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Here I am, signed, sealed, delivered....

Earlier this week (Tuesday to be exact), I signed a contract with Bucks County Publishing out of Bally, Pa. to publish my 2009 NaNoWriMo novel, ZOMBIE SHOWDOWN. I mailed it out a few minutes later, and I expect they'll receive it at some point today. Next month, I'm going to give ZS its final pass from my standpoint before I ship it off for the publisher's edit. We're expecting a late August/early September 2011 street date.

First off, this takes a load of concern off my mind. I trust Bruce Sarte, the man behind Bucks County, to produce a quality book. He and I believe in the same things, especially about how readers like quality, original storytelling, as well as low prices for ebooks. I've seen a lot of BCP's covers, and I'm impressed with how they look. Bruce and I have worked with each other before: I wrote VUVUZOMBIE, a World Cup-based short story, for his Halloween anthology last year, so there is a professional rapport between us. We met on the Amazon Kindle Facebook page, and we immediately hit it off. It just proves that networking works.

How everything came about with ZS was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I had originally planned on self-pubbing it, and I had sent it out to a few authors for blurbs. I had received two of them already, and I sent it to Bruce; he's written a few solid horror stories. He IMed me and told me he thought it was a great story. I asked him, tongue-in-cheek, "Do you want it?"

He said yes.

A few conversations later, mainly regarding rights, royalties, etc., we had a deal. We've sorted out a deal that is mutually beneficial to each other, based on personal and professional respect. It was, in all honesty, one of the easiest negotiations on record. Congress could take a lesson from Bruce and I. But I digress...

Now, the big question: Will I still self-publish?

Of course I will. I thoroughly enjoy this aspect of publishing, and this deal actually sets into motion events that I did not anticipate. More on that soon. I looked over my projects in the backlog the other day, and I intend on getting these projects out, most within the next 12-18 months.

As for this deal, I couldn't be happier.


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