Below – back from the depths

My novella, Below, has resurfaced. After launching last summer, Below was selling steadily, until a meltdown with Silver Shamrock Publishing occurred and the book was pulled from sale, along with the rest of the publisher’s catalogue. Readers of my newsletter will now know that the wonderful Brigids Gate Press kindly stepped in and offered to put the book back out into the world. They had Kealan Patrick Burke of Elderlemon Design tweak the already incredible cover design to distinguish it from the original release and, as of the end of last week, my book is back out there in the world.

Wondering what Below is all about? Here’s the synopsis:

Decades after his grandfather was buried alive in a Californian gold mine, Dr. Nick Jones teams up with an adventure travel influencer to venture underground and film a documentary, telling the story of what really happened.

What should be a dream come true soon becomes a nightmare as someone or something stirs…BELOW.

I recently spoke to Edward Lorn, aka E, on his YouTube show, From The Desk, about Below. You can check out the conversation and find out a little more about it here:

If that’s whetted your appetite sufficiently, you can grab your copy of Below in eBook or paperback, here.

I wanted to go on the record to say that working with Silver Shamrock Publishing put my book into the hands of a huge number of reviewers and got it before an enormous number of eyes via social media. It also afforded me the chance to be edited by the brilliant Kenneth Cain, who taught me an enormous amount about writing technique, even in the process of tightening up this 150-page novella. I’ll be forever grateful for that.

It’s important to point out, though, that even before the situation which brought about the end of the press, there was cause for concern with the Silver Shamrock. I never received author copies of the original release of Below. Nor did I receive any royalty payments. Having spoken to other authors on the roster, I know that I was not the only one in this position. So, while I am saddened by the loss of a publisher who was prepared to take chances on stories other presses were not, it is a chapter which is perhaps better closed.