. . . give the establishment the middle finger and make your own damned decisions. For years I listened to agents and publishers who although liked JORDAN’S WAR, they wouldn’t take it on because they said a boy-centered Civil War Historical wouldn’t sell. Since 2004 (I think) this story sat on an external hard drive. It just sat there . . . for years . . . just because I believed the establishment.
Well, it pleases me to say that my sales are pretty darned solid even though it’s only an e-book right now and the only marketing it’s gotten is from my personal and author Facebook pages, some tweets on Twitter, and of course, all my lovely FB friends who shared my Amazon page with their friends. Sure I’m not on the best seller list (never plan to be) or even the mid-tier list at this point, but it is making money. I’m still considering moving it into paperback, but it won’t be anytime real soon.
I have evolving technology to thank for all of it.
I have another novel, a boy-centered historical set in the Civil Rights-era that my lovely beta-reader is finishing up now. At least I hope she is. That’s my next project for both print and e-book. This story is solid and relevant and again, most agents and publishers I contacted said they loved it, but it wouldn’t sell. STEALING HOME will be coming out before the end of the year. Here’s the blurb:
Set in 1972, Ricky Lewis is a white eighteen-year-old high school senior coping with his father’s terminal illness. Truman Parker is a young black child growing up in the shadow of his mother’s delusion that his father, James–a civil rights leader who was murdered by the Klan the year Truman was born–is still alive. By chance, Ricky and Truman cross paths and become unwitting pioneers for integration through the simple sport of little league baseball.
But Ricky’s father is a retired police officer who knows more about the unsolved murder of James Parker than he should. His deathbed confession details a desperate act to keep a promise to Ricky’s dead mother by accepting a substantial bribe to hide evidence in the case of Truman’s father. With this bribe, he is able to finance Ricky’s education, thus keeping him ineligible for the military draft into the Vietnam conflict. This bombshell rocks the very foundation of integrity and honor in which Ricky was raised and if he tells the truth, he’ll destroy his father’s memory. If he doesn’t, a killer will go free. This horrible revelation forever binds Ricky to Truman and together they learn that family is not about birthright and skin color, but about love, forgiveness and letting go of the past.
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On a personal note, it’s been a quiet weekend and I actually had the whole house to myself last night. Hubby and Lizzy are in Raleigh at a softball tournament, Jennifer drove to Chapel Hill to visit a friend for a few days, I haven’t heard from Joey, and I just picked Jimmy up from a friend’s house after their sleepover.
I spent most of the weekend finishing up the last of the copy edits for the paperback edition of HOUSE OF DESPICABLE BEAUTY and a ga-zillion loads of laundry. Jimmy vacuumed the upstairs and I didn’t even have to yell at him.
Poor little Lilly (my kitty) fell off of the elliptical and crashed pretty hard. Now I know that cats don’t always land on their feet. But a little TLC from me and her sister, Sprout, and she was good as new. I love those girls!
Today is more of the same – finishing up the last of the laundry, picking up grandma from the airport and later, driving the girl back to the dorm after she brings her car home. I hope every has a wonderful rest of the day.