I love my small press publisher, top-rated by Predators and Editors. But, alas, my contract with them stipulates that I must not use brand names in my novels. I explain what that means in Joanne Stewart’s blog: http://jm-stewart.blogspot.com/2014/01/Rolynn-Anderson.html
I am not a person who easily takes ‘no’ for an answer, yet I want to honor my contract and not cause problems for my publisher. So here’s the story of my entirely legal branding adventure.
A key aspect of my double murder mystery in LIE CATCHERS is a waterproof notebook found in the back pocket of a dead man. He washes up to the shores of Puget Sound, with ID showing he comes from Petersburg, Alaska. What’s written indelibly in that waterproof notebook brings a Treasury agent to the fishing town.
Rite in the Rain produces waterproof paper and notebook. I thought: Why not contact Rite in the Rain to see if they would give me permission to use their brand name in my book? I did this on a lark and because I love the product. Think about it: you write in the book with pencil and the marks never disappear. Heck, you can even write on the paper when it’s raining!
I wrote to the folks at Rite in the Rain on e-mail. No answer for weeks. Oh, well, I tried. Then, I get a phone call from the president of the company! I’m on my boat heading into the resort town of Roche Harbor in Washington State when I get this call, so I’m shouting over the sound of our engine and as we’re searching out a place to dock. I can’t believe how excited he is about the concept. Then he tells me: Rite in the Rain notebooks are in the hands of Iditarod mushers and Bering Sea crabbers. Stories abound about fishermen and naturalists who depend on the waterproof notebooks to keep information intact.
I say: “But you haven’t read my novel, and don’t forget, the notebook is found in the back pocket of a not very nice dead man!” He says: “Cool!”
Amazingly, Rite in the Rain agreed to make mini-notebooks for me (with my LIE CATCHERS cover on the front and information about my books inside the cover). The price they gave me per book was amazing, a fraction of the normal $2.85. WE WERE PARTNERS!
But now I had to talk my publisher in allowing me to use the brand name in my book. After some time and some negotiation, we worked out a way to do it and the rest is history.
Here’s one way I’m using the mini-books:
Whew! I did it! I followed the rules, yet created something unique for Lie Catchers. More fun, I have a partnership with the generous folks of Rite in the Rain
So, this is LIE CATCHERS, set in Petersburg, Alaska, where a 1932 crime and a 2013 crime MUST be solved. Here’s the shortened Amazon address (it's on Kindle exclusively for until April...I'll let you know when print and other versions come out). http://amzn.com/B00HJDS1LG
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.
Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.
Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.
Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?