For the past five years, I’ve been a hybrid author, with a foot in both the traditional and indie worlds. But soon I’ll be indie-only. Those mysteries that have been published by Berkley? I’m moving the series to my own imprint, with new series titles appearing in 2018. There will be more standalone novels, too—as I find stories that need to be told, stories that I feel passionate about telling and publishing.
As an author-publisher, the work is always interesting, exciting, instructive—and a continuing challenge. My agent and I have evolved into a flexible team that (depending on the project) includes three or four freelancers—copyeditor, designer/formatter, cover artist, publicist. With the mysteries, we’re moving from POD to larger-scale print distribution via Greenleaf Book Group, where I expect to finally get my indie titles into Overdrive. (Librarians, heads up.) But if that doesn’t work out, there will be other options. The publishing landscape keeps changing, and every new project teaches me something new about the business.