2014/2015

January 3, 2015 § 5 Comments

I’ve been wrangling Tofurkies at my day job and spending my nights with family, so I haven’t had much of a chance to blog, tweet, FB, or whatever during this holiday. But now that we’re on the other side, I’m taking a look back over the last year and looking forward to the next.

In best-of-2014-220x130short, 2014 was great (There is, for sure, some terribly long post grumbling inside of me about the state of the world and the publishing industry and literature’s relation to capitalism and the drought of great rap albums and how I sometimes remember what it was like to talk to a person on a landline, where you could actually hear what they were saying instead of just making garbled uhuhs and deciding to iron it all out in texts later… but for now, great sums it all up good enough). I finished publishing the concluding episodes of Slash, along with a collected edition of all seven episodes. Even better was all the love and support Slash got, not the least of which was the great surprise of being named to IndieReader’s Top Books of 2014.

For those of you that don’t know, IndieReader is the first name in reviews for self-published books (at least according to me and Publisher’s Weekly). So it was a great thrill to get a five-star review from them for the first three episodes of Slash, and I was honored to make it onto their year-end list, especially given all the other great indie sharing the list. I would like to point out, though, that Slash looks to be the only hand-made book on the list—even more indie than indie, I guess!

Looking forward into 2015, Slash has already received a bit more love from IndieReader in the new year: Alex’s doomed attempts at quitting Slash made it on to their list of books with broken resolutions! So if you liked reading about Alex’s backsliding or are just looking for good ways to quit your New Years Resolutions, be sure to check out the other great indie books they have listed.

On a related note, I’m making a few changes in my internet/publishing/public life in the new year, mostly to sink as deeply as possible into the project that will be my follow up to Slash. First, I’m sad to say that I am retiring from podcasting after one last episode with Film Strip Heroes due out soon. Second, I am going to retire my twitter, as feel like I will never figure it out. Third, I am going to switch most of my online activity, including posts about what I’m up to in the literary world at large, back to this blog from the Slash site.

To reward you for being ahead of the program and being here now, here’s a chance to influence my next project. This poll is, of course, unofficial and not binding in the least, but I will say that I am interested in writing what people want to read. So, should my next project be:

A) An epistolary thriller about chain letters

B) A fantastical/theological take on the rap game

C) A romantic comedy set in an early Pauline church

D) Slash Two

 

Get Episode One of S/L/A/S/H for FREE on Amazon

April 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m very excited to announce Slash Serial Novel’s first ever Kindle Select Deal: a free giveaway on Episode One! The deal has been running since April 4th and ends April 8th–which means you only have one day left to try the novel that IndieReader.com declared, “A masterfully done serial novel that anyone who appreciates well–written fiction should find to be an enriching read, artfully both comedic and dramatic.”

If episode one freeyou’re ready to get reading, just click here to head over to Amazon for the free download. Or click the cover to the right.

If you’re still skeptical, you can head over to IndieReader and read the full, five-star review. They offer a nice synopsis that should give you a feel for the book, and if descriptors like “exquisite” and “transcendent experience” can’t convince you to try a free book, I don’t know what will.

If you read it and like it, you can get Episode Two for just 99 cents for the rest of April. Plus, I plan on having sales on Episodes Three and Four in the near future; read them and you’ll be all caught up for the release of Episode Five in May.

And sorry for the late notice on this blog; if you want first word on all things Slash, follow the blog at www.slashserial.com, like the FB page, or enter you information in the boxes below to get a monthly email updates.

Thanks for supporting independent literature!

 

Get Hooked

March 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

It is that time again: if you live in Minnesota, you should be gearing up for the Cracked Walnut Literary Festival! Featuring 25 readings at an incredible array of venues throughout April, it will bring the work of over a hundred writers to diverse audiences. Each night has a unique theme, so there should be plenty of interesting connections to draw. You can get the full schedule of events here.

I will be reading at 7pm on Friday, April 4th at The Coffee Shop Northeast (you can get full details here) and will share the stage with a couple of friends I’m looking forward to seeing again and some new names I’m excited to hear for the first time. The theme of the night is “Hooked”; I’ve written a lot about addiction in the past, but I’m planning to read from Slash in order to get everyone in the audience hooked on it’s unique blend of literary/trashy suspense. And I guess, while not as classic as alcohol or drug addiction, the novel’s protagonist is addicted to erotic fan fiction, so it works with the theme in that way, too.

