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There’s a new publisher in town: WavesBack

Earlier this year, I was delighted to be invited to work on an ultra-secret-squirrel project – the debut publication of a brand new publisher, Wavesback!

Wavesback is a new digital-first publishing imprint launched by Nick Bates ex-Harlequin UK and HQ (HarperCollins UK) Sales & Marketing Director. Publishing commercial and literary fiction, Wavesback aims to combine what have become the hallmarks of quality modern digital publishing by working with the best editors (why, thank you) and on bespoke marketing campaigns. Wavesback’s ambition is to innovate in all aspects of the publishing process and, in particular, to discover new audiences for the authors they work with.


Wavesback’s first book is published on 4th June, a debut crime fiction novel by RJ Dark that introduces two heroes for the modern crime-writing age in the form of Malachite Jones (the foremost – and only – psychic medium on the gritty Blades Edge estate) and Jackie Singh Kattar, as they seek to discover the whereabouts of a winning lottery ticket almost everyone on the estate is prepared to kill for.

Nick invited me to work on this inaugral project, and it was an absolute pleasure. All I can say is that A NUMBERS GAME is absolutely brilliant. In a busy market, Dark is a fresh voice; gritty, gripping but downright funny too, this is one novel you can’t miss. I’m not going to say any more because you’ve got to go pre-order the book now. Go on, pre-orders are open.

What’s even more exciting is that Wavesback are accepting submissions, so be sure to check out their website for more details.

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Totally Addictive Crime, Thriller and Suspense on the Small Screen – what you should binge-watch this weekend!

Despite how much I love my job of helping crime, suspense and thriller authors’ manuscripts to ooze tension and grip readers, spending all day staring at words on the page can take its toll – I think my glasses prescription has got even stronger in lockdown! – so sometimes there is nothing better than curling up on the sofa and watching a good drama of an evening. 

And at the moment, J and I are obsessed with Netflix’s Lupin. J is trying to learn French as one of his lockdown hobbies, but I’m just loving the fantastic writing. If I had to describe it in one sentence, it’s a bit like a French Hustle (another brilliant TV show), but even better. So, do yourselves a favour, watch it this evening – you won’t regret it. 

The truth can always be found in libraries.Lupin (2020)

© Netflix

However, tonight Netflix premieres its new drama: The One. I read the book that the series is based on by John Marrs a couple of years back, and it was utterly compelling, so I have high hopes for the televisions series. I’d always recommend you read the book first, but in lieu of that, check out my review here.

However, if you don’t have Netflix, fear not, as I’ve got you covered, because I’ve compiled a list some binge-worthy series to get you through these final weeks of being stuck at home. Starting with the new TV adaptation of Peter James’s Roy Grace series, GRACE, which starts this Sunday!

Check out the other suggestions below, but I can’t be held responsible if you don’t leave your sofa all weekend.

*Don’t watch this before going to bed. Take it from me, you won’t sleep a wink!
Totally creepy and yet utterly compelling viewing!
Suspense to have you utterly gripped. But read the book first!

Jed Mercurio never lets you down. Fantastic writing!
Light-hearted Sunday viewing for sure!
Can’t go wrong with a Harlan Coben. And if you love this, watch THE STRANGER next!
Great drama, but don’t watch it in the dubbed English version. The original Spanish (with subtitles, if you’re linguistically challenged like me!) is so much better!
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER’s first series is so strong you’ll be unable to switch it off!
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Coffee with Colleagues: How to get your policing facts right without compromising your story.

One of the best parts of working in book publishing is that some of the most gifted, talented, fun and just generally great people form the majority of the workforce. We are all united by the love of the written word, but each person has such a wide variety of skills and knowledge that even if you’ve worked with someone for years, they’ll still surprise you with a little nugget of wisdom when you least expect it.

However, now that the whole world has effectively moved to working from home, I thought it would be lovely to reach out to the publishing community and get to know some of my colleagues in the industry a little more – albeit over a Zoom chat, rather than the lunches and coffees that publishing professionals are known for.

