Thursday, March 31, 2011

Damn, I've got a lot of e-books out now

With the StoneGate Ink release of Bad Karma and my e-book original, Dying Memories, I've now got 10 e-books out when you include Killer, Outsourced and The Caretaker of Lorne Field from my two print publishers. Like a lot of traditionally published authors I've been keeping my toes dipped in the e-book world while still focusing on traditionally published print books, but about two months ago I started to take the e-book publishing more seriously, both with my involvement with Top Suspense and working with StoneGate Ink (thanks Vincent for talking me into it!!--The Innocent by Vincent Zandri #5 on Amazon) to bring out two more e-books, and this month I'm beginning to see a payoff--last month I sold a little over 300 ebooks, so far this month over 2,000. I'm certainly not giving up on print--The Caretaker of Lorne Field will be released in paperback in the Fall, and probably my best book, A Killer's Essence, will be released by Overlook Press Sept 1st. Also, the movie project for Outsourced has gone from a 50-50 proposition, to just about a certainty, and if it gets made (as it now seems highly likely) it will be a game changer for me. But if I keep seeing the type of increases in my e-book sales as I did from February to March, it will be hard to deny that that's where my future focus will be. Anyway, with 10 e-books out, all in different genres and style, I thought I'd give a short description ranging from lightest (G-rated) to most fierce (NC-17).

Julius Katz Mysteries ($0.99) -- the two Julius Katz mysteries making up this ebook are lighthearted and charming, and appropriate for any mystery reader. 'Julius Katz' won the Shamus and Derringer awards, 'Archie's Been Framed' won this year's Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award.

The Caretaker of Lorne Field ($10.99, Overlook) -- a mix of horror and parable, but still appropriate for any reader, any age. In fact, I've had readers email me that they wanted their children to read this also.

21 Tales ($2.99) -- 21 of my short stories ranging from whimsical to brutally noir.

Dying Memories -- a thriller where memories can't be trusted. Appropriate for any thriller reader

Bad Karma ($2.99) -- the sequel to Bad Thoughts, but very different tone than the first book. This one is a hardboiled PI novel with new age sensibilities, and while it is filled with evil yoga studios, dangerous Russian mobsters, and a deviant guru, it's appropriate for any fan of hardboiled PI novels (and when it came out in hardcover it received a very favorable response from hardboiled PI readers). I'll be writing a lot more about both Bad Karma and Dying Memories in the upcoming weeks.

Outsourced ($8.19, Serpent's Tail) -- a bank heist novel--what Booklist calls "a small gem of crime fiction"

Killer ($7.59, Serpent's Tail) -- the 3rd and best of my 'man out of prison' noir trilogy. Publisher's Weekly says of Killer: "Spare prose and assured pacing place this above most other contemporary noirs.". While not the fierce ride of Pariah, Killer is quieter, more meditative, but ultimately more powerful than any of my other crime novels.

Bad Thoughts ($2.99) -- this was my second book, and very different than anything else of mine. Bleak and grim, it's a horror and crime thriller hybrid that masquerades as a police procedural.

Fast Lane ($2.99) -- my first novel. This is mix of full-blown Jim Thompsoneque psycho noir and deconstruction of the hardboiled PI genre. This is one of my most ambitious books and has a lot of fans among noir readers.

Blood Crimes ($2.99) -- the first book of a planned 5-book series. This is a wild thrill ride of a book, wickedly paced, and loaded with sex, violence and intense horror. I'm sure Twilight readers who find this are going to be horrified, but the book has gotten a great reaction so far from crime and horror readers.


AL said...

And I have 4 of them. Great stuff!

Dave Zeltserman said...

AL, thanks. Which 4?

AL said...

Dave, I have Outsourced, Bad Thoughts, Bad Karma, & Dying Memories. And Small Crimes in paperback. That was the one that started me. Enjoyed them all.

Dave Zeltserman said...

AL, so you've still got my best books, The Caretaker of Lorne Field, Killer, Pariah and A Killer's Essence to look forward to! Dying Memories is a very different book for me, and would be interested in any feedback.