Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Once Again, I've Missed the Boat!

Unless you've been living under a rock, or maybe on the moon, you've heard that a civilian expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, seventy-two years after it was torpedoed and sunk in the south Pacific. Unless you've been living on another planet, you know that the Indianapolis was instrumental in the US victory in World War II, having delivered parts of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima to Tinian Island. The Indianapolis was en route to the Phillippines when it was sunk.








Back in 1994, Berkley published my novel, Luck of the Draw, part of which took place during World War II. A pivotal scene in the novel was set aboard the Indianapolis, where my protagonist met a young man from an affluent background, Spencer Randall. Spencer didn't survive the attack, but Frankie, a rough young man from Chicago, did. Frankie was found with Spencer's dog tags. Long story short, he assumed Spencer Randall's identity and returned to the US to build a financial empire.

Why am I bringing this up now? I recently decided not to reissue all of my backlist. I'd changed as a writer. The glitz and glamour of my previous writing identity was no longer me. Would reissuing those old books help or hurt my new books' sales? I'll never know. For one thing, I haven't published anything new since 2009. Anyway, Luck of the Draw was one of the books that didn't make the cut. Would the discovery of the Indianapolis now help that book's sales? Who knows.

I'm still kicking myself....

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  1. Timing is everything, as they say!

    Imagine knowing it was going to be found a year ahead of time...

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    1. I wish!

      But there will be a Luck of the Draw audiobook....

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  2. What do you mean it didn't make the cut Norma? It sounds like a fabulous story, that is my favourite time period for books and movies, I'm not sure why but I am really drawn to that period.. why don't you have a serious think about it, as William said.. timing is everything!

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    1. It didn't make the cut because I only reissued three of those five books. But we are going to have the audiobook.

      And I confess, I'm too lazy to do the work involved to create a reissue.

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  3. Possibly the people who would read this book would not make that connection about the finding of the USS Indianapolis important to the reading of the book. Maybe more interested in the love story and making of an empire ?
    Audiobook is a good idea. That is how I will have to start "reading" books now.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I love audiobooks. I have an account with Audible and get a book a month on my membership. My eyesight is so bad, reading is difficult these days, so I go for audio whenever possible.

      I did discover that my Amazon Echo Dot will read books to me from my Audible or Kindle libraries.

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  4. I'm from another planet, I guess.
    We always second guess ourselves. Drives a writer nuts wondering if they did the right thing or not.

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    1. I've been wrestling for months about whether I want to write more books or not. I'm still on the fence. Years ago, when I first pitched Chasing the Wind to the agents and editors I know in traditional publishing, they liked the idea, but told me, "This isn't a book. It's a movie." Now that there are more options for new screenwriters, I'm going to put that to the test.

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  5. Interesting thoughts indeed and one can only wonder what if...warm greetings to you.

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  6. Hi Norma, the Ferris wheel is 46 metres high, the highest in the Southern hemisphere apparently ☺

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  7. WWII is a popular era now! A shame we can't foresee what readers are going to love in the future!

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