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ERIC Number: EJ786473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-15
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
The Killer Genre: New Talent and Publishing Initiatives Build Suspense for Mystery Readers
Williams, Wilda W.
Library Journal, v132 n7 p38-41 Apr 2007
Start-up Colorado publisher Capital Crime Press found rousing success in 2006. According to senior editor Alex Cole, in their first year of business, they had six new authors making a splash. Robert Fate's "Baby Shark", a gritty noir crime novel set in 1950s Texas that is a finalist for "Foreword" magazine's 2006 Book of the Year, got the biggest bites, along with Troy Cook's comic crime caper, "47 Rules of Highly Effective Bank Robbers", named a "Killer Book" by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA) and nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery at this year's Left Coast Crime convention in Seattle. Cole, a former film producer, likens publishing to the movie business, pointing out that independent production companies more often discover new talent than the big conglomerates because it is easier for them to take risks. "Midnight Ink" editor Barbara Moore agrees, observing that "the library and mystery communities really appreciate that they provide such a great opportunity for fresh voices in the mystery field." In looking for original voices, Bleak House avoids jumping on trend bandwagons. Publisher Benjamin LeRoy explains that they do not do thrillers or paranormal mysteries. They primarily stick with character-driven crime novels featuring flawed protagonists trying to make it to the end of the day. Other publishers are strengthening their mystery programs or taking them in new directions. Many publishers are either creating web sites for their authors or encouraging their writers to guest blog on other sites. Although new presses are finding the crime fiction stars of tomorrow and established publishers are renewing their commitment to the rising stars of today, writers themselves are playing a major role in their own success. Included in this article are Q&A sessions with authors Jason Printer and Robert Fate. (Contains 8 online resources.)
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Language: English
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