Guest Post + Giveaway! — Dr. Richard Mabry, Author of Doctor’s Dilemma

15 Mar

By The Book welcomes Dr. Richard Mabry. Dr. Mabry writes medical suspense with heart and does it really, really well! Today Richard is sharing the pros and cons of traditional versus self-publishing. Also he has generously offered a copy of his newest novella, Doctor’s Dilemma, for one of my readers. Leave a comment or question for Dr. Mabry to enter the giveaway. Giveaway runs through March 22. (Please note: entries from the US only.)


When I first started down this road to writing, self-publication was a phrase often equated with “vanity publishing.” It was generally held that those who chose this route were people who couldn’t get a contract with a traditional publisher, or for some similar reason chose this way to make certain their work was published. But that’s changed a lot over the past decade.
I’m not going to go into the arguments that exist to this day between those who choose the self-publication route and those who seek a traditional contract. Suffice it to say that there are valid reasons now for good writers to oversee the entire publishing process themselves, just as there are arguments to be made for asking a traditional publisher to share the responsibility for a book’s publication and marketing.

I’ve had ten novels of medical mystery published by traditional publishers. I’ve also dipped my toe (or perhaps I should say, my pen) into the self-publishing waters with three novellas. That makes me a member of a group called “hybrid authors”, having had books published both ways.

Why did I choose to self-publish this novella? There are two main reasons. The first is that only a very few publishers are interested in medical suspense/thriller/mystery books right now, either novels or the shorter form, novellas. I’ve had the good fortune to have publishing contracts with a number of respected houses, but in many cases those publishers have eventually shut down their fiction line, making the odds of getting a traditional contract slimmer still for authors.
The other factor is getting a book out frequently enough to keep name recognition going. Some authors do well publishing one book a year, while others do it more or less frequently. No one really knows whether an author’s fans forget him/her if there’s not a book to remind them of their writing. But no one wants to test that theory. I received enough questions about when my next book was coming out that I finally decided to self-publish this novella. The response of those who buy and read it will tell me a lot. I hope it’s a positive experience — for you, the reader, and for me, the author.

Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician, now writing “medical suspense with heart.” He is the author of ten published novels, three novellas, and a non-fiction book. His novels have garnered critical acclaim and been finalists for ACFW’s Carol Award, both the Romantic Times’ Inspirational Book of the Year and Reviewer’s Choice Awards, the Inspirational Readers Choice, and the Selah Award. He is a proud member of the ACFW, the International Thriller Writers, the Christian Authors Network, the FHL chapter of the RWA, and Novelists Inc.

You can connect with Richard on the Internet at his blog page and Facebook fan page, as well as Twitter and Goodreads.

Doctor’s Dilemma — Dr. Tyler Gentry had it all planned out, but the death of his parents in a plane crash changed everything. When he discovered his father had left him a mountain of debt, piled on top of his own student debt, the offer from Dr. William Hall to join his group of surgeons seemed a perfect solution. But the night before he was to start, Tyler received a call that told him to get out while he could.

Despite the salary and perks, Tyler found a curtain of mystery surrounding the surgical group. The only thing that made it worthwhile was the lovely operating room nurse, Ashley Wynn, with whom Tyler seemed to make an instant connection. But when their first date ended with his car exploding while she watched, Ashley seemed hesitant to continue their relationship.

The stakes continued to rise while Tyler was faced with his dilemma: stay or go?

21 Responses to “Guest Post + Giveaway! — Dr. Richard Mabry, Author of Doctor’s Dilemma”

  1. Richard Mabry March 15, 2017 at 8:09 am #

    Beckie, I appreciate this opportunity to share with your readers.


    • rbclibrary March 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

      You are so welcome, Richard! Thanks for sharing with my readers.


  2. Suzanne Sellner March 15, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    My husband and I both enjoy Dr. Mabry’s books and look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.


  3. Anne L. Rightler March 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    Have enjoyed Dr. Mabry’s books whether self-published or not! Thank you for sharing.


  4. Gail Estes Hollingsworth March 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Love medical suspense. Anxious to read Doctor’s Dilemma.


  5. Richard Mabry March 15, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks Suzanne, Anne, and Gail. I appreciate those kind words.


  6. Lourdes Montes March 15, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    Oh great I’m always on the alert whenever a new book comes out by Dr. Mabry I truly love all his books.


  7. Jackie Smith March 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    What a fantastic book…loved it! Can’t wait for Richard’s next book.

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  8. Paula March 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    I bought and read Doctors Dilemma. It is wonderful! Very intriguing and keeps you wondering “what’s behind all this”? Great job Richard, loved it! You keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

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  9. P. T. Bradley March 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Doc, love your books and have already purchased Doctors Dilemma, but with a deadline looming, haven’t had the chance to read it. :-/ Love the cover!


    • Richard Mabry March 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

      Thanks, Patricia. Good luck with the deadline.


  10. Richard Mabry March 15, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    Lourdes, thanks for what you said. Jackie and Paula, so glad you liked Doctor’s Dilemma. I have more coming–watch for them.


  11. jkmarko March 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    I love Dr. Mabry’s books and look forward to reading this one!


  12. danielle hammelef March 15, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    My daughter wants to be an emergency room surgeon. She loves to watch Grey’s Anatomy and read other medical true-life stories. Do you have your own favorite author(s) that you can recommend to me for her?


    • Richard Mabry March 15, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

      Danielle, I don’t watch medical dramas on TV because 1) I used to get enough of that at the office and hospital, and 2) they have lots of inaccuracies.The medical novels with accurate details include those by Candace Calvert (a retired nurse) and Jordyn Redwood (an ER nurse). Harry Krause is a surgeon, but he doesn’t write much medical stuff anymore.


      • danielle hammelef March 21, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

        Thanks! I’ll start checking at the library for these authors.


  13. GREG FULLER March 16, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    I enjoy all your books. Where do author’s get the titles of their next book? What’s the different between “actually title” and “working title?”


    • Richard Mabry March 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

      Thanks, Greg. I can’t speak for all authors, but I try to go with short titles that reflect the medical aspect of the book. A title is always a “working title” until publication takes place–an editor can change a title if the work is going to be released by a publisher, whereas the author makes that decision for a self-published book.


  14. Jenny Mosle March 19, 2017 at 9:35 am #

    Sounds great!



  15. Richard Mabry March 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm #

    The randomly chosen winner of a copy of my novella, Doctor’s Dilemma, is Danielle Hammelef. Danielle, the book will go out tomorrow. Hope you (and perhaps your daughter, who hopes to be an ER doctor) will enjoy it. To all of you who didn’t win, thanks for your comments–hope you will eventually read this novella and my other novels.


    • rbclibrary March 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

      Thanks so much, Richard, for sharing your book! And for those of you who have not read it, you definitely need to put this one at the top of the TBR list! I just finished it — loved it!


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