Every writer has a debut book, right? You’re supposed to get a blog, go on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc, and do a press release and some serious promoting leading up to your publish date so folk will hear about your brand new baby way in advance.
*SIGH* Well, I did none of that. As far as I know, nobody knows, even now, that my debut novel was Boucher’s World: Emergent, a science fiction novel set on a world circling the star, Epsilon Eridani.
My reason for doing none of that? Simple: I didn’t have a clue. I didn’t know I was supposed to do all that. I just wanted to get my book published before I died.
I’m an independent writer, one who never tried traditional publishing. I checked into it but determined that if I went that route, since I was sixty-five years old at the time, by the time I got a book published, I’d be at least in my seventies – assuming I ever got one published.
So I checked on publishing a book on my own and discovered there were several ways of going about it. I decided it was best to steer clear of vanity publishers – mainly because I was broke and they all wanted a bunch of bucks – and went with doing it as an ebook at Smashwords which was FREE.
I liked free. I had my book ready to go, so I read the free guide on how to format an ebook and get it distributed to the major ebook sites (the Smashwords Style Guide), uploaded the thing, and off she went.
I have to admit that it’s a good guide, especially for a rank beginner – as I was – and after going through it and following the instructions, I had no problems getting my book through what Smashwords calls their “meat-grinder”.
What I didn’t do, though, was read the other free Smashwords guides: the Smashwords Book Publishing Guide, and Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success. Something I should’ve done before publishing, I suppose, but, who knew? Had I read those first, I probably wouldn’t have published when I did. I think I would at least have signed up for Twitter, first. Heck, I didn’t do that ‘til months later, after I’d already e-published several other books. Too late, I believed, to holler about my debut novel.
So, I didn’t. I just kept writing and publishing, mainly because I realized early on that I got a large amount of pleasure out of just writing the stories. I wish I was good at promoting, though, because I also get a kick out somebody, somewhere, reading one of my books, too. Not good at that, so I just keep writing.
Anyway, what I’m trying to do (in a round-about way) is holler about my debut book. I know, I know, it’s a bit past time for that, and at this late date it’s probably useless to even bring it up, but I spent a good deal of enjoyable time writing that book, and I feel it deserves to be acknowledged as the very first book I ever published.
The first in what eventually became a trilogy in a series of nine (so far), that I call the Boucher’s World series, this book is free on all ebook sites, the others can be had for a negligible sum.
So, here’s an introduction to my debut novel, Boucher’s World: Emergent
The people of Boucher’s World have been trapped inside a Dome that has covered nearly their entire continent since shortly after the Earthlings arrived on the world a little over two millennia ago. For ages, they’ve sought a way out.
One day, a Human predult, a young woman named Jade, and her Cat partner, Tally, make a remarkable discovery: a door to the outside.
This book chronicles what happens when the people – which includes sentient cats and dogs, and an alien race called the Elvwists – finally emerge from what has been a cage for them for so long. Will they be able to contact their home worlds? And what happens to Jade when she’s kidnapped by a man who “collects” young women? Will she be rescued in time?