The Long Road To Publication

James Ellson

North West
Notice Period:
Emergency (maybe less than one week's notice)
Fulltime writer and smallholder
Paid: £50-£75 plus mileage
12th March 2020
Crime Author | Crime Thrillers | Police | Crime Writing

After leaving the police, it took 10 years to write and publish my debut novel, a crime thriller called The Trail.

It wasn't for lack of trying!

This is the story of that long road.

The talk covers my writing journey from magazine articles on mountaineering, to an MA in Creative Writing, to published author. It describes my attempts at the various routes to publication (traditional / independent / self-publishing / hybrid). And it highlights the route which worked for me.

Reviews for The Trail:

“intelligent and pacy thriller" (Paula Hawkins, Girl On The Train)

“a stunning debut from an exciting new addition to the world of crime fiction” (Stephen Booth, Cooper & Fry crime series)

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About James Ellson

I live in Hayfield, Derbyshire, and wear 2 hats, writer and smallholder.

I used to be a police officer, starting in London and finishing as a DI at Moss Side. When I left the police I started writing and have been writing ever since. Six manuscripts including a memoir, From Cop to Coppicer.

And after 10 years of trying, my debut novel The Trail was published by Unbound in 2020.

I live in the Peak District and run a smallholding of 5 acres. There's a large veg garden, and an orchard. We're self-sufficient in fruit and veg. We keep chickens and bees, and turkeys at Christmas! We try to do things sustainably, and use limited mechanical power, and no pesticides. Currently, we are experimenting with more perennial vegetable crops.

My passion is fruit trees, especially apples. I'm aiming for a hundred varieties (currently 64!). I graft all my own trees, and I'm experimenting with apple crossing (trying to create a new variety). I'm a member of the Northern Fruit Group.

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