It’s been 25 years since I published the first edition of Chat in 1995. What better way to celebrate than by releasing print versions of the latest editions of Chat, Connect, & Crash?
You might remember that, after I self-published Chat in 1995 and Connect in 1996, Simon & Schuster bought the rights to the trilogy and published it in trade paperback in 1998. (For a more detailed timeline of the series click here.) The books had a good run, and in 2012 I finally regained the rights to the series. In 2014 I released completely new editions of the books in ebook format, featuring the original, never-before-published ending to Crash.
Although I’d been publishing under the Rainwater Press imprint since the 1990s, things had changed a lot in the publishing industry when I decided to re-publish the trilogy in 2014. I was fairly well up to speed on print production but I’d never before published my own ebooks (which S&S had taken care of for me in 1999). The learning curve was high but if you know me you know how I love a challenge.
With the help of cover designer David High and ebook production wiz Kevin Callahan, the revamped editions of Chat, Connect, & Crash were released as ebooks in the spring of 2014. By that time I was two years into working on a new project (Since You Went Away) and eager to get back to it.
I told myself I’d worry about the print versions of Chat, Connect, & Crash later. Meanwhile I continued working on Since You Went Away, and what I thought was going to be one book turned out to be four (with Part Four coming out later this year). Having put my toe back in the publishing waters, in the last three years I’ve been able to simultaneously release each of the books in the Since You Went Away series in both ebook and print formats.
Now here we are, six years later, and I’ve finally had a chance to tear myself away from finishing Since You Went Away long enough to focus on releasing the print versions of Chat, Connect, & Crash (once again with the help of David and Kevin). Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since I first self-published that little black book called Chat. Sometimes—if you’re patient enough—things have a way of falling into place.
The 2014 editions of Chat, Connect, & Crash now available in print.
The Chat, Connect, Crash series is now available from bookstores, libraries, & other retailers via Ingram distribution. Ask for the book by name at your local bookseller or library.