The BLACK BED SHEET BOOKS NEWSLETTER FOR AUTHORS & PARTNERS 02/13/2013
1. BUY AUTHORS COPIES AT STORE: Now authors can purchase copies of their books at their author’s prices directly from the store in any quantity. Once you sign up for a store account, I change your account to a status that sets the prices of your book to your author’s price (as well as gives you extra discounts throughout the store), PLUS you can purchase other authors’ books at THEIR author’s prices too, to encourage you to read & review each other’s books. The next time you log in, the prices will automatically be set for you. You can leave comments with your order to flag it as urgent. It’s all automated, and the prior goshopper.net site no longer functions. I’m finally able to offer this with no bugs!!
2. WHOLESALE FOR RETAILERS: Now retail stores, libraries, government and nonprofit institutions can do their wholesale stock orders directly from us! It’s now far easier for BBS to develop direct and consistent business relationships with independent retailers, to advertise directly to them, encourage them into author events, maintaining stock of our books and encouraging stock of our new titles through incentives. They will be returnable by special arrangement only and the way it works is designed to be easy for everyone. Also, instead of a large, full color retail store catalogue that was too expensive to produce in large quantities (and a hefty PDF file, I might add), we’re streamlining and simplifying our catalogue for distribution to as many indie stores in the US as possible. We’re also developing a program similar to our US indie store campaign for select titles in Australia and Europe that can be printed and shipped to stores there locally and ordered directly through our site the same way US stores can right now.
3. PRODUCT PAGE FEATURES/SCANNABLE BARCODES: Not only can retail stores rely on our online store to order and maintain stock, they can take their register’s hand scanner and scan the barcode on your book’s product page to pull it up in their system and/or order more. And not only can anyone click to enlarge the front cover, but the full wrap-around cover as well. We’ve got cool scrollover images, and hooked up each item with Wishpot.com. Each page now has a button to ask a question about that product, displays ISBNs and UPCs and Library of Congress numbers as well as our tried and true efforts of PDF samples, MP3 readings and videos.
4. AUCTION SITE FEEDS: Our store is now directly plugged in to Google Merchant, Epier, Ebay, Yahoo, Dealgates, Amazon Inventory Loader and regularly sends product feeds to them and a growing number of similar sites around the world where we can do the same thing. We’ll show up in more search engines, we tag our store to every listing, and our products will pass across the eyes of a large browsing audience. And it’s almost fully automated.
5. ENHANCED ADMINISTRATION: Had to do a lot of administration upgrades on my control panel end, integrated Quickbooks, banking resources, new shipping modules, and programs that make me better manage everything.
I also added an author’s only page featuring RSS feeds from our authors and relevant data from the book industry, a page of automatic site updates, BETTER TOGETHER/Buy-one-get-one sales with its own sales page that couples two titles together along with other sales and discount schemes, automatic reminder emails, coupons, gift certificate enhancements, “where’d you hear about us” boxes and other new checkout features and options, and added reviews to all the books’ reviews pages. I spruced up the site and fixed all the bugs and missing links and reworked the css. I got the site its verified seals by Authorize.net and the Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., got accepted by Google Trusted Stores. I utilized a lot of new tricks to broaden sales like last-minute shopping cart deals (like they do on Vistaprint), provided more payment options. I even made it so I can offer store credit and deliver orders locally.
6. Global Community Message Board: Yep, it still exists, and I managed to keep out all the spammers, but it’s hard to maintain and I keep forgetting about it for a few months at a time because many things on my schedule have a higher priority. At account signup at the store, however, we now offer customers to choose a message board username and sign up there. It’s still a good idea to have, and let’s not forget about it.
Why is the BBS online store so important?
