It's that time of year when my paranormal thriller, Dark Knowledge, gets either published or unpublished. Sound strange? Yep, it is, but publishing is full of strangeness these days.
Dark Knowledge was first published as an e-book three years ago by a small press. A year later, the press announced they would no longer publish paranormal thrillers or horror so they could concentrate on romance and erotica. That would have left me hanging, so they agreed to take it off the market and return my rights. A year after that, which was one year ago, Dark Knowledge was published by Etopia Press, again as an e-book. Next month, keeping with the yearly schedule for this novel, Etopia is publishing Dark Knowledge as a paperback. Yay!
I'm currently reviewing the print galleys, looking for any mistakes or typos to correct before it's printed. Since I had a good editor for the e-book version, and another good editor for the second e-book version, and I've already had two chances to proof galleys, most mistakes have already been caught. I'm basically reading my novel, one I've read through many times but not for over a year now.
And I love it!
Is that wrong? Probably not, but is it wrong to admit it? Is that the literary equivalent of admiring your reflection in a mirror and publically proclaiming yourself handsome or pretty? If so, please don't tell anyone about this blog post.
Actually, I don't feel conceited or full of myself. I'm not claiming this is the best book ever written. Heck, I'm not even claiming it's better than any book that's been written. I'm just stating that I really enjoy reading it. I'm proud to call it mine and thankful that I put so much work into it. Feels good.
I'm also looking forward to having another paperback to sell. Having this novel available for a year as an e-book, then unavailable for a year, then available as an e-book but from a different publisher seems to have dampened momentum. Now I've lined up two booksignings here in Tucson for late next month (it's a good fit for the Halloween season), and I hope that getting excited about this novel again will energize me for the signings and give me back some lost momentum.
Please wish me luck.