Well, today is the day, folks. After a shockingly quick seven months — and, believe me, that’s extraordinarily quick in the traditional industry — The Moores Are Missing has hit shelves all over. Grab your copy today and let me know what you think.
I am not at liberty to discuss the specifics of how I worked with James Patterson, but I can say what I’ve said before. To whit: I had a lot of fun writing this thing, working with Patterson was a breeze, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. All he has to do is drop me an email.
Prior to this release, James Patterson’s BookShots initiative, which aimed to return the novella to the traditional marketplace, featured individual books in a trade-paperback size, though much, much thinner. This one is different, binding three novellas in a single volume.
Novellas have dominated the ebook market for years now, so Patterson seems to have figured (correctly) that demand for high-quality work exists. Whether BookShots worked out the way he hoped, or if this transition to a new format indicates a slightly different need in the print marketplace, I have no idea. When it comes to book marketing, I have basically two insights to offer, and they’re not all that deep: 1) always have an ebook, and 2) make that ebook inexpensive. Commodification in the book market is a very real phenomenon, so traditional publishers can be a part of this trend or get crushed by it. Patterson and his people seem to have recognized the shift in preferences, especially online, and have taken steps to make the best of it.
Nuts and bolts of the industry aside, I hope you still like my work with Patterson. The Housewife represents a change of pace for me. Gone are the action-thriller stylings of Camaro and gone are the gritty borderland aesthetics of the Mexico novels. This is a straight-up domestic thriller of the sort audiences have eaten up for years. Whether I did the subgenre justice or not, you’ll have to let me know.
As always, I ask you to spread the word about my new release. If you enjoy my work, or The Housewife in particular, the very best thing you can do for me is read, rate and review. The more vocal people are about my writing, the more opportunities arise to bring you new material. This is a tough business, and the worst thing that can happen to anyone is to become invisible.