This week's topic is the pro and con of author collaborations, but I don't look at the issue that way. I'm interested in results, and I don't really care if one author or ten worked on a book, as long as it's awesome. I loved TOWER (a collaboration by Ken Bruen and Reed Farrel Coleman), and BUST (written by Jason Starr... and Ken Bruen. That Bruen fellow gets around!). My friend Rebecca Cantrell is co-writing on a series with James Rollins, and I can't wait to read it. I haven't read James Patterson's collaborations with other authors, but I know that those books have led to some terrific authors — such as Andrew Gross — getting their own book deals. I know that not every collaboration works out so well — and last year I turned down the opportunity to co-write a series with a well-known legal expert — but I think the proof is in the final product.
Right now, I'm interested in another kind of collaboration: namely, magazines, ezines and anthologies. At the end of my last post, I mentioned the return of Thuglit. If you know anything about me, your know how important the Thuglit ezine was in launching my fiction. After a two-year hiatus, founding editor Todd Robinson has brought the publication back. The first issue has new fiction by Johnny Shaw, Jordan Harper, Jason Duke, Matthew Funk, Terrence McCauley, Court Merrigan, Mike Wilkerson, and me. (Don't have a Kindle? Neither do I. But you can read Thuglit on your computer or smartphone with these free apps.)
Also, have you heard about the Thuglit sockpuppet scandal? It is SHOCKING:
Words cannot do this justice. (Bravo, Big Daddy Thug! I mean, this is SO WRONG.)
I'm also involved in some anthologies that are coming out soon: Noir at the Bar 2, Feeding Kate, and Murder & Mayhem at Muskego. There's also a sure-to-be-great publication — the Malfeasance Occasional — coming soon from the excellent people behind Criminal Element. I love being involved with publications like this — you're not collaborating directly with other authors, but the breadth and depth of this collections makes them particularly strong.
On a non-collaborative note: today is book-release day for my friend — and fellow Criminal Mind — Chris F. Holm. His second novel, THE WRONG GOODBYE is out today from Angry Robot Books. If you read his brilliant debut, DEAD HARVEST, you've already met the undead Collector of Souls Sam Thornton. You can read an excerpt from his new novel, or read his guest post at Elizabeth A. White's blog about the series. A brief description of THE WRONG GOODBYE:
Meet Sam Thornton, Collector of Souls. Because of his efforts to avert the Apocalypse, Sam Thornton has been given a second chance – provided he can stick to the straight-and-narrow. Which sounds all well and good, but when the soul Sam’s sent to collect goes missing, Sam finds himself off the straight-and-narrow pretty quick.I can't wait to read it. More details right here. Also, huge congrats to Chris!