It’s finally here, the “Book Launch” for my new novel, “Welcome Home, Sir,” published by Anaphora Literary Press!

After the 13 year struggle for publishing “Matter Over Mind,” this time I seem to have done it with the speed of light. Relativity speaking. Sorry–not the time for bad puns…

Happy as a pig in sh*t

An interesting similarity between scientists and authors is that publication–be it papers or novels–always seems to be an anti-climax. After struggling to overcome reviewers’ comments, or editors concerns, the manuscript/novel is finally accepted and put “in press.”

But then, by the time the actual work is published, the scientist/author is never standing still and waiting to celebrate. No–time doesn’t stand still, and the projects and new novels move on. We are never satisfied with what we have. Although I never understood the materialist types who yearn for more and more money, I guess this is the equivalent–the never ending desire to create, learn and–well yes–to impress our peers.

But I will take a break–at least for a day–and try to smell the flowers (dead trees?) and celebrate symbolically.

For any of you out there interested in fiction portraying a real-life scientist suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, weaving around some intriguing issues within his own laboratory–this may be for you. Support a poor struggling artist (emphasis on struggling…).

Here are some links:

My Amazon author site: (note the Amazon “look inside” feature)

At Anaphora Literary Press:

My own website–where you can also grab a copy of “Matter Over Mind:”

And oh–in case you like it–please put up a sentence or two on Amazon as a reviewer. It’s amazing how much that seems to make a difference.


About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery. "Saving One" is my most recent novel set at the National Institutes of Health. Now IN PRESS: Today's Curiosity is Tomorrow's Cure: The Case for Basic Biomedical Research (CRC PRESS, 2021). All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising.
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10 Responses to BOOK LAUNCH!

  1. Congratulations, Steve!!!

    • Steve Caplan says:

      Thank you, Jenny! Being gratefully acknowledged in the book, I have a copy reserved for you. Where would you like me to send it?

      • FELPS says:

        Thanks, Amy! The age of Publish-on-Demand has really opneed up opportunities, both for self-publishing, which used to be a major (and almost always, losing) capital venture, and for the growing number of small presses, often family or individual run. I guess the jury is still out as to whether a non-exclusive contract with a small press is likely: a) to increase the prospects for a big press book deal, b) decrease the chances (even by the author stopping to search), c) have no impact.Thanks for all the great advice, and remember to let us non-e-bookers know when Petroplague is on paper!

  2. ricardipus says:

    I believe w00t! might be the right thing to say.

    Well done you. You’ve made at least one sale (well, when I clickety-click on it a bit later today).

  3. Heather says:

    Tardy but still well-meant congratulations, Steve! You definitely have the respect of this peer. I look forward to it.

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