Spare Nib Books
At the end of 2019, I decided to leave my then publisher to go on my own. There were a number of reasons for making that decision, perhaps the least controversial of which was my unhappiness at their drive to steer me away from my DI Bliss series towards creating something new. It wasn’t a question of them refusing to publish future Bliss novels, more that they were less than encouraging when it came to a series in which we’d both invested a great deal.
I created Spare Nib Books to function as part of my existing company, TJF Solutions. In March 2020, I published my first book under than imprint. Endless Silent Scream, book 6 in my DI Bliss series, sold beyond my wildest dreams. The reviews were also amazing. I knew then that I’d made the right decision. Since being told that my crime series was on the wane, I’ve published 3 Bliss novels and a novella. Each of them have exceeded all expectations in terms of both sales and how they have been received by readers.
I’ve also published a standalone, and republished 8 other books whose rights were returned to me in December 2020. But even though my self-publishing quest has been a successful one so far, when I wrote the first book in a new UK crime series, I took a step back to ask myself if this was the time to seek a publisher. Having weighed the pros and cons, I decided to stick to what I was doing. There are times in any venture when the business side can become stressful, but overall I felt that I had become comfortable in giving my own work a title I was happy with, working with my own cover designer, editor, and typesetter, plus setting my own deadlines, prices and promotions.
Here are the books I’ve published so far under Spare Nib Books:
Bad to the Bone (DI Bliss #1) – previously published
The Scent of Guilt (DI Bliss #2) – previously published
If Fear Wins (DI Bliss #3) – previously published
The Reach of Shadows (DI Bliss #4) – previously published
The Death of Justice (DI Bliss #5) – previously published
Endless Silent Scream (DI Bliss #6) – original SNB publication
Slow Slicing (DI Bliss #7) – original SNB publication
The Autumn Tree (DI Bliss #8) – original SNB publication
Bliss Uncovered (DI Bliss Prequel Novella) – original SNB publication
Darker Days to Come (DI Bliss #9) – original SNB publication
Scream Blue Murder (Mike Lynch #1) – previously published
Cold Winter Sun (Mike Lynch #2) – previously published
Fifteen Coffins (Standalone) – original SNB publication
Degrees of Darkness (Standalone) – previously published
The Huntsmen (DS Chase #1) – original SNB publication
Books in progress:
The Lightning Rod (DI Bliss #10)
The Predators (DS Chase #2)
The Dark Division (Mike Lynch #3)