We’re still available through all our usual channels and orderable through all the usual major book store chains and online retailers, but the returnability issue with major retailers can put companies like BBS out of business. And there’s so much competition online where it’s just ridiculous to try and stand out on Amazon, B&N, and the like. It’s the same game, trying to make our books available everywhere, and placing too much importance on sales rankings on one site and ratings on another, getting upset when distribution is too slow and we haven’t shown up on B&N yet for those five friends waiting for the title to show up there before they buy it, spreading ourselves thick over Goodreads and Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn, and doing what essentially self-publishers do when we place emphasis on those things and expect to sell books that way.
I’m going to make it preferable for retailers and readers to buy directly from us. I’m going to make it cool to stock Black Bed Sheet Books, and I’m developing and implementing outside-the-box ideas so we can go beyond what every indie publisher of print books seems to be going through and has been for a long time: nickel and dime sales. Heck, outside-the-box ideas are what I’m always trying to pull off.
DAYS OF TERROR CONVENTION:
News about our convention that we’re putting together with Miss Misery and the rest of our local team will come soon. We are trying to pin down the right downtown hotel at the right weekend, and everything is going to fall into place from there. Visit our Days of Terror Facebook page for updates too.
BLACK BED SHEET BOOKS ANTHOLOGY:
Jason Gehlert is the head of this project, and we’re hoping to release it mid-late summer. If you haven’t submitted a short story, I encourage you to! Submissions close in March (if you’re still interested I know I can talk Jason to extending the deadline a couple weeks. This is a great opportunity to represent and extend yourself, add another professional contributory notch on your belts, and be a part of not only a great project but a little bit of history as being a part of our first real BBS collective antho. There will be others over the years in the future too! William Cook’s doing the cover. Contact Jason for details. I’m also doing a story for it……
Our web tv channel got off to a great start this year but during the time I’ve been hard at work on the site I haven’t had time for anything else, including Black Hamster. Now that I’m out from under my rock, we’ll be getting things back underway with new content and scheduled content like MISS MISERY’S MOVIE MASSACRE and soon my currently-in-development PLANET STUPID, as well as all the great horror/retro/oddball content and films we regularly show. Over 100,000 views, folks!
I’ve been plotting release dates and then erasing them. I’m pacing myself carefully, and the extra time it took to upgrade the online store cut into some time, so I’m pushing back most titles a couple of extra weeks at least and allowing for some extra time and being mindful of new authors’ convention/appearance dates. Our first release of the year will be S.C. Hayden’s (American Idol) collection RUSTY NAILS, BROKEN GLASS. Here’s a rundown of this year’s titles in no particular order but for those in the Spring listed first:
THE PRICE OF FEAR: The Film Career of Vincent Price: In His Own Words –Joel Eisner
SCALES –Amity Green
THE CLOCK TOWER – Antoinette Heathfield
BLOOD VERSE –Patrick James Ryan
SHADOWS IN THE DARK (Ebook & limited print run) –Tom Sawyer
GENESIS --series by Wade Garrett
STATIONHOUSE No. 1 --Horns
ALERIC: MONSTER HUNTER –Fred Wiehe
DISLOCATED THOUGHTS –poetry by Reyna Young
NOCTURNAL OFFERINGS –Alan Draven
CLEAN FREAK –Sean Davis
BBS ANTHO (Title TBA)
CYN NO MORE –Sue Dent
William Cook follow-up to BLOOD RELATED
Nicole Vlachos new novel
Another great Horns novel
SOUTHBOUND REDEMPTION –Roger Sills and Gene Tipton
There are also new comic releases by SHOT IN THE DARK COMICS including more issues in my RED WET DIRT series!
Anyone else I’m missing??
Will be updating all of you individually who need updates. Working on a simpler/alternate cover for the Vincent Price book, finishing wrap-around cover for RUSTY NAILS, formatting Vincent Price, going to have cover images of Spring titles up, at last, within the next couple of weeks (what ones we can) and as soon as I finish our new book store catalogue, will post it for all to see. In the meantime, keep watching for new BBS updates on Twitter and Facebook, and we’re going to have a sensational year!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
Inspiration & Horror,
Black Bed Sheet Books
THE BLACK BED SHEET NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2012
To all BBS Authors:
I don’t even know how I made it through this year. It started out all right, and my experience at the World Horror Convention not only inspired me but made me realize just how much BBS is looked up to by the industry and our peers, even by publishers decades old that I myself used to submit to.
