Hey there! J David Osborne, here. I'm a crime writer. Most of you know me from my lurking and my novel LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY being picked from the LitReactor Book Club. Recently, I've started up a press called Broken River Books. I've been a fan of crime fiction for as long as I was old enough to read, and the response I had when I opened my small press for submissions was overwhelming. The caliber of books I got staggered me: titles by Stephen Graham Jones, Jedidiah Ayres, Pearce Hansen, William Boyle, and one of my favorite authors (who shall not be named, because he wrote an extraordinarily pornographic PI book), with several more in the works. Basically, this is my dream, to publish and write great crime fiction, and I'm trying to kickstart the press. I feel like I've done a lot of the legwork already (the books are edited, the covers done up, contracts written), but I just need the actual funds to get the ball rolling. I've never been more determined in my life to make something happen. If you get a chance and it seems like it's up your alley, give it a look.
Here are the covers:
Here's a link to the campaign:
Oh weird the covers are all squished. Here's a better version: https://sphotos-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1186966_10151866094298428_188247232_n.jpg
As soon as I have cash, so will you, JDO.
David, do you only publish book-length work, or do you also accept submissions for individual crime short stories?
congrats, JDO, good to see you doing this. let me know what i can do to help. good luck with the Kick. maybe you can pair up with Dark House Press and we can do some sort of joint project or publicity or something.
I back you :)
Dino: I'm currently accepting submissions for a short story anthology called INCOGNITO. The twist of it is, that every story accepted will be published under a pseudonym, and the authors will be made to sign a contract disavowing any connection to the work. The flipside is, all the royalties are going to the author. I want stories that are separate from an author's brand, writing for writing's sake, in a sense. Other than that, I don't have any other anthos planned. Submit those to email@example.com.
Richard: I'm down. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org if you've got something in mind.
VOODOO: Thanks for backing me. Hugs!
The covers are so kick ass. I really want that SGJ book something fierce.
Sounds good, JDO. I love the INCOGNITO idea, too. I may have to submit. Or not. Who knows? :-) Where can we find guidelines for that anthology?
Richard - The guidelines are "crime and neo-noir stories between 1k and 5k words."
Dass it, bruh.
I backed Broken River Books. Not much, but I'm not much of a joiner, so a big step for me har har. I also bought LOW DOWN DEATH RIGHT EASY: it's been on my 'to check out' list since you posted the cover here months ago, and when I previewed it on Amazon, you had a blurb from fucking Kris Saknussemm! Baller.
Anyway, good luck with Broken River Books. I think you've got a good thing going on.
JDO - is there a deadline for INCOGNITO? does it pay? thanks! sounds very cool. plus i love the twist on not attaching name, or using pseudonyms.
$1,300 to go.
Deadline for INCOGNITO is December 31st in the Year of Our Lord 2013. There is not currently going to be payment for it outside of royalties, but I'll be changing my tune if the Kickstarter reaches certain stretch goals.
Yeah, with the no name thing, I'm really hoping to get the stories that authors might be a bit scared to take a risk on. Like, "these are all stories from (maybe) your favorite authors, but god they're raw."
^^^ah, cool. love the idea of writing something really "out there" being able to take chances. very cool.