As I’ve said before, much of my life moves at displacement speed. Through this continuous and ongoing journey I’ve found myself re-routed, detoured, delayed and occasionally dumped right back at ‘Go’ without the complimentary $200. Dreams have shifted, goals have changed, but through it all I keep moving forward. I haven’t always ended up where I first intended but I’ve come to learn it’s much easier to make headway when you go with the flow. The publishing world is a far different place than it was when I first began writing Last Exit In New Jersey. I can only imagine where it will go in the years ahead, but I do know one thing: change leads to new horizons and new opportunities.
Just over a year ago I noticed what was happening in the epublishing world and decided to take a gamble: I would forego the traditional publishing route and release my book as an independent. It was slow at first but gradually things began to pick up. Apparently my book caught the notice of someone at Amazon and wound up in a single promotional email, and even with a slightly scrambled description, sales skyrocketed. It was a fun ride, one I knew would eventually wind down, and gradually things slowed back to a pre-promo pace. Through it all I stayed my course, working away at completing No Wake Zone, which I intended to release by late fall of 2011. But during that time, people within Amazon’s Editorial Acquisitions were watching, and apparently they liked what they saw. And I saw what they could offer me, providing the benefits of professional editing, marketing and promotion. If anyone knows epublishing, it’s Amazon, and they’ve made their contract very forward thinking and author-friendly, allowing authors to retain control over their content and covers. I liked what I saw, and I signed a two-book deal.
Last Exit In New Jersey and No Wake Zone will be published in Spring 2012 under the Thomas & Mercer imprint.Share on Facebook