Writing a manuscript is fun. Editing it is work, but the critical part of writing is marketing the manuscript. If a manuscript is not marketed, it stays on my hard drive, unread.
These days one has several choices related to traditional publishing and self publishing. You may be aware that I self published my first book. For my second book, I went with a small publisher, Tate Publishing.
I am glad to have self published because it broke me into publishing, but the cost is significant. Going with a traditional publisher has reduced my expenses, and I have enjoyed much better marketing support.
At the moment, I am sending queries out to literary agents and traditional publishers. I would prefer to have my book published by a traditional publisher with a significant amount of resources and market clout, but if necessary, I will self publish. This novel fits nicely into the ongoing crisis with the Affordable Care Act.
The book I have written is Reducing Medical Costs. It is a thriller that explores the current unrest and uncertainty of the political climate and its effect on medical care. It is a thriller in which patients are dying because someone is trying to kill off potentially expensive patients before they run up high bills. Other patient care us being influenced by medical rationing. Then there are men marked for death because they know too much. Hit-men with guns and explosives present obvious threats, but an almost invisible threat are those medical professionals willing to kill for a bribe in the course of providing medical services.
The Conway family are all medical professionals except James. When James’ wife dies during a routine operation, family members investigate and conclude someone either killed her or allowed her to die. James then falls in love with a neighbor only to have her die in a doctor’s office. As the family zeros in on the deaths, James goes in for a tendon repair. Waiting to go into the operating room, he is warned to flee. A short time later, Charles is warned of a hit-man on his trail. Both men flee to the mountains. The crisis is solved only when murders, hit-men and those who employ them are identified and rounded up.
If I can sell he manuscript, it should be in the book stores next fall.