So, I've just been informed that the paperback edition of my novel Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir has now gone live on Amazon!
I'm excited. For all my bluster about e-books, there's nothing quite like the palpable, tactile quality of holding an actual book in your hands, so the increased availability of Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir delights me to no end.
Hopefully, you feel the same way.
Of course, editions of the novel have been available for some time for the Kindle and as a pdf file directly from me. But this new avenue of distribution will allow more readers to enjoy my story. I hope.
As I've mentioned before, I wrote Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir as a deliberate exercise in plot-driven entertainment, complete with cliffhangers and lots of violence and sex. And I wanted to set it in my hometown, with recognizable, real-world settings. Even in the midst of our fiery summer, I really love this town.
As the jacket copy states, Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir is "a sexy, blood-soaked romp through Sin City!" And we all know that jacket copy never lies.
And, yes, there is a sequel in the works, although I am currently drafting a kind of action comedy right now. It, too, is set here in Las Vegas, and I hope to finish it by the end of the year.
For a self-publishing, self-promoting writer, an ambitious writing schedule is called for, don't you think? Plus, I started late, way too late, on following my calling. I'm count myself incredibly lucky to still have the opportunity to do so.
Which leads me to thoughts on the publishing industry...
Recent news that Amazon is now selling more Kindle editions of books than hardcovers seems to signal a tectonic shift in the publishing industry in the same way that the music industry changed with the advent of file-sharing and Itunes. I think of it as a hopeful sign for independent authors like myself.
As in the music industry, the means of production and distribution have been decentralized, allowing for more grassroots artists to promote themselves. While I agree that publishers have acted as quality-control agents and risk-aggregators, I applaud the technological advances that are forcing publishers to adapt their business models to allow for more competition from self-published writers.
The upshot, I believe, is that publishing, like music, will become a market where more artists will have an opportunity to make a living, while creating fewer superstars. I think of all this as a democratization of publishing.
Yes, there will be those, especially those who are already established in the publishing industry, who will decry these changes as a loss of quality, but such complaints strike me as outmoded snobbery, like John Henry bemoaning the advent of the steam engine. In the near future, there will indeed be chaos, but I believe that quality will always out.
No matter how much the publishing industry changes, I think that Auden's axiom will always apply: "Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered."
I have to confess that I am deeply ambivalent about my own work. Sure, I constructed Bloodsucking Vegas: a vampire noir as pure entertainment, and I stand by my book. I just never envisioned that my first book would feature vampires.
But I also recognize that my opinion of my work doesn't really matter. What matters is what readers think. They're the ones who will determine the success or failure of any work, no matter what the industry is doing.