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Opinion, Please

Barring any unforeseen difficulties, Hypocrisy, my fourth novel, should be released in about 4 to 6 weeks. All the pieces are in place. I just need to be patient while everything comes together. I never believed that writing books and publishing them had so many angles—lots of things a writer might take for granted. Or in some instances, not even know certain tasks exist. Writing is an art. But getting what you write published and read is a business; an extremely challenging business. There are so many things to consider: Editing. Cover Design. Back Cover Copy. Copyrights. Marketing. PR. Social Media. Preliminary Reviews. Formatting. Acknowledgements. Author Bio.

Heaped on top of the pile are, perhaps, the most daunting issues of all: Will the book sell? Will it enjoy positive reader reviews? These are two questions that could drive a writer mad.

This post was not meant for me to whine about my sleepless nights or the anxiety I face as a publication date draws near. I’m not seeking pity or even a reassuring hug. I just wanted to let you know that the business of writing isn’t nearly as glamorous as one might think. Like every other “job”, there are occupational hazards. That said. I would love some early feedback on the concept of this book. Below is a very brief synopsis. Please read it and give me your candid opinion. One thing: I prefer brutal honesty to diplomacy. A writer learns through criticisms not accolades. Read on.

Dr. Lauren Crawford is a brilliant research scientist who 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 even cure certain cancers. On the evening before Dr. Crawford holds a press conference to announce to the world that the FDA has given preliminary approval of her new cancer treatment, somebody follows her to her car and puts three bullets in her head. Now, two homicide detectives, Amaris Dupree and T.J. Brown, are assigned the task of trying to determine who killed her and why. As the detectives dig deeper into the investigation, a terrifying story unfolds.

          Hypocrisy is a medical thriller that takes place in New York City. It examines the ongoing controversy over cancer research and the very real possibility that finding a cure may not be the ultimate goal of the higher powers in the medical community.

Did I get your attention?

 

 

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