Yesterday, I read to the fourth graders at the St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, as part of BC’s Read Aloud program. Previously, I had mentioned to the kids that I was now a published author. They begged me to read from my book, The Winship Affair. I told them that it was for “adults only” but the prologue is “G-rated” so I read that section to them. Afterwards, about a dozen came up to me with little scraps of paper. They all wanted my autograph!
It’s amusing how many of my friends think that I’m going to make a lot of money from publishing a novel. Shown here is my first (and possibly last) royalty check from book sales. A large part of this “profit” is no doubt derived from the book copies that I personally purchased for gift copies for friends and family. But, hey, at least I did not “self publish” which means someone else believed in the book and underwrote the production costs.
After a pleasant conversation with the store manager, Von’s Books in West Lafayette, Indiana has agreed to carry copies of The Winship Affair. It’s a great little independent book store! http://www.vonsshops.com/Book_Shop.html
There’s something magical about seeing your novel appear for the first time in a world-class bookstore! Here are copies of The Winship Affair in the mystery/fiction section of the Harvard Cooperative Society (a.k.a. “The Coop”) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Here’s another blurb from the back cover of The Winship Affair:
A grisly murder under the dark moonless sky and a mysterious package in the mail set the perfect stage for intrigue in this sophisticated nail-biting page turner. […] With style, wit, and a robust cast of fascinating characters, The Winship Affair keeps readers in their seat right up until the last page.
-Robin Stratton, Boston Literary Magazine
I queried my publisher today regarding availability of the novel in e-book format. Here is their reply, “the e-book has been uploaded to Amazon’s Kindle library…it should appear there sometime today or early tomorrow…it does take them a few more days to get it linked up with the printed copy as well. Or, rather, it has in the past at any rate…”