And then as most of you know, in Spring lots of things went South. For example, Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse was perfect and ready to go well on time until our chief printer/distributor, Lightning Source, wouldn’t accept it after numerous back-and-forths between them regarding formatting and margins until after about a month of constant revisions they told me they don’t publish books that size to begin with (when it was first stated they did. Then the way they do business began to change unfavorably in many ways, so because of that and the fact that most indie publishers use CreateSpace, I started focusing on CreateSpace for the first time. Then, after spending so much time on our ebook line with Cerizmo.com, Cerizmo went bankrupt and I had to totally redesign and relocate our online store where we get a majority of all our sales. I restructured BBS amidst all sorts of transitional drama, and during that time I began battling with CreateSpace too, who at first had formatting issues with books I’d send to them that were beautifully formatted but for evasive issues that went against their strict margin guidelines, and that made me late with deadlines and resulted in Nicole Vlachos not getting her books in time for her convention among all other kinds of ridiculousness and near-heart-attacks. Then the only trailer I had time to make all year gets bombarded with lawsuit threats. To top it all off, the Department of Child Support gets in to my parents’ bank account and seizes their safe deposit boxes and then into my bank account and takes money coming in from authors ordering books and customer orders and royalties…..I’ve been in good standing with them for a year, and it took all kinds of hell to get them to undo what they did and put back that money…..the only time in history I challenged them and won, though J And then one day I was driving along with Francy and my son Charlie, going about 45 with traffic through a green light intersection when suddenly a kid shoots across on a bike and I hit him head-on, he flies into the air and hits the windshield of another car and next thing I know his bike crashes to the ground way on the other side of the intersection and I see him in a bloody seizure on the road in my rearview mirror before I can stop. He was crawling to the sidewalk when I ran to him with dozens of other people, and between shouts of “who hit him!” and police consoling me and saying “it’s not your fault,” I started finding myself worrying more about when I’ll ever get home so I can finish getting the next book out on time because I was running late with the editing.
I’m not for presenting to you a sugar-coated idea of how BBS has been doing. Yes, there’s all the great news I’ve been announcing lately on social networks, all that and a bag of chips, and in being so, it boggles my mind how, with every blow and challenge, I’m stubborn enough to keep braving it and how much bigger we get despite it, how much support we get within and without and wide respect regardless. And there are reasons why so many indie publishers come and go. Reasons like these. For awhile there, too, I think I was going a little nuts, but lately I find I can actually breathe now. We really did have a great October, our problems got smaller and smaller and we had stellar releases and events and a Halloween Week sale, everything’s falling into place as it should be and just in time for Christmas. I’m not completely done with rubbing this year’s issues off my shoe. I’m about to resolve some editing setbacks and there are a few more unresolved matters left to resolve. I said the word “resolve” a few times there. Next Spring promises to be amazing, and between then and now I’ll have a lot less production and a lot more progress, a lot less problem-solving and a lot more good business.
Unless, of course, this end-of-the-world 2012 thing happens. Then again, I’ll probably survive that, too, and still be trying to publish people. Me and Cher. I can publish Cher and sell the book to all of the cockroaches.
All of you waiting for updates/contracts/write-backs: that’s next for me, one at a time but I’ll get to you quickly. Those of you receiving the last of the 2nd quarter royalty statements attached to this email, let me know how best to pay if money’s due.
