I’m getting ready to start writing my next novel. It will probably be two or three books in total, if this goes well. On the surface, it is going to appear to be a murder mystery set in a poor town in the South. But below the surface, things are going to get weird. Very weird.
I’m calling it “Endsville.”
Six weeks have passed since I started this self-publishing adventure. I have to say, this was absolutely the right thing to do. For over a decade, I held out in hope of getting a major-press deal – and I came very close a few times, so I had reason to keep trying. But now, I’m… making money, building an audience, getting reviews, and with the state of the industry, probably closer to a major press deal than before.
I’m tripling every dollar I spend on advertising. Why did I ever let anyone suggest my books aren’t marketable? The next time I sign a publishing deal, someone will have to demonstrate how and why they’ll increase my revenue stream.
Thanks for supporting, everyone.
My plucky little mystery novel about a boy and his pseudocide is doing unnervingly well on its two-day free period. With very little advertising on my part, it has risen to the #1 Crime Fiction novel, and the #6 Mystery/Thriller/Suspense book overall on Amazon. All on the free lists, of course, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Go and pick it up today for free if you’ve been waiting, because it’s returning to full price tomorrow.
I’m running a promotion on [sic] this weekend, and things are going well. Here’s [sic], currently ranked the #1 free Kindle “hard-boiled mystery” novel on the site. It’s also at #9 for mystery overall, and #4 for “Coming-of-age.” And still rising, actually…
Hello, world. Thought I’d let everyone know what’s going on.
In mid-2013, I backed out of self-promoting and publishing for a time, in order to get things aligned. Since then, I’ve written a new novel (maybe my favorite yet) and I’ve had The Blue and [sic] professionally edited. For reasons, only the old version of [sic] is available online right now, but that may change in the future. The updated version of The Blue is on Amazon now, with considerably less typos than the last version.
That’s the main reason I took the time off – to get things in order, to polish up my existing work, and to bolster the whole thing with a third book that gives a clearer vision to readers of the sort of author I am. I’ve never wanted to promote myself as anything less than a quality author who produces lasting work, and delivering on that promise takes time.
So, it’s now 2015, and my agent is reviewing Keep the Ghost. Depending on the outcome of that, we will either see my commercial re-launch in second/third quarter of 2015, or… well, or else some other, bigger news will occur and then I’ll have a publishing deal.
If you’d like to read/review my new novel, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll see about setting you up with an advance copy.
About Keep the Ghost:
About halfway finished. It’s going to be a good one.