Fourteen months ago I dipped my toe in the self publishing waters by releasing the five Silhouettes I had gotten the rights back to. Results surpassed my expectations (which were admittedly low <g>) and I started thinking about doing more.
Today begins a new publishing direction for me. While my agent is shopping around a couple straight suspense projects, I’ve decided to self-publish my romantic thrillers. With the genre sort of in the dumpster right now, the reality is that a new contract in RS from a traditional publisher won’t bring in the kind of advance I could get excited about. I’m banking that I can do better on my own.
As always with firsts, there were advantages and disadvantages. There’s the freedom, which I love. Control over the cover (Yay!) and back cover copy (boo!) I *suck* at writing back cover copy. But…I get control over titles (thumbs up). I have options for audio and foreign translations. I set the price point and can change it at any time.
Biggest problem? I’m a procrastinator. No, scratch that. I’m the *queen* of procrastinators. I take procrastination to heights never before known to mankind. My favorite quote is: ‘Hard work pays off in the long run, but procrastination pays off now!’
For a writer who needs deadlines to produce, putting me in charge of my own deadlines doesn’t work all that well. Turns out, I’m not that harsh a taskmaster <g>.
But I’m in the groove now, and that groove produced a brand new romantic thriller trilogy entitled Circle of Evil. Book 1, Chasing Evil, releases today. Print copies will follow within the next couple weeks.
There were all sorts of firsts with this series. Not only is it my first original self-published book, but it’s the only one I’ve ever set in my home state. That’s been fun. Oh, and I put one of my sons in the book, under an alias. Can’t wait to hear the whining and snarky comments from his siblings!
Here’s a peek:
Renowned forensic profiler Dr. Sophia Channing has analyzed the most notorious psychopaths in the country. So she’s a natural to join Iowa’s DCI task force to hunt the vicious sadist who has tortured and killed six women. Her insight into the killer’s mind is just what’s needed to stop him before he strikes again.
DCI Agent Cam Prescott has had tough cases before. But trailing this serial killer will require all his focus. He’s haunted by the discovery of the six bodies buried in shallow graves in rural Iowa–and determined that there won’t be a seventh. But when the killer sets his sights on Sophia, Cam fears he won’t be in time to stop a madman from numbering yet another victim….
I never think my attempt at cover copy is as strong as that of an editor’s. But the above is a whole lot better than what I started with, which went something like this: He’s Cam. She’s Sophia. Short and hot affair, now over. Sadistic killer they’re trailing focuses on Sophia. Cue Cam to the rescue. But wait! Turns out she’s pretty smart, too. So…yeah.
I’m ashamed to tell you how long it took me to wrestle that draft copy into something vaguely compelling!
So it’s a big day. Not only is it release day, but it’s the last day of school (!!!!!) Some of the teachers have arranged for a party bus pub crawl (with jello shots!) Aaaaand I’m off deadline so I get to sleep tonight. It’d be a tough call to say which of these events I find the most exciting. Which would thrill you the most?