The past few months have been exciting in that my entire approach to publishing has altered. This relatively new path of “going independent” that’s been rattling the established model has both dissenters and true believers, neither of which I would call myself. I only knew the forum deserved exploration.
My novel, The Last Night, has been sitting in the drawer for a few years after agents said they liked the story but couldn’t figure how to market it to readers. Well, I wrote the book to be enjoyed, not to confine it to a business flowchart. Still, I wasn’t ready to release the book on my own. Then I remembered a small collection of short stories that had been collecting dust since their first publications; so in March, I figured, why not start a trial run?
Within a week, the idea snowballed into the founding of my own imprint, King’s Men Press, and on May 1, I released The Lookout and Other Stories—first as a Kindle e-book, soon followed in paperback and a large-print edition.
Guess what happened.
You fine people, actual readers, started finding the book and telling me what you thought. That’s why I do what I do. I have stories that need to be told, and you have been kind enough to read them and hopefully come away with something more than when you started. So, really, thank you for allowing me to continue doing what I love. As long as I have that opportunity, I will hold up my end of the bargain by bringing you worthwhile tales. Also, regarding that novel I mentioned earlier, it’s time has come.
As readers of my newsletter can tell you, The Last Night will be published on November 1 in both Kindle and paperback editions. From inception to publication this book has been eight years in the making; so I am more than pleased to finally be able to share it with you.
The story is about two best friends: Alex wants to kill himself, and Ed bargains for a week to change his mind. A road novel in the American tradition, their journey from Seattle to San Francisco to Los Angeles and Lone Pine captures the fear, heart, and moments of humor brought on by second chances. Unless both men discover how to stop their collision course, they will lose everything by the last night.
As if that news weren’t exciting enough, you have a chance to win a free copy.
Click on over to Goodreads to enter to win one of three paperbacks, which I will inscribe and mail to you. The giveaway will be open until Sunday, October 21, 2012. Be sure to sign up, then tell your friends.
In the interest of full disclosure, there is one downside to running your own publishing imprint: it takes time away from writing. When I need to edit an old manuscript, design a cover, or format an e-book, my next project loses the attention it deserves. Fortunately, when I return to it, I rediscover just how much I love the story. (This is definitely a good sign.) In the end, these problems are minor compared to the benefits of releasing my work into the world.
The publishing journey has been illuminating thus far, and I’m eager to see where we go next.