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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.

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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“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.

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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.

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.

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