One cool trick: An interview

Rachel A. Rosen on writing, and on having writ Cascade This interview was originally published in the May 1, 2022 edition of the Night Beats Extended Universe monthly newsletter. The interview was conducted by Sabitha…

Another month, another signing!

Reprise by Zilla Novikov I feel as if someone needs to force-feed me a thesaurus, but there it is: I am once again thrilled to formally announce that The BumblePuppy Press has purchased the rights…

Cascade Update: Kickstarter success and Amazon pre-sale

Also: Spello report Launching a novel, while raising a child and negotiating the purchase of rights to other books (news on that coming soon!), can be a stressful business, but it sure has its rewards,…

Kickstarting Cascade!

Well, this is it: time for the hard sell. After months of hard work, I am excited — nervously excited — to announce that our Kickstarter campaign for Rachel A. Rosen’s brilliant debut novel, Cascade…

Tentacle Time: A tale of three covers

Publishing is a field in which there are all sorts of thrilling milestones. Reading a manuscript that delights is one; getting the author to sign on the dotted line is another.

And revealing the cover carries a special thrill all its own — next to holding a physical copy in one’s hands, it’s probably the best of all, as it means the physical book won’t be at all far behind.

I hope you will want to see it too! Read more …

Black Friday & Cyber Monday or, Yielding to the madness of crowds

Some years ago I read an article about a department store chain in the US (or maybe it was a grocery chain; it was a long time ago) that decided to buck the trend of having every-changing specials in favour of pricing all of their products slightly lower than did their competitors.

Seems pretty simple, and pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? What they hadn’t considered, of course, is that individual people don’t shop on “average”, we shop in the moment. And if Store A is selling, say, paper towels for half the price that Store B is, people will go a little out of their way for that bargain — and, while there, might pick up a few, slightly higher-priced, items at the same time. Long story short, the everyday lower price experiment was short-lived, and that store soon found itself back with the herd, running weekly specials.

What does all this have to do with The BumblePuppy Press? Well, against our best judgement, we too are getting in on Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! Sigh. Click here to learn more!

Big news: The Sleep of Reason!

This is a post I’ve been itching to write for a couple of months now, but both good sense and a worry about jinxing things kept me quiet until the contract was signed on the proverbial dotted line.

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Readers’ words (almost) as good as readers’ money!

I recently received a delightful email from my cousin David Hart, who a few months back ordered both The Old Man’s Last Sauna and Black Grass through our online store. David’s message of May 6th,…

Holiday Specials!

The Corona Virus has made this a tough year for us all, and the prospect of holiday shopping during a pandemic won’t make December any easier. But I can help! From now until December 24th,…

Black Grass – the first 3 chapters

“I wanted to write a story about a Canadian hero who wasn’t hanged,” Carl Dow told me in conversation some months back. Gabriel Dumont was the hero, and Black Grass was the resulting novel, a…