Last week I received the kind of email just about every writer wants to get. I was told my fiction will be printed in book form and sold in stores across the land. Specifically, Todd Robinson and Kensington Books will be including my story, “Big Load of Trouble,” in Thuglit’s second-annual “best-of” anthology, “Sex, Thugs and Rock-n-Roll.”
This is a first for me, and I’m tickled. It doesn’t really matter that I’ll be paid a very modest sum, nor does it matter that the book won’t hit the shelves until spring of 2009 (yes, 2009). I just like the idea of my story being printed, bound and ultimately coming to rest on some stranger’s nightstand. I also keep imagining my little tale of horny gerbils, snooty intellectuals, paroled Raiders fans and tainted kiddie pools sitting directly below a bookstore sound system trumpeting classical music (the irony!).
But what I’m really excited about is the list of writers Thuglit has lined up for its anthologies. The first edition, “Hardcore Hardboiled,” due out this spring, will include fiction from a virtual who’s who of crime novelists — Ken Bruen, Victor Gischler, Duane Swierczynski, Sean Chercover and Charlie Stella, among others. That’s one badass crew, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the first edition (I’ll be in the second edition).
The funny thing is, half of “Big Load” came from the “cut file” of my novel. Don’t get me wrong, cutting it out of my novel was the right thing to do (it got in the way of the story). And yet I keep laughing at the fact that a slice of this problematic storyline, despised by literary agents and declared “offensive” by Stegner Fellows (again, for valid reasons in the context of my novel), is somehow getting anthologized in book form. Back then, who woulda thunk?
Certainly not me.
November 5, 2007 at 7:41 am
Rock on, brother. As an author included in that first edition company I can attest to how cool the feeling to get that email. Here’s to a long dominating future from both of us in the crime fiction industry.
November 5, 2007 at 11:54 am
Dude, you rule.
Can’t wait to get a signed copy and maybe sell it on ebay some day.
December 11, 2007 at 5:22 pm
There’s so much I don’t know. I didn’t know you write crime fiction – or fiction of any kind, really – and little did I know you are going to be published! This, to me, is the height of success. Heartiest congratulations and so glad to know ya!
I’m a big Jim Thompson fan. I read most all of his stuff about 20 years ago. Hope you like him too.
February 7, 2008 at 11:44 am
Dude, love your stuff!!!!!! Awesome! Ha, and I can truly say I knew this dude when he would show up to work wearing shorts and flops! Awesome dude, totall fucking awesome!