Author Boyd Morrison, who recently released "The Vault," started out self-publishing his thrillers. He's now represented, but more on that later.
I've heard from several area authors on the topic of self-publishing. It seems to self-publish a book - that is to pay for the printing and all other associated costs yourself and try to sell it on your own - is increasingly an achievable stepping stone to securing a publisher for future works.
Jim Maust of Trappe recently self-published "From the Driver's Seat"- a memoir about his career as a bus operator for local operator Perkiomen Motorcoach LLC (view my blog about his book here) - and has found success in selling the book to his peers. He hopes to list the book for sale on Amazon.com in the near future.
Katie McVay of Pottstown is moving ahead with plans to publish her first novel "The City of Lost Secrets" as an e-book - a publishing option she says is less costly than a print book. She is currently having her novel formatted for Kindle and other e-readers.She also recently published a short story for sale on Amazon.com for a mere 99 cents. For more information, check out Katie's insightful blog here.
Some other originally self-published works of note, according to Wikipedia, are:
- "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield
- "The Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer
- "What Color is Your Parachute?" by Richard Nelson Bolles
- "Poems in Prose" by Oscar Wilde
- "Chicken Soup for the Soul" by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Boyd Morrison started out as a "self-publishing phenomenon," according to his now publisher Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster. Morrison recently released his latest thriller, "The Vault: A Novel" (Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster, July 5, 2011, $24.99, 448 pp.). I have a copy of that novel to give away to one lucky reader (see details below).
Unable to find a publisher for his novels, Boyd marketed "The Ark" (May 2010), the story of industrial engineer Tyler Locke’s quest to uncover Noah’s Ark to readers through Amazon’s Kindle program and his own website. His books, according to his publisher, became a word-of-mouth Internet sensation, with over 7,500 copies sold in 3 months. Shortly thereafter, Boyd was signed by Touchstone Books, a division of Simon & Schuster for a multi-book deal. "The Ark" became a national bestseller.
The publisher describes Morrison's new book, "The Vault," as a continuation of Tyler Locke's adventures:
Former combat engineer Tyler Locke races against time to unearth the truth about the fabled touch of King Midas. Locke's routine commute on a Washington State ferry is interrupted by a chilling anonymous call: his father has been kidnapped, and a truck bomb is set to detonate on board in 20 minutes. When Tyler reaches the bomb on the boat's car deck, he's stunned to find classical languages expert Stacy Benedict waiting for him. She's received the same threat, and her sister has also been taken. In order to disarm the bomb, Tyler and Stacy must work together to solve an engineering puzzle — a puzzle written in ancient Greek.
But preventing the explosion is only the first step; they soon learn the entire setup is a test created by a ruthless criminal who forces them to go on a seemingly impossible mission: uncover the legendary lost riches of King Midas. Tyler and Stacy have just five days to track down the gold.
Armed with an ancient manuscript penned by brilliant Greek inventor Archimedes, they begin a quest to unravel a 2,000-year-old mystery whose answer is hidden within the workings of a cryptic artifact: the Antikythera Mechanism, a device designed by Archimedes himself. To save their loved ones and prevent their captors from recovering a treasure that will finance unspeakable devastation, the two scramble to Italy, Germany, Greece, and finally to the streets of New York City in a race against the clock to find the truth behind the story of King Midas.
About the author:
Boyd Morrison (pictured at left) has a PhD in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech and was formerly employed by NASA, Microsoft’s Xbox Games Group, and Thomson-RCA. In 2003, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a Jeopardy! Champion. He is also a professional actor who has appeared in commercials, stage plays, and films. Boyd resides with his wife an 10-year-old son in Seattle. To learn more, visit his website.
Boyd Morrison is currently on tour in support of "The Vault," but his tour schedule does not bring him to the Philly area. You can catch him at the storied (yes, I went there) Tattered Cover Bookstore in downtown Denver, CO., on Monday, August 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Other upcoming stops include Milwaukee, Houston and St. Louis.
If you'd like to win my review copy of "The Vault," courtesy of Touchstone Hardcover/Simon & Schuster, email me with your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply post the information in a comment below.