T oday I think I can quote the line from Mel Brooks’s “Young Frankenstein,” because today I have pushed my own little monster into the world. iFrankenstein is now on Amazon! I’m doing the 90 day Kindle Select Program, so everyone on other platforms (including those waiting for the iPhone app) will have to wait just a bit more. Sorry.
I’ve published six novels now, with another due in January. If you count writing books and anthologies, that number goes up to ten. You’d think I’d get used to the book’s birthdays.
But, I don’t.
I’m just as anxious for little iFrankenstein as I was for A Trace of Smoke, my first novel. That one came out from a New York publishing house (Tor Forge, a division of Macmillan, thank you for taking a chance on me!) and I had a top notch cover, great editing, and some good placement at bookstores, including Barnes & Nobles and Borders (remember them?).
This one goes straight to Amazon. I made all the decisions myself. Luckily, I didn’t do it alone. I had my crack writing group, Kona Ink. Kathryn Wadsworth, David Deardorff, Judith Heath, and Karen Hollinger have been tearing my work apart and forcing me to put it back together in a better form since I began to write the first draft of my first published novel (not a coincidence, they are that good). I also worked with a talented graphic designer and app developer named Quinn Stephens. He did a bang up job on all the graphics and formatting you’ll see in the book, but you won’t really be able to appreciate his talent until the iPhone app comes out in 90 days.
So, even with all that help, why am I as scared as the very first book?
Because it’s a story. It’s a promise between a writer and a reader. A hope that others will step into your world, read it, stay awhile, and leave feeling richer.
That’s a lot of weight to put on a few words and images on a page.
No wonder I’m scared. I wouldn’t have it any other way.