It’s been almost a year since I wrote a blog post about the end of my fourth book, Dickinstein. The two year contract it had with its publisher was drawing to an end and I chose not to renew.
I wrote Dickinstein in 2012, finishing the first draft in just 8 weeks that summer and believing it was the best writing I’d ever done. I still believe that. I haven’t written anything since.
This year I contemplated sending it out to agents, but I knew the mediocre sales record already attached to the book the first go around wasn’t going to make it all that appealing. If I didn’t believe in the book enough to try to make it successful, why should I believe someone else will? I could be wrong, but I figured it would be a waste of time.
So here we are.
A few weeks ago I decided to re-release the book myself. I gave it a new cover and dropped “Dickinstein” from the title. I think that’s a kick ass title and I was proud of it, but some friends joked that it sounds a bit X-Rated. So now I think the new title and new cover have some broader appeal.
Though our real-life Emily shared very few of her poems while she was alive, and even wanted her papers to be destroyed after her death, I feel my book should live on in some way. It seemed selfish of me to keep a good book to myself. What’s the good in that?
So this new 2nd edition is available now in paperback on Kindle. If you missed it the first time, you can get it now. The story itself is unchanged. Enjoy!