December 12, 2006

new Spinetingler issue up

The fantastic winter issue of Spinetingler is up — available for FREE via download. Inside there are the results of the “Cozy Noir” contest (and congrats to Bill Cameron for the first place win!) as well as short stories by a lot of favorites, including J.D. Rhoades. Also, you will be missing out on a lot of laughs if you skip the author interviews, particularly Duane Swierczynski’s by Sandra Ruttan. Go! Enjoy!

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December 04, 2006

when in doubt, throw hard canda (aka The Santa From Hell)

This story is being repeated by popular request... and is over here. Hope you enjoy.

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November 27, 2006


Check out my latest post on my nutty life over on the Killer Year blog.

Meanwhile, I received my first pass pages (also called "page proofs" or "galleys) a couple of weeks ago and got them proofed and sent back in. I swear, the typos breed at night. I'm amazed at how many keep slipping in, though everyone has made a great effort to catch them. Still -- no telling if we got them all. I do love the look of the layout of the pages, though.

I should be getting a cover in the next coupl of weeks. I've seen a couple of rough drafts that my editor wanted to tweak, and we talked about how to tweak it. Fingers crossed there. This is the really scary part, because if a cover just doesn't resonate with the audience, they won't pick up the book. You can have the greatest blurbs in the world, great reviews, but most of the time, bookstore readers who are browsing (and who didn't go there specifically to get your book) will only pick it up if the cover art grabs them. That is incredibly intimidating and frightening, to be honest with you, because I know I'm guilty of the same sort of "judging a book by its cover." The writer usually has no say in the cover art whatsoever, so I'm extremely lucky that my editor asked for my input and really listened. The hard trick is, can what we see in our heads be adequately communicated to the people trying to execute the design? That's not nearly as easy as it sounds.

So, cross your fingers for me.

Meanwhile, I'm working on book two... which leads back to that Killer Year blog post. Hope you enjoy!

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September 25, 2006

Killer Year (update)

We’re kicking off in an official capacity by being adopted by the International Thriller Writers organization (ITW) — and wow, there’s so much good news about that… go see MJ’s post on our newly redesigned Killer Year blog to see what all that means.

And while you’re at it, check out our brand spanking new Killer Year site — especially the individual author’s pages. The guys working on the design did an amazing job and put in a tremendous number of hours gathering up all of the info, designing, etc., and my hat is off to them. I love the expansion features that are designed in, too: we’ll have a calendar so everyone’s events can go up in one place for all Killer Year visitors to see at a glance (everyone’s tours or signings or events of any stripe) and we’ll also have the ability to expand our author’s page to include press-worthy news (like reviews, etc.) and excerpts (woo!). So come on, pull the curtain back and see what’s new over there!

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