We all know the cliches about plans being doomed to fail and all that. So why should I be any different? At the risk of offending some of my more eager friends, I have decided to delay the electronic release of my book Lost from August of this year to March of next.
Wait, put down the torches! I have a very good reason, and it could end up being great for my writing career. At the advice of my online instructor, I recently became the member of two preeminent writing associations: Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America. I just received my hefty membership package from the MWA yesterday, and there was one thing in particular that caught my eye.
The MWA is offering a contest to their members, in conjunction with Minotaur books. Any unpublished member can send in a mystery novel by this November, and the winner (who will be announced by next March) will win a publishing contract and a $10,000 advance. Minotaur is the mystery/thriller/suspense division of St. Martin’s Press, which is one of the biggest publishing companies in the world. So it’s a pretty big deal.
However, there’s a catch. The novel submitted has to be unpublished, and that includes self-publishing and e-publishing. Now, patience is not my virtue. I have my new book cover, and it’s in my nature to want to get things rolling and publish that sucker now. But, after some careful thought, I’ve decided that this is an opportunity worth waiting for. If I don’t win, I will still e-publish Lost for your enjoyment in March 2011 (I promise!) But if I do win, that small delay will certainly seem worth it. I will still publish the prologue and first chapter on my Facebook Fan Page next month, as that is allowed by the contest rules.
This book is easily one of the best things I’ve ever written. I spent years and years working on it, since it is the end result of a different novel that I wrote during college. I took the best parts of that book and they became Lost. I think it’s worth going for.
Wish me luck! Here’s another cliche I’m fond of:
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.