a first publication of a novel.
When I revise, I always think of Auden, wishing to pull poems he wrote when he was young. I read in The Atlantic that his wish, to our loss, would have included one of his most enduring and admired lines, “We must love one another or die.”
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career.
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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