I’ve done a lot of blogging about my new character, Camaro Espinoza, over the past month or so. You may have read a few of these entries. And you may also be aware that starting on June 21, 2013 and every month for three months following, I will release onto Kindle a novella featuring Camaro. I hate to cut out you people who either: 1) don’t read ebooks, or 2) don’t do business with Amazon, but I have my reasons and this is how it’s going to be. If you want to read this work, and for $1.99 you’re not going to find much of a better bargain, you need to join the growing number of people who read ebooks in addition to, or to the exclusion of, print books. This is the way the book business is going and you will make the transition sooner or later. Why not make it sooner?
To recap for those who haven’t been following along: Camaro is a former Army combat medic with a combined four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now out of the military after twelve years of post-9/11 service, she finds herself without a place to call home, and without the traditional supports of family and friends. At the beginning of the novella, Camaro Run, which kicks off a series of four interlocking stories, she’s on her way from California to the east, when a one-night stand in Las Vegas turns into something deadly serious. That’s when people learn the hard way that Camaro is not someone to be trifled with.
As I say, the following three novellas are close sequels, working their way through the first leg of Camaro’s overall story. The last novella, called Sisters in Arms, is a complete work unto itself, but sets the stage for the first full-length Camaro novel, called One-Night Charter. This novel is meant to be both a continuation of the story thus far, but also a stepping-on point for new readers. Ideally they’d go back and read those earlier stories, but I didn’t want to make that assumption.
Now I’m self-publishing the novellas, but I have (slightly) different plans for One-Night Charter. I want to offer it to traditional publishers as the start of a series, at least at first. I’m willing to give the market six to nine months to pick up the book before I take it to readers directly. However, I’m not going to take the usual deal traditional publishers offer. I have, if not demands, then requests about how the book and especially the character are treated.