ABC Family Hunts Killers

Well, I didn’t think this news would be out for a while, but hey — here’s some Friday afternoon I Hunt Killers scoop for you!

Yes, the show is being developed at ABC Family. Yes, a former writer on Dexter is handling it. No, I can’t tell you anything else right now.1 I would, however, appreciate y’all crossing your fingers and/or praying and/or making the appropriate sacrifices to the appropriate pagan deities that everything pans out as planned.

Here’s the complete story, from Deadline Hollywood:

ABC Family Developing Series Adaptation Of Novel ‘I Hunt Killers’ Produced By Joel Silver –

  1. Well, except that, yes, I’m very excited.

This Week in Rejection!: American Writing

You know… I don’t know that I actually believe this particular rejection letter…

I just can’t believe that they read every submission “with interest.” You gotta figure there are some they read with disbelief. Some with boredom. Some with derision. I’ve seen the slush pile before, man — not everything in there is worth your “interest.” You can’t fool me.

“Subcompact Publishing” — Go Read It

“The publishing ecosystem is now primed for complete disruption.”

That’s the most important sentence in “Subcompact Publishing” by Craig Mod, but I urge you to read the entire article if you are at all interested in publishing and its future.

I’ve been a subscriber to Marco Arment’s The Magazine since it first dropped a month or so ago. And while not every article has been to my tastes, it’s still worth the subscription fee. Hell, just being able to watch the still-gestating future of publishing live is worth it.

Mod’s piece does an excellent job of distilling lessons and warnings about the future of publishing into a single (long, I admit) article. Some of what he says has been bandied about for years, but now we have an actual, living example of what digital can be — beyond simply “Take that stuff on paper and make it pixels. And animate something, while you’re at it.”

I would love to execute an Arment-like structure for fiction. Something you download once as a “container” type of app, then subscribe to get chapters of a novel or a series of short stories. I would do that in a heartbeat. Sadly, I lack programming skills. (If any iOS developers out there would like to jump in on this, let me know!)

If you have an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod touch, I urge you to download The Magazine (iTunes link). You get a free trial, so there’s no risk. If you work in publishing, I’m begging you to download it. Try it out. Is it perfect? Oh, hells, no! But it’s an important evolutionary punctuation mark, a huge step in a new and — I believe — correct direction.

Get an ARC of the Final Archvillain Book! – UPDATED

Update: That was quick! All of the ARCs are promised, now. Thanks, everyone!


The Archvillain series is coming to an end in January with the final book, Yesterday Again. But you can read the ending “tomorrow right now” just by using the handy-dandy contact form!

While supplies last, I am giving away signed ARCs1 of the book to the people who head to the contact form and ask for them! It’s as simple as that. I was going to do a contest, but I’m still sitting around with a broken foot and I thought, “Hey, let’s just cut to the chase. Give the people the books!”

So, if you’d like a signed ARC of Yesterday Again, just go to the contact form and shoot me the following info:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your snail mail address
  • Who you would like the book signed to (if it’s not you!)

It’s as easy as that!

If you don’t end up with one of these, don’t worry — I’ll be doing some more giveaways in a week or so!

  1. ARC = Advanced Reader Copy

Twitter Isn’t Replacing the Book — It’s Replacing the Book Cover

I generally enjoy — they do an especially good job of puncturing certain pop culture icons’ egos, and they really go to town on True Moron Donald Trump, which is always good for a laugh.

But a recent piece — “Can books endure in a 140-character world?” — caught my attention for the obvious reasons (I write books…and tweets, for that matter), then kept that same attention for the worst possible reason:

It’s really, really stupid. [Read more…]