This morning, perhaps as people slept, e-readers quietly updated with Edward Unspooled, marking the official release date of my sixth novel—and the third featuring Edward Stanton and his family and friends.
Every release day is equal parts pleasure and anticipation. It’s the payoff for the long months of writing and rewriting and editing and formatting. And it’s the jumping-off point for the hope that the book will connect with the hearts and minds of readers.
This book has been especially gratifying for a few reasons. First, it showed up unexpectedly (more on that at the link above). Second, for the first time since my short-story collection was first released I decided to publish this independently. I hired an editor to work with me, a cover designer to make this book fit seamlessly with its predecessors, an e-book designer and an audiobook reader. It checked all of my creative boxes, and that was important to me.
Most important, I held true to my guiding intention: I wrote the best book I could. If this book is our first meeting, or you’ve been with Edward right along, or you’ve followed me into the other fictional crevices I’ve explored, that’s how I keep the trust with you. I give my best effort. I’m grateful for you.
Thanks for reading.