I’ve just added three new pages to this blog. You’re cordially invited to visit, and to learn more about me and my two published mysteries, Mood Swing: The Bipolar Murders (2006) and Eldercide (2008). I’ll be tweaking the pages to improve the formatting, but at least the content is there, and I’m pleased to have learned how to insert pictures.
True confession time: I published these with a print-on-demand publisher, Virtual Bookworm, and I’m very pleased with the results. I tried the traditional route with both books – querying agents, having some of them request partials, then getting the “Sorry, it’s good but not quite right for us” rejections. I wasn’t nearly as persistent as most writers recommend, so the number of rejections wasn’t that great. Nonetheless, it was enough to send me into a serious depression, which lifted only after Mood Swing was published.
Of course, I’d still love to get an agent and a “traditional” publisher, and that’s a large part of what this blogging is about. But I’ve heard dreadful stories about authors who’ve been dropped by their publishers; one author’s publisher was swallowed up by a conglomerate and dropped their whole mystery line. I believe times are changing, and the old “query with a SASE” approach is no longer the only road to publication. And I really like the total control I’ve had over the finished product. I did both cover illustrations, for example, and after quite a few local panels and signings, I’ve decided to retitle Eldercide as Evening Falls Early, and to do a slightly less lurid cover illustration. Some people love it, but others hate the word “elder.” One local book dealer refuses to carry it because she finds the title and cover “ghastly,” but she’ll be pleased to carry it with the new title. I’d love to know what you think after you visit the Eldercide page.
If you’d like to learn more about POD, visit my publisher, Virtual Bookworm, at www.virtualbookworm.com. They’re located in College Station, Texas, and it’s been a pleasure working with them. And let me know if you’d like more details about my POD experience.