This is a contest for a cameo appearance in an upcoming book by Bernard DeLeo, including some autographed paperback novels. First read what Bernard wrote about the 'Indie Writers and Publishing' world of today. The contest details is at the end.
The term "writing passionately" confuses readers and authors alike. A chasm supposedly exists, according to the monitors of this whacky writing and publishing world, between the ‘Chosen Few’ who find an agent and a publisher in the traditional sense, and us otherworldly hacks trying to tell stories we think people like. The traditional publishing hierarchy made up or mutated all the rules until only material deemed by mostly politically correct, closed minded automatons ran the publishing world until Amazon ended their reign. Indie authors and publishers popped up in droves, and slowly gained a foothold in the publishing world for what people loved to read back in the day: Pulp Fiction.
This new/old mainstay of the blue collar reader rocked the traditional publishing world to the point they were forced to offer extravagant contracts to self-publishing gurus. It became apparent readers took exception to being fed big name author books written by ghostwriters in formulaic fashion. The readers began testing the indie waters hawking affordable novels with more hard hitting stories, and without the inserted publishing morays made up by people who had forgotten what the purpose of a story is: entertainment.
Rough patches exist in any new revolution. Poor editing, and unreadable literature made the Amazon marketplace into a vast desert of despair. They offered free ‘Look Inside’ features for the readers encompassing whole chapters keyed to the novel’s length, and some indies with stories to tell began to soar. Then the Book Killers hit. The sock puppets of jealous traditional authors, traditional publishing house interns, and even indies feeding on more successful fellow authors have created a Wild West style Amazon marketplace now – but for all its faults, it is a free marketplace of stories and competition. The traditional publishers gouging sixty percent of their authors’ gross while doing nothing to promote it are either changing their ways or dying by the wayside.
My partner, RJ Parker and I have waded through this morass. In a very short span of time, RJ Parker Publishing has beamed a bright light of individualism into a mostly archaic, formula driven business. The battle has just begun. This is a forevermore entity geared to the old cliché of ‘What have you done for me lately’. RJ and I understand that concept very well. Some people can’t be bought. He and I are on the frontline of this new paradigm. The excitement of being a part of this as RJ has received his full publishing credentials from Amazon will carry us past the downside of the marketplace. Each novel offered with appeal to a wide range of readers will bring us closer to nose on nose competition with the traditionals. Believe me. They don’t like it.
In celebration of my partner RJ Parker getting his full publishing credentials and privileges from Amazon with the ability to offer pre-orders on both e-books and paperbacks in advance of release, we have a neat promotional offering. From the comments on this post, there will be three winners chosen from the readers who comment, by name in hat draw. RJ will draw a first place winner who will receive an autographed paperback copy of RJ’s favorite novel of mine: COLD BLOODED, along with a real name cameo in my next novel HARD CASE BOOK IV: A VIOLENT LIFE. When it comes out in paperback, I will gift you a signed paperback of the new novel with your cameo appearance. Two other readers who comment will be given a signed copy of COLD BLOODED. Nothing needed to enter other than a comment here on this post.
Hard Case: A Violent Life will be the 4th book in the John Harding series after:
Who will win the cameo appearance in book 4? Will you be a villain, a hero, killed off?
Winners will be selected on January 15, 2014
Estimated release date of Hard Case: A Violent Life is April 15, 2014