I must first apologize for trying to be clever with my last posting. In relating to you, my precious readers, that Doppleganger will not be published this fall I created no small measure of frustration. Questions ranged from ‘Why’? ‘What happened’? To ‘when will it be out? And comments ranged from mild disappointment to outrage. Perhaps I exaggerate some. What I meant to convey was simply that the title of my new novel had been changed–that’s all. Doppleganger has become ‘A Passage of Redemption’–same story, different title and cover. Speaking of covers, many potential readers DO judge a book by it’s cover. I’m still working with Renee at Express Print LTD on the cover design. The front cover will have a prominent church steeple (which will turn-off some people) and a dynamite ‘blurb’ on the back cover. It will be striking! I’m told that the story will be 300+ pages and it’s format will be identical to that of Saint Alban’s Day–it’s predecessor (2007). Hard to believe that it’s been five years since my last novel. So, that’s what I mean by confusion. Sorry.
Now, the frustration part of this blog’s title. There are lots of hoops to go through with a new book. Some can be very frustrating to a person who is computer challenged. I am that. The first step is the application for copyright. This is relatively easy and not very expensive. The app goes to the Library of Congress in DC. One necessary component of the app is the books ISBN#–this will be the book’s official identification. This is a tad more expensive but, for reasons I don’t understand, I purchased ten ISBN’s several years ago. (With my new book I will have used every one of them.) Anyhow, A Passage of Redemption will be 978-0-9724209-7-6 for its entire life as a book. Kinda like our Social Security number. Then, I reconnect with the Library of Congress for another ID number: the LOC identification. More paperwork and a forwarded copy of the book for the national archives. Next are the forms necessary to have your title listed in ‘Books in Print’ (through Bowkerlink), so that book vendors can access the title if they are interested in selling it. And, in order for vendors to sell the book, a bar code must be purchased and displayed on the cover. In that all of my titles are available through Amazon, I must complete the necessary paperwork for their site–and, send them a copy so that potential readers can “Search inside the book” on the Amazon.com. Oh, I failed to do this step with last year’s children’s Christmas story: The Midnight Hour. I was rushed last winter and didn’t get through all the hoops. I’ll get it on this year. Thus, hours of frustration with the hoops.
Let me suggest that you reward my efforts and try using my website, rather than Amazon or Barnes and Noble, to order my books. I might suggest a few reasonably good reasons. First, I would make a more reasonable, yet modest, profit from a website purchase. With Amazon, I surrender 55% of the cover price right off the top and, in addition, I must pay the shipping and handling of each copy (approximately $3.50 per order). Consequently, my net profit becomes about 29 cents, give or take a dime. So what? After all, I’m not writing to become rich like John Grisham or Steven King. That being said, if you order from me you’ll get an autographed first edition copy. (I also autograph most book store copies. Please do support your local book stores–Howard Street Booksellers in Hibbing, Village Books in Grand Rapids, and my books are available at Irma’s Finland House in Virginia, too.)
Now, you might ask: When can I expect to have an opportunity to purchase my copy of A Passage of Redemption? If all goes well, I’m thinking the book will be published in early-to-mid October. In plenty of time for Christmas gift-giving. I’ll be more specific, and post a blog, as soon as I have an exact date. However, it is not unheard of for those of you who want to be proactive Yes, it is perfectly legal to preorder–really! In fact, I already have my first in-advance order. The check is resting atop a stack of papers on my desk. Yes, the purchasee is a member of my immediate family . . . but, it’s a start none-the-less. While you are waiting for October, however, why not read the six novels leading up to the new story? Each one of them is a remarkably engrossing reading experience. And, with each book you will come to know more about the fabled Moran family’s roots–and some of northeastern Minnesota’s colorful history as well. The last three: The Hibbing Hurt, Flag, and Saint Alban’s Day are especially relevant. All are tastefully depicted on this web site.
There is more news to share. I am hopeful that my books may soon be available to those of you who are E-readers–with your Kindles or Nooks or whatever. I’ve asked my computer genius, Jeremy Hendrickson, to explore that possibility for me. (Jeremy has a link on this website). And, so do some of my writer friends; Duane Schwartz, Mark Munger and Aaron Brown. Please check them out–they’ve written some mighty fine stories. And, I’ve recently learned that another Hibbingite has authored an ebook. She is Dianna Neary–her story -No Peacocks Please- is listed under the pen name Dianna Drown. Believe me, if or when my books are available to e-readers, I’ll be the first to tell you how to get a download. Until then, happy reading. God bless.