New York Night: The 7th Jack Nightingale Supernatural Thriller
by Stephen Leather
Genre: Supernatural, Thriller
Pages: Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published: 9 November 2015
Organized by: Book Bear
NEW YORK NIGHT (Jack Nightingale #7)
Teenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions?
Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line. New York Night is the seventh novel in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series. Jack Nightingale has his own website at www.jacknightingale.com
Praise for the Jack Nightingale series:
‘Another great thriller from Stephen Leather but this time with a devilish twist!’
– James Herbert
‘Written with panache, and a fine ear for dialogue, Leather manages the collision between the real and the occult with exceptional skill’
– Daily Mail
‘A stunning masterclass in darkness from a ferocious talent who excels in putting the devil in the details’
– Daily Record
Stephen Leather was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. His bestsellers have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series. For much of 2011 his self-published eBooks – including The Bestseller, The Basement, Once Bitten, and Dreamer’s Cat – dominated the UK eBook bestseller lists and sold more than half a million copies.
The floor is yours: Stephen Leather
PUBLISHING YOUR OWN PAPERBACKS
I’m a relative newcomer to the delights of Createspace, Amazon’s paperback self-publishing arm.
Not that I haven’t self-published paperbacks before, I have, but I did it the old fashioned way – paying a printer to print the books, arranging storage and distribution, and dealing with bookstores. I’ll tell you now it’s not easy, and any time spent publishing your own paperbacks teaches you what a difficult game publishing is. The profit margins aren’t great and books take up a lot of space.
That’s why self-published writers were so quick to embrace eBooks. No storage, no transport, virtually no overheads.
I was among one of the first to self-publish eBooks and not so long ago Amazon named me as one of their Top 10 most successful eBook publishers of all time. My self-published eBooks have topped the Kindle charts in the US and the UK. I’ve sold well over a million eBooks and am continuing to publish at the rate of two or three a year.
But the simple fact is a lot of readers still prefer books. Real books. Books they can hold and flick through. And smell. I’ve lost count of the number of readers who tell me they love the smell of books.
When the self-publishing boom took off in 2010, it was mainly eBooks. You could self-publish paperbacks but it was complicated and it was tough finding markets for them. Back then it looked like too much trouble for not enough reward.
Amazon’s Createspace changed that, making downloading and selling paperbacks almost as easy as eBooks.
I always shied away from self-publishing my work in paperback but I finally took the plunge a few months ago. It’s not as easy as downloading books through KDP and Smashwords, that’s for sure. You have to put a lot more work into the cover, for a start. With an eBook all you really need is a design, your name and the name of your book. All readers see is a thumbnail and if that looks okay then Bob’s your uncle.
With paperbacks the reader ends up with a real book in your hands, so you need a front and a back, a good eye-catching design and the all-important blurb on the back. EBook covers can be very cheap – I’ve brought off-the-shelf covers for as little as $20 – but you can’t skimp on a paperback cover and mine have been costing me around £200. The interior design is also important and needs to be done properly. The Kindle is very forgiving when it comes to the layout of your book, but the style matters when the reader has an actual book in their hands. I’ve been using Cheryl Perez at http://www.yourepublished.com who also does books for self-publishing guru J.A. Konrath. She’s brilliant.
As with eBooks, pricing is important, and you do get a smaller share of the pot. There are a lot of variables, including cover price and number of pages, but I get to keep an average of about £2 a book, which is probably double what an author would get from a traditionally published paperback.
Sales of publish-on-demand books are never going to match eBook sales, mainly because of the price difference and because ordering a real paperback doesn’t have the same immediacy as ordering eBooks. That is of course the beauty of an eReader, as soon as you have finished a book that you’ve enjoyed you are just one click away from buying another. Ordering a print-on-demand book is easy enough, but you still have to wait for the postman to deliver it, and for a lot of people that’s just too long to wait! But even so I’m selling five paperback copies a day of the paperback of New York Night, the seventh in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series. That’s the equivalent of more than 1,750 a year, which I reckon is pretty good going for a self-published paperback. I’ll be self-publishing more paperbacks, that’s for sure!