To Megan's surprise, the discussion group refuses to help her. Even when a skeleton is discovered during the renovation to an old building on Sixth Street, a skeleton Megan is certain is related to the old car, the discussion group refuses to help her investigate. In fact, many of the older members act as if they are afraid of what Megan might uncover. The group is much more interested in a series of ritualistic murders. The murders also interest Megan since she discovered two of the bodies, but that doesn't mean that the Amarillo Special Crimes Unit should suspect her of any criminal intent. It was just a coincident that she found the bodies, just as her discoveries of other bodies on other occasions were coincidences.
Meanwhile, in a local retirement home, an elderly woman is tracking Megan's investigation of the old car and the skeleton. The old woman knows that Megan will soon learn the story of the old car, and that long-buried secrets will be revealed, secrets that still have the power to hurt the innocent.
Those authors who enjoy very strong sales and publisher-generated promotion will undoubtedly want to stay with traditional publishing--if they are happy with the financial side. For the midlist author, I would recommend self publishing in an ebook format, PROVIDED they hire professional editing. Nothing will hurt a writer's chances for a professional, well-paying career more than self publishing a sloppy, poorly-plotted, poorly-written book. You may self-promote good sales for your first effort, but the chances are you will sell successive titles only to your family and friends, and even your friends may not buy. You can give titles away for free, but that won't earn you a living. If you are writing for ego's sake, fine, give your stuff away. If you are making writing a career, then you must spend all the time necessary to make your work a polished, professional piece of writing, one the reader will be willing to pay for.
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