You think you want a publishing contract, but you've released four novels independently without approaching a publisher or agent. You've come up through the ranks, learned a few things about editing, marketing, and cover design. You write because you love it. You're constantly working to improve. Maybe you even earned a small but loyal fan base. Then one day a publisher comes knocking. You're not sure you want to go that route, but these opportunities are rare. You're grateful. You sign. You realize you've given away your control.
Powerless isn't for everyone.
2011 I was indie strong, proud to be part of the new wave of emerging folks willing to say, "Hey, I don't care if you validate me. I'm an artist."
Where did that person go? After a year of soul searching I realize she's always been here, wanting to put out traditional-quality books under her own name. Fatal Intentions is moving at breakneck speed after a year of crippling self-doubt and worrying about what will work for the market, the publisher, the editor you only know from a couple of phone calls.
I write for my fans and for myself.
I work harder for myself than anyone else will work for me, and I change my mind on a regular basis about everything except this one thing: Becoming a success.
I've worked with a handful of different people over the past four years, all of whom I'm grateful for and each of whom have contributed something different to the writer I've become and am still becoming. I've tried the Select route, tried the scattershot method, dabbled in paperbacks, marketed in every conceivable way, but the truth is when it's meant to be, it happens. My grandmother always said that. Fatal Reaction was a self-selling novel, the first in my short backlist. I was on a good trajectory before I lost sight of the self-made person I intend to be. My buddy, best selling novelist Vincent Zandri, said it best when he said I was much happier as an indie. Maybe I was too close to see that.
The telltale sign of a bad decision is when you answer the question, "If you had to do it all over again, would you do it differently?" with a resounding "Yes." I didn't make a bad decision. I would make the same choices I made the first time if I could go back and do it again because it taught me as much about myself as anything. I am thankful for the opportunity, and glad to be back with a new addition to Team Frisch who I hope will challenge me and bring out an even stronger voice in my writing. Fatal Intentions will release no later than January 1, 2016. If we can pull off a Christmas miracle, you might just get a gift on the 25th. Thanks to all those who have stuck with me, who have believed in me, and who cheer me on every day. You keep me honest. You keep me strong.