All packed and ready to head down to Necon this afternoon. To celebrate the 'original' launch date for the WRESTLETOWN crowdfunding campaign (you know, before I threw caution to the wind and jumped in with both feet a month ago) I have a little deal for anyone who pre-orders the book at the con. So hit me up! I'll have copies of Safe Inside the Violence, What Happened Here, Burn Cards, and Charred Kraken as well. In other thrilling news - I've joined LitReactor as a contributor! In addition to the local Grubstreet, LitReactor has been a major boon to my writing over the past several years. It's a favorite of mine for columns and reviews, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to get a monthly column off and running (more on that next month.)
Thanks again for all of the support - closing in on halfway to publication at our initial goal of 250 pre-orders!
Whew! Made it through a whirlwind of a release week. Thank you all so much for your amazing support, especially to those who came out to the launch party (packed house!) last Friday at Papercuts J.P. I couldn't have wished for a better night. Here are a couple pics from the event (by Jabari Asim)
and another by Papercuts J.P.
In other news, SAFE INSIDE THE VIOLENCE received two incredibly kind reviews last week. I'm still pinching myself (and dreading...in a good way, the novel I need to rewrite this winter):
From LitReactor, where the reviewer called the book "a collection everyone should read — particularly if you’ve ever dreamed of writing this kind of fiction."
And MyBookishWays: "In his short story collection, ‘Safe Inside the Violence’, Irvin provides more proof that he may be the best new writer on the crime scene today."
Reviews have started to trickle into Goodreads and Amazon as well (thank you!) It's exciting to see the variety of stories readers report as their favorites, or those that stuck with them. Like all authors, I greatly appreciate the time and effort it takes to leave a review. I'm not sure anyone is certain how they function in the algorithms of these sites, but they certainly give books a boost. Thank you for spreading the word.
Hope to see you Wednesday at Brookline Booksmith!
I've been caught up in a bit a of a whirlwind lately with several ongoing WIP (and a self-imposed deadline of NECON less than two weeks away!) So here is a bit of a catch all post before the nose goes back to the grindstone...
Noir at the Bar Boston was a huge success! Thanks again to everyone for coming out. You can check out Dale T. Phillip's write up and photos, HERE.
I'm dreadfully behind on my WIP blog update that I owe after being tapped by Meghan Arcuri...it's coming. Until then, take a peek at her first novel.
My great friend Errick Nunnally's debut novel, BLOOD FOR THE SUN, dropped this week. AND it was his birthday! You know what to do.
Annnnd, last but not least, today is the last day of the HUGE ChiZine sale. Catch their entire back catalog of e-books for .99/book. You know you want some John Mantooth, Paul Tremblay, Karen Heuler, Ian Rogers, Rio Youers, Christopher Golden...I could go on all day. These guys put out some of my favorite books and .99 is beyond highway robbery. Get some and tell your friends.
Until next time...
Despite swearing off the short stuff... I bit the bullet this week, set the WIP novel aside and wrote a new story, "Snapshots," for LitReactor/Thuglit's crime writing challenge, Arrest Us!
As part of the challenge, "Snapshots" is free to read, and if you are feeling good, you can give it a thumbs up and leave a comment. The stories that get the most love will be in the running for a slot in an upcoming issue of Thuglit.
"Irvin’s sentences are short and brutal like kidney punches, hitting just where needed to have the most impact." - LitReactor Bookshots
One week post-release and already have some wonderful reviews to share. A huge thank you to everyone who picked up FEDERALES. The amount of support has been beyond anything I could have expected.
More to come in the weeks ahead. Thank you to everyone who plugged the book and/or took the time to leave a review.