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.
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.
00:00 – 3:00: introduction/Kim Kardashian poetry
3:00 – 5:53: Good Sex, Great Prayers; Billy Burke sermons (got a little George dubya going on in my voice)
5:53 – 10:00: Good Sex, Great Prayers; Las Vegas (“chili dog” is the safety word)
10:00 – 13:27: Out of Touch new 3rd edition rewritten excerpt; “Hush” (shoulda brought my drink…mouth going dry like a motherfucker)
13:27 – end: Reality TV rewrites game; only those in attendance know what the penalty prize was since it was cut from the end of the video (everyone was white girl wasted by this point)
Thanks again to Books and Booze for putting this show together. I look forward to another.
On June 22nd I had a reading in St. Louis which was put on by the Books & Booze crew. It was a good time…finally got to meet Jessica, Renee, and Dakota along with some authors that I had only previously known through the Internet. It was also my first time reading live from Good Sex, Great Prayers and the revamped version of Out of Touchcoming out through Perfect Edge. For those of you that bought Out of Touch at the show, you’ve probably noticed by now that the piece I read isn’t in the actual book. All in due time.
Books & Booze has since put up a preview recording which you can check out HERE. I’m being told that a full-length video is in the works, but for now, this should give you an idea of what went down at the show. Below is a timestamped legend of the reading, complete with hyperlinks to each author’s Amazon page.