Jason Sizemore, publisher of Apex Books Company, has recently posted some important news:
On occasion, the Apex coffers get dangerously low.
Now is one of those occasions.
The business isn’t going under. No, nothing so dire as that. In fact, the problem I’m having is that it is growing beyond my means to keep up financially. It costs wheelbarrows of money to have books printed. It costs a lot to sign people like Brian Keene and Gary Braunbeck. Dark Faith 2 will cost a huge amount of money.
As far as getting a line of credit… erhm, I’ve already done that… a couple years ago.
So this is why I need your help. If you’ve seen an Apex book and thought “I’d like to own a copy,” then now is the time. The business has reached a critical point where the decision has to be made. 1) Do we keep treading water or 2) Do we keep growing. WITHOUT our fans buying our product, then it will be Option 1. Option 2 would feel great.
Here is a link to our store: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/apex-store/books-2/
Grab a hypodermic. Stab it right into that scrawny Apex alien arm and hit the plunger.
He also revealed Apex’s exciting plans for the year:
Apex has some AMAZING stuff planned for the next few months. I wish I could just publish it all at once, dump all the greatness into the ocean of readers, but alas, that would contrary to how quality should be enjoyed: relished in due course and enjoyed in a leisurely, stomach-warming manner. Like fine wine.
But wait! We recently (like, yesterday) released an amazing collection. Secret Thoughts by Guy Hasson. The book is a mosaic of three inter-related novellas dealing with female telepathic individuals. This is the X-Files. This is Inception. This is Philip K. Dick. I was blown away by the book. Guy has written something special. If this wasn’t an Apex book, I would be howling about it being one of the top reads of 2011 on my personal blog.
Apex also reissued (in print, it’s been out awhile in digital) a post-modern fantasy classic (I think it is a fair description): Last Dragon by J.M. McDermott.
Just around the corner, we have a book that had Grammy-nominated and spoken word poet legend Nikki Giovanni gushing: Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke. The title is evocative and Chesya’s collection tackles heavy topics like racism, slavery, and poverty in a striking and visual manner. The novella “The Redemption and Education of Ms. Fanny Lou Mason” is the cornerstone of the book and I see it as being the type that will receive lots of attention from genre readers. Expect this one to release at World Horror Con 2011.
Dark fantasy and horror master (and To Each Their Darkness author) Gary A. Braunbeck is completing work on the concluding chapter of his Cedar Hill series. Fans have been waiting a long time for this one. First, it was due to be published by the now defunct Leisure Publishing. But that didn’t work out and now it has ended up in our hands.
Horror icon Brian Keene will see publication of the novella Hollow Inside, a piece of work that exists in the same world as his novels Dark Hollow and Ghost Walk.
Jennifer Pelland’s debut science fiction novel Machine is scheduled for late summer. We have cover art from Katja Faith ready for this one. For fans of Jennifer’s cut-to-the-bone writing style, you won’t be disappointed. The book is both heartbreaking and thoughtful.
We have ready Lavie Tidhar’s bizarre novel Martian Sands. On a segregated and crowded Martian city, a broke young man inadvertantly gets mixed up in a wild conspiracy involving Golda Meir, a man with a gold thumb (literally), and assassinations.
This summer we’ll be releasing the dark fantasy novel Maze by J.M. McDermott. It’s another classic post-modern work in a similar mosaic style as Last Dragon, but perhaps a bit more mature and dark.
The anthologies on the plate include the follow-up The Apex Book of World SF 2 edited by Lavie Tidhar.
Finally, I need to mention Starve Better by Nick Mamatas. Every writer needs to know how to work the system, right? Well, Mr. Mamatas shows you how to do so in this book. Except that, even adequately working the system, you’ll still be pretty poor.
Dark Faith 2 looks like a real possibility if sales are strong enough.
Apex Magazine is now breaking even thanks to the hard work of Cat Valente and her editors. If it continues to grow we should be self-sustaining before long.
Frankly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. A lot is going on… it’s going to be a big year for Apex. At this point, I’m seeing the moon and stars for our authors and editors.
Occasionally, we hit a bump. Everybody does. But Apex has so much momentum, it’s not going to stop anytime soon. I would say we’re like a giant asteroid flying through space, but that sounds too much like you know who.
Apex celebrates six years of being in business on March 16th (my birthday!) and everyday is a blast. The book business is in an exciting time, with technology shaking the bowl quite vigorously. Now is a fun time to be a publisher (and author, no doubt), and I think Apex is fitting in quite well in the new dynamics.
Enjoy the ride. The future is now. Buckle up.
That’s all the cliches for now. Feel free to add your own in the comments below. 🙂
Finally, Apex have announced the release of the e-book version of Guy Hasson’s Secret Thoughts, with the paperback edition coming in a few weeks.
We’re running a few weeks behind getting the print version of Secret Thoughts ready for consumption. In the publishing world, this happens quite a bit… though not with us all that often. 🙂
I am pleased to share that the digital versions of Secret Thoughts are ready. For only $4.99, you can read this fascinating mosaic collection (three novellas for about 90k words) of how telepathic individuals might theoretically interface with the world. Dark. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.
And, of course, the physical book is still available for preorder.