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Brandon Tietz is the author of OUT OF TOUCH and the Christian-erotica novel GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS, both of which are to be released through Perfect Edge Books. His short stories have been widely published, appearing in such print works as WARMED AND BOUND (Velvet Press), AMSTERDAMNED IF YOU DO (CCLAP), SPARK (vol. II), and the Chuck Palahniuk anthology BURNT TONGUES (Medallion Press). Tietz also serves as a regular contributor for ManArchy Magazine and LitReactor.com He lives and works in Kansas City, MO.

Five Easy Ways to Help an Author Out

kim-kardashian-crying-face-2-zap2itI have a plan, and the plan is to get people talking about books more than Kardashians. The plan is broken down into five easy steps as they relate to authors and their books. Thank you for taking part in “Operation: Stop Giving This Talentless Family Attention”. I appreciate your patronage.

  1. Buy their books: Pretty obvious, I know, but this really is the best way to support an author. Of course, Amazon is always going to be the most cost-effective avenue for this…but if you really care about royalties and the like, consider buying directly from the publisher. You’re cutting out the middle man (Amazon), which means more money is going towards the author and the publishing house. The best thing you can though–and authors fucking love this–is request a signed copy. Seriously, don’t be shy. Chances are the author has a small stack of copies sitting around specifically for this reason.
  2. Read and review: Reading isn’t the problem. Reviewing, on the other hand, is about as impossible as Stephen Hawking trying to breakdance for some people. They just don’t (or can’t) do it, and that’s unfortunate because this is one of the biggest ways in which to support (or take down) an author. Second only to the author blurb, reviews serve as an endorsement…and we can never get enough of those. Honestly, I don’t base my book-buying decisions based on reviews, but some people do…and for that demographic, every review matters. So, please…pretty please…if you read a book, try to review. Doesn’t have to be fancy or particularly long. A paragraph or even a couple sentences can make all the difference. Having said that, the more places you post your review the better. I’m talking Amazon, Goodreads, your blog, etc. Spread that shit around.
  3. Connect online: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, tumblr, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Pinterest…all that shit. If you like an author, feel free to stalk their ass. Chances are if you dug their book you’ll dig their social media feeds.
  4. Sharing is caring: Authors–especially the independent ones–don’t just benefit from word of mouth…they depend on it. Not very many authors have an advertising budget. We can’t afford ad space on Goodreads and Amazon. And we typically don’t get big reviewers like Kirkus or Publisher’s Weekly because they want some ungodly amount of money to review the thing. That means we end up leaning on the reader pretty hard to talk us up, and all things considered, it’s really not that difficult. Share an Amazon link, share quotes, share pictures of the book. Spread the word. This is how one sale becomes three…becomes twenty-six…becomes nine-hundred-and-eighty-four. The last nine out of ten books I picked up where all because I kept hearing about them, either through social media or writers’ forums or a friend. Word of mouth is actually more powerful than advertising, but it’s the readers that make it happen.
  5. Connect in real life: Sometimes authors have readings, and sometimes they just so happen to be in or around your location. In the event that that happens–fucking go. Show up, cheer, clap, drink, buy the author drinks, get your book(s) signed, take pictures. All that shit.

BURNT TONGUES release day!!

Burnt Tongues double coverHoly shit, did it take a long time to get here. A very long time. But now the wait is over and Burnt Tongues is officially live, shipping, and on bookstore shelves. Yep, that’s right…I finally made the brick and mortar stores. Look at me now, dad!!

Anyway…this journey started for me way back in 2009 when the only credit I had to my name was the self-published edition of Out of Touch. I joined the Chuck Palahniuk writers’ workshop, competed to get in this thing, and after many years of heartbreak and delays, we finally got a deal. For the full five-year affair, go check out the column I wrote for LitReactor…Burnt Tongues: A Behind the Scenes Chronicle.

