Last year I started experimenting with self-published e-books, in part spurred by the success of friends and acquaintances like J. Carson Black, Scott Nicholson, Lee Goldberg, and the godfather of e, Joe Konrath.
My experience has not been like theirs. There are lots of possible reasons for that, one of which is that I have a lot of books out there from various publishers, most of whom put out their own e-books, priced approximately the same as their print editions. If someone is interested in my e-books and searches them out, they'll find lots many, many books, at varying prices and in different formats. It's not as easy as just looking at the list of my books and picking the self-pubbed cheap e-books (which, for the record, are the digital edition of The Slab, the short horror fiction collection Nine Frights, short story Long Road Home, and original thriller The Devil's Bait.
The purpose of posting now is to let everybody know that The Devil's Bait, which I didn't initially submit to the traditional publishers because I wanted to test the e-book waters with a new novel, as well as a reprint and a story collection, will now be joining the ranks of my print books. It's coming from a small, L.A.-based publisher called Malevolent Books. It'll make its world debut at this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and it'll be available from some bookstores (signed copies from Mysterious Galaxy) and online via Indiebound.
The cover's below. If you've been waiting because, like me, you simply prefer physical books printed on paper, wait no more. It's a nice trade paperback edition, retailing for $14.95.
And just as a reminder, here are excerpts some of its reviews:
"I’m not much into the banking world, no matter that I have a degree in Business Management and have taken lots of Accounting courses, I still don’t get stocks, bonds, etc… No worries, The Devil’s Bait isn’t “stuffy”. It is a fast paced, exciting, funny, suspenseful read!" and "With a not seen coming turn of events closing the book out, The Devil’s Bait is a thriller that will not disappoint. I can’t wait to read this novel again, I enjoyed it that much!!" --Jennifer at Can't Put it Down!
"The entire book was intense. I felt scared for Jessie because she was forced to hide. She was on her own. She had no one to trust. She had to hide from her life, her job, the government, and everything important to her. Her bosses, the government, and Richard Steele were all after her, they wanted her dead. She had to rely on herself to find safety. This book reminds me that evil does not win. If you like mystery and suspense, you will enjoy The Devil’s Bait." --Stephanie at BeautyBrite.
And the first review was from regular blog reader and commenter Randy Johnson--thanks, Randy!--who wrote in part: "What we have here is a fast-paced thriller. Jessie, while unused to violence, is a capable young woman in the world of banking. She’s willing to learn though. Her mercenary handles that end for awhile. The pair decide to take a pro-active approach to dealing with Steele and his hired killers. You get a lot of exotic locals as they move around, one step, though not always, ahead of an army of Steele’s killers, working Jessie’s magic in finance.
"All she wants is her normal life back.
"Nice, tight thriller, with several twists thrown in along the way. One perhaps I should have figured, though Mariotte disguised it nicely as the story flows along. I was surprised and pleased with this one."
The e-book will remain available, too, at its regular low, low price. So if you haven't read it, order yourself an e-book, a paperback, or both. Tell a friend. Write a review at whatever bookstore site you bought it. Spread the word!
Because, really, some authors are getting rich. Wouldn't it be nice if I was, too?