Bitter Orange: Best of 2013

Out in Print has named Bitter Orange one of its best books of 2013! Link here: http://outinprintblog.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/out-in-prints-best-13-reads-of-2013/  

New blog (welcome back to the Republic of Marshall)

This is news, isn’t it?  After more than a decade (?) on Livejournal, I’ve pulled the plug and consolidated everything on WordPress.  So there’s that. In other news… well, is there news?  Bitter Orange has picked up a couple of reviews, one positively glowing and one rather less enthusiastic.  Here are links: Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: http://www.cclapcenter.com/2013/10/book_review_bitter_orange_by_m.html An excerpt: Bitter Orange has come out at the right time in light of society’s interest in the superhero genre. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on television and caped crusaders from Marvel and DC filling up megaplex screens, we both cherish our heroes, but at the same time cringe at the excesses superheroes could...

Signal 8 Press: February sale! (and a few other items)

Everyone loves a sale.  So do we.  During February, the prices of all of our Signal 8 Press titles (apart from the two free teaser e-books, Hellbent by Paul Blaney and Chronicle of an Egg by Peter Tieryas Liu) will be marked down to US$1.99 on Amazon, Omnilit, and Barnes & Noble.  Please note that this applies to the e-books, not the paperbacks! As the poster image above points out, Kindle users outside of the established Kindle Store countries and territories are charged an extra US$2.00 per book.  If you'd like to avoid that charge, our books are available via Omnilit in Kindle, ePub, and PDF… and at this price point, Omnilit actually pays better royalties than Amazon does, hint hint.  We are also using this sale as a very...

This year’s Pushcart nominees

I'm off to the post office to put these in the mail: “Hong Kong Chicken” by Paul Blaney From Handover “Chronology of an Egg” and “Rodenticide” by Peter Tieryas Liu From Watering Heaven “Prologue: Change” by Justin Nicholes From River Dragon Sky “Marble Forest, Karstic Heart” and “The Infinite Monkey Theorem” by yours truly From The Infernal...

Call for Submissions: HK World Englishes anthology

Although this is not a TMLtd anthology, we (with our BookCyclone hat on) will do the e-books.  Please note that the deadline has been extended to Dec. 31 of this year! Please also note that submissions must be fiction.  We've received several that are very nonfiction/memoir-ish, and while I cannot yet comment on what we will and will not accept for the anthology, we are specifically looking for fiction. Call for Submissions: Anthology of New Short Stories from Hong Kong In 2013, CCC Press will publish the sixth anthology in its World Englishes Literature series, a book of new short stories in English(es) from Hong Kong. This follows four volumes of African writing, one of which was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize, and a further volume of short...

Leslie Cheung bio: Firelight of a Different Colour

There's one big change in our 2013: Firelight of a Different Colour, Nigel Collett's unauthorized biography of the iconic Hong Kong actor and recording artist Leslie Cheung, is postponed until 2014.  Several important avenues of research opened up at the very last minute, and Nigel needed time to explore the new information he had uncovered.  This is exciting stuff.  And that's all that I can say.  (I don't actually know much yet.)  So look for that in early 2014.  In the meantime, I've chosen not to attempt to plug a book into that slot at the last minute, although I've advanced the pub date for The Gunners of Shenyang slightly.  This gives us time to finish the books much sooner, potentially allowing...

Free.

This will be the first of a number of updates I need to make in the coming weeks, since major (and very good) changes are in the works.  While far from the largest, the first piece of news is that we've begun issuing free e-book teasers of our new Signal 8 Press releases.  After doing some research, I became convinced that since we publish many authors who are either making their debuts or who may not have a readership as large as it ought to be.  One way to get the word out, so to speak, could be via a free e-book sampler of their work.  I pitched the idea to our personnel as well as to the writers themselves.  Everyone's on board with it, so we'll try it and see how it works out. The first of these is Chronology of an Egg by...