Also, the boys over at Booked Podcast recently did a review of Burnt Tongues. If you’ve never listened to Booked before, these guys do a wonderful job of breaking shit down over the course of an hour and keeping it pretty free of spoilers. You can check that episode out HERE.

In another first, I’ve got my first official mention from Kirkus…so that’s kinda neat. Read their review of Burnt Tongues HERE.

Also on Kirkus, the man himself, Mr. Chuck Palahniuk, talks about the book and short story writing. You can read that interview HERE.

Don’t forget to “like” the official Burnt Tongues Facebook page.

Finally, make sure to buy the damn book and give it some review love on Amazon and Goodreads.

BURNT TONGUES is Shipping Early!!

Burnt TonguesIf you pre-ordered a paperback copy of BURNT TONGUES you may have already gotten it. My copy came in over the weekend (pictured left). So you can ignore the August 12th release date. These puppies are shipping right now. As for the Kindle version, looks like those will be available July 21st.

You can buy BURNT TONGUES on Amazon HERE.

Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads and write a review when you’re done.

“Good Sex, Great Prayers”: A Journey in Publication

GSGP-cover-pic.jpgTwenty-two months ago, LitReactor published the first in a seven-part series of columns regarding the process of making Good Sex, Great Prayers — from conception, to the writing process, and most recently, the release party and reviews. It’s a good read for any writer working on their own novel, or, if you’re just curious to see how this fun nightmare known as publishing actually works. Here they are:

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 1: Origins): conception of the idea, hooking up with the publisher, signing the contract.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 2: Writing the Novel): the writing process, time-management, how to outline, decompression.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 3: Art & Stuff): tramp stamp covers, designing GSGP, taking author photos, image rights/legal.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 4: Spinning Plates): extensions, promotion vs. pre-promotion, misc. publications.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 5: Editing and Beta Reading): first draft, celebrate the win, beta readers, content edit and editing tips.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 6: Pre-order and Print Copies): more editing feedback, GSGP goes to pre-order, initial blurbs and accolades, print and signed editions.

Good Sex, Great Prayers: A Journey in Publication (Part 7: Release Party, Reviews, and a Fond Farewell): flashback to 2009, release party, reviews and more blurbs, a fond farewell.

Buy GSGP on Amazon

“Good Sex, Great Prayers” Deemed So Offensive It’s Unreadable (or: how to be a lazy reviewer)

My publisher put me on something called a blog tour. I guess the deal is that they provide the books and all these “reviewer” cats have to do is write something about what they read. In all honestly, I had never heard of any of these people. Didn’t seem like they had big followings compared to places like Booked. or Shock Totem, but I was interested to see the reaction of people who had never heard of me and were outside my circle. Anyway…earlier today my publisher sent me an interesting read, the blog tour notes courtesy of Naomi Leadbeater. Enjoy:

GSGP blog tour notes

A couple things before I get to the real meat of this.

First, my villains act like villains. If they made your skin crawl or twisted your stomach like a wet towel–hey, guess what–I did my job. I did my job so damn well it manifested in physical sense.

Regarding a change in cover and title: how do you think this works? That some blogger suggests this major change and the publisher just hops to it? Are we supposed to recall every print edition of the book and make those changes along with the aforementioned disclaimer? I hope to Christ my publisher didn’t pay you for this sort of input.

But let’s get back to that disclaimer issue. Naomi says: “It needs a disclaimer, while the synopsis was well written, it still gave me the impression I could read it — which I definitely couldn’t.”

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Richard Thomas Blurbs the Shit Out of GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS

59992_151349841564547_6042096_nRichard Thomas is a busy man. He reviews books for The Nervous Breakdown. He’s a regular contributor to LitReactor and Buzzfeed (yeah, that Buzzfeed…the one with all those lists you love). He’s the editor in chief over at Dark House Press which is enjoying a very successful release of their anthology The New Black. And speaking of anthologies, he’s the co-editor of Burnt Tongues, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology which is due to drop this August through Medallion Press. He’s also an author, and most recently he snagged a two-book deal with Random House Alibi. I can’t even get into how many short stories the guy has published…but it’s a numerical fuck-ton. The dude has even appeared right alongside Stephen King himself.

