I’ve been working on the layout for Play Dead and have been having lots of fun with pips; hearts, diamonds, spades & clubs. I should have a draft pretty soon to send to Mike.
We’ve also been working on setting up an interview for Jeffrey Thomas with Dark Discoveries magazine. We wanted set up as many interviews as possible for Jeff since he couldn’t attend any cons. Unfortunately I haven’t had many leads on places that do interviews.
So I’ve been reading The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve been infected by some kind of Nightshade Books flu. This is the third book of theirs I’ve read (the first two were Move Under Ground and A Choir of Ill Children) and I’ve just been more and more impressed with them. The books are great, well put together, nicely printed and full of cool special touches. Each book I’ve read has been both entertaining and innovative. I love to see a company pushing the envelope and succeeding. When RDSP grows up I want it to be like Nightshade Books. From what I know about their company they are also able to offer authors good deals and treat them well. They’ve only been in business for 5 years and I don’t think we can achieve what they have in that amount of time because our financial investment is much smaller than theirs. They also started out with traditional print runs and didn’t muck around in the soul-sucking POD ghetto like we are. Though I know they’ve definitely had to overcome their share of problems going that route as well.
current mood: envious