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             The Liquidation Sanction

          A work in progress

 

 

When federal judge David Seymore’s teenage son is kidnapped from the exclusive boys’ academy he attends in northeast Ohio, His Honor uses all of his power and influence inside the Washington D.C. beltway—through a personal relationship with the deputy director of the CIA—to activate a long retired “black ops” agent to locate and rescue his son.

 

Deputy Director John Mycroft invokes a little used, top secret presidential directive to resurrect his top assassin. The DDCIA conceals the clandestine search for Livingston “Todd” Seymore from the highest levels of government, hiding it under the ambiguous umbrella of national security, and unleashing upon the sleepy community of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, a man called Phoenix.

 

With the aid of Mycroft’s young CIA computer whiz kid, and with the assistance of young Seymore’s “brat pack, Musketeer” school chums, Phoenix trails the gang of kidnappers to their lair, where a violent confrontation erupts and leaves the bucolic Ohio community reeling with a body count the likes of which it has never experienced.

     




                         Publishing Information


I don’t want to bore people with publishing horror stories, but thought I’d share the reason why Shadow of the River is being produced independently. Bear with me while I explain the steps to publication: After completing a manuscript, tweaking as best I can (with editorial assistance), I submit query letters to literary agents who represent a book’s particular genre. After 4-16 weeks of nail-biting, and if queried agent(s) decline representation, I’m left with three options:

1.
 contract with print on demand (POD) publishers
2.
    
throw the manuscript in a drawer and move on to the next project
3.
    
publish independently

My first three novels (Prosecuted Innocence, Trail Of Bodies, and Tears of Blood) were published with varying success through POD publishers. There are, however, pitfalls to POD publishing:

1.
    
contracts customarily benefit the publisher, not the author
2.
    
contract duration tends to be excessive (up to 7 years)
3.
    
(POD) publishers collect the lion’s share of profits (92 %)
4.
    
marketing and promotion are the author’s responsibility
5.
    
publishers rarely provide statistical feedback as to sales
6.
    
POD publishers determine a book’s release format (i.e. ebook, print, or
     a combination thereof)
7.
    
the publisher controls pricing

There are a myriad of other issues, however, the above should suffice to give an overview of why I’ve elected to travel a different route for Shadow of the River.

Since distribution and marketing are my responsibility anyway, it stands to reason I need to eliminate the middleman. Through independent publishing I assume control of the project from creation to completion, including sales, distribution, but most importantly, pricing.

Example: Tears of Blood (PublishAmerica, 2009), a 259 page paperback retails for $27.50 (as fixed by the publisher); double the price of comparable soft cover novels. Even with author discounts I cannot purchase books cheaply enough to resell them at a reasonable price…
 
Result:
Unrealized sales due to a grossly overinflated price I have no control over.

Eliminating the middleman allows me to control the price and offer (future) releases at more competitive prices; in many cases below market standards. For me it’s about getting books (affordably) into readers’ hands; the financial end will take care of itself as the audience grows.
 
I know this all sounds greedy, but, it’s a business. I’m not looking to get rich. (Well, yes I am, but if I say that people will think it’s all about money, and that’s not the case.) I’m trying to broaden my readership by offering a reasonably priced product, and, egotism aside, think I put out good stories.

Additionally, I have recovered the publishing rights to two of my previous titles; of which a limited number of print copies remain, once they're gone, they're gone!

Eventually they will be released (after additional editing) as .pdf files for e-devises.

Thanks to fans and friends alike for sticking with me on this journey, it’s what makes writing the stories worthwhile.