I Got What I Wished For and Some History

Years ago when I was writing like crazy, but couldn't find a publisher I had a wish that I'd find publishers for both my series and be committed to writing two books a year.

I was really cranking them out. First I got started on my Rocky Bluff P.D. series and wrote one after another. First an e-publisher before there were any e-readers and no one wanted to read a whole book on line accepted Final Respects. Nothing came of that at all. Second publisher came along a bit later when a few e-readers were on the market, but I did better with the trade paperbacks selling them on my own. Problems arose with royalties and I severed the ties. I found another e-publisher who printed trade paperbacks too. She as great, the books looked great and I was happy. After two books she decided to go out of the business. In a few months I'd signed a contract with Oak Tree Press--and I'm happy.

In the meantime I was writing other books including the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. The first four books were published by a small press and I became good friends with the publisher. Then it happened, she died of a stroke. Horrifying and terribly sad. I'd met the publisher at Mundania and approached him at a e-book conference, I sent him my next Tempe and received a contract and have been with them ever since.

Now with two publishers, each of them expect a new book out of me every year. Fortunately, Oak Tree publishes my Rocky Bluff P.D. at the beginning of the new year and Mundania publishes the latest Tempe book at the end of summer.

Am I happy with this arrangement. Sure. Is it a lot of work? Positively. If I didn't have to spend time on promotion it would be easy, but at least half my time is spent arranging for and making appearances and doing online promotion.

My wish came true.




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