Perspectives of a Writer and Musician

Issues related to writing, publishing and playing jazz music: One man's muse.
by Al Stevens

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Monday, May 07, 2012

Nursing Home Ninjas is under contract

My cozy mystery, Nursing Home Ninjas, is now signed for publication by Five Star Mysteries. http://www.gale.cengage.com/fivestar/
We are already through the first level of editing. Now we enter the next stage, which includes the copy edit, one of my favorite parts. That's when you learn a lot about the craft, when an editor rips your deathless prose to pieces.

It's been nine years since I had a real publication contract, and that was for a computer programming book. (I had contracts for this title and another one with an e-publisher last year for a while, but that didn't work out.) I retired after the 2003 book and played music for a while. The music business dried up, and I got bored. So I started writing fiction to keep my brain from drying up like a prune. It will be interesting to see how things have changed since 2003. The industry has changed a lot since then. I have already seen changes in the publisher/author relationship.

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