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Determination, persistence, self belief and being unafraid of taking a risk has paid off for Pauline Rowson, a self-published author, already tipped by top UK booksellers as ‘a crime writer to watch,’ as she celebrates a major breakthrough for her popular marine mystery novels with the signing of a publishing contract with Severn House Publishers, and two International rights deals.

After hearing about the success of Pauline’s marine mysteries at the London Book Fair in April, Severn House, who has offices in Surrey and New York, approached Pauline and snapped her up for a two-book contract. Severn House have bought World English Rights in hardback, trade paperback and large print to Pauline’s next two marine mysteries featuring Portsmouth’s sailing and Harley Davidson riding detective, DI Andy Horton.

In addition, Pauline has sold translation rights to two of her previous self-published marine mystery thrillers, In Cold Daylight, which she published in 2006 and her latest thriller, In For the Kill published in 2007, to Indonesian Publisher, Dioma. She has also just signed a contract with Polish publisher, Red Horse, for the translation rights to all three of her marine mysteries including Tide of Death, the first in the Detective Andy Horton series.

Pauline says, ‘I am absolutely thrilled with this contract, and the rights deals and am really looking forward to my books being available to a wider audience. It’s another step forward for me as a crime writer.’

Since publishing her marine mysteries Tide of Death and In for the Kill have been featured in both Waterstones and Borders promotions and In for the Kill has been chosen as a great summer crime fiction read in Bertram’s summer catalogue alongside international authors Ian Rankin and Lee Child.

Pauline has built a loyal and growing readership. Her writing has been described as ‘sharp as a punch in the ribs’ and she has been hailed as a ‘contemporary Agatha Christie.’ Her marine mysteries are set on and around the Solent area where she lives with her ex fire-fighter husband, Bob.

Pauline adds, ‘My motto has been and still is never give up. If you believe in yourself and are passionate about what you are doing no matter what that is, then you must have faith and take risks. There are always lots of people, who will tell you that you can’t or won’t be able to do things, and I received a great many rejection slips from publishers and agents, but my readers have given me huge encouragement and this contract with Severn House is a big step forward for me. I am also delighted with the overseas rights deals.’


July 2007

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Tide of Death paperback £6.99 published Rowmark March 2006
In Cold Daylight paperback £6.99 published Rowmark March 2006
In for the Kill paperback £6.99 published Rowmark March 2007

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