Okay, I can finally reveal some of the big news I've been dying to share with you…
I am thrilled to announce that Amazon's Thomas & Mercer imprint has picked up THE DEAD MAN series in a unique and exclusive 12-book digital & print deal … with an option for more. But that's not all. Brilliance Audio will be also be rolling out their own editions of the books.
The five books that we've already published — FACE OF EVIL, RING OF KNIVES, HELL IN HEAVEN, THE DEAD WOMAN, and THE BLOOD MESA — will be re-released in the days leading up to Halloween … so keep your eyes peeled for great offers.
The sixth book in the series will be released in November and will be followed each month by another new adventure in the continuing saga of Matt Cahill, a man resurrected from the dead to battle evil among us that only he can see.
Amazon will also be releasing three-book compilations of THE DEAD MAN series in trade paperback (as well as in specially priced digital editions). The release dates of the first compilation, and the Brilliance Audio editions, have not been determined yet … but we’re hoping they'll be ready for Christmas.
Bill Rabkin and I will continue to run the series, which we're writing with a terrific group of action, horror, mystery, SF and western authors, like James Daniels, David McAfee, James Reasoner, Harry Shannon, Joel Goldman, Mel Odom, Jude Hardin, Lisa Klink, Mark Ellis, Matthew Mayo, Joe Nassise, Bill Crider, Matt Witten, Marcus Pelegrimas, Burl Barer, and Phoef Sutton.
And we couldn't have hoped for a better partner than Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer. I just returned from meeting with the Thomas & Mercer team (including editors Terry Goodman and Andy Bartlett) in Seattle and was blown away by their creativity, enthusiasm, and eagerness to see THE DEAD MAN reach its full potential. They get exactly what Bill and I are trying to do with this series.
And what is that, you ask?
We want to capture the spirit of the “men’s action adventure” paperbacks of the 70s and 80s – short, tightly-written books full of hard-boiled heroes, outrageously sexy women, wild adventure, and gleefully over-the-top plots – and reboot the genre for a new generation that maximizes the potential of the Kindle.
And with Thomas & Mercer behind us, I don't see how we can fail.
17 thoughts on “A Big Deal for THE DEAD MAN”
Congratulations. I had hoped the news would be that a publisher had picked up the series.
Congrats. Honestly couldn’t have happened to two better guys.
Wow, that’s great! Glad to hear it! You and Bill are doing better at managing a new writing series than a lot of person in NY! Could this lead to a TV series? or a feature? I’ve got my fingers crossed in my mind!
Congratulations Lee!! So happy for you, and it sounds like an awesome publishing venture.
Thank you so much! It’s a very exciting deal for us…we can’t wait for the series to be relaunched.
Yeee hah! That’s frickkin’ wonderful. It’s great to reinvent yourself to the new way of doing things and to see you succeed.
I assume once the print books are available that they’ll be able to be ordered from Amazon’s other stores (Amazon.ca, for example), or will this be US-only?
I believe the books will be available on all of Amazon’s platforms world-wide. In fact, there are already plans afoot to do German-language editions.
Awesome, I’ll definitely pick them up when they hit Amazon.ca
You’re on new turf. Please keep us posted on how well all this is working, and what is different from traditional publishing, etc. Regards, R
“a unique and exclusive 12-book digital & print deal …”
The exclusive part really bothers me. Amazon seems in a big hurry to sign up a lot of writers I like and keep them away from the competition. The writers are all “thrilled”, but I’m suspicious as to what the 800 pound gorilla has up its sleeve. I wonder what the future will look like.
Huge news! Congrats!!
What do you fear is “up their sleeve?”
Many, many congrats !
You and Bill are doing better at managing a new writing series than a lot of person in NY! Could this lead to a TV series? or a feature..
This is awesome, as I’ve a taste for that kind of reading.
But dang it, I can’t read them ALL on my computer!
Just gonna have to break down and get me one of them there Kindy-thangs.