It was a beautiful morning driving to work yesterday, up here in Perthshire. There was a resting mist and a chill in the air. A perfect setting to get the creative juices flowing.
Snapshot Saturday is my late entry into Photo-Finish Friday.
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This week saw the launch of Blasted Heath.
This is a new venture founded by award winning author and literary agent, Allan Guthrie, and his business partner, entrepreneur and social media expert, Kyle McRae.
In a quote from Allan: “…we are sticking to digital publishing. We are the first digital-only Scottish publisher. We are hoping to publish 30 titles next year, which is fairly ambitious.”
In a quote from Kyle: “…with ebooks, you lack the physical product but so what. If you think of a book, with one click you’ve got it!”
Whether you like it or not – and I was once a skeptic – digital publishing is the way the industry is going. If it’s run right, and I believe Blasted Heath are the start of something big, then authors are in safe hands.
To launch this venture, Blasted Heath have The Blasted Box Set of 5 novels all on one USB stick. The novels are by: Anthony Neil Smith, Ray Banks, Brian Pendreich, Gary Carson and Douglas Lindsay. (Click the link to purchase. I’ve already ordered mine.)
I wish Allan and Kyle every success with Blasted Heath.
(Quotes from Daily Record – Tuesday, November 1st 2011)
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Other ebook News.
My Manchester pal, Col Bury, has an ebook out now. Manchester Six is a collection of 6 (For those of you who couldn’t work that out from the title) short, snappy and gritty stories based around Manchester. Click here to buy it.
Hull buddy, Darren Sant, has a new ebook out based of his Tales From The Longcroft Estate. Rowan’s Folly is the third in the terrific series. I’m sure you are going to have a blast with Darren’s work. All his ebooks can be purchased here.
Online mate, Luca Veste, has More Liverpool 5 out this week. It’s his follow-up to Liverpool 5. Both ebooks are collection of 5 stories based in his home city of Liverpool. I’ve read a few of the stories in his first outing and they are great reads. You can buy Luca’s work here.
Fellow writer and online friend, Fiona Johnson (AKA McDroll) launched her first ebook last week. Kick It is a collection of 5 short stories, 3 of which feature her creation, Gemma Dixon, a young CID officer starting at the bottom of the career ladder. Great stories indeed. Click here to buy.
Owner of Out of the Gutter and my gaffer at The Flash Fiction Offensive, Matthew Louis, has brought out the best stories from the first 3 issues of underground magazine, Out of the Gutter. The Baddest of the Bad is packed full of great stories and is well worth a read. Click here to buy it.
There’ll be other promotional posts coming soon.
I urge you to buy these collections. Money well spent.
Have a great weekend.