Our online store will be having its annual Black Bed Sheet Friday November 23 and going all through that weekend, and we celebrate the release of BBS alumni Brandon Ford’s MERCILESS along with Adam Aresty’s short Ebook-only masterpiece RECOVERY! Soon after, I’m hoping to release a special limited edition of Fred Wiehe’s HOLIDAY MADNESS but I’m not actually sweating any Christmas releases this year to push the books I already have. Sue Dent’s much anticipated third entry of her Thirsting for Blood series, CYN NO MORE, is around the corner though, as well as Gene Tipton & Roger Sills’ SOUTHBOUND REDEMPTION to accompany the release of its own comic series. Details and release dates coming soon.
I appreciate all of you and all your hard work and support, and here’s to a HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!!
Inspiration & Horror,
Black Bed Sheet Books
THE BLACK BED SHEET BOOKS AUTHOR NEWSLETTER 6/2012
Since around the time Spring started this year, Black Bed Sheet has been experiencing some pretty substantial growing pains. Ultimately, it’s a great advantage for all involved and I’m as excited and inspired as I was before Spring began. I also brought back with me some ideas and tools from the World Horror Convention which I’m now utilizing.
We had two recent setbacks. In this year’s release schedule, it was planned that my own Everborn would come out in January, and then I’d work on Alex Beresford’s Charla and Day & Ferguson’s Zombie Housewives to premiere them both at the convention, and they were so much done on time that while still in March I had already started the next project, Morningstars, by Nick Kisella for release in time for its debut at the Chiller con at the end of April. Everything was looking splendid, and in my schedule it was that after Morningstars some time would open up for me to work on shaping my Cutting Edges film I still plan on doing next year, and then I’d set to work on Nicole Vlacho’s In the Absence of Sun for an August 1st release and our exciting releases to follow throughout that Fall and especially around Halloween with works from Shannon Lee, Jennifer Caress, B.L. Morgan, Rey Otis and Dustin LaValley. Those are all still on schedule, with the exception of Absence of Sun, which I’m pushing to August 15.
Just before the WHC at the end of March, our printer, Lightning Source, began having serious problems with Zombie Housewives and kept rejecting my PDF of it for technical reasons, and I found myself going back and forth with them on the issues they had, which started changing depending on who I spoke with over there. Because of that, all I really had was a half-made Zombie Housewives trailer to show at the con, and after I came home it was my mission to get that sucker to print or bust. I’d work and work and go back and forth over and over again with Lightning Source, and usually it would take a few days to hear back from them after each re-submission, and there was always something different. Granted, this was my first full-color project, and now after all that I should be able to pop out the next one with no problem at all. Lightning Source ultimately told me, after all that, “oh, wait a minute, we don’t do 6X9 full color books.” Why hadn’t they explained that a month prior? And why do they make a 6X9 full color book a set-up option???
Second setback: It was during that time I received an email from Cerizmo.com. I signed up with them last year and put in a lot of time developing and perfecting BBS’ ability to sell ebooks, and integrated them into our online store at blackbedsheet.goshopper.net and pretty much changed the whole store to suit them. That email I received stated that after several year in business they’re closing up shop, and on May 12 half my site was going to shut off and they advised me to quickly seek alternatives. When it rains, it pours, and I heard April showers weren’t supposed to be gloomy. Nick Kisella’s Morningstars was right in the middle of that turmoil, and in spite of everything I still managed to put his book together and get his copies shipped in time for the Chiller debut. Ultimately I published a beautiful Zombie Housewives through Createspace. There was a short little back-and-forth with them at first, too, but they came through for me.
Now with Cerizmo I had two choices: either spend a few weeks without sleep hurrying to renovate the entire site, or address some serious issues I’ve been having all along with goshopper.net and customers’ problems with the shopping cart, etc, and see about moving our store elsewhere.
So I moved our store elsewhere, to where I think it should have been all along: my site, Downwarden.com, where the BBS homepage is. I found a remarkable store program/shopping cart and set to work at it. I didn’t plan for it to take this long developing it, and the last month I had to overcome hacker attacks, switching the entire Downwarden.com to a new server, learning all kinds of computer scripting and troubleshooting until 5am each morning, and the only way I could get the job done and behind me so I could move forward was to put everything I had into it and concentrate and persevere. For the remainder of this week I have some catching up to do, and for those waiting for email responses, etc, I’ll be getting to you swiftly.
