This is the age we live in. Late last week, I sent a big ol' load of Work In Progress to my agent so she could show it to a few editor friends of ours. As long as I was sitting around waiting to hear what folks thought, I decided to move ahead on an ebook project I've wanted to do. And now, a handful of days later, it's more or less done, and hopefully it'll be available to purchase within the next three weeks. Viva technology!
And viva democracy! Hosni Mubarak's put me in a takin'-it-to-the-streets, will-of-the-people kind of mood, so I'm going to let you have a say in things. The ebook in question is a collection of "Holmes on the Range" short stories. What the heck should I call it? You'll find some choices below. Pick your favorite quick enough, and you'll even get a Chicago election-style bonus: a bribe! The first five people to cast a vote will receive a free, signed copy of World's Greatest Sleuth!. Just click on your fave, then post a comment to claim your payoff. If you're not one of the first five, no sweat -- I'll choose another three voters at random to receive a paperback copy of The Crack in the Lens. Don't forget to register your vote in the comments section, and you could be a winner!
So get out there and vote, citizens! Polls close...oh, whenever I decide to close 'em....
UPDATE: The polls are closed! Well, not technically. I don't know how to turn off the voting thingie below. But we have a winner. After a nail-biter of an election, The Devil's Acre has called to concede defeat. Our champion is Dear Mr. Holmes: Seven Holmes on the Range Mysteries. The book should be available (both as a download and -- surprise! -- a real, paper-pages-and-everything book book!) next month. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, we have more paper-pages-and-everything book books to give away. Our three randomly chosen prize winners are Tom Mathews, John Purcell and "Janet." Send your addresses to me at steve AT stevehockensmith DOT com, and signed copies of The Crack in the Lens will soon be winging their way to your doors.