I've gone off the publishing grid. Fired my agent. Dived into the digital waters. I've put an original work on Kindle Select. Title: The Queen of Annam's Daughter. It's a sequel to my novel Goodbye, Saigon, published by Crown in 1996 and purchased for film by Twentieth Century Fox. Since it's an ebook there probably won't be any reviews in the mainstream press, but I've had some excellent reviews that never did anything for sales, so I don't think I'll be missing anything.
When my first novel was published by Macmillan in 1986 I had never heard the word "midlist." By the time my third novel was published I was informed that if I didn't reach a certain sales number I would automatically become "midlist" and that that wasn't a good thing. I flirted with becoming a midlist writer through seven published books as my advances became smaller and promotion evaporated, until finally my then agent informed me that I had become that dreaded of all words, "midlist."
I figure I'm not getting any younger. I'm told digital is where it's at. I confess that I made a lot of money on the Goodbye, Saigon movie deal. It's time to venture out on my own.
The Queen of Annam's Daughter was published on Kindle on July 5, 2016. Too early to tell how it's going to do. It's $2.99. I'll be emailing free copies for a while. Let me know if you want one. My email is email@example.com.
Meanwhile I'm working on a new novel.
I'll keep you posted.