Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bare Knuckle Sandwich


First, I want to thank Charles, over at Razored Zen. His decision to publish his short story collection Killing Trail for the Kindle format made a little light bulb go on over my head. Way I'm feeling lately, the natural thing to do was to smash the bulb and use the jagged shards to go for the jugular. :-)

You see, I've got four out-of-print graphic novels and four or maybe five novels that for one reason or another aren't quite right for my agent. Thanks to Charles, it occured to me that while the lovely and talented Agent Anne shops those novels that do suit her, I can be out there selling everything else.

I've got...

A thriller/modern-day western

A graphic novel about love and second chances, told against a backdrop of sex and gunfire

A supernatural thriller featuring black magic, vengeful ghosts and... tattoos?

A graphic novel featuring the modern-day Knights Templar.

A zombie novel

Two graphic novels about bad love, set in pre-Katrina New Orleans

And a couple of erotic novels which are, quite frankly, filthy.


The plan right now is to roll them out on Kindle and Smashwords and maybe even that AmazonPOD thing I keep hearing about.

I like how Charles calls his publishing effort Razored Zen Press. Looking for a name to unite such a disparate body of work, the choice is obvious:

Bare Knuckle Press!

11 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I really loved those graphic novels, man. I wouldn't give up totally on the mainstream publishing efforts but this might certainly be a way to get some of your stuff out there and start attracting a fan base.

Barbara Martin said...

I would love to read some of your work: the supernatural thriller and the one about zombies.

Though, in the end, you have to go with what compels, Steve.

Steve Malley said...

Charles, I'm not giving up, I'm just overproductive. Anne knows what she likes and what she can sell, but I seem to tell all kinds of crazy stories. The djinn leads where it will...

Barbara, I will get to them. I seem to recall the zombie one needs a bit of a tidy-up, but I'll get them both out!

Bernita said...

Steve, they sound terrific!Especially the supernatural, the zombies and the Knights Templar!

Kate Sterling said...

*squeals with glee* That's great news! I've been wanting to read your work.

Steve Malley said...

Bernita, that Templar story is my cursed book: written and drawn in a one-room farmhouse with the tail-end of a failed relationship; solicited in the distributors' catalog for September 2001 (orders fell right off 11 days into the month) and perpetually stuck in the shadow of The DaVinci Code. I hope it finds a little peace and a few good readers now... :-)

Kate, I'm very excited to let you! lol

Holly said...

You wrote erotic novels? Kept that one quiet.

Lana Gramlich said...

Good luck with your endeavor. The internet's a great tool for self-promotion & sales, y'know? Artist hardly need galleries anymore.

Erik Donald France said...

That's a great idea -- go to it with gusto! And yes, salutes to Charles and Lana for leading the way!

Best wishes and three cheers!

cs harris said...

Charles is inspiring. I've been toying with the idea myself, perhaps putting my first, long out-of-print romance up on Kindle. I was lucky to get the rights back shortly before my publisher started releasing the others as ebooks. It's irritating that under the old contracts (before anyone thought of ebooks) they can technically keep a book "in print" that way and thus hang onto the rights.

Shauna Roberts said...

I've been wanting to read something of yours for a long time. I hope Bare Knuckles Press is up and running soon.