Thursday, January 30, 2014

Video chat

The good folks at Bookxy, publishers of my novella White Hot Pistol, sat me and a ton of other authors down for little chats. Here's mine. I give you a little about the book, a few of my desert island reads, and my favorite line in all of noir fiction. Give it a gander, then check out then whole crew (well, half. There is another one just like this) for a roundtable discussion on the future of publishing. (below)

Check out Bookxy's YouTube channel for interviews with each Bookxy author. Good stuff all.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A new way to do it

So I had this book, see . . . and nobody wanted to publish it. Well, really I didn't try very hard. But it was there and just hanging out, waiting patiently in line behind a bunch of others. I wanted to put it out in a manner suiting the very different nature of the book. See, it comes in seven installments. It just sort of worked out that way. Maybe because the book is called The Year I Died Seven Times and the protagonist (not a spoiler alert at all) dies at the end of each section. 
Oh, he's not dead-dead. It's not a zombie novel. He just dies a little bit. Technically. Clinically dead I think they call it. Anyway, I had this book . . .

Well, I pitched the idea to my pal David over at Beat To A Pulp. My idea was to put out each section on the BTAP site and then when they were all there collect them up and put them out as a book. He did me one better. Put each out as it's own little book and let the story build like an old time serial. Or, as it turns out, The Green Mile from Stephen King. I had no idea Green Mile originally came out as short novellas one at a time and added up to a full book. Well, it sounded good to me. Most of all it sounded different.

We went for it. And now here it is.

The plan is this: Over the course of 2014 we will release all seven volumes in the month the story takes place. So, first installment is January. Next one is March. And so on. By the end of the year – November actually, you don't even have to wait a whole year – the book will be released in its entirety and then we'll collect up all the pieces and put them in one volume. But who can wait for that?

Each book will be available as an ebook for the low, low price of 1.49 and then we are also doing a print version as a collectors edition. I'm designing each book cover to work as a set so only when you have all 7 on your shelf do the spines line up and make sense. Those cost more, but like I said, it's a collector's item. 

I'm excited for this book to get out there. It's fun and kinda funny, I think, and along the way you watch as a guy gets his life ruined and ended in outlandish, surprising and painful ways. And he does it all for love. Yep, love kills. Seven times.