I have what’s known in the trade as good news and bad news. We’ll begin with the good. At long last, I’ve found an agent and publisher for A Shot at Redemption. In a bizarre twist of fate, the agent and publisher in question both have the same name as the author. Yes, I’ve decided to self publish. That would be the bad news, but I don’t know how bad it really is. Here’s one thing I do know. Self publishing does not carry the same stigma it used to. Not too many years ago, it was seen as the last resort for authors who wanted desperately to get their work in print and had exhausted all other avenues. I didn’t exhaust many avenues at all. In fact, I submitted to a grand total of two agents, both far too high up the literary food chain for any realistic hope of success. Why not set my sights a little lower? In truth, I think I figured I’d end up self publishing all along. I’m a brand new author and my main character is a supermodified driver. Even in racing circles, that’s an occupation very few people know much about. I believe I crafted a solid story with wide appeal but that’s still a tough sell. And in today’s ever-evolving publishing industry, even well known, well established authors sometimes self publish. It’s quicker. It’s easier. Best of all, the profit margins can be much higher. Of course, there’s a down side as well. Without the backing of a major publishing house, the tasks of promotion and marketing fall entirely on the author’s shoulders. I have to admit, that’s a challenge I will embrace with all the vigor and enthusiasm normally reserved for the proctologist. But hey, you do what you gotta do.
Here’s the bottom line. A Shot at Redemption will be available in the Kindle Store hopefully in the very near future. I have a good friend and former colleague working on a cover design. I’ve seen some samples and it looks fantastic. Another friend has volunteered to produce a video trailer. In case you haven’t seen one of these things before, it’s sort of a mini commercial. Here’s one for The Last Juror by John Grisham. I could do something like that, although I should probably leave out that bit about “America’s #1 bestselling author.” Maybe I’ll be able to make that claim when my next book comes out. Then again, if Coors can claim something like “the world’s most refreshing beer,” whatever the hell that means, I should be able to say whatever I want. Both the cover and trailer will be posted on my website as soon as they’re available. Of course, I’ll let you know when the book is available as well. I’m in my final phase of very minor revisions and then I’ve got some formatting work to do Once that stuff is accomplished, it should be good to go. I say Amazon gift cards for everyone on your shopping list this season!