THE LATE SHOW by Michael Connelly coming this July!

 A new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she’s been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn’t want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner’s wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won’t give up her job no matter what the department throws at her.

The Late Show will be released on July 11 in the UK and Ireland, on July 12 in Australia and New Zealand, and on July 18 in the USA and Canada.  

Don't be THAT author...

If you have written a book and are thinking about sending out queries to agents, there are blogs upon blogs with terrific advice for the unsigned (we have recommended Jane Friedman's excellent blog before).

But there are a few don'ts for the querying, too:

  • Don't call the literary agency. Just don't. We'll be nice to you, sure. But we'll just tell you what you should have already researched -- how to submit a proposal. It's on the website. I promise. Don't call.
  • Remember that we get a lot of queries; last week I got upwards of 50 in my inbox alone -- and this isn't counting the ones that go directly to the agents. I try to read and respond  to every query within a week, which is not something all agencies do. I think it's pretty cool -- so I really don't like it when I get a query with a deadline on it. Remember, we didn't ask you to send us your proposal, you're asking us to consider it. Deadlines? Just don't.

There are more, to be sure. But these two don'ts are enough for now. And please: go look at Jane's excellent blog. I guarantee you will learn something that will better your approach to agents and getting your book published.