Something is Happening

Okay, it’s finally time to say something because it’s all getting close.

I’m in for a writing career reboot here, and it’ll likely all start happening by the end of the month. The retooling of this web site some months ago was the first step, but now there are others. I’ve slowly been putting things into motion, but it looks like they’re all going to converge at once.

So I have not one, but two major announcements — and a minor one.

First, my new novel, …and that’s the end of the news, is almost done. I mean it for sure this time. After 10 years, a long hiatus to take care of my mother (during which time I tried to re-imagine myself as a songwriter and learned that I hated performing live) and four drafts, I’ve gotten the book where I want it, where it should be. So it’s soon to be going out in search of an agent and/or publisher.

This book has been with me for so long that it’s hard for me to look at it as “the new book”, but it’ll be new to the 99.99% of you who haven’t had some kind of preview or were pressed into service as an early reader. Anyway, once and/news goes out into the marketplace, it will be time to start what really will feel like a new novel. This will likely be the project that I have discreetly code-named “The UFO Novel.”

Which brings me to the minor announcement. Just for grins, I thought I would post very short excerpts from The UFO Novel as status updates on my Facebook Fan Page. There’ll be one excerpt from each chapter as I finish writing it, and there will be lots of chapters. It should be fun. Or not. Tantalizing, perhaps? That’s the idea. So become a fan now and get miniscule glimpses of a book in progress (or be tormented by them – your choice).

So now it’s time for Major Announcement number two. If you’re one of the lot who has been to my Facebook Fan Page, you may have seen the fanciful logo for an outfit called Thief Media (you can see it now in the upper right hand section of this page). That’s the imprint that I have started to release my old, out-of-print novels for the Amazon Kindle and in epub format for all the others. This will begin with my first published novel, A Death of Honor – which I hope to have out by early March – to include all 7 novels over the course of the next year or so.

(Actually, they will appear as only 6 novels – Ferman’s Devils and Boddekker’s Demons will be issued as one novel, which was my original intent.)

A Death of Honor's new look for the e-book market.

All of the novels will have new cover art, and all except for the Angel’s Luck trilogy will have some kind of bonus material included. A Death of Honor will feature the original epilog that I cut from the book before publication. The Company Man and Ferman’s Devils will feature short stories that overlap into the respective book’s universe.

In addition to my out-of-print titles, Thief Media will also be releasing two previously unpublished JCF novels. The Mushroom Shift is a profane and darkly funny novel about police work that was written between Honor and Company and will be released between them. Trust is a political thriller written in hopes of being published in time for the 1996 election. It will be released before Ferman’s Devils.

To celebrate this in a small way, I have changed the graphic in the banner above to a section of corrected page from the third draft of …and that’s the end of the news. There may or may not be other surprises and releases, but I’m going to leave things at this for the time being. After all, I have a lot of work to do right now.

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10 responses

  1. I’d really like to read your other unpublished works. Unfortunately pigs will fly before I buy an e-reader. Will they be available in a format that I can print out and read like the good Lord intended on paper?

    1. Yes, that’s an option I’m working on. Likely it will be print on demand from somewhere like lulu.com. Details will follow when I get that far. Getting the ebook ready first because the formatting can carry over.

  2. I’m pumped to hear that The Company Man and A Death of Honor are coming out in ebook format–they’re some of my favorites of yours. I’m also looking forward to reading Ferman’s Devils/Bodekker’s Demons, as it’s one of yours I’ve wanted to read for several years, but never have. So will all of the titles I just mentioned be available on Amazon?

    1. All titles will be available for the Amazon Kindle and will be available for purchase on Amazon.com. There will also be an epub edition for everyone with a non-Kindle reader (although I suspect Kindle will eventually play nice with epub), available through iTunes and the like. And as I mentioned above, there will also be a paper edition available for those luddites in the crowd.

  3. Joe, so happy to find your blog again! And your current projects with e-publishing are similar to what I’m doing now too. This is the moment for such actions. I really feel that. Maybe because the Border’s down the road just went out of business.

  4. Congratulations, Joe. You are embarking on so many exciting adventures. Good luck on all of them. Oh, and I have a Kindle. I’ll be looking for your e-books.

  5. This is awesome news! I have all 7 of your novels, and still check for new ones when I stop by a bookstore. Looks like I’ll finally see a new one there on a shelf someday soon.

  6. This is great news. We don’t want to be trapped writing spots all our lives.

  7. Glad to see your blog is going strong and that you’re re-releasing your older work. Are there any plans to release any titles for the Barnes and Noble Nook? Or do I have to find them another way?

    1. Thanks for asking! Work is underway to also put my novels into the epub format, which is the standard for most of the non-Kindle ereaders. Progress is slow, largely because I’m being slow at getting the originals converted to Kindle. Watch these pages or my Facebook fan page for further updates.

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