Believe me, I’m only scratching the surface of this guy’s resume. More importantly, he’s a friend and consummate supporter…so I’m fucking thrilled that Richard took the time to read my newest release and drop some blurbage for me:

Sacrilegious is one word that comes to mind. Transgressive is another. This novel carries a lot of heat, mixed with epiphanies, regret, and disgust. But it is not without humor—the harsh truth lying just beneath the punch lines that coat the scarred surface. A strong voice that always entertains and never disappoints, GSGP is a wild ride, from start to finish.

Thank you, Richard…this made my week.

Pick up your copy of Good Sex, Great Prayers HERE.

Advanced Review of BURNT TONGUES from Booklist

Burnt TonguesAs most of you know, a very special anthology is coming out courtesy of Mr. Chuck Palahniuk and the crew behind The Cult entitled Burnt Tongues. Twenty transgressive stories by twenty authors that were submitted and vetted through Chuck’s workshop–Burnt Tongues represents the cream of the crop, hand-selected by Chuck himself. We now have our first advanced review from Booklist:

Despite its little-heralded status in literary circles, the counterculture genre known as “transgressive”fiction, wherein the author and/or protagonist bucks social conventions by violating one or more taboos,actually has a rather illustrious history.  Classic novels such as Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment,featuring the murderous Raskolnikov, for instance, can be categorized as transgressive fiction.  In thiscollection of 20 contemporary short stories, lead editor Palahniuk makes certain each piece qualifies as anexample of both first-rate craftsmanship and something that pushes the envelope of social acceptability. InNeil Krolicki’s opening tale, “Live This Down,” three humiliated high school girls plot their suicides usinga poison gas recipe gleaned from the Internet.  An animal shelter technician in Chris Lewis Carter’s“Charlie” recognizes the tortured cat someone drops off as one he himself abused when it was a kitten.Matt Egan’s “A Vodka Kind of Girl” recounts the sad fate of a calorie-counting, bulimic woman. Anyonelooking for boundary-breaking tales that also pack a haunting, powerful punch will find hours ofentertainment here.  —— Carl Hays

Burnt Tongues comes out August 12th. You can purchase it HERE.

GOOD SEX, GREAT PRAYERS Triple-Post: Release Party, Book Club, and a NEW Review!

GSGP DigBostonShit’s getting a little bit crazy right about now. First off, Good Sex, Great Prayers had its third review published over at DigBoston today courtesy of Mr. Tony McMillen (author of Nefarious Twit…which you should definitely check out). Here’s a little excerpt:

“This is Brandon Tietz’s second novel but with its confident, mostly unadorned voice, you could think it’s his fourth or fifth. Because this is knockout storytelling. It knows when to dazzle but it knows when to relent as well. When to relax and invite you back in and ultimately, it knows how to lean in for a kiss before tearing your face clean off. It’s the one of the most enjoyable and effortlessly seductive books I’ve read in quite some time.”

You can read the full review by clicking HERE.

Next, the thread for book club went live over at LitReactor. For those of you not familiar with how book club works, it’s basically like a regular book club only you have the advantage of having the author on hand to field questions. All you need to do is start a LitReactor account (which is free) and a copy of Good Sex, Great Prayers. Discussion will officially begin in May. Any topic is fair game.

Visit the official book club thread HERE.

Finally, the release party for the book is happening soon–April 11th, to be exact. Here are the details of the event:

Part 1: Signing at Tannin Wine Bar (1526 Walnut St.) from 5-8pm

I’ll be selling signed editions for $20. Supplies are limited, so it’s better to show up close to 5:00 to ensure you get one. Another reason to get there early is because Tannin’s happy hour special will end at 6:00; up until then you can get half off apps and 25% off beers and wines by the glass. FYI: this is the only part of the night I’ll be signing/selling books. After this, any remaining stock will be put away.