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In addition to hooking people on Slash (which will be FREE on April 4th-8th, by the way!), I hope the reading will hook everyone on the Cracked Literary Festival, as well. It is a great part of the Twin Cities Literary Community that writers and readers in other cities ought to be jealous of and that we Minnesotans should support in every way possible. I’m planning on attending a few in addition to the one I am reading in (my wife is reading at the April 14th event), and I hope to see you there.

 

Indie Reader Approved!

February 13, 2014 § 1 Comment

Just wanted to draw your attention over to my serial novel Slash‘s first major review: 5 stars from IndieReader.com!IR-Sticker-IR-Approved--150x150

They’ve got plenty of flattering things to say about the writing, characters, and plotting, but for our purposes at The Oldest Jokes in the World, I’ll just share the pull quote from the top of the page: “SLASH is a masterfully done serial novel that anyone who appreciates well–written fiction should find to be an enriching read, artfully both comedic and dramatic.” The emphasis there is mine, because, as long-time readers of this blog will know, that blending of the comedic and dramatic is one of my main literary aims. I gather from writers I admire that it is generally best not to let the reviews affect your work one way or the other, but it was really encouraging and affirming to see that readers are not only understanding but enjoying what I’ve put so much work into.

You can read the full review here and learn more about Slash at www.slashserial.com. And to celebrate the good press, ebooks of Episodes One and Two are now just 99 cents each at Amazon and Smashwords!

Merry Christmas: Free ebooks for all!

December 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

With 2013 nearly over, I wanted to take a moment to say thanks for all the interest and support you, fine people of the internet, have shown for my literary humor this past year. The joke-a-long posts have brought a steady stream of readers to the blog, Revolver was good enough to publish one of my short stories to their site, and I’ve released the first two episodes of my serial novel Slash. I’m really excited to share the rest of Slash with you throughout 2014, and am happy to have everyone who downloaded a copy, joined the FB group, or signed up for the email list along for the ride. As a thanks for all the love, I wanted to offer a little Christmas present to anyone interested…

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Last weekend, I took part in a really fun local artists sale at the Carleton Artist Lofts here in St. Paul. In addition hanging out with great painters and crafters, I sold a bunch of copies of Slash. As a sort of salesman’s insurance against rejection, I also had a sign-up sheet for the email list promising a free e-reader copy for whoever signed. People seemed to really respond well to it, so I thought, why not open the offer up to the world at large as a Christmas present!

So, if you want to receive a free digital copy of Episode One, just fill out the boxes below, or email me at kitschenfan@gmail.com, putting your preferred e-reader format in the subject line–anytime between now and January 1st, 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See y’all in Episode Four!

Announcing SLASH Episode Two: “Wish/Fulfillment”

November 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’m proud to announce that the second episode of Slash, “Wish/Fulfillment”, is now available in all major ebook formats.Slash - Cover - Episode Two-Amaz In Episode Two, a second deadly coincidence finally convinces Alex that there is a connection between the creepy slash stories and the real world. Her attempts to figure out who might be behind this creepy correlation lead her to discover Koop’s dark secret and Perry’s curious habit.

You can find it in any ebook format–Kindle, Nook, ipad, pdf, whatever–at my smashwords page.

Or you can get it for your Kindle from amazon here.

And it will be available at Barnes & Noble for your Nook in a couple of days.

There is also a handsome physical version, much like the mysteriously minimalist Episode One, but with a shocking yellow inner cover. If you live in the Twin Cities, you’ll be able to find it at Common Good Books in St. Paul or Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis by the middle of the month; you can stay tuned to the facebook group for announcements about when they receive the latest deliveries. Or, if you live elsewhere, you can mail-order it from my Etsy store.

To see what Slash is all about, you can check out free previews of Episode One and Two on the website, www.slashserial.com.

Now Available in the Real World!

September 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Now Available in the Real World!.

Check out the handmade book I’m hocking these days and shout out your favorite independent books stores in the comments below so I can get a copy to you. And I promise there is fresh TOJitW material coming in October.

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