It’s hard to believe that A Day in Fall was published over a year ago. I didn’t have grand aspirations about sales figures or lists. My goal was always to write a good book that people would enjoy reading.
I felt that I did that, at least reasonably well. My goal when publication became a reality was to see how things went. The literary game is often a marathon, not a sprint. The first book doesn’t have to hit it out of the park, and often doesn’t. The real challenge isn’t writing a book that people enjoy, it’s letting people know about it, especially when you don’t have the budget of a major publisher’s marketing department behind you.
I was incredibly lucky to get published by anyone at all, and I owe a lot to White Bird Publications. Without them, this might not have happened, or at least not as quickly. As some of you know, the owner of White Bird Publications passed away a few weeks after A Day in Fall came out and the company ceased to exist.
This is a quick update on where things stand a year later. I confess I didn’t really know what to do after everything went down; no one foresees being in this situation. My “see how things go” attitude turned into doing whatever I could to detach myself and my book from a legal quagmire.
Despite everything, plenty of good came from this unfortunate situation, that ever-present silver lining.
I'm in the process of doing the same through Ingram, the company that controls distribution for pretty much every major bookseller not named Amazon. Soon, A Day in Fall (with a brand new cover) will be available once again via Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Google Play, and every other major retailer. With any luck it will also be available physically in stores and libraries. That's the goal.
Of course, anyone can buy a signed copy of A Day in Fall and various other merchandise direct from my website. And there are plans in the works for an audiobook version that will be available via Audible and Chirp. All of that coming this summer.
Now, for something a little more exciting.
A DAY IN WINTER
The sequel to A Day in Fall has been completed and is awaiting publication. This isn't as straightforward as I'd like because I have to find a new publisher. Fingers crossed that won't take too long. I'd like to release A Day in Winter by the end of 2023 or early 2024.
A Day in Fall was about a plot to distract the American people while power gets stripped away from the democratic institutions our country was built upon. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. In the sequel, Michael Larson and Echelon are up against a group called Rockbridge that is gaining momentum all over the world. They discover an even more powerful and dangerous mastermind that had orchestrated the events of A Day in Fall from behind the scenes. There's only one problem - he's in Russia and impossible to get to.
A Day in Winter takes the action and intrigue a step further. I can't wait for people to read it, and will update with information about pre-ordering when the time comes.
This will be the second installment in a four-book series about Michael Larson and Echelon. Thank you so much to everyone who read A Day in Fall, and please drop a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you have a second. The reviews really do help tremendously and might be the hardest part of getting a relatively unknown book more views and readers.
**Seriously, if you review my book let me know and I'll mail you some stuff. It makes a huge difference.
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