“Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.” – Jessamyn West
I’m taking a big gamble on myself.
My agent tried for a year and a half to find a publisher for my novel, “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter,” and they all said roughly the same thing. They liked it, “but …” That “but” was usually something along the lines of, “We don’t think anyone cares about pirate stories.”
Well, they’re wrong, and I’m ready to take a chance to prove it.
This summer I am going to self-publish “Chrissie Warren: Pirate Hunter.” It’s a pirate adventure story that everyone will enjoy.
“Chrissie” is the story of a girl in colonial Virginia whose sailor father is captured by pirates. She disguises herself as a boy and signs aboard a cargo ship to travel to the Caribbean and rescue him. Aided by unexpected friends who have their own secrets, she tracks the pirates to their island base and rescues her father, but becomes the quarry in a sea chase that can only end in death.
Great characters, lots of action, humor, battles at sea, adventure and danger. Everything you’d want in a story about pirates.
Tori and I spent the last week going over the entire manuscript with the proverbial fine tooth comb. It had been more than a year since I’d read it and I was pleased to see it’s better than I remembered.
Most of this final revision involved taking out “improvements” suggested by this editor and that editor. When you’re in that position, trying to make a sale to a publishing house, you agree to almost anything in the hopes of closing the deal. But they said no, so I’ve made it the story I want to tell. I’m proud of it.
Here’s the planning, as far as it has gotten. I’ve got an extremely talented young woman designing the cover. It’ll be available starting in August in trade paperback and ebook formats.
There also will be a limited run of signed and numbered hard covers. I’ll be setting up a way to take advance orders on those soon. Once the orders for hardcovers close in mid-July, that’ll be it.
And maybe there’ll be T-shirts, because everyone needs a T-shirt, don’t they?
Anyway, that’s what I’m going to be up to the next few months – and of course, for the foreseeable future as I make myself obnoxious trying to sell them. Wish me luck.