As you know, after publishing three of my novels, two of which did very well, Amazon Publishing kicked me to the curb. At first, I was blinded by anger and I must admit, lots of four-letter words spewed from my mouth. But when my emotions calmed down and I returned from the abyss of self-pity, I realized that their decision not to publish Hypocrisy was not a rejection; it was an opportunity.
After doing some extensive research on the complexities of self-publication, I found the whole concept rather daunting. There are so many things to consider that I felt overwhelmed. Fortunately for me, having already published three novels, I had made some key contacts in the publishing world, so I started making phone calls and sending e-mails to a network of people who could help me through the maze of self-publishing.
The good news is that I found someone—actually, as luck would have it, she’s a long-time friend—to design the cover, format the manuscript, upload it to the publisher, and help me get some traction at various writing-related web sites. I am also talking to a woman who runs a very successful marketing and PR company specializing in promoting authors. Some of her clients have made it to the NY Times Bestseller list. And then there’s a dynamic literary agent who is currently reviewing the manuscript, and if she feels strongly about it, she’s agreed to represent me to the foreign markets. I also have arranged for an excellent editor to review and perform a final edit on the book. I’ve worked with her in the past and based on her uncanny ability to find even the most obscure mistakes or inconsistencies, I’ve given her the nickname, “Hawk Eyes”. If all goes well, Hypocrisy should be published as an e-book as well as a physical copy in late January or early February.
So, the wheels are in motion and I can’t wait until it’s published. And just in case you’re interested, here’s a very brief synopsis of Hypocrisy.
The story takes place in NYC and it’s a medical mystery. Dr. Lauren Crawford, a brilliant research scientist discovers a revolutionary treatment for cancer that not only extends life, but much improves the quality of life for terminal cancer patients. The treatment, in some instances, can cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce that the FDA has approved her new cancer treatment, somebody blows her brains out. Now, two homicide detectives are assigned the task of trying to figure out who killed her and why. Was it a random shooting, or is there a deeper story?