You May Already Be A Winner…
I’ll spend today dreaming, dreading, sweating, and maybe even enjoying; it’s release day for my new novel – The Dead List. It’s going to be a great day. Oh, and in between all those emotions I’ll be checking my book’s rankings every few minutes.
This article began as a thank you to all of the authors and readers who helped me in the creation and launch of this new book. I was going to list everyone and thank them for their contribution. But I can’t do it. There are just too many people to thank and I’m deathly afraid that I’ll forget someone. So, please don’t think I’m ungrateful. I say your names and smile and think of how lucky I am to have your support and friendship. The readers who email me and tell me how much they enjoy my work, my fellow authors who take the time to alert their followers about my book, it doesn’t matter if I know you as an online friend or if we have Skyped or talked on the phone. You are all friends who have helped. So, thank you.
And now, because of your help, Kindle Press is releasing The Dead List today. Some of you may have already received your advance copies if you had time to nominate the book through the Kindle Scout website.
Release day for an author is very special. We spend so much time sequestered creating our stories that the fulfillment of seeing our work out there and available is incredibly satisfying. When I have a beta reader tell me that my story works and they enjoy it or when my editor tells me that I’m done – those are satisfying moments too, but release day is separate from those events. It’s different.
With the arrival of this release my book has been beta-read over and over again, fact-checked by several police personnel, and edited – three times. Nobody said the story wouldn’t work and nobody said I should try again. All of the readers seemed to enjoy the tale of a mysterious rookie policeman who has more knowledge of the murder he is investigating than he is allowed to admit. Even one of the police officers who helped me correct some of the terminology errors wrote “but we did very much enjoy the story”.
The print copy of The Dead List will be live on amazon.com within a couple of days. The e-book version has been available for pre-order for the past few days. In that time it was ranked higher than most of my other books and already has 9 reviews. All of them are 5 stars. So, I think it’ll be okay but as always – you will be the judge of that.
I submitted this book to Amazon’s Kindle Scout program. Many of you nominated it based on the preview you read and due in part to your endorsement Kindle Press deemed it worthy of publication. The thirty day campaign was nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. Readers from far and wide shared the link to my campaign on their Facebook pages, they phoned and messaged their friends, and some even contacted me to ask if they could vote more than once (you can’t). Many times I paused and re-read messages of support that were sent to me. Readers who enjoyed my first books kept in touch asking how the campaign was progressing and whether they could do more to help. I really have no words to express how this made me feel. I published a blog detailing the beginning of my experience. You can read it here. And I wrote a couple of articles for Indies Unlimited outlining how I ran my campaign. This may be of interest to other authors.
For those of you who nominated The Dead List you’ve already received your free copy of the e-book. If you get a chance I’d love to know what you thought. You can leave a review here. And, those of you who haven’t checked it out can see the finished product here. This is a story that was first told to me some years ago. The actual story has taken on a life of its own but the man who first told me of the dead list is most definitely in there. It’s a tale of death and money and pride, but most of all it’s a story of secrets – some are told and some are not. I hope you enjoy the book.