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‘The Cage’ Film Adaptation on Kickstarter

A team of filmmakers hope to raise $85,000 on Kickstarter to create a movie adaptation of Brian Keene’s sci-fi/horror thriller, The Cage. The funds will be used to cover production costs.

The filmmakers “worked very closely” with the novelist, and promised that his loyal readers “not be disappointed.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

What we see in The Cage is the potential to unleash a film on unsuspecting audiences who have grown accustomed to run of the mill CGI filled Hollywood clones.The Cage is something different, something that will shock and scare you and leave you wanting more. A movie that fans will want to revisit again.  Talk about.  Fight over.  Wonder when they’re going to get a playset based on the film.  A movie that, due to the nature of it’s setting, and our fantastic Cast/Crew coming aboard for less money and lots of passion, is geared for the lower budget, without losing quality.

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The Financial Reality of a Genre Novelist

If you have dreams of selling your science fiction, fantasy or horror novel and getting filthy rich, you need to adjust your expectations. We’ve collected three testimonials from genre writers below to help aspiring writers to maintain realistic expectations.

Horror novelist Brian Keene gave a speech at Towson University’s Borderlands Boot Camp recently, laying out some frank statistics for aspiring genre novelists. Here is an excerpt:

The average advance these days, for a genre fiction novel, ranges between $2,500 and $10,000. That’s right. The novel you spent a year working on only earns you between $2,500 to $10,000 at first. When the book is published a year later, that advance will have long been spent. And you probably won’t see a royalty check until another year AFTER your book has been published (provided enough copies have sold to earn out your advance). So it will actually be two years from that advance check before you get paid again.

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Dorchester Publishing Boycott Launched

Yesterday novelist Brian Keene detailed his long struggle with Dorchester Publishing, calling on readers and writers to boycott the publisher. More than 100 authors have already signed on to his campaign.

Last year the Mystery Writers of America de-listed the publisher, writing: “We have been hearing an unusually high number of reports from our members of unpaid advances and withheld royalties on their Dorchester books.” The publisher switched to an eBook and print-on-demand model in August, and a number of authors have complained about payment and rights problems. Keene has added the graphic embedded above to his Twitter feed.

Here’s an excerpt from Keene’s boycott essay: “someone asked me why we (the authors) didn’t just seek legal means. Well, I can’t speak for any of the other authors involved, but I’ll tell you why I haven’t — because I’m broke. I’m broke because Dorchester didn’t pay me what was owed, and then I gambled to get my rights back, and then they continued to f*** me. And yes, I’ve got a nice new deal with Deadite and Ghoul starts filming next month, but I won’t see checks from either of those until a few months from now, and until then, I can barely pay the rent and eat anything more than Ramen noodles, let alone hire an attorney. So I’m asking you to boycott Dorchester Publishing and Leisure Books. I said above that I can’t speak for my fellow authors, but I can tell you that many of them are in the same situation — or worse.”

Borders Reports from Around the Country

Borders.GIFBarnes & Noble reported record holiday sales today, but Borders Group hasn’t released any official news since two executives left the company earlier this week. Nevertheless, news and rumors have trickled out about the struggling bookseller.

The Am Law Daily rounded up the law firms now involved in the future of Borders:  “The Am Law Daily has learned that four Am Law 100 firms–Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Latham & Watkins, and Sullivan & Cromwell–are involved advising various parties on the ongoing restructuring efforts by Borders.”

AnnArbor.com had a gloomy quote from University of Michigan law professor John Pottow: “The amount of losses they’re incurring is not something where they can avoid (restructuring).”

Dorchester Publishing Cuts Leah Hultenschmidt & Don D’Auria

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Last night novelist Brian Keene wrote that mass market press Dorchester Publishing had cut editorial director Leah Hultenschmidt and editor Don D’Auria. Blogger and reviewer Jane Litte confirmed the news.

Keene left a touching tribute his old editor at the horror imprint, Leisure: “authors have often asked me why I stayed with Leisure as long as I did. The answer is Don. We had a great working relationship, and I’d write for him again, no matter where he lands or what he’s editing. If Don D’Auria called me and said, ‘Hey, I just got on at St. Martin’s and I’m editing a line of NASCAR romance novels’ you’d see me write a NASCAR romance novel so fast it would make your head spin.”

Last week we talked about Dorchester’s future on The Takeaway.

Zombie Romance Anthology Shambles Towards Readers

zombielove.jpegExtending a trend that has swept through the publishing industry like an airborne virus, Ravenous Romance has launched what is reportedly the world’s first zombie love anthology–bringing romance to the most gruesome subgenre in horror literature.

Entitled “Hungry For Your Love: An Anthology of Zombie Romance,” the anthology is edited by Lori Perkins. Featured authors include: Brian Keene, Lois Gresh, and Michael Marshall Smith According to the company, St. Martin’s Press has bought reprint rights to the anthology, and it will publish next year. Ravenous Romance will also publish a digital audiobook version.

Here’s more from Perkins’ introduction: “[At] the Ravenous Romance office, I informed my colleagues that we would be doing a zombie romance anthology. They were emphatically skeptical. We posted the thesis on Facebook and hundreds of readers said they couldn’t imagine romance with rotting corpses. Oh, ye of little faith. The zombie mythos is the perfect metaphor for the end of an era, for a society beset with change it doesn’t understand but knows is here.”