Part 2: Happy Hour at Pizza Bar in the Power & Light District from 8-11pm

There will be specials on wells, beers, and apps. There will NOT be specials on shots, but shots I shall have.

Part 3: End Game at Aura (3832 Main) from 11pm-3am

I’ll be hosting with my very good friend, Mr. Rob Marrs. We’re going to get white girl wasted.

RSVP on Facebook by going HERE.

BUY THE BOOK!!

 

HOLY SHIT!! It’s release day!!

GSGP-final-edited.jpgGood Sex, Great Prayers is my first new novel release in over five years, a perfect storm of erotica, faith, and Yorkshire Terriers–or, as people have been saying–“nothing like what I expected” and “reminiscent of early Stephen King.” It’s all been pretty damn good so far…but I’ll need your help in order the keep the biscuit wheels on my gravy train from crumbling. If you’re tired of living in a world of remakes, reboots, and sequels (CGI Ninja Turtles anyone??)…here’s your chance to support some truly original content. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Buy the book: You can buy Good Sex, Great Prayers for a low as $6.15 on Amazon. The book is close to 450 pages; you’ll definitely be getting your money’s-worth. It’s also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble as well.
  2. Read & Review: The best way to get the word out about an author is to talk about their work, so don’t be afraid to drop a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. People do, in fact, read those. Your thoughts matter and can make or break a sale.
  3. Share: Share pictures. Share quotes. Share the fact that you’re reading a novel and NOT watching Kardashian re-runs. Share the review you wrote. Share the novel like you write for Upworthy…something like “this book scared the cum out of me.” If its one demographic that can really use the attention, it’s indie authors.

That’s all it takes, guys.

Thank you to all who helped me put this book together, and thank you to everyone that is willing to give it a chance. It’s been a long two years, but I can already tell it’s going to be worth it.

-BT

“Good Sex, Great Prayers” Reviewed by Booked. Podcast

GSGP Booked.If you’re not familiar with Booked., they’re an award-winning podcast hosted by Livius Nedin and Robb Olson…and one of the two shows I listen to when I’m being a treadmill rat at the gym. I always felt like the authors being covered by this show became part of an exclusive club, so I was thrilled that Livius and Robb took the time to read a.) a 450-page book (which is much longer in comparison to what they usually read) and b.) a book heavy on the religious themes (they’re both non-religious, so I can see how anything with “Christian” in it can be a bit of a turn-off). I myself am an atheist…something I found advantageous during the writing of the project because I didn’t have any sort of faith influencing me when it came to contrasting Christianity and…y’know…the other faith in the novel.

The thing I really loved about this review (and previous reviews of other books) is that it went far beyond “this is what we liked…this is what we didn’t like…here’s the rating.” Robb and Livius actually take the time to delve into theory and give their own respective interpretations about things. It’s kinda like listening to a book club discussion between two people.

For those of you that have read Good Sex, Great Prayers, this episode brings up a lot of interesting questions, especially when it comes to genre. I’m still wrestling with the whole Christian-erotica vs. erotic horror vs. transgressive erotica labels. It’s already out now, so I leave it up to the reader as to which bucket they want to put it in.

And for those of you who haven’t read the novel yet, this is an excellent primer beyond reading the synopsis and the few samples that are available online. I’ve been careful not to post any spoilers…perhaps too much so, and Robb and Livius do a fantastic job of providing intrigue without totally blowing the plot’s cover.

Without a doubt, my absolute favorite part of the show is hearing the guys read various excerpts–especially those from Billy Burke (bar none my favorite character to write in my 10+ years of writing). It was a fucking treat to listen to. You can bet your ass I’ll be reading tons of Billy at AWP in Minneapolis next year.

A big thanks to Robb and Livius for giving this book a chance…I will be sure to send over my next one, which will be much shorter and much less religious–I promise.

Buy the book HERElisten to the episode HERE.