2010 Book Publishing Thoughts
December 7, 2010
So, December 7th, moving into the holidays and that usually means a fair amount of Let's-Look-Back-At-The-Year and Let's-Look-At-Next-Year stuff.
Sure, why not.
THE FALLEN got published this year, my third book to feature Derek Stillwater, my first book with Oceanview Publishing. I don't know about sales yet, although word is they're pretty decent. I was very impressed with Oceanview's marketing efforts overall, especially the services of Maryglenn McCombs, who created a fair amount of buzz online through all her contacts with book bloggers. The book also managed to win the Thriller/Adventure category for the USA Book News' Best Books 2010 Award, which startled and pleased me. Which also reminds me that I need to get a frame for the certificate.
Jumping on the e-book self-publishing band wagon, I took some books that I liked but which didn't find a home and put them up on Amazon's DTP platform. In addition to re-titling and putting new cover art on EDGE, I published HOT MONEY, MONSTER SEEKER and THE BATTLE FOR ATLANTIS. Perhaps more importantly, I wrested the e-rights back from Midnight Ink for the first two Derek Stillwater novels, THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK and THE SERPENT'S KISS and put them up as e-books. I'm in the process of making them available in paper formats via CreateSpace with the help of Natasha Fondren, who seems to understand that although I'm not an idiot, I can be terribly lazy about figuring out technology when it relates to formatting manuscript. (Okay, she may actually think I'm an idiot).
The nonfiction book I collaborated on was published this year. The title is 31-1/2 Essentials for Running Your Medical Practice. I enjoyed the collaboration/ghosting process quite a bit and hope to do more of it.
That ain't bad for a single year, I don't think.