Well, finally, you can!
I’m beyond excited to announce that HarperCollins will publish my debut mystery novel, BLESSED ARE THE DEAD, on June 10, 2014. And the second book in the Gabriella Giovanni mystery series, BLESSED ARE THE MEEK, will come out July 8, 2014.
A two-book deal. Yippee!
And here’s where I lost my mind this morning, freaking out, making noises like Rosco P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard — you can pre-order the books on Amazon RIGHT NOW. This minute. (I’m sputtering like that sheriff again!)
And here is a little bit about my first book: here.
I have to apologize to anyone who is not in the publishing business, but seeing your name and your books on Amazon for the first time is crazy because all of a sudden, it is REAL. Hence the Rosco-like noises.
And THEN I thought the excitement was over but I went to Goodreads and HOLY SMOKES, my books came up there so I immediately clicked WANT TO READ. And then sat back down and relaxed before I gave myself a heart attack.
Now, here’s a little bit about my book deal.
My book will be published as an e-book only — at first.
It’s a title in William Morrow/HarperCollins’ Witness imprint. Witness features mysteries and thrillers in digital-first format. Later, in many cases, the books will then be released in print format.
I’m always optimistic, so I have every hope that readers will love it enough for it to go to print.
Here’s what mystery writer James Hayman said about going with the new mystery imprint and why I think he’s right and it was a smart move.
“I decided to go with Harper Collins’ after learning that, while roughly 25% of all books sold in the U.S. are sold in e-book format, in genre fiction such as mysteries, thrillers and romance, the number is closer to 60% and rising.”
The press release announcing the new imprint says that Witness is modeled after the publisher’s successful romance imprint, Impulse.
“Authors published by Witness will have a dedicated team, ensuring they receive full editorial support as well as an individualized strategic marketing and publicity campaign. Dynamic, market-responsive pricing remains a cornerstone of the Witness/Impulse e-book pricing strategy. Even though these books are digital-first, the HarperCollins sales group is always seeking out opportunities in print, working with key retail accounts to execute tailored promotions in physical stores. To date, more than 60 percent of Impulse titles have a print format, with thousands of printed copies sold for each of those books.”
Witness will also release all of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot short stories as digital singles.
I’ll thrilled to be joining other authors already signed with Witness, including James Hayman, internationally-bestselling author Stephen Booth, CWA Dagger-winning authors Frances Fyfield and Rory Clements, bestselling author Judi Culbertson, and Sunday Times “Top 10” bestselling author Emlyn Reese.