Thursday, March 11, 2010
DAZED AND CONFUSED
We are, to put it mildly, DAZED AND CONFUSED. Frustrated, irritated, and impatient also. Those who know me recognize these qualities right off, sorry to say.
LIFE WAS A CABARET
Our very first publication, Life Was A Cabaret: A Tale of Two Fools, A Boat, and a Big-A** Ocean is just about out of print. There are perhaps 90 or so copies left, and last year we decided not to do another print run on the book. It's five years old and has sold well, particularly when marketed in the Pacific Northwest where the book is set, but we market mostly in the desert Southwest nowadays.
Imagine our surprise when this title has been our leading seller on Amazon's Kindle! We almost didn't even bother uploading it to Kindle.
It is a classic story: two idiots buy a boat about which they know nothing and take off and manage to survive and have a (mostly) hilarious time while doing so. The book is funny and instructive both. It won two awards and has even sold in the desert, albeit not as well as the Northwest.
JERE D. JAMES
Two other titles doing well on Kindle are Jere D. James' Saving Tom Black and Apache. Sales are picking up each month, although Saving Tom Black continues to be our best selling O-T-C book at events.
James is migrating to the Chiricahuas in April to work on Canyon of Death which we hope to put out in early 2011.
Oops. I just pushed a key and accidentally published this blog. I need the blog guy back NOW.
Stoney Bowers has showed up...got lost in his computer for a bit. He's got some exciting upcoming events he's planning on doing some readings at.
CLOSED FOR 10 DAYS
We are officially closing the office until after the Festival of the West. Emails will be answered, but that's about it. No work will be done on any of the upcoming projects.
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Early response on the 2nd Annual Short Story Contest is very good. We're excited about the calibre of the entries! I'm quite certain, if this continues, that we'll have enough excellent entries to put out our anthology next year.
We're in Limbo at this time. We're not moving forward, or backward. In fact, we are DAZED AND CONFUSED and won't know what we're going to do about much of anything until after our spring events.
Meanwhile, we've sent the edited version of Rusty Richards' biography of Casey Tibbs back to Rusty. If he doesn't like what we've done, there'll be no hard feelings, but we'll both head our separate ways. If he likes it, we have a mountain of work to do there, which may shove Jere James' book and the anthology back a bit. Like I said, we're in LIMBO! I think it's time to take a breather!
Catch you all in about 10 days.