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"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with someone & they don't have books, don't fuck 'em."--John Waters

I'm the author of more than twenty novels including SHADOW SEASON, THE COLD SPOT, THE COLDEST MILE, THE MIDNIGHT ROAD, THE DEAD LETTERS, and A CHOIR OF ILL CHILDREN. Look for my next one THE LAST KIND WORDS due out May '12 from Bantam Books. Contact: PicSelf1@aol.com

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Short Ride to Nowhere

Now available for the first time anywhere: A new digital noirella from Crossroads Press.

Product description:

Jenks and Hale aren't friends, partners, or even next door neighbors anymore. Not since they each lost their jobs and had their homes foreclosed. Not since they lost their wives and kids and whatever stability they'd fought for in the world.

Adrift on the streets of New York, Jenks' dark path seems to parallel Hale's step by step. After Hale is found nearly dead beside the corpse of a nine-year-old girl, and soon after commits suicide in a mental hospital, Jenks decides to find out just what the hell happened.

What happened to Hale and the girl, what happened to the wayward American Dream, and what happened to his youth and forfeited hopes.

Because whatever happens to Hale happens to Jenks just a few months later.

This book is available for $4.99 in MOBI (KINDLE) - EPUB (Sony/Nook) - PDF (Adobe) and PRC (Mobipocket) formats. Please choose your preference from the dropdown menu below before proceeding to checkout.

Over the next few weeks I'll be making several of my out-of-print and rarer novels available via Crossroads Press in Kindle, PDF, and other various formats. Some will also be released as audio recordings. As a self-professed Luddite this is all new territory for me. Let me know what you kids think of it.


Rusty James said...

Best success with the new endeavor Tom.

If you haven't already, I suggest stopping by JA Konrath's blog to check out what he has to say about ebooks - he's making a fortune!

$4.99 is pretty steep (believe it or not) for a noirvella.

I think as a reader, that's a good price for a full-length novel, but not a shorter piece.

Again, best success.


Tom Piccirilli said...

$5 for 25k words of never-before-published material that, if it had been brought out from some small press, would've cost $30, seems fair to me, Matt. But we'll see how it goes along the way. Besides, how else am I going to buy that house in the Hamptons? Thanks for stopping in.

Fred Zackel said...

I'm curious why you chose to have some publishing house e-publish for you, when formatting for Kindle, tec., are so easy to a writer to do. Plus self-publishing is a 70 percent royalty rate. (Also I second the motion that $4.99 might be steep for a novella. Lee Goldberg (Monk books) convinced me to lower my prices, and the sales have improved ... though nowhere in your league.) I do wish you good luck & best wishes in the e-markets.