A book I wrote some time ago, and have been polishing and touting around various small publishers, has found one. A Baltic Affair has been accepted by IndieGo ePublishing and will hopefully appear in print and eformats around October. The process of editing it will begin at the end of this month, as will the design process for the cover.
Despite the name, the publisher does produce print versions of the book as well, though their main effort is to the eBook market. I have been toying with the idea of exploring this market for sometime, so this is something of an experiment for me in more ways than one. Now, of course, there is a lot of work to do to make sure the MS I send the publisher is as 'clean' as I can get it. I must now devote some time to writing the 'blurbs' I want to use to promote it, something I never find that easy to do.
One of the major pluses from my perspective with IndieGo is that the package includes full editing services plus the usual design of the interior, conversion to all the formats and so on. Yes, I'm putting some money into this as well, but I can say it isn't anything like as much as most POD publishers ask, and, having looked out some of their products, it looks very good.
So what is A Baltic Affair about?
Set in the period 1809 - 1816, it follows the historic events of the Napoleonic attempt to bar British trade and British goods from the Continent. Captain Petroc Gray commands a small ship rigged sloop in the Baltic, with orders to protect British trade and ships agains a range of hostile states bordering that sea. He encounters the enigmatic Freiherr Rheinhard von Dieffenbach and his family - and finds himself drawn into the tangled politics of Northern Europe and finds love in the person of the Freiherr's daughter. Events, the Freiherr's activities, the demands of the Royal Navy and his ship, all conspire to ensure the path of their love runs in any direction but smoothly ...
As one of my "test subjects" wrote -
The author has made the scenes so clear, and the characters so vivid, that you could imagine yourself being in the moment, and enjoying the situation and the cultural differences, all with the overlay of the ruling party, person, or class. I am interested in reading about history, wars, conquests, and the subjugation of the people, and their determination to persist and prevail. History does not have to be boring, the author made it interesting. I guess I had better buy the book.