Living Without You

Cold-SkyI haven’t written since my father passed away some months back. There’s some sort of mental block pushing me away. Today, I’m going to make every effort to chip away at that obstacle. Before he died, I was five chapters into a new novel tentatively titled ‘Slow The Rain’. To the best of my knowledge, this blockage is due to the subject matter of the book. After having so recently experienced the death of a loved one, it’s proving difficult to write about a murderer and the impact he makes on the victims lives. My dad wasn’t murdered by anyone, but he was killed. By cancer, an unstoppable and malicious entity. My lead investigator, Selena Marrenger, says that there’s no such thing as closure, and I believe that. The loss of a loved one is something that you learn to deal with, but it’s a wound that doesn’t heal. Not ever.
Every once in a while, you’ll come across something that will remind you of what you lost. It could be a song, a particular joke or statement, or an old television program that you shared together. All I have left is memory. Sure, there’s photographs and other things that have been left behind, but it’s the memory that has the largest impact, a lasting one.
Well, enough of my babbling. Time to dive back into the book.
Wish me luck.

The Coming Rain Part 5: Released At Last!!!!

monsoongirl_FotorMonsoon Morning has officially been released! To celebrate my release event, I’m offering the book at a discounted price on Amazon! I’m really excited to find out what all of you think of Selena’s new adventure!
Want a little bit of insight into the books creation? Sure you do. Here you go!
Even though this book takes place after the events of Runaway Train and The Truth About Alex, it was written before either of those were even thought of. This is an unusual step for me, but there was a method to my madness.
You see, about five years ago I made the decision to stop writing science fiction and focus my literary efforts on a different genre. My wife recommended mystery, so I went with it. As the story developed, I took countless notes and began researching. I even befriended a medical examiner who helped me with some of the technical details. MonsoonCoverFinal.inddAfter it was completely written, I had another idea.
I should introduce Selena Marrenger to audiences in a separate story, a short novella. The Runaway Train was released, and was pretty successful as far as novellas go. Sure, some folks out there considered the short length to be a fault of the book, but I knew that it’s length was completely intentional. What followed almost immediately after was another novella, a story close to my heart, The Truth About Alex. With it, I wanted to tell a larger story within the restraints of novella form, and have the emotional impact that I tried to achieve with Monsoon Morning. Both novellas were separate stories, different cases, but gave you insight into Selena’s growth as a character.
Now that Monsoon Morning is finally released, I hope that all of you will now have a more rounded experience with Montana Marrenger, and will continue to follow her, case by case, as she pieces together the puzzle of her past.

Grab Your Copy Of Monsoon Morning Today!

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Amazon’s War On Publishing?

 

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In the modern era of publishing, Amazon is the king.  It has created a monopoly in the industry; a well oiled machine that is confident in itself, even as it opposes one of the biggest publishers by market share, Hatchette.  Hatchette is just one of many publishers out there struggling to hold the line against the massive Amazon front, and their previous offensive against the media giant resulted in a federal antitrust suit.  

   The conflict reached a new height recently, with Amazon barring Hachette titles from being purchased this summer and fall.  Hatchette’s senior vice president released a statement concerning the two opposing polarities the day after the bar.

   “We are determined to protect the value of our authors’ books and our own work in editing, distributing and marketing them.  We hope this difficult situation will not last a long time, but we are sparing no effort and exploring all options.”

   Independent booksellers are pouncing at the opportunity, declaring that they will supply readers with Hachette books, and Books-a-Million will be selling the titles at a significant discount.  

   While Hachette is striving to maintain the traditional methods of publishing, their company dates back to 1837, Amazon has reshaped the entire landscape of the industry by redefining the relationship between readers and their books.  This raises the question about traditional publishing houses lifespan, so the case between the two companies has all eyes watching.  

   In a world when editors sharpened prose, publishers took major cuts of proceeds from authors, and marketing was done by the represented house with titles being presented instead of simply distributed like any other consumer good, will the traditional methods be enough to compete?  

   The President of German Publishers and Books Association, Alaxander Skipis, says: “Of course it is very comfortable for customers to be able to order over the Internet, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  But with such an online structure as pursued by Amazon, a book market is being destroyed that has been nurtured over decades and centuries.”

   In contrast, Clay Shirky says that “Publishing is not evolving.  Publishing is going away.  Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public.  That’s not a job anymore.  That’s a button.  There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.”

   Self publishing isn’t quite as easy as that, however.  Amazon doesn’t market your book for you, like traditional publishing house would.  The author has to do that themselves.  They depend on the kindness of strangers, and those strangers are becoming antsy, even angry, at Amazons callous efforts to strangle the big publishing houses out of their sales.

   The result of this conflict will either make or break Hachette, and one can only wonder about the future of publishing as writers are diving into unknown seas all by themselves to avoid the dreaded slush pile.  Will major publishers adopt similar methods of distributing their titles like Amazon as a result?  Will they adapt, publish at the press of a button, and market for authors who desperately want their stories to see the light of day?  

   Time will tell.

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