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March 2016 Update: “366,” “Perfect Girl,” Irvine Welsh, and AWP L.A.

It’s been an obscene amount of time since I’ve made a post, so here’s an update on what’s going on.

First, my latest novel entitled 366 is now complete. It currently clocks in at around 95,000 words and is being beta read by some trustworthy people at the moment. The one-line pitch is that it’s about a young American male who learns how to be a terrorist via an app on his phone consisting of 366 items. The plan at the moment is to get all my beta reader feedback and do another draft. I’ll also be doing a novel swap and critique with an author on the Picador label in the near future as well. Not procrastinating. Just making sure this shit is ready.

In other writing news, “Perfect Girl”–which is a story I’ve had in the pipe for over a year now–is also done and finalized. It will be part of the Dysmorphia anthology, which is a collection of short stories focusing on body horror. The project is being helmed by the folks over at Bloody Disgusting and agented by Jason Yarn. It’s currently still in the editing phase from what I know of.

Oh…I got to interview Irvine Welsh (author of Trainspotting) on the LitReactor podcast. You should go listen to that HERE. And you should also totally subscribe to the podcast on iTunes while you’re at it. Just sayin’.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I will be unable to attend AWP out in L.A. this year. I’m sure I’ll be sick with jealousy watching all the photos going up of you bastards running around drinking whiskey and doing your best Hank Moody impersonation. I resolve to be in D.C. next year for sure.

Double Podcast Duty; or: That Time I Was Let Down by the New “Star Wars” Novel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month I did a couple podcasts. First, the boys from Booked Podcast allowed me to guest review Star Wars: Aftermath with them. Then, my debut episode on the LitReactor Podcast with the talented and lovely Cath Murphy and Renee Pickup dropped. For the sake of being chronological, listen to the LitReactor Podcast first and Booked second. Oh, and you should subscribe to both while you’re at it.

LitReactor: Unprintable: Episode 22

Booked Podcast: Episode 277: Aftermath

Regarding Wendig’s Star Wars, I had a lot of problems with that book. A lot. If you want the long version of that, listen to the Booked Episode. If you want it short and sweet, click THIS to read my review on Goodreads. The thing I want to make clear is that I’m still into Wendig’s fiction. I raved about Blackbirds over a year ago. I’m also convinced that the stuff I had problem’s with in Wendig’s Star Wars might have been beyond his control. Hopefully, there will come a time in which more light is shed on the issue.

2015 Preview; 366/Vanity

2015 Preview:

2014 was a release year. That meant readings, promoting, book clubs, trying to get reviews, and just generally anything I could do to increase awareness of Good Sex, Great Prayers.

2015 is a write and sell year. Two projects are currently in the works.

366:

In 2008 I came out with Out of Touch through iUniverse (a vanity press). After an offer from Otherworld Publications to put out the book in a second edition, I cancelled my iUniverse contract and went with them. Not long after the second edition release, Otherworld Publications closed its doors. That meant that no more copies were going to be produced and I officially wasn’t making any royalties on that book anymore. I actually have no fucking clue where the money goes if you buy a copy on Amazon (there’s less than twenty available).

Here’s the thing: I put years into that book, so the last thing I’m going to do is let it rot in “out of print” status. Having said that, I’m completely aware that simply slapping a new cover on this thing and putting it out in the world again will probably not equate to huge sales numbers. That is more or less what happened when I took OOT from iUniverse to Otherworld. They were a start-up press. There was no huge marketing push or major reviews done. Their idea of marketing was for me to leave copies at dentist offices and Jiffy Lube waiting rooms. The principle difference between the two houses is that I was getting less of a royalty cut in order to call myself “traditionally published.”

Recently, a friend and colleague of mine, Fred Venturini, came out with the novel The Heart Does Not Grow Back through Picador. What a lot of people don’t know is that that book originally came out through a small press under the title The Samaritan a couple years previous. Fred took a good book, reworked it, and re-released it through a major publishing house.

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Top 3 Highlights from 2014

Good Sex, Great Prayers releases:

I’ve been writing for a solid twelve years now, so it’s kinda hard to believe that I’m only just now releasing my second full-length novel. 2012/2013 were nose-to-the-grindstone years. 2014 was the year all that hard work paid off and Good Sex, Great Prayers released through Perfect Edge Books. LitReactor gave me a platform to talk about the entire process, which you can read HERE.

Bottom line: I’m proud of this one. Reviewers and casual readers alike are enjoying it, and it’s been a blast to perform at live readings. Most importantly, this was the book no one was expecting from me. I told myself very early on that I want to do something entirely different from my first book…and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Synopsis, author blurbs, and links to reviews can all be found HERE on the information page.

Burnt Tongues releases: 

 

In 2009, not long after the vanity press version of Out of Touch had released, I had a choice to make: either write a second novel and hope for better results…or, I could enter this anthology contest that Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club) was running on his website.

I decided to go with the contest, and five years later, my story was appearing in Burnt Tongues, the Chuck Palahniuk anthology. Yet again, LitReactor was kind enough to give me a platform to talk about the process of that. To read about the entire affair go HERE.

The short version is that this has been truly life and career-changing, and I owe a great deal of thanks to Chuck, Dennis Widmyer, and Richard Thomas. My inclusion in Burnt Tongues also leads to our third and final highlight.

