Murder in Ocean Hall – Cover Preview

Check out the great cover that my friend Dave Newman designed.  I love it!

So, what’s going on with my book, Murder in Ocean Hall?  In this murder mystery, a famous explorer is killed in Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.  Suspects are many and it’s up to a cynical DC detective to solve the case.  The book was inspired by the three years I spent working for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.  Nobody was murdered while I worked there but a lot of the science and the background in the book comes from my time with NOAA.

I’m represented by a literary agent and we’ve been following the traditional publishing route. However, the book publishing world, upended by recession and technological change, is in turmoil so it’s very difficult for a new author to get a book deal.

My contract with my agent ends March 1.

After then, Plan B goes into effect – I’ll publish the book through Lulu (using the awesome cover above) and sell print and e-copies online.

One way or another, Murder in Ocean Hall will be published.

Author: Joe Flood

Joe Flood is a writer, photographer and web person from Washington, DC. The author of several novels, Joe won the City Paper Fiction Competition in 2020. In his free time, he enjoys wandering about the city taking photos.

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