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That doesn't mean I'll be working less, mind you. Anyone who knows publishing knows that it's often a bit of a log jam. You send things down the chute one after another and it all piles up until someone opens things up downriver. And then it's like BAM, you have a glut of stuff hitting the market at once.
My current project is a slight departure for me, but still in the realm of Strings in that it's a realistic crime thriller, only it doesn't have the visceral horror elements of the latter story. It's called Grace, Georgia, and here is my hastily written blurb:
Tonya and Amanda Crawford are cousins who were raised as sisters in a family full of unsettling secrets. Tonya was a troubled girl from the start, manipulating Amanda into playing sinister games that left the young girl traumatized with shame. It all culminated when Amanda stumbled on the brutal death scene of a little girl named Chloe March, with Tonya sitting right in the middle of it covered in blood and crying that it was all an accident. Amanda helped Tonya hide the girl's body, and they both agreed to plant evidence to set up their older cousin Abel, a pedophile who had been molesting Tonya for years. Though he didn't kill the March girl, Abel eventually confessed and was sentenced to life in prison, and the secret of what really happened to little Chloe has never come to light. Seven years later, Amanda fled Grace to start a new life in New York with the man she loves, and she's since done everything in her power to forget her harrowing childhood. But when she receives news that Tonya is dying of AIDS and wants to see her cousin one last time, Amanda gives in and returns to the scene of so many childhood nightmares, and the careful life she's built for herself quickly starts to unravel when she learns the true nature of Abel and Tonya's relationship, and the plot her family has engineered to wrap the past around her neck like a noose.I'm really excited about this story and hope like hell it sees the light of day. In the meantime, I also have the second book in the Strings trilogy nearly finished, and there are several other irons in the fire for completion this year. So I'm not worried about a lack of big projects. Just about finishing them and getting them out there, and sadly this leaves me little time to complete short fiction.
Of course, my indie collection is stagnating, and I worry that people who have discovered me through this avenue will forget who I am, but I have to hope that if I can make a breakthrough in the mainstream world, it will somehow manage to bring together the two worlds I'm currently living in. All I know is, things have to change. I have seen the same peaks and valleys in sales year after year, and the trend is still pretty much flat. I do have another Colt novel in the works, but that's a very niche project, and I know that will only appeal to a select few. I can only hope with my increased public promotions of the series, it will eventually start to reflect in digital sales.
If you've been with me awhile, you know my career has gone through its share of fits and starts and other changes as I've tried to figure out the best way to release and promote my books. What I'm finding is that in the battle of what's best, DIY or traditional publishing, it's good to balance both, but it's also very hard to pay equal service to both at the same time. The traditional side of things has done a lot for me in the last six months. Strings is my best selling title by a country mile, and it makes sense that if I want to continue to see that kind of success, I have to focus more on that side of the aisle, even if it means taking all the drawbacks that come with it. Namely, that the work won't hit your hands quite as fast.
But publishing has never been for impatient people. I think I can handle the waits, as long as you dear readers stick with me.