Well, I'm not sure what the rules are in the brave new world of publishing, but after 37 books I've decided to take a spin at on-line publishing and printing.
As 2009 draws to a close I realized that I haven't had a book published this year (I had four books come out in 2008). So, a couple months ago I picked up and dusted off (figuratively—it is on my computer) Desiree, a novel, (well, really a yarn in the Old West tradition), that I started some years back. Rather than go the usual route of amassing stacks of rejection slips then formally shelving the project, I went onto lulu.com uploaded the dang thing, made a cover and uploaded that too and, bingo, there you have it. You can buy a copy of Desiree for about the cost of lunch...and it's longer lasting.
A couple of curious souls have already purchased copies of Desiree on lulu. That's ten bucks in my pocket (almost enough for lunch) Who knows, maybe a big-time publisher will see it and offer me a juicy contract. I've already started the sequel. I just couldn't let go of my characters after living with them for a few months.
Click here to view. I already got my first glowing review. It's on the back cover.
A bound copy will usually arrive in less than a week
Here's a synopsis
Desiree is a fast-paced yarn set in the desolate high desert country of Northern, Nevada. Chick Corbett returns to his cabin on a cold winter evening to find Desiree Depardieu hovering over a dead body. Soon, the body and Desiree are gone and Chick sets off in pursuit. Along the way, author Douglas Keister introduces a cast of quirky characters including Basque sheepherder Elwood LeFoote and his three-legged Border Collie named Phydeaux, Chick's best friend, Tom Twotrees a six-foot-six Paiute Indian who is a member of Mensa and Chick's Uncle Ray, who sleeps suspended like a bat. The search for Desiree takes readers to a brothel in Winnemucca, Nevada, the Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, Beijing, Hong Kong and San Francisco. What is this strange woman Desiree doing in Nevada? The answer is surprising and leads to a high-level theft involving tens of millions of dollars.