But as it stands, here’s where we’re at right now:
OUR BRAND-NEW ONLINE STORE IS READY & OPEN! And it’s at: www.downwarden.com/blackbedsheetstore
It’s a thousand times better! You can all see for everything for yourself, of course, and you’ll find it’s a hell of a lot easier to load, browse, shop, and pay for stuff. Ebooks are purchased directly through our shopping cart or instantly through Paypal. We have a “BBS Authors Only link where authors can order copies of their own books at author’s prices without having to email an order inquiry and wait for a reply. And what’s more is any BBS author can order BBS books at author prices….even each other’s books! The trick is I’m trying to foster authors reading and reviewing each other’s books and helping each other out. Now you have no excuses! You still get royalties that way, I’m just taking it out of my contracted $1.50 per copy charge. There’s also a BBS Global Community opening very soon….you can see the link on the store’s homepage. It’s basically a fully-functional message board with lots of potential, and I’m hoping once it’s open all of you will participate. I want the whole site to be an online location people often return to, and not just for shopping. I’m also developing a way to pull other independent horror publishers together called Codename H.P. Lovecraft --- Horror Publishers who Love the Craft! More details about that later, it’s still in development. One thing about it is, through this, I’m hoping to implement a series of general public conventions like the kind I’m used to going to only for everyone, where any average Joe could pay a couple bucks to get in, have fun, meet stars, and where aspiring local writers can submit material for serious consideration by a publisher and have some hope for improving their lives in such ways that they’d otherwise not have. I’ve spoken about that a few times recently on Francy’s show. Back to the site, though: among the more practical improvements you’ll find there is that it’s directly integrated with UPS/USPS in real time in its shopping cart, offers gift certificates, has all the social media links and pizzazz, cross-marketing, is secured by Geotrust, every time I release something huge it gets wallpapered the same way Zombie Housewives is now, it converts currencies and is in the process of being translated into 20 languages for the purposes of foreign markets and my endeavors to produce our own foreign translations. I also encourage all of you to post reviews onsite, another cool feature. As it goes, a web presence is tremendously important for us, and I think this will really boost our shop sales, where authors do still make the most money off their books compared to the pennies we get elsewhere like Amazon, and that also applies to ebooks. One last thing is I’m going to start creating screensavers for our titles, and we’re going to be going in the direction of audio books as well.
Now that the new store’s done I can move forward, and like I said I’ll be catching up all this week and will respond to those waiting to hear from me and scratching their heads.
Oh…..and Francy’s show is growing also. Some names you can expect as guests very soon: Rowdy Roddy Piper (June 10), Lou Ferrigno, Molly Ringwald, Haley Joel Osment, the guy who played Mini Me in Austin Powers……that’s fantastic news and naturally expands our presence as the show itself gets further recognition and listeners. I’ve been neglecting Black Hamster lately for obvious reasons, but I’m firing that up again too. You can now view it directly at the store on its new page, or the main page of our site……new material coming!
There’s so much more but that should do for now. Please help promote our new store and steer traffic there, but don’t let that stop you from continuing to promote everywhere possible as well, because everywhere is where we strive to be spread.
Despite recent shortcomings with the printer we’ve had since BBS began, Lightning Source, we’re still utilizing them. We’re also utilizing Createspace, which as it turns out is industry standard for an indie horror press. No wonder. I learned in a lot of ways, they’re more efficient, cost less and have wider distribution. Then again, Lightning Source has printing facilities in several countries. So as need be I’m using them both.
Also, for those of you wondering about my stuff….I just got word the next in Shot in the Dark’s comic series from Red Wet Dirt is DONE and coming out in a few weeks: THE FATHER KEEPER.
