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Day After Christmas Charity Drive!

Today we are donating all of our sales’ profits to charity!  After we pay the authors of our books, all the money we get from today’s sales goes to ProLiteracy.  Granted, it won’t be a whole lot of money, but we think that putting our money where our mouths are is a good example.

Today is supposedly a huge day for e-book sales.  So many people have just received a Kindle, Nook, or ipad that it sort of makes sense.  Of course, you can always download the free readers for PC or Mac, so there really isn’t any excuse.  Even for those who have never read e-books before, it has become so damned easy and cheap that it almost doesn’t make sense to not check it out.

As someone who is intimately involved in the e-book industry, I try to keep an eye on trends and predictions for the future.  It’s not easy and it’s far from a science, but most signs point to the field growing more and more into 2012.  We’re pretty new at this game of publishing and I’m sure we’ve made tons of mistakes.  The most obvious being our mediocre marketing skills.  It’s not for lack of interest, but more of a gap in our combined professional experience.  And it seems to be a widespread problem with us writers and artists; even when we produce fantastic works, we somehow fumble all the time when it comes to letting the world know.  Ha!

This event – donating our share of the pie to charity – is one of the steps we’ve decided to take in getting our books to a wider audience.  But it’s also a very sincere attempt to lend support to a great organization.  If you’ve never checked out our books before, now would be the best time to do so.  Not only do you get a very good, very cheap book (or two), but it is a cool thing to do; your karma and conscience could benefit considerably.  Mm hm.

Here are the links to our books:

16 authors, for less than five bucks

Corpus Pretereo is HERE and HERE.


Riveting detective noir in a Lovecraftian vein

All Hope Lost is HERE and HERE.

Regardless of how this all works out, I think we’ll be doing similar things in the future.  Of course, I hope that it goes like a rocket – propelling our sales through the roof and into the stuff of legends… but I’m not quite delusional enough to think that’s likely to happen anytime soon.  You know what might help?  Eggnog and rum might help.  Should be just the thing to take the edge off the holidays.  Cheers!

Patrick Jennings-Mapp is a co-founder of and an editor for Escape Collective Publishing.  When he’s not trying to eat his weight in Christmas cookies, he’s trying to figure out how to drink his displacement volume in spiked coffee.

Head: Explodey

Have you ever had that feeling?  When there’s so much going on, you can’t prioritize correctly – it’s a breakdown on task triage.  My week has been like that, except instead of a “crisis” feeling, it’s been strangely happy and manic as hell!  Quite a wild ride.  Especially after all the stress (good & bad) from the past few weeks, it feels pretty nice.  I’m sure it takes a toll on my mental and physical health.  It’ll be very little comfort if all the “good stress” kills me before the bad.  Ha!

Well, it’s in that spirit of ‘happy triage’ that I tell you about a few things.  Exciting things, for me – all of us, really.

First, both All Hope Lost and Corpus Pretereo are available from both Barnes and Noble –and– Amazon.  And I’ve already sent all the snarky, passive-aggressive emails to the customer service reps that I could handle – so there’s a decent chance that all the terrible errors will get fixed.  It’s the kind of thing I always took for granted in this kind of business; take the book, put it on the website, people can buy it.  SO simple!  Again, HA!  Anyway, here are the links:

All Hope Lost – click HERE for the Kindle, click HERE for the Nook
Corpus Pretereo – click HERE for the Kindle, click HERE for the Nook

On a related note, we’re also trying to get people to review the books.  So, ya know, if you or anyone you know might be inclined, please give ’em a nudge.

Second, we’re already gearing up for our next publishing cycle.  We need long form fiction (novels, novellas, novellettes, and, uh… novellitas…?) as well as submissions for our next anthology.  You can go to our main submissions page HERE and see the sweet details.

Third – and finally – we’re having a cover art contest for the next anthology!  I know, that’s a great idea, right?  All the details are currently on our main page, over THERE, so go check it out.  The deadline for submissions is the first of December, so there is plenty of time.

And I’m out, for now.  I gotta go find a way to let off some steam, or the next thundering ‘kaBOOM’ you hear will be my head.  I don’t like it when my head goes all explodey.  It’s messy.  Anyway, next time I want to tell you a little story.  See ya soon!


Patrick Jennings-Mapp is a co-founder of and an editor for Escape Collective Publishing.  When he’s not sending blisteringly snide email messages to customer service ‘bots, he’s trying to figure out who put the bomp in his bomp bah bomp bah bomp – and who put all this ram in my rama lama ding dong?!  Sheesh…

The Final Stretch!


We’re getting down to the last days before our first books go on sale.  Exciting!  Yes, very.  But I’m not going to dwell on that too much, there’s still a LOT to be done.  Just formatting the text for Kindle and Nook is crazy-making.  Not to mention the marketing and reviews and yadda-yadda-yadda…  I’m not going to get into it.  But look – only ONE WEEK until people can buy the books!  Hey, take a look at those covers:

Wow! It's so pretty!

Cover for Corpus Pretereo

cover of All Hope Lost

I am so looking forward to next week, partly just to see what kind of reception these books get.  But mostly, I want the authors to have their work get into readers’ hands (well, Nooks and Kindles, I suppose).  We are very pleased with these two books and we can only hope that the world likes ’em too.

All right, back to work for me.  Next time, I’ll spill the beans on who we are and why we do this kind of thing.  Cheers!

Patrick Jennings-Mapp is a co-founder of and an editor at Escape Collective Publishing.  When he’s not reading, writing, or editing, he can be found in the kitchen – doing terrifying experiments with pancakes and waffles, in the name of Breakfast Science.  Also, he drinks far too much coffee.

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