December 2nd, 2009

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I Have No Work, and I Must Eat

Irascible, litigious SF author Harlan Ellison, who wrote one of the most beloved Star Trek episodes of all time, has let it be known he's eager to work with Trek rebooter J.J. Abrams on the upcoming sequel film.

Writing on his Web bulletin board, Ellison was effusive in his praise of Abrams (not so much Trek creator Gene Roddenberry) and made plain his availability to provide services.


I think Harlan Ellison is one of the greatest living writers in the world, but boy does he need to stop living in the past and get back to doing what he always did best--writing something new that's way ahead of its time. The next Trek movie ain't that, especially if he's serious when he says, "I would likely try to steer [Abrams] toward the original film idea I was asked to pitch, by the late Gene Roddenberry." Oy yoy yoy. Move on, Mr. Ellison, move on. (Also, please don't sue me for saying that.)

In other news, I didn't know you could just make plain your availability to provide services to whomever, so I would like to let it be known that I'm eager to work with Random House on any number of projects. In fact, I would likely try to steer them toward some original ideas I'm working on. Call me. I'm available.

(As always, the reader comments at the bottom of the news story are the usual brand of kooky wrongness, mixed with snotty attitude and a nearly Aspergeresque attention to minutia at the expense of any humor or, really, social skills. God, I love Internet comments!)
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As Professor Farnsworth Says, "Good News, Everyone!"

ChiZine Publications and Diamond Book Distributors Join Forces

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHIZINE PUBLICATIONS SIGN WITH DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS FOR U.S./U.K. DISTRIBUTION


TORONTO, Ontario (November 29, 2009) – Building on its deal with the Literary Press Group and LitDistCo, ChiZine Publications (CZP) has signed a deal with Diamond Book Distributors to have its books placed in U.S. and U.K. bookstores.

One of the U.S.'s leading distributors, Diamond distributes to booksellers like Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, WaldenBooks, and Borders. It represents a number of book and comic publishers, including Borderlands Press, Night Shade Books, Prime Books, Subterranean Press, and Random House UK.

"It's another step forward, but a bigger risk," says CZP Co-Publisher Brett Alexander Savory. "Getting books on the shelves means getting those books printed. If they don't sell, we eat that cost. But our experiment with the Literary Press Group worked. Some of our books sold out. So if we're going to grow, we need to be in major markets like the U.S. and U.K."

The announcement comes on the heels of a lengthy article about ChiZine Publications that appeared in The National Post's Afterword literary blog. In the article, Brett, fellow Co-Publisher Sandra Kasturi, and authors David Nickle (Monstrous Affections) and Robert J. Wiersema (The World More Full of Weeping) discuss the origins of CZP and the challenges of being a "genre" publisher at a time when "genre" fiction is assumed to not be "literary" fiction.

Brett says the plan is for CZP titles to be in U.S. and U.K. bookstores by early 2010.

Contact
Brett Alexander Savory, Co-Publisher
ChiZine Publications
http://chizinepub.com
brett@chizinepub.com

About ChiZine Publications
ChiZine Publications (CZP) is an independent publisher of weird, subtle, surreal and disturbing dark fiction. It is the book-length, print version outgrowth of ChiZine (http://www.chizine.com), an online professional market in operation since 1997 focused on the same type of story material. All of CZP’s publications are hand-picked by co-Publishers and Bram Stoker Award-winners Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi. Erik Mohr serves as cover artist and graphic designer, with publicity by Matthew Moore.

About Diamond Book Distributors
Diamond Book Distributors is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture collectibles available to the mainstream book market. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at http://www.diamondbookdistributors.com.

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What this means is that when Chasing the Dragon is released in paperback in March 2010, it will be available in bookstores throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Hooray!