And before I forget, with the opening of the store comes the official releases of two new short ebooks, Ruschelle Dillon’s “Bone Sai,” and Bart Brevik’s “The Demon of Despair.” It also finally marks the official release of Zombie Housewives of the Apocalypse, although it’s already been available through Amazon and other online resources.
Inspiration & Horror,
3/23/2012: Will be at the WORLD HORROR CONVENTION in Salt Lake City the weekend of April 1st....and April 1st we celebrate APRIL GHOUL'S DAY with the release of Alexander Beresford's CHARLA and Sharon Day & Julie Ferguson's ZOMBIE HOUSEWIVES OF THE APOCALYPSE! I'll be doing pitch sessions & reading also at WHC, while I represent!!!!
01/09/2012: After a treacherous 2011 ending with all sorts of setbacks during the holiday season although we had a spectacular Black Friday, launched our ebook-only line and released two outstanding titles (Forever Richard, Whispers in the Cries), we are back on track and in for an exciting 2012. Just around the corner is a trip to the World Horror convention in Salt Lake the weekend of April first, which will launch our Spring titles, Shot in the Dark Comics has exciting BBS titles turning into comics & graphic novels, and Hacker's Source has a colossal print issue coming up. More news soon! Inspiration & horror, baby!
07/05/2011: SUMMER TITLES ARE HERE! ....except for the highly anticipated Sue Dent's Electric Angel, which will be released shortly, but you can still preorder copies at our online store.
06/23/2011: Black Hamster TV is coming! Featuring Pickles the Hamster, and the best in horror literature-related entertainment, original shows like Planet Stupid and Francy & Friends TV, convention coverage, book trailers, short & feature films, authors & interviews, related home videos. Inspiration & horror, baby!
Our online store is selling EBOOKS now. Also, we have partnered with A SHOT IN THE DARK COMICS!
04/3/2011: IT'S SPRING TITLE TIME! Also, we've been breaking some ground on industry firsts. We're always trying to figure out better ways to sell more books, as well as to innovate and think outside the norm, especially in this computer age where information and communication technology surrounds us and binds us kind of like the Force in Star Wars. Now, we're incorporating this technology to present Virtual Book Signing Events, free PDFs and free MP3 author readings for virtually every book we sell, and are adding the availability of downloadable ebooks convertable to every format, for sale cheap! And keep looking to us for the best in independent genre literature, BLACK BED SHEET BOOKS!
01/28/2011: Just updated site......royalties are out for BBS authors January thru October of 2010. BBS also welcomes new authors Brandon Ford and Jessica Lynne Gardner, and Norm Applegate (Blood Bar) returns with First to Die! New book trailers soon, and touring schedules. Keep up to the minute with BBS by following us on Twitter or by simply visiting any one of our 20+ sites displaying our Twitter newsfeed. On radio, we have decided to pour our efforts into the Francy & Friends Blogtalk show so our own BBS radio show will integrate with Francy.h
8/25/2010: Howdy folks! We just announced most of our remaining 2010 titles, most coming out this Holiday season. We'll be at the Horrorfind con in Gettysburg with a hotel party & a meet & greet, and this Fall we have a blogtalk radio show rearing its ugly head. We're working on "Read Between the Sheets," a short internet film selling our stuff. Also my "Looks like a Rat to Me" comic finally arrived and is available at the BBS store! Oh yes, and I renovated the BBS store, too!
