Cincinnatus Press launching new services
In 1984, at the ripe age of thirteen, I decided I was going to be an author.
In 2013, at the age of forty-two, I finally realized that dream.
The same year Andrea went to work full-time as a writer, selling tens of thousands of copies of her books In the Stillness and the November Blue series.
We would like to help you reach that dream too.
Back in 1984, I was inspired by my love of books and stories. I’d gone through some tough years with my family, and I was an introspective and overly serious child. I escaped into fantasy worlds: Robert Heinlein, Marion Zimmer Bradley, JRR Tolkien and many more.
That year I wrote my first short stories and received my first rejection letter. Not long after that I wrote my first novel, a 90-page handwritten piece of fan-fiction ripped right out of the pages of Philip Jose Farmer’s Riverworld Series crossed with Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover novels.
Predictably, given where my writing career ended up going, it had a tragic ending.
I don’t have that manuscript anymore. I do have the novel I wrote my senior year in high school about a psychotic teenager who killed everyone in her circle of friends one by one. And the one after that, about an American student travelling and living in Jerusalem during the Intifada of the 1980s.
Of course, no one has ever seen or heard of those books, because they never saw the light of day. I thought I’d lost them forever, but an ex-girlfriend contacted me on Facebook and informed me that I’d left them at her place in 1992 and she wanted to return them to me.
Fast forward to the nineties, and I spent almost ten years completing the first novel I published, Prayer at Rumayla. The book is grim–it’s about the emotional and spiritual damage that comes from killing in wartime. It has a depressing, awful ending. And for several years I shopped it around to publishers, until finally in 2001 I gave up my dream of being an author.
I published the book through a notorious vanity press (XLibris) figuring a few people might like it, and ran it by a couple of writers I knew to get their opinions. They gave good responses, and one, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist with Gannett Newspapers, wrote a review that ran nationwide.
On the strength of that review, I got an agent, who then shopped the book around to every publishing house in the country. No bites. The book just wasn’t commercially viable. The story arc for the main character had no resolution–in fact, the opposite was the case. So back to the drawing board I went. For years, I wallowed in frustration of shopping books to agents and publishers.
Now I work full-time as an author, and I’d like to assist you reach the same goal. Whether it is designing a cover or interior, helping you get distribution in hard-to-reach stores or full-service publishing, Cincinnatus Press is here for you.