Fatal Trauma, will release. It's been a year since my last book, Critical Condition, appeared. In the meantime, I've written and edited three novels, all of which will be published by Abingdon, starting with Fatal Trauma.
In the meantime, I decided to dip my toes into the self-publishing waters. A number of authors before me have gone this route, and although it may not fit my personality and desires, I figured release of a short novella would be appropriate in the interim. Of course, to do that required writing it, but the work didn't stop there.
I read and revised the work several times, as I did with all my other novels. Then it was edited, since two heads and two pair of eyes are always best in writing projects. But I also had to arrange for (and pay for) a cover design. Dineen Miller did a nice job in putting together one that captured the tone of my prior books.
As part of the cover decision, I had to make another--should Rx Murder (the title I'd chosen) be made available only in e-book format or in print form as well? I decided to offer both, since some of my readers (and me, truth be told) prefer a printed version, even if it costs a bit more.
The book itself had to be translated into the proper language for an e-reader. I found there are several options here, and they vary with the type of e-reader chosen. By this time, I was wondering why there wasn't a universal language for this stuff. I suppose that would be too simple.
Then came other decisions, the process of proof-reading and requesting changes, and numerous other steps that I'd never considered. But now I'm almost there. I'll be announcing the release of Rx Murder soon, and because it's a short novella its price will be, I think, quite reasonable. Oh, that's another decision I had to make--price. But the good news is that I control it.
If you want to be among the first to know about the release of the novella, I'd suggest you sign up to receive my newsletter (see the right side of this page) since this group will get the news first.
So, that's some of what I've learned. Stay tuned, as we are within sight of release day. And thanks for your interest.