On January 3rd, 2021, I signed a contract with Atmosphere Press to publish my novel The Memory Addicts. It should be out some time between May and September 2022.
Atmosphere is a collaborative press. Basically, they select manuscripts to shepherd through the process of self-funded publication. They reject 75% of what is submitted to them; they provide authors they do accept with two rounds of all-in editorial help, they steer them through options for cover design and interior design, they produce the book and promote it. The author keeps all rights and royalties. I'll have to sell maybe 500 copies to break even, which is of course not guaranteed, but nor is it terrible odds.
the pitch & the character breakdown
"The James River as seen from the Foghorn Rock Visitors Center. The American goldfinch is described in the novel as the Foghorn Rock bird."
the book's evolving history, 2012 to present