Bad Citizen Corporation #bookgiveaway

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I’ve got a guest blog over at THE SIRENS OF SUSPENSE starting today—it’s all about bars. Check it out for your chance to win a signed copy of my debut mystery novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION. Just leave a comment on the blog post!

And a special thanks to the incomparable Chantelle Aimée Osman for inviting me to stop by her site.

S.W. Lauden’s debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, is available now from Rare Bird Books. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Five New Books From Double Life Press Today

Double Life Press First FiveDouble Life Press founder Craig T. McNeely is not a man with small ambitions. His company burst onto the Indie crime scene in 2014 with the quarterly pulp fiction magazine, DARK CORNERS. The formation of Double Life Press followed shortly thereafter, with the stated goal of publishing writing “without boundaries.”

So it should come as no surprise that his publishing company is releasing its first five books on the same day. They are:

  1. THE THRILLVILLE PULP FICTION COLLECTION by Will Viharo, Vol. 1-3, is a series of “double features” reprinting the best work of underground literary legend Will Viharo in new, definitive editions.
  2. TREVOR ENGLISH by Pablo D’Stair collects five novellas featuring the titular character in one volume as they were meant to be read. D’Stair is one of the most original voices in crime fiction, as well as a filmmaker and ten thousand other things.
  3. DEATH THING by Andrew Hilbert is a horror novella about a guy named Gilbert who converts his car into a death trap because he’s sick of people breaking into it at night. Its scary and mean and hilarious and unlike anything else you are likely to read this year.

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Quick Quotes—The Week in Publishing

rsz_screen_shot_2015-05-08_at_81939_am “There’s another advantage to being published by a traditional press that very few talk about or even acknowledge, and that’s the fact that your chances are good that your work will be soundly and professionally edited. And even traditional publishing isn’t what it used to be with editing, by and large.”—Les Edgerton at Electric Literature

“The best books deal with complicated, important, and often times controversial topics. Literature can be beautiful and unsettling all at once.”—Steven Petite at Huffington Post Books

“My reading of the report says that sanity is beginning to take hold in self-publishing and that the crazy days of unrealistic expectations are almost over. This is a very good thing.”—Derek Haines at Just Publishing

“When you are attempting to do something original, you are more likely to fail. However in my book, the attempt itself is success. Because when it works, you’ve created something that is entirely yours, that wouldn’t exist unless you had created it.”—Johnny Shaw at Boomtron

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“I love how a short story can be anything. However, I always feel a little stingy while I’m writing short stories, because I only have 4000 to 8000 words to explore the idea.”—Erika Krouse at Bad Citizen Corporation

“To make what we write any good at all, we must put ourselves fully into our characters. We have to feel what they would feel, so we can distill those imagined emotions into words on the page, words we hone over and over to evoke an empathic echo in our readers.”—Lois Leveen at The Millions

“It’s easy to forget the impact that a book can have on an individual—especially on a young, impressionable, marginalized, pissed off, typically male individual.”—Mike Harvkey at Publisher’s Weekly

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His novella, CROSSWISE, and his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015 and 2016.

Quick Quotes—The Week In Publishing

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“I’ve been writing fiction for next to nothing for over 12 years. I’d like to say that I’m completely over the question of ‘What is the value of my life’s work within a capitalist framework?’ But, you know, I’d also like to say that I’m over the question of ‘Is my body attractive according to Western beauty standards?’ Some questions you can’t escape without becoming a full-time monk.”—Hannah Gersen at The Millions

“There is no better promotion for one good book than another good book. Write more books, book monkey.”—Chuck Wendig at Terrible Minds

“There’s only one way to overcome writer’s block. To just write something.”—Barack Obama at Politico 

MWABanner-B“Each of us with an affinity for the horror genre owes a debt of gratitude to Edgar Allan Poe that cannot be overstated. The man who arguably invented two profound literary forms—the modern horror story and the modern detective story—also accomplished something even more incredible. He forced people—serious people—to take horror seriously Edgar Allan Poeas a literary device worthy of study and criticism, and did so while simultaneously fighting to define an actual school of American Literature that hardly anyone at the time was willing to recognize.”—Hank Schwaeble at Grey Matter Press

“I’m not a fan of mysteries, so to prepare for this experience of writing a mystery I started reading the most successful ones in the market in 2012. … And I realized I cannot write that kind of book. It’s too gruesome, too violent, too dark; there’s no redemption there. And the characters are just awful. Bad people. Very entertaining, but really bad people.”—Isabel Allende in NPR’s The Two Way

“I’m not sure how to make this any clearer. You do not have permission to promote your book in B&N stores or interact with B&N customers in any way. If you do, you’ll be asked to leave. If you refuse to leave, the police will be called to escort you from the premises.”—David Thorne at 27bslash6.com

“I usually edit by day and write at night. Something about darkness and the idea that you have the world to yourself has always occurred to me as really cool. However, if my schedule only allows me to write during the day, that’s what I’ll do. As soon as I start working, I forget about what time of day it is.”—Henry Rollins at Copy Blogger

“Is your book about vampires? If so, you’ve made a classic blunder. Those books don’t sell.”—James Ziskin at San Francisco Book Review 

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“Write the stories or books you want to write. Don’t worry about hitting the market because the market may be completely different by the time your work sees the light of day.”—Terrence McCauley at BadCitizenCorporation

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His novella, CROSSWISE, and his debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015 and 2016.