Out of the Flames, Back from the Dead: The Crashers
It seems fitting that a book about people who die and come back would have the story that it does.
In case you don't know the story, a long time ago, I was signed on with a publisher named Booktrope. Booktrope published my superhero novel The Crashers back in April. Then at the end of April, Booktrope announced they were folding. Cue three months of confusion, waiting, frustration, and playing Rights Roulette with all of my assets as my publisher quietly closed their doors with a lot of shrugging and empty platitudes.
Needless to say, that was the opposite of fun.
Now, fast-forward to September. I have my manuscript, my cover, and all my licensing squared away. Fast-forward to tomorrow, upon which time you'll be able to purchase The Crashers as it rises from the grave and to warm your Amazon Kindle. Perhaps, if I can get enough money together, I can pay to have it published in paperbacks again. For now, you'll have to settle for being warmed by the glow of your mobile book reading device of choice. (It'll also be on OmniLit in PDF and Epub formats if that's your thing!)
So, what now? Good question. To be honest, I have no freaking idea.
All of this is happening on a wing and a prayer, so I push my love letter to slash dissertation on contemporary superhero comics and culture back into the world. I tried agents and publishers and, while I got a lot of thumb-ups and compliments, I was told the book was unmarketable. So here we go. Enter: self-publishing!
I've sent out review copies, submitted review requests to blogs and podcasts, and have done all the marketing I can afford on a shoestring budget of a broke liberal arts student. The next book in the seven-part series, The Crashers: Koreatown, is still in the editing phase while I wring my hands about going back to finish it up. The next several books are in various stages of plotting. I have a small but vocal fan community around the book that has championed me on and helped me stay positive amidst the chaos of the summer as I waited for the legal minutia to resolve itself.
But, beyond that? I'm self-publishing books while finishing college. I have no marketing budget, no PR, and no publisher. All I have are characters that people seem to love, a story that's quickly tumbling out of my hands as it strives toward bigger, dumber, loftier things, and readers who want to see how it all plays out.
That's all I'm doing now: seeing it plays out.
The Crashers will be available 9/20/2016. See you all in Koreatown.