o05/30/10: After an intense battle against time and technical difficulties involving font embedding and PDF files, software malfunctions and Memorial Day weekend, there was a delay in the release of our four new Summer titles (previously referred to as Spring titles). The official release "day" has now been changed from May 29th to "Memorial Day weekend." They have been uploaded and accepted and am waiting their availability status, which will be announced here and on Twitter and Facebook first. They are, however, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER at the Black Bed Sheet Book Store NOW! They'll also start appearing in all the major online stores and will be orderable in major book stores this first week of June. Also, as of the first week of June, all of our titles will be available on ADOBE EBOOK as well as KINDLE! Also, our site is going through a groovy renovation, so expect updated pages throughout DOWNWARDEN.COM!r
r03/26/2010: ON CALENDAR first week of April- royalties out for remainder of 2009, and first ARCs of Spring Titles, plus TOURING SCHEDULE! Spring titles official release date: MAY 28! Summer titles still tentative but will spread out individually JULY thru first week of AUGUST (dates announced sometime in April)
02/01/2010: Getting the year in gear: Preditors & Editors poll results in, w/BBS & our zombie antho in the top ten, with runners-up The Last Church & Gentle Art of Making Enemies for horror novel, and Midnight Secrets for romance close behind.
We have enough on our plate this year so far, so we're no longer accepting submissions. Royalties out for August first authors, next pay period is the first week of April to round out 2009's last quarter. Our office underwent an overhaul/expansion/upgrade in January which slowed things down, but that's a done deal and we're running smooth.
12/22/09: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
We are proud to announce that our Black Bed Sheet Books online store is NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS with the best prices for our books anywhere, plus merchandise and many delights and surprises! Go to http://blackbedsheet.goshopper.net
11/09/09: All BBS titles have been uploaded to Amazon Kindle....should be live in a few days.
10/28/09: Lots of stuff, so let's get started.....
Fred Wiehe's "Holiday Madness" just released this month! Also, congratulations to all the Anthology of the Living Dead authors for making the anthology our recent bestseller!
Black Bed Sheet now accepts credit cards for author orders as a payment option, and soon we'll have our books to order directly from this site for our readers! Horrorfind last September was a success! Our attending authors rocked at the vendors table, did interviews, readings, and made more of an impact than any single publisher there! Nick put together an 8-part video series of the Horrorfind experience, see links and videos towards the top of this page....check out more at Youtube!
We are postponing any further publications this years.....our new/forthcoming titles will be released beginning early 2010....we have a lot on our plate now and are concentrating on properly marketing the titles we already have on the market.
Nick will be in South Carolina beginning October 29th, and will set out on the road with Francy Weatherman, the host of the popular blogtalk radio show "Francy & Friends", from there to Sacramento....stopping in Atlanta, Oklahoma City, several Texas stops, Roswell NM (promoting "The Everborn"), and many towns along the way. We'll return on November 5th to a new life together!
08/23/2009: BBS welcomes author Jason M. Tucker!!
08/16/09: Let's welcome authors Terry "Horns" Erwin and Matthew Ewald!
08/15/09: BBS would like to welcome Cinsearae Santiago, Erik Enck, J. Travis Grundon, Cassandra Lee, and many more authors. Check out our revamped OUR AUTHORS page, and our equally revamped OUR BOOKS....we're beginning to look impressive! We are also proud to officially announce a children's book line coming towards the end of '09: BANANA PHONE BOOKS, and yes----we are putting out cook books too!
08/03/09: All August titles released on time (August 1st) and are NOW AVAILABLE everywhere online and orderable through book stores. Anxiously awaiting first copies and the August authors will get theirs soon, and we begin extensive marketing plans this week. We're designing banners, posters and other promotional tools Working on September titles and sifting through all submissions and will narrow my decisions down to about ten more titles for end-of-the-year releases. We'd like to welcome author S.D. Hintz to BBS and are adding his "Blood Orchard" to our Winter line-up!
07/29/09: All August titles submitted to the printer, and we're starting pre-marketing! Also, let's welcome Ryan B. Clark as a bonafide partner, essentially my right-hand man. And we're going to the Horrorfind Weekend---September 25-27 in Hunt Valley Maryland (near Baltimore) and promise to make a big splash. We're also reviewing all 117 submissions we've received since Spring, and will announce new authors very soon for our Winter line-up!or, baby!