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HUGE News!! I’m Reading with Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club”

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I remember reading my first Palahniuk novel when I was 20. It was not long after seeing Fight Club for the first time on DVD–and because the Hastings I went to didn’t have Fight Club the novel–I ended up buying Choke instead. I read the shit out of that book. It was one of those books that had me thinking, “I want to do what this guy is doing.” It changed me…put me on the path to being an author myself.

Funny thing is, twelve years later…I still haven’t met the guy. I’ve read every single one of his novels, served as a workshop moderator for his site, and even made it into his anthology Burnt Tongues after a five-year trek…but despite assumptions, no, I’ve never met the guy. Not once. There have been close calls. A couple readings and signings that were in my vicinity, but I was never able to make it out either due to a scheduling conflict or lack of money or both.

So maybe it’s fate that after more than a decade of reading this guy’s work and making a career off the initial inspiration he gave me…maybe the first meeting was always supposed to a little grander, a little bit more special.

On October 21st in San Francisco, I’ll not only meet Chuck for the first time, I’m going to be sharing the stage with him. Out of the twenty authors in Burnt Tongues, four were selected to read with Chuck in select cities while he’s on his Beautiful You tour. You can check out the dates for those HERE.

Here are the details on the San Francisco reading that I’ll be at:

Tuesday, October 21 – 7:30pm                    
DNA Lounge
375 Eleventh Street
San Francisco CA 94103

TICKET AND VENUE INFO

Based on the small amount of back and forth I’ve had with Chuck, I can assure you this reading is going to kick ass. We’ll both be reading in our pajamas. There will be prizes, book giveaways, and all sorts of crazy shit happening. I’m going to do the opening set, and then Chuck will take it away with a reading from his new book Beautiful You.

This is a huge fucking honor, and I can’t thank Chuck enough for including me in this. I promise to bring my A game.

See you in San Fran,

-BT

Footage from the City Lit Books Reading in Chicago Hosted by Booked Podcast

Page-1-3-1140x855I’m a little late in getting this up, but here’s some linkage to the City Lit Books reading that I did in Chicago a couple weekends ago. Thanks again to the readers that came out and to Booked Podcast for hosting the event. It was a great time and I look forward to collaborating again in the future…hopefully, at AWP.

Anyway, the boys at Booked were kind enough to get the recording and put it online at their official site. It’s broken up into two parts.

PART 1: Jac Jemc and Richard Thomas

PART 2: Ben Tanzer and Brandon Tietz

A per request, I read some of “Dietary” from the Burnt Tongues anthology and some Billy Burke sermons from Good Sex, Great Prayers. Click the links to check them out on Amazon.

Enjoy!

Chicago Reading Hosted by Booked. Podcast

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Chicago reading is on! Join us at City Lit Books (2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.) on Sept. 6th at 5:00PM for a live reading hosted by the award-winning Booked. Podcast, feating myself, Richard Thomas, Jac Jemc, and the infamous Ben Tanzer.

RSVP on the official Facebook event HERE.

About the authors:

Richard Thomas is the author of five books: Disintegration, Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, Staring Into the Abyss and Four Corners. His over 100 stories in print include Cemetery Dance, PANK, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Pear Noir, Chiral Mad 2, and Shivers VI. Visit www.whatdoesnotkillme.com for more information. He is also the editor of The New Black, a collection of twenty neo-noir stories exemplifying the best authors currently writing in this dark sub-genre.

Jac Jemc’s first collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in October 2014. Her novel, My Only Wife was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is also the author of a chapbook of stories, These Strangers She’d Invited In (Greying Ghost Press). She is the poetry editor at decomP and web nonfiction editor for Hobart. She’ll be reading from her new story collection, A Different Bed Everytime.

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Lost in Space, Four Fathers, which he co-authored with Dave Housley, BL Pawelek, and Tom Williams, and Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal, among others. He also directs Publicity and Content Strategy for Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life, the center of his vast, albeit faux, lifestyle empire. He will be reading from Four Fathers, a collection of thought-provoking, heartfelt essays on fatherhood. 

Brandon Tietz is the author of Out of Touch and Good Sex, Great Prayers. His short stories have been widely published, appearing as such print works as Warmed & Bound, Spark, and most recently, the Burnt Tongues anthology, which was co-edited by Richard Thomas and Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. Tietz also serves as a regular contributor for LitReactor.com. He lives in Kansas City. He will be reading from his new novel, Good Sex, Great Prayers and “Dietary”, his story featured in Burnt Tongues.

About Booked. Podcast:

Established in April of 2011, Booked. is a weekly podcast where two avid readers review and discuss books, conduct author interviews, and make recommendations for good books they’ve read. Our goal is to deliver book reviews by everyday readers, for everyday readers.
*Diverse*
We strike a balance between reviewing books with large readership, and independent or small press books that don’t benefit from the amount of promotion that comes with a large publishing house.
*Fresh and New*
We review timely books. We’re always looking for recent or soon-to-be released books to review. We consider books of any genre a possible review – as long as our listeners can find and buy them.
*Interaction and Community*
In addition to reviews we do author interview episodes, open format episodes where we discuss topics our listeners suggest online, and “Intro to genre” episodes where we explore genre fiction with a guest ‘genre expert’. Using social media, we do book giveaways and share interesting book-related articles and discussions.

Just an FYI…there will probably be some sort of post-reading after-party involving lots of booze.

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.