Sunday, April 17, 2011

New Western Title Taking Shape


Jere D. James' much anticipated third novel in the Jake Silver Adventure series is coming together, and quickly. Orders for Canyon of Death have already been taken. People who've purchased the first two books are asking for the third.

James has been pretty much camped in the publisher's office for the past week, pounding out a chapter a day. "Of course, there'll be a great deal of re-writing and editing," said the publisher, "but the book simply has to be completed. It's been more than a year since the second book came out. This book is already past due. Jere tends to get side-tracked with other activities."

Cover design again is by Vin Libassi who's been hard pressed to produce the cover in record time since the publisher has scheduled an ad for the trilogy to appear in the August issue of True West magazine. "We won't even have reviews in by then, but that's the way it goes. We can add the reviews to the front of the book later and just do another upload."

The big question is, will James write a third Jake Silver novel? "I suspect the author will write another novel. Whether it will be a Jake Silver Adventure or not remains to be seen. The author's in a tough spot. The series is becoming very popular, so there's a good reason to keep it going. James is the ONLY fiction writer we will be publishing. Although we could do one other. Mostly I am just looking for good, solid Western nonfiction at this point," said Coffield. "If I were a gambling person I'd say yes, he'll do another Jake Silver novel."

Canyon of Death will be the last Moonlight Mesa publication for 2011. J.R. Sanders' Some Gave All will be scheduled for release in 2012.


CASEY TIBBS - BORN TO RIDE STILL HAVING STRONG SALES

Sales have been outstanding for Rusty Richards' biography of Casey Tibbs. "We had a big run on web orders last month because of the Western Horseman review," said the publisher. "In addition, Ingram sent out over 100 copies of the paperback, and of course the ebook sales were good too. We're hoping for the same response when Cowboys and Indians features the book in June."

In fact, ebook sales have been holding steady, according to Coffield. They aren't huge, but they are definitely helpful. "I don't care how people read the books...just that they do. In some ways, the ebooks are far more profitable!"


AWARD-WINNING TALES ADVERTISED IN TRUE WEST


Moonlight Mesa's Western anthology, Award-Winning Tales, is advertised this month in True West magazine. "So far, there's been absolutely no response, but it's still early. This was an expensive gamble, and I hope it pays off. I'm getting worried, I have to admit." Check it out. Page 83.


NORTHERN CONSPIRACY NOW IN PRINT - FIVE YEARS LATE

Five years later, Nothern Conspiracy, the middle Ben Thomas book in the Ben Thomas trilogy, is now in print and available. Price is $14.95. It is not available in ebook format yet, and won't be for a month or two -- if ever.


COWBOY UP SHORT STORY CONTEST UNDERWAY

Don't forget about the annual Cowboy Up Short Story Contest. So far very few entries have come in. There are still 4 1/2 months left to get your story in.

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