My close collaborator and writing partner and I were thoroughly excited to be part of Booktrope. We weren’t quite in the “last fatal wave,” but were darn close. There were clues, plenty of clues, that something was rotten in Washington (the state, not DC. Something’s always rotten in DC.)
For various personal reasons I let him take the lead. This meant letting my “Author Platform” lapse (at the company’s advisement). A very bad idea, and one that we’re both trying to rectify.
What’s worse is our work is in limbo because of creative teams. Neither of us want to stiff them. We had three books in the hopper.
One, “The Curious Profession of Dr. Craven” made it out, with a thoroughly botched launch. Almost to the minute, the moment we got our ducks in a row with an enthusiastic marketing person and a plan, Booktrope pulled the plug.
Another book, “A designing woman,” is editing limbo. I need to figure out if we can afford to continue paying the editor. She’s very good.
The third book, “The art of deception” is free and clear. No one but us worked on it, so we have no one else to bother with. Other than short excerpts it’s not been published, so it’s been sent the rounds of open publishers. We’ll see.