Girl Unseen Now Out For The Kindle

Girl Unseen Now Out For The Kindle

Lou Campanella’s favorite type of case is the missing rich woman because all he has to do is pad his expense account and wait for her to come back on her own. But that all changes when Kristi Memphis, the wife of a local prominent business man, goes missing and Lou gets thrown together with Murray, a manic, high maintenance party planner who seems to know everyone everywhere and their darkest secrets.

Everyone has a different opinion of what happened to Kristi. She either ran away, is in hiding, was murdered, or possibly even kidnapped, but they all agree on one thing: there were lots of people who had good reason to want her out of the way.

As the investigation takes them from glittering board rooms to glowering dive bars and the mounting danger eventually turns on the two of them, Murray and Campanella must find a way to work together if they’re going to survive this case.

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The Coming Storm

You’re about to see a whole bunch of my books show up at the Kindle and Nook stores all at once.  This will probably lead you to the assumption that I took a long weekend and banged out five novels in between martinis.  If only that were the case.  Actually, I wrote them over the last twelve years.  You see, unlike a lot of writers, I actually love to write — I do it every day — but I hate the process of trying to get published.

So, over the years I would basically follow the same pattern: Complete the third or fourth draft of a novel, have it professionally edited, and then begin sending out the query letters.  One of two things would then occur: I would either get an agent, I’ve had several, who would enthuse over my work but not be able to sell it to any publishing house or all of my query letters would be rejected.  Not my novels, not my actual writing, just the query letters.  Eventually, I would stop trying to publish and go back to what I like to do.

As you can imagine I have quite the story trunk on my hard drive.  Why not take these novels over which I slaved for many drafts and whose atrocious grammar and sometimes quirky sentence structure was corrected by a professional editor and send them out into the world?  If five people read them, that’s five more than would have read them sitting on my computer gathering digital dust.

And the funny thing is that these five that are coming out over the next week or so are just from the Mystery/Crime wing of my unpublished library.  For the time being, I will leave the Science Fiction wing and the Horror subbasement unplundered, but they’re there.  Waiting.

Apparently, I’m doing this all wrong

I’ve been reading a book by a guy who sold millions of books in the Kindle Store and he advises to do exactly the opposite of what I had planned to do.  I was going to slowly roll out a few books to gauge interest, but he says Kindle readers want lots of content.  Lots of cheap content.  So, I will be rolling out four titles over the next week, all priced at 99 cents.

Also, I’m moving the second book in the Roy Doyle series, Pawn Takes Knight, to September – so about eight weeks.

The price of the Roy Doyle books will not be lowered.  As much as I love all the novels I’ve written, I have very special feelings about the adventures of Roy and Legs and Kamila.  

And now we’re really off!

The Kindle Store has released The Vengeance Season to the public now.

The Vengeance Season

Now I guess we start the social networking phase of our plan.  Unfortunately, I’m quite Facebook averse so if all of my FB friends bought one copy each, I would make enough money to buy lunch… for myself.  So, I guess I’m off to start liking things and posting pictures of my dog and whatnot.

Wish me luck.

And we’re off!

So today I published The Vengeance Season in the Kindle store and created this blog to keep track of what, if anything, happens as a result of that action.

I wrote the first draft of this novel ten years ago.  It has since been rewritten and edited half a dozen times, including a few major overhauls and a page one rewrite.  In the process it got me my first agent and a number of missed-it-by-this-much chances with publishers.  It was a frustrating enough experience that I had abandoned the story (and the Roy Doyle series) completely until someone very dear to me (hi, Mom!) convinced me to at least get it out there so people have a chance to read it.

I’ve always been circumspect about “vanity publishing” because it involved a tremendous amount of your money going to a publisher and not very much going into your pocket, but this seems to be different.  Niche groups of readers are buying into the eReader phenomenon in record numbers and the incredibly low prices ($1.00 – $3.00) make it a low risk investment for them to sample different (unknown) authors.

Seriously, haven’t you ever stood in a bookstore with some weighty tome priced at $29.99 in your hand and wondered to yourself how many pages you’ll get into it before abandoning it on the shelf with the rest of its unread kin?  I have.  I have a special shelf full of them.  But at three bucks, hey, why not?  Download it, pop it into the reader, and see if you can’t get enjoyment out of it that’s roughly equivalent to the value of a gallon of gasoline.

The book will be publicly available tomorrow sometime at which point I’ll link to it from this blog.  At that point, I figure one of two things will happen.  Either I will sell a few copies and have a few people send notes about dropped words or typos or I will sell thousands of copies and have thousands of people sent me notes  about dropped words or typos.

I’m hoping to sell 100 copies before this is all over.  That’s a good face-saving number, right?