I took the plunge, and went with Parafine Press, the hybrid publisher I discussed in this newsletter, so my novel about the pleasures and limits of solitude for five distinct and deeply human characters, centered around the 1967 Oregon Beach Bill, the historic legislation that made all Oregon beaches public land, is coming out this November! Kathleen Rooney, author of Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey, says it “takes a lucid and discerning look at how people can belong to a place and whether or not a place can really belong to a person.”
People Along the Sand is available for preorder from your local bookstore or from Bookshop, Barnes and Noble, or (the evil but inevitable) Amazon. If you’ve liked any of my stories in this newsletter or elsewhere, please consider buying it.
To put it (too) simply, I’m paying the upfront costs of publishing but will receive 80 percent of the profit, whereas in a usual publishing contract, the publisher pays the upfront costs, but the writer receives only about 20 percent of the profit. So a higher percentage of the $16.99 you spend on the novel will be going into my pocket!
I’ll describe the details of the process in another newsletter (production, marketing, publicity), but today I just wanted to say you can order it. And if you'd like to review/rate it online (Goodreads, etc.) BEFORE it comes out in November, let me know, and I'll hook you up with a free copy!
As the press release says, “People Along the Sand will appeal to book clubs, local history aficionados, conservationists, and all who look for the personal in the political.”
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. Next time, I’ll post an interview.