After almost twenty years of doing absolutely nothing and getting paid handsomely for it since quitting my post office job in 1993, I have taken a position with Huntington Press, or more specifically, with Vegas Lit, the new Huntington Press fiction line that will be launched on September 30. I am the Executive Editor, Managing Editor, Senior Editor, Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Assistant, and Assistant to the Editorial Assistant for the Vegas Lit imprint. Which is to say, I’m the only one working there. I would have included Office Manager among my many titles, except I don’t have an office. I’m working out of my garage.
In any case, the first novel to be published by Vegas Lit will be one that was written by… excuse me while I find my notes in all this clutter on my desk—oh yes… Here it is: It’s Risk of Ruin, my own novel! Imagine that! But, what can I say? It just happens to be one of the most compelling manuscripts that’s ever been submitted to Vegas Lit in our long and esteemed history. So, dust off those Pulitzer Prize nominations and Nobel Prize nominations and Book-of-the-Month Club Selections and anything else that needs dusting off, like maybe three measly bucks so you can purchase the ebook edition, which will be available soon, I hope, unless Huntington Press fires me for deciding to lead off with great literature, instead of some vampire/zombie drivel that might actually sell a few books.
All Vegas Lit titles will be published in ebook formats (at $2.99 each) and in print editions (at $11.99 each). We’ll be using local Las Vegas artists for cover art.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming from Vegas Lit:
Now available: Risk of Ruin by Arnold Snyder. Not wanting to toot my own horn, I asked Richard Munchkin, author of Gambling Wizards, to write a few words about this book. He says: “Bart Black is a blackjack-playing biker tattoo artist that becomes obsessed with a 16-year-old stripper who thinks she’s God. Join them on the back of Bart’s Harley for a wild hallucinatory ride: Reno, Area 51, Vegas, strippers on parade. What more can you ask?” The cover art is by Joseph Watson. For more information about Risk of Ruin see this excerpt and GodsGuilty.com.
November 30, 2012: Becoming Bobby by Michael Konik, former gambling columnist for Cigar Aficionado and author of seven nonfiction titles, including The Man with the $100,000 Breasts and Reefer Gladness.
This is Konik’s first novel, the story of a middle-aged, middle-class, American Humbert Humbert who becomes one of the highest of casino high rollers in this mordantly funny satire on living the American dream. I love this book–for one thing, it’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. For another thing, like Chad Kultgen’s Average American Male, it gets to the heart of the greatly-damaged 21st-century American male psyche, and eviscerates the Vegas high roller within us all. The cover art is by Joseph Watson.
After that, according to the Vegas Lit Editorial Selection Committee (that pretty much consists of me), I am now officially in search of what we in the publishing industry refer to as a “slush pile.” So, if you’ve got a manuscript (fiction only) that’s been rejected by every NYC publisher as “too literary,” every San Fran publisher as “too gay,” and every Milwaukee publisher as “too drenched in beer,” I might actually be interested. I’m looking for that miraculous manuscript, the likes of which no one has ever seen, the kind of book that makes people stop whatever it is they’re doing, and say, “Hey, maybe life really is worth living. This book makes everything all right.”
If you’ve got that manuscript, send a query letter (no attachments) to: editor/at/VegasLit/daught/com.
Or, you may send snail-mail to:
Editor, Vegas Lit
3665 Procyon Street
Las Vegas NV 89103