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8/5 Lucy Burdette, The Key Lime Crime

8/12 Maggie Toussaint, All Done With It

8/19 Julie Mulhern, Killer Queen

8/26 Debra Goldstein, Three Treats Too Many


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8/8 Leslie Wheeler

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8/22 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Brash New Kids on the Block


Brash New Kids on the Block

Brash Books

Not long ago I had a conversation with Joel Goldman about his new venture with Lee
Goldberg.  The two Edgar-award nominated winning bestselling authors have set up a publishing company that brashly claims to publish, “the best crime novels in existence.” 

Each author found considerable success in self-publishing their own books that had gone out of print when the copyrights reverted to the authors.  As prolific writers Joel and Lee had extensive backlists they were able to turn into active sources of income. Between them they sold 750, 000 books.  Their self-published books were indistinguishable from traditionally-published books with cover art, formatting and editing as professional as any publisher could provide.  The venture was more lucrative for the authors than traditional publication as it exists now.

They discovered that each of them had a mental list of wonderful books of crime fiction by other authors that were out of print including books by many female authors and minority authors.  Although some works had been out of print for twenty years or more, they believed the books would be as appealing to readers today as they were when they were first published.  After some discussion they decided to seek out the authors or their heirs and get the right to reissue the works through their own publishing company — Brash Books.  In some ways the discussion brought to mind United Artists, which was set up in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and others, in part due to allow expression of their artistic sensibilities and in part as a response due to the uncertainty that existed in the motion picture industry at the time.

Joel said he and Lee wanted to limit the books they release at any time to a number low enough for Brash Books to full support the releases.  They are open to new works but the numbers they will accept will be limited and their standards will be high. 


You can find out more on facebook, Youtube and their website http://www.mysterythrillerbooks.com/

I hope they will be successful and I will be watching with interest

5 comments:

Jim Jackson said...

There is a huge rush to get out-of-print books back into "print" – even more so on the eBook side than in physical print, however.

Given POD publishing there is very little outlay required to take a previously published book and get it republished. Cover art and layout are the two main tasks, other than proofreading to make sure no transcription errors are introduced.

Consequently, profits are high for those who can get to the good stuff first. These two are trying to cash in on that, which is a perfectly good business model.

~ Jim

Warren Bull said...

Business models for authors are getting changed all the time. I think this model is one of the best I've seen,

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, that sounds like a good idea to me. I hope they are successful, although it seems like they already are with the amount of books they've sold.

KM Rockwood said...

You're right, this is well worth watching. I hope they are successful! I think we will be seeing different experiments in the near future, and who knows what will work and what will not. With all their experience and their obvious interest, these two may be on the cutting edge of the future of publishing.

carla said...

they have a formula for producing quality--something often overlooked these days!