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In May, I announced that my political thriller Kiss of the Assassin was coming out in 2021. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening. The publisher of my ebook Dead Witness, who agreed to publish Kiss of the Assassin, closed their doors due to unforeseen circumstances that I’ll not get into. After spending the first day wallowing in self-pity, I reached out to Lea Schizas, Hank Quense, and Vicki L. Smith for help. Thank you all! Suffice to say, I spent the last week self-publishing Dead Witness and now it’s back up on all Amazon sites.
Lea also helped me create an ad on Facebook which was quite exciting, but it won’t be up for a while because I’ve run into a snag. My payment isn’t going through. That would be weird, except it’s actually a common occurrence in Mexico. Mexico does not like 1-800 numbers either. If you run into a snag in Canada or United States, you simply call a 1-800 number and talk to an actual person. I can’t do that from here. I’ve been trying all morning. Maybe there are no actual people at Facebook, or as Gary Philip Pennick likes to refer to them: Farcebook?
On a related subject: If you’re looking for a competent and professional editor at a reasonable price, please contact me at joylene Dot butler at Gmail Dot com, and I will pass along Kiss of the Assassin’s content editor’s email address. Les Tucker was a pleasure to work with. He was thorough, adamant, kind and clear about what he deemed necessary to improve my manuscript. He was open to discussions. Thank you, Les.
If you’ve ever lost your publisher, you’ll know I’ve lost all my reviews too. This leads me to beg ask if you’ve previously reviewed Dead Witness, would you consider copying and pasting your review at the Amazon site of your choice: Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, or Amazon.oc.uk? If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it, would you consider posting a review?
If you’re a non-writer and you’re wondering why this is important, it’s because reviews influence visibility. The more reviews a book receives, the more said book appears in the amazon search engine. IE. If you go to Amazon’s ebook search window and type Dead Witness, chances are my novel won’t appear for 5 or 6 pages. If you type suspense thriller, it will take hundredths of pages before my book showed up. And that’s a shame because Dead Witness is a good read.
(I just tried myself, and Dead Witness appeared on the first page. That’s probably because I’m using my MacBook and I’m logged into my Amazon account)
As for Kiss of the Assassin no longer on the verge of being published, I’m sad, yes, but hopeful. I wrote this manuscript in the late 90s. It’s always been an important part of my life. An epic story. I have faith that I will find it a home.
What would make me quit writing?
- A devasting accident that left me incapacitated.