Way back in September, just after I finished the 3-Day Novel Contest, I looked at my hard drive. I mean, really looked at it. What did I see? Seven novellas, all of which did not make the cut for 3Day (I’m not altogether sanguine about my chances this year, either). Of the group, one will never see the light of day, a second is actually a far-distant sequel to The Honorable Thing, and the third (“Live Wire”) is still in the judging queue.
That left me four novellas, of the seven, that were suitable for self-publication. So I picked one. I then reached out to other 3DN participants. Hey, if I am going down a road, why not have friends along? I have three or more who really want to see how things go with me, then they will join me. Not a problem! One I completely empathize with. I am glad to have a cheerleading squad on the bus with me.
So, I buckled down, shook out the novella, and sent it to a beta reader and an editor. Tremendous feedback returned. Both of them, highly successful professionals, stressed how much more they wanted to know about my characters and demanded sequels. Thus, the Family of Grifters series was born.
The Longest Con was a 2014 3DN entry that garnered zero attention from the judges. But it was both one of my favorites and one of the shorter works I have done. Now, I’ve been asked to add something to it (understandable), and get it published. I engaged one of the great upper mid-range cover artists, Christian Bentulan, to create the first of what I hope will be many covers for the Family of Grifters series. Oh, you want to see it? Here it is!
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