Monday, April 4, 2011
I'm excited beyond belief to announce that I have signed with StoneHouse Ink for release of my next thriller, THE LONELY MILE. StoneHouse is relatively new and smaller than my first publisher, Medallion Press, but these guys are on the move and extremely savvy about the future of ebook publishing. All you need to do to understand what I'm talking about is to take a look at Amazon's ebook Bestseller lists. As I write this, StoneHouse's Vincent Zandri stands at #4 in all Kindle ebooks with his gripping thriller, THE INNOCENT. If you want to get a little more specific, check out Amazon's Hard-Boiled Mystery category, in which StoneHouse authors hold down four of the top eight spots: Number One is Zandri's THE INNOCENT, Number Five and Six are two more Vincent Zandri novels, THE REMAINS and GODCHILD, and Number Eight is Aaron Patterson's SWEET DREAMS. Results like these illustrate why I was so anxious to join the StoneHouse family. In today's rapidly changing publishing environment, as a veritable tsunami of ebooks are being released onto the market by publishing houses as well as self-published authors, in my opinion it becomes critical for the author to align himself with folks who know how to achieve results. StoneHouse is a leader in thinking outside the box, from reasonably-priced Kindle editions, leading to higher sales numbers and interest in an author's other work, to unique promotional methods, like packaging works from pairs of authors, allowing fans of one author to be introduced to the work of the other. I'm eternally grateful to Medallion Press and the outstanding professionals there for believing in FINAL VECTOR and for giving me the opportunity to become a working professional novelist. I believe in the book and am certain it will continue to find its place in the universe of exciting thrillers. I'm very gratified by the fantastic reviews the book has received, and look forward to many more. That said, I can't tell you how excited I am about THE LONELY MILE. I don't have a release date yet - the ink from my signature is barely dry on the contract - but I know it won't be long before this pulse-pounding thriller hits the digital shelves. And I'm already working on my third book, hopefully also to be a StoneHouse release. I have to thank Vincent Zandri for his encouragement and his vocal enthusiasm for the StoneHouse family. It was primarily that enthusiasm which convinced me StoneHouse was the way to go. In addition to being one helluva writer, Vin is a master promoter - the man is utterly tireless - and provided me with one of the most exciting blurbs for my first book. Curious? You can check it out on the home page of my website here. More to come, but for now it's safe to say I am excited and satisfied with the day's events.
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