I specialise in crime fiction, thriller and suspense, revelling in a shocking twist and gripping mysteries and narratives. However, although I can help you with suspense, your plotting, character development, and keeping your reader hooked, when working on a police procedural novel, sometimes I need to call on help for the more technical matters. Because if there is one thing that we know about crime-fiction readers is that they’ll pick up on where you haven’t got your facts right. Which is why I’m delighted to welcome Crime Fiction Advisor Graham Bartlett to my virtual couch to chat all about things police procedure, and how to get the technical side right, whilst still maintaining a great story.

Get Your Facts Right: Police Procedure in Crime Fiction
with Graham Bartlett, Crime Fiction Advisor

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Should I publish by book in British or American English?

Across the Pond: Translating English into, well, English.

One of my first jobs of 2021 was a little different to my normal fare but one that also got me thinking. Not only because it was a speculative novel that transported the to the not-so-distant future and questioned the role of AI and also what it means to be human, but also because I was tasked with translating the novel from English, into… English!

Now you may well be scratching your head, but to clarify, I was translating the text from American English to British English. Why do that, you ask? They’re the same language, right? Well, yes, but also no. And depending on your aims when you’re publishing your manuscript, which you choose could be very important.

Image credit: The Jenkins comic strip
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Coffee with Colleagues: Should I record an audiobook of my novel?

One of the best parts of working in book publishing is that some of the most gifted, talented, fun and just generally great people form the majority of the workforce. We are all united by the love of the written word, but each person has such a wide variety of skills and knowledge that even if you’ve worked with someone for years, they’ll still surprise you with a little nugget of wisdom when you least expect it.

However, now that the whole world has effectively moved to working from home, I thought it would be lovely to reach out to the publishing community and get to know some of my colleagues in the industry a little more – albeit over a Zoom chat, rather than the lunches and coffees that publishing professionals are known for.

For today’s chat, I decided to venture into the realm of something a little different and record our interview as a video – can’t have an audiobook interview without audio?! – so check out the video below to hear myself in conversation with Elliott Frisby of Monkeynut Audiobooks and Sound discussing the the tips and tricks you need to know if you’re considering producing an audio version of your book.

How to Publish an Audiobook
with Elliott Frisby, Monkeynut Audiobooks and Sound

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Freelance Editor Month – Overview

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that over the last month, I’ve been taking part in a little prompt challenge of my own: Freelance Editor Month. This is essentially a challenge to get us editors talking more about ourselves and not just our authors (guilty!) So here’s a chance to get to know me a little better and understand what Rebecca Millar Editorial is all about:

Day 1: How did you get started as a freelance editor?

In-house to going it alone!

Well, I used to work as an editor at one of the Big Four (Can you guess which one?) But then, my partner (J) got a job in Australia, and so, more of necessity at the time (definitely by choice now), I decided to jump into the scary world of going it alone. I also moved from working on a mixture of non-fiction and fiction to specialising in my favourite genre of all – crime, suspense and thriller fiction – and haven’t looked back since.

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The Self-Publishing Podcast: Interview with Simon McCleave (and a sneak appearance from me!)

A couple of weeks ago, I donned my headphones to listen to The Self-Publishing Show podcast, hosted by Mark Dawson and James Blatch. So many of my authors are making the brave leap into the literary world by going out on their own – an endeavour I thoroughly support after going solo back in January 2019. Therefore, I was delighted to hear that on this episode, it was none other than my lovely author Simon McCleave who was being interviewed! Simon has gone from strength to strength with his DI Ruth Hunter series and has achieved so much in only a year. I have edited Simon since the beginning of his novelist career and I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this series, not only because Simon is an incredibly talented storyteller, but because I’ve been so proud to see how he’s evolved as a writer – that’s one of the most rewarding things for an editor to see! So, I was over the moon to hear just how well he’d done – over 125,000 copies – but also to hear a shout out for